Sunday, May 22, 2016

Join us to celebrate World Fair Trade Day 2016!

For the occasion of World Fair Trade Day and its 10 years of commitment, Fair Trade Lebanon is organizing, under the patronage of HE M. Michel Pharaon, minister of tourism, and with the support of the US Middle-East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), a unique day to discover authentic rural delights and traditions at St Georges’ convent in Roumiyeh, Qleyat, on the 5th of June from 12 PM until 5 PM.

The program of the day includes a traditional open buffet made by cooperatives and Sofil Catering, live preparation of mouneh, hiking and many other activities for all the family.

This awareness raising day for the principles of Fair Trade is part of a worldwide campaign coordinated by Fairtrade International and relayed by fair trade actors from more than 80 countries.

Reserve your places by calling 05 952 153, come many and don’t forget your walking shoes!

Tickets are on sale at the entrance of the event and at the premises of Fair Trade Lebanon (Hourani Center, St Elie Street, 2nd floor, Hazmieh, Beirut).

Tickets prices:
50 USD per adult (buffet and drinks).
20 USD per youngster under 18 years (buffet and drinks).
Free entrance for kids under 8 years.

Event organized by: Fair Trade Lebanon, member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO).
Under the patronage of: HE M. Michel Pharaon, minister of tourism.
Supported by: US Middle-East Partnership Initiative (MEPI).
Partners: CIRDIC, Atayeb Al Rif Cooperative and Sofil Catering.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Fair Trade Lebanon au Marché Solidaire De Printemps

Fair Trade Lebanon sera présent à la 4ème édition du Marché Solidaire De Printemps organisé par l’Institut Français du Liban du 18 au 21 mai 2016.

Du 18 au 20 mai: 10h à 20h.
Samedi 21 mai: 10h à 16h.

On vous y attend nombreux!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

FTL celebrating the Lebanese Week at Carrefour

The Lebanese Week, organized by Carrefour supermarket, is all about the promotion of local and traditional products.
In addition to selling its whole range of products at Carrefour, Terroirs du Liban, a brand by Fair Trade Lebanon, is proud to announce its participation at the “Lebanese Week” taking place from April 29th to May 9th at Carrefour with a special program throughout the period.
Our partner cooperative from Qanah, Southern Lebanon, will be present at the event to prepare and sell a large selection of daily delicious saj; some of the featured saj fillings are: Wild Zaatar, Goat Keshek, Goat Labneh, Bakleh with tomato and the exceptional Middle-Eastern hot sauce “Shatta”, a must-try!
Our participation at the event is supported by the US Middle-East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), under the SOFAIR project, which aims to support local and rural economy by accompanying 14 women's cooperatives and 8 small food-processing units. The place of women within these communities is strengthened thanks to the promotion of their involvement in the creation of added value.

Dates: From April 29th until May 9th.
Location: Carrefour – City Center, Beirut.
For more information, please call us on: +961 5 952153.

See you there!

Friday, April 15, 2016

10 Fun & Easy Easter Crafts To Do With Your Kids!

Candy Envelope Bunnies

A fun way to say "Happy Easter" is with paper-envelope rabbits, bearing treats, of course! Use pompoms for the nose, thick paper to create the envelope and ears and fill it with goodies your kids love!
By: Martha Stewart

Colorful Paper Grass

How about using some "green" grass in kids' Easter baskets this year? Use shredded multi-colored paper and curl them with scissors to fill and decorate the inside of your Easter eggs basket.
By: Martha Stewart

Colorful Easter Egg Cup Stands

Go wild with colorful and patterned paper: cut them, roll them and stick them together using superglue or staples to create trendy Easter eggs cup stands. Last touch: draw faces on the eggs using a simple black and red markers. 
By: Indesignartsandcrafts

No-Dye Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

Use stickers and markers for a fun and creative way to decorate your Easter eggs. No artificial dyes here!
By: Pinterest.


Easter Bunny and Chick Fingerprint Craft

Make the cutest paintings using just your child's thumbprint, a stamp pad and a marker. Your little one is sure to love this sweet and easy craft, ideal for personalizing an Easter card or just a fun poster to hang in the room this season!

Bunnies & Chicks Decorated Plant Pots
Start by painting the plant pots, wait until dry, then paint their cheeks with a different color, wait again until dry. Stick crafty eyes and decorate their mustache, feathers...
By: Pinterest.

Pastel Easter Bunny Giveaways

Decorate small mason jars by adding bunny ears on their lids and drawing eyes and nose with a marker on the front side; fill them with candy as a gift giveaway for kids.
By: Pinterest.

Fuzzy Bunny Paper Plate 

This is a cute, fuzzy bunny craft your kids will just adore. You'll need cotton balls, a paper plate and a few other supplies to create this little bunny face, which makes a precious decoration for a door or the fridge this Easter.
By: All kids network.

Easter Egg Mustache Men
Googly eyes and some colorful paper mustaches cut from colored paper from the craft bin make it easy to create a half-dozen Easter egg mustache men who look a little bit like a barbershop quartet ready to serenade the table.
By: Coolmompicks.

