Sunday, February 23, 2014
The sound of music and the smell of home-cooked food filled the air at St Edmund’s Hall in Southwold as Waveney Greenpeace held its annual winter fair.
Within a few minutes of opening on Saturday, the hall was bustling with people browsing stalls, sampling the organic and locally-sourced food and drink on offer or simply enjoying the packed programme of live entertainment.
Attractions this year included a bar selling beer from Lowestoft’s Green Jack brewery alongside cider and apple juice from Diss-based company Crones, more than 20 arts and crafts stalls and children’s entertainment from Waveney Valley Woodcraft Folk.
Hungry visitors could choose from a range of dishes, including cosmic curry, parsnip and apple soup and a wide range of cakes and flapjacks.
There was live music on the stage throughout the day followed by an evening gig, when all the stalls were cleared to make room for dancing.
Marion Gaze, who was overseeing the food sales at the fair, said the aim was to raise money for Greenpeace but it was also hoped that it would encourage people to change their habits to choose locally-sourced, organic and fair trade goods that would be better for the world and also for themselves.
She said: “The fair is always very popular.
“One of the things people say is they really love coming because they are really well fed and watered and it is affordable too.”
The Waveney group is among the top fundraising groups for Greenpeace in the country and is second only to Glastonbury in the amount it collects for the organisation.
The group has been running for more than 20 years and raised about £180,000 during that time.
Proceeds from the winter fair have yet to be counted but it is believed to have raised more than £1,000.