Can you create a Fairtrade delight to tickle tastebuds?

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A call has gone out for bakers to show they care – by joining Garstang’s Fairtrade Bake Off.

To mark Fairtrade Fortnight, which runs from February 24 to March 9, the town’s Fairtrade Steering Committee has organised a range of events.

On Saturday, March 8, there will be a Fairtrade Bake Off, open to all, at the FIG Tree Centre on High Street.

Spokesman Michael Tempan said: “We want people to be imaginative and use Fairtrade products. Entrants just need to bring their baked 
entry, which could be a cake, biscuits, puddings or pies, along with a copy of the recipe which has the Fairtrade ingredients clearly marked.”

Two prizes will be awarded. A £25 voucher to be spent at the Fig Tree will be awarded for the best use of Fairtrade ingredients. For the best tasting entry, the Mustard Seed on Park Hill Road is donating a copy of “Bake a Difference”, a Traidcraft recipe book.

Entries, which must contain a minimum of two Fairtrade ingredients, can be taken to the FIG Tree between 10.30am and 2.30pm for judging and must be collected by 4.30pm.

The Mustard Seed, which is open from 10am to 2pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, is also offering a discount of £1 for purchases of £5 or more to anyone buying Fairtrade ingredients for the bake off during Fairtrade Fortnight.

Garstang is the world’s first Fairtrade town and Michael added there were many local retailers selling a range of Fairtrade products, including chocolate, sugar, cocoa, bananas, cereals, nuts and dried fruits.

The Garstang Fairtrade group will be holding a stall outside the market hall on Saturday, March 1. Bric-a-brac is welcome and can be delivered on the day or to arrange collection, email garstang

The group says it would like to welcome new members during Fairtrade Fortnight. To find out more contact the group at the email address above.