Bunny Paper Bags 

Make these easy and quick-craft bunny bags as favors for children: fill them with treats, small gifts or anything fun! All you need is white lunch bags, thick paper, tape and scissors!
By: Goodhousekeeping.

Spend time with your kids doing these easy and fun Easter crafts and let them bring out all the creativity in them! Enjoy and happy Orthodox Easter to all!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Get To Know Baskinta: The Lebanese Town Hosting the IFTTC 2016

Baskinta, a Lebanese village situated in the Metn area, provides a combination of cultural, sport and religious tourism. The town of Baskinta will be hosting the upcoming International Fair Trade Towns Conference taking place in Lebanon on July 2nd & 3rd, 2016.

Baskinta was an inspiration to many literary pieces written by renowned authors, like Mikhail Naimy, who resided there. It also has its own literary trail which allows visitors to walk through the inspirational places writers have walked through and wrote about. It is also coveted for its beautiful nature that suits both winter and summer tourism, with snow in the winter and fun in sun summer activities.
In terms of agriculture, it is most famous for its delicious apples and cherries and has a food-processing cooperative that provides all traditional Lebanese products, especially jams.
Learn more about Baskinta.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

"Lebanese Fair Trade Towns" Project

‘Lebanese Fair Trade Towns’ is a project aiming at creating 10 Lebanese Fair Trade towns as a means to integrate villages in the global fair trade network.

Here are the 7 activities which are necessary to achieve in order to become a ‘ Fair Trade Town’:
1- The municipality signs a declaration of agreement to supporting Fair Trade and achieving Fair Trade Town status.
2- Increase the awareness & knowledge about Fair Trade in the community with the eventual aim of increasing the sales of fair trade and local produce in the community.
3- Encourage local businesses, institutions and producers to work in compliance with ethical fair trade criteria.
4- Organize an annual event with the theme of fair trade in the town, to which media will be invited.
5- Form a Fair Trade committee in the town.
6- Support local producers & help them to integrate into the fair trade network in Lebanon & elsewhere.
7- Work on the respect and protection of the environment and the tangible and intangible heritage.
The project is implemented by Fair Trade Lebanon and Mouvement Social. It is funded by the European Union and and managed by OMSAR (The Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform) in the framework of the AFKAR III program.
*Disclaimer: The contents of this page are the sole responsibility of Fair Trade Lebanon and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union and the Office of Minister of state for Administrative Reform*.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Celebrating "Zaatar Day" at boutique Terroirs du Liban

Terroirs du Liban* is proud to organize this special “Zaatar Day” event to revive and promote our delicious Lebanese Zaatar product.
We all know the classic zaatar recipe but have you ever tried zaatar recipe with coconut powder? What about zaatar mixed with ginger? The rest of the menu is full of surprises for you to discover!
Join us with friends and family to enjoy our delicious menu along with our live saj station!

For more information, do not hesitate to give us a call at +961 71 783444.
Date: Thursday, 16th April, 2016.
Time: 12 PM to 6 PM.
To learn more about our Terroirs du Liban Zaatar, click here

*Terroirs du Liban is an Ethical & Natural brand by Fair Trade Lebanon.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Un Globe Reporter dans les bureaux de Fair Trade Lebanon

Découvrez le reportage radio sur Fair Trade Lebanon réalisé en Février 2016 par un journaliste français lors de son passage au Liban!

Le projet Globe Reporters rassemble des journalistes, des enseignants et des concepteurs de l’univers numérique autour de projets pédagogiques basés sur de reportages participatifs afin de mobiliser les élèves dans leurs apprentissages.
Globe Reporters construit des passerelles entre différents univers : langue française, diversité culturelle, journalisme et éducation aux médias, culture numérique, développement durable et équitable, etc.

Photos prises à la boutique Terroirs du Liban.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

How to Make Natural Easter Egg Dyes

Stop pulling this off and give it a try this year: color your Easter eggs using all natural ingredients already available in your pantry and fridge! Natural dyes are actually very easy to make, all you need is some boiling water, a little white vinegar and the designated ingredient for each color.

Use Onion Skins for Orange:
2 large handfuls of onion skin + 2 cups water in a sauce pan. Simmer 20 minutes then add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar//Allow mixture to cool before dipping eggs. Dip 1-5 minutes (longer time for deeper color).

Use Beets for Pink:
2-4 tablespoons freshly grated beets + 2 cups boiling water + 1 teaspoon white vinegar// Dip eggs 1-5 minutes (longer time for deeper color). Don't worry if your eggs look more brown than pink at first. They will dry into a pretty pastel shade.

Use Turmeric for Yellow:
1-2 teaspoons ground turmeric  (كركم) + 2 cups boiling water + 1 teaspoon white vinegar// Dip eggs for 1-5 minutes (longer time for deeper color). Clean off any powder carefully with a damp paper towel.

Use Red Cabbage for Blue:
2-3 tablespoons chopped red cabbage + 2 cups boiling water + 1 teaspoon white vinegar// Place eggs in mixture over night. Do not touch or stir. Carefully remove the following day and allow to dry a few minutes in the spoon or dipping tool before transferring to carton.

Note: These measurements are proportional; for a larger quantity of water make sure to increase the dye ingredient quantity you are using!

Tips & Pictures by: Love and Cupcakes blog.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016