Fairtrade Fortnight

Monday 21st February - Sunday 6th March 2022

For two weeks each year at the end of February and start of March, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to share the stories of the people who grow our food and drinks, mine our gold and who grow the cotton in our clothes, people who are often exploited and underpaid.

In 2022, our online Choose the World you Want Festival will return from 21 February to 6 March. Last year’s festival saw campaigners, shoppers, students and businesses come together in a show of support for the farmers behind our food on the front line of the climate crisis. 

Click here to find out more about Fairtrade Fortnight.

You can find out more about how Bradford Cathedral is supporting this year's Fairtrade Fortnight


The Bradford Cathedral Big Brew!

Sunday 27th February 2022, from 11:30am

Bradford Cathedral Big Brew!

Help support Fairtrade Fortnight by joining the Bradford Cathedral Big Brew! on Sunday 27th February 2022, from 11:30am, or send us a #VirtualBigBrew selfie!


What is happening?

The Bradford Cathedral Big Brew! takes place on Sunday 27th February 2022, during this year’s ‘Fairtrade Fortnight’. There will be a chance for everyone to enjoy getting together over a cup of Fairtrade tea or coffee, as well as sampling some cakes, biscuits and more – all made, of course, with Fairtrade ingredients! You can even get involved from home with the #VirtualBigBrew!

Alongside the food and drink there will also be quizzes and competitions, and a presentation all about the work of Traidcraft Exchange, a charity that works to promote justice and fairness in trade. All the money raised at the Bradford Cathedral Big Brew! will go towards Traidcraft Exchange’s work helping communities in the Global South fight climate change and an unfair trading system which traps them in poverty.

Those who would like to come along to the Big Brew! in person will be able to join in from around 11:30 on Sunday 27th February, following that morning’s service.


The Traidcraft Stall

Alongside the event, the Cathedral’s ‘Traidcraft stall’ will also be returning: you’ll be able to buy many of your favourite Fairtrade products, and you’ll even be able to place an order for Fairtrade Easter eggs!


The Service

The 10:30am Eucharist service will include many Fairtrade references, both in the sermon preached by Bishop Colin Buchanan and the post-sermon organ piece, and in the Intercessions prayers. You can join us in person for this service, or watch it live online, or for up to two weeks afterwards.


How can I get involved?

As well as joining us on the day, you can also bring along your own cakes, buns and biscuits. There are great recipes for you to try on the Traidcraft Exchange website and you can find where to buy Fairtrade goods using our handy list, further down this page.

All we ask is:

  • You use Fairtrade ingredients when making the cakes, buns or biscuits
  • You bring along an accurate list of ingredients and allergens with you to the event


But what if I can't get to the Cathedral?

You can also get involved even if you can’t physically get into the Cathedral! If you’re at home, you too can support the event by making yourself a Fairtrade drink and buying or making some Fairtrade treats, and sharing a #VirtualBigBrew selfie with us on social media!

Download and print off our #VirtualBigBrew poster and send us a selfie, either by e-mail or by tagging us in on social media!



Fairtrade Recipe: Banana and Chocolate Muffins


  • 300g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 125g Fairtrade Demerara sugar
  • 225ml milk                                                             
  • 2 large free-range eggs, beaten
  • 125g butter, melted
  • 2 Fairtrade bananas, mashed
  • 100g Fairtrade chocolate, chopped into small pieces            


  • Preheat the oven to180 deg fan.
  • Place 12 muffin cases in a 12-hole muffin tin.
  • Sieve the flour into mixing bowl, stir in baking powder,
  • then sugar.
  • Add eggs to milk and stir in melted butter.
  • Stir in bananas and chocolate.
  • Add wet mixture to dry and stir well. 
  • Spoon into muffin cases.
  • Bake 20 – 25 mins until well risen and golden.

This recipe can be Fairtrade and local if you use locally produced free-range eggs, milk and butter


Chocolate Cake Tray Bake

Chocolate cake.Ingredients
450g self-raising flour
450g Fairtrade caster sugar
225g butter
2 – 3 drops Fairtrade vanilla essence
50g Fairtrade cocoa
240 ml milk
240 ml hot water
1tsp bicarb soda
2 eggs

Line a 22cm x 32cm baking tin with greaseproof paper
Melt butter
Combine rest of ingredients
Mix in melted butter
Bake 170 fan/190 degC/Gas mark 5, for approx 1 hour




Recipe from ‘Bake a Difference’, published by Traidcraft 2014

Biscotti on a plate, with a cup of coffee.Ingredients
200g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
80g golden caster sugar
50g desiccated coconut or ground almonds
80g glace cherries, halved
100g mixed dried fruit
30g nuts such as almonds, cashews or brazils, roughly chopped
2 eggs, beaten

Preheat oven to 180 deg C/160fan/gas mark 5
Line two baking tins
In a large bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients
Gradually add the eggs and mix until a dough forms. If the dough is too wet, add a little more flour
Shape the dough into a log and place on a lined baking sheet, flattening a little until approximately
4cm thick and 20 – 25cm long
Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and reduce oven temperature to 160 deg C/fan140/ gas
mark 3.
Let the dough cool for 10 minutes, then use a serrated knife and cut at an angle into 3cm slices
Place on trays and return to oven for 20 minutes to dry out. Allow to cool completely
Serve with a cup of Fairtrade coffee – and dunk!



Fairtrade Story: Sarah Maybury

Camino Treckers Image.

Sarah writes that, at the beginning of October 2021, she was one of a team of 15 Camino Trekkers from England, Scotland + Wales, who raised over £28,000 for communities affected by climate change:

"It was an amazing experience. 

"Our group had been made aware of workers in Bangladesh, particularly women, who had had their livelihoods devastatingly disrupted. The production line in the clothing industry was abruptly stopped in Covid 19, because of lack of demand for clothing contracts. 

"I had visited Dacca in Bangladesh, a long time ago, in the monsoon season. I have never seen such dire poverty.  

"I think part of my motivation to support Traidcraft Exchange was a heart response to the people of Bangladesh. The £600 which I fund raised for Traidcraft Exchange was doubled by the UK Government in March 2021. The other motivation was to walk in memory of my Mum, Lois."

Camino Treckers photo.Camino Treckers Photo.

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Where to buy Fairtrade and Fairly Traded products

Here are some examples of places where you can buy your items ahead of our Big Brew, plus many other Fairtrade things. 

Premcrest UK
Premcrest Ltd York Street Fairweather Green West Yorkshire BD8 0HR
Phone: +44 (0) 1274 481 481

Casa Espresso
U5 Briar Rhydding House, Otley Road, Shipley, BD17 7JW
Office hours: Mon-Fri 9.00am – 5.30pm. Call on: 01274 595841

Booker Wholesale
4 Shearbridge Road, Bradford, BD7 1NA
Phone: 01274 332600
Web: www.booker.co.uk

Fairtrade Foundation website

FT Foundation’s wholesale national purchasing guide 


You can also find several products in the Oxfam shops in Ilkley and Otley -especially tea, coffee and chocolate.  You can of course buy direct from Traidcraft online, and, soon, from our stall in the Cathedral.


Prayer for Trade Justice

Lord God, in the fields of the poor
Even when abundant fruits ripen,
Injustice sweeps them away,
And families hunger.

Help us to share
The fruits of Your bounty
So that all Your family may benefit
From Your gracious gifts.

(Based on Proverbs 13:23)


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