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Fortnight 2019

Monday 25th February - Sunday 10th March

This year we are celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight, an annual celebration of the people who grow our food and make our clothes. Fairtrade supports farmers and their families who live in some of the poorest countries in the world, and who are often exploited and badly paid. For 2019 there is a focus on the people – in particular the women – who grow the cocoa in the chocolate we love.   

See some of the events and activities we have planned below: 

guess the coffee bean competition

All fortnight

Spot our jars of coffee beans at 5th Floor Eatery, Perch Cafe, 30 Russell Square, 43 Gordon Square, and Clore Building, and take a guess at how many there are. Closest will WIN a Fairtrade goodie bag! Just email your guess to

fairtrade discounts 

All fortnight

Fairtrade food and drink items will be discounted throughout the fortnight at all Birkbeck cafe and eatery outlets. Keep your eyes out for your regular favourites, along with some special new additions.

The great birkbeck bake off

Monday 4th March:   1pm - 2pm 
5th Floor Restaurant, Main Building 

Bake some goodies with Fairtrade ingredients and bring along to 5th Floor Eatery on Monday 4th March. Best Baker will WIN a Fairtrade hamper!

All are welcome to attend and taste some of the treats on offer. An honesty box will be available with all proceeds going to the Fairtrade Foundation and the Stop Hunger Foundation


Interest in baking? Register your interest by emailing

Fairtrade pop-up stalls

Tuesday 26th February: 12pm - 1pm
Tuesday 5th March:        12pm - 1pm 

Main Entrance, Birkbeck Main Building

Wednesday 27th February: 12pm - 1pm

Wednesday 6th March: 12pm - 1pm

Manson Foyer, Keppel Street, LSHTM

Come taste some new Fairtrade product samples, enter our 'Guess the Coffee Bean' competition for the chance to WIN a Fairtrade hamper, and find out more about Fairtrade, its mission, and how you can get involved further. 

pancake making


Tuesday 5th March, 1pm - 2pm
 5th Floor Restaurant, Main Building

Who says pancakes are only for pancake day?! Come along and make your own at this lunch time session. 

Go original with Fairