Farirtade fortnight at Domali

Its been all go here for the past couple of weeks- spring seems to have sprung- HOORAY and we hosted the ‘Hungry gap’ dinner for the great and the good of the Crystal Palace Transition town www.crystalpalacetransition.org.uk as a conclusion to Fairtrade fortnight.
The ‘Hungry Gap’ refers to the name gardeners give to the period which covers the end of winter and the beginning of spring where there is little or no produce available. Our menu for the evening reflected this, comprising of locally sourced and fair-trade ingredients. The picture above shows the starter- a rainbow salad of winter leaves, beetroot, celeriac, carrot and parsnip topped with organic walnuts and served in a fair-trade orange, organic cider vinegar and Crystal Palace Honey dressing- it sounds like a mouthful and it was! A delicious one.
The evening went really well, the highlight being the presentation and Q&A session with Alexis Martinez ,who came all the way from Columbia to talk about the true cost of cheap Bananas. Alexis gave a detailed explanation of the impact of fair trade on himself and his colleagues which was both distressing and encouraging. Distressing because it was difficult to hear first hand the hardships suffered by plantation workers in developing countries, encouraging because it was clear from his speech that fair trade is making a difference. In general a good time was had by all. you can find a copy of the menu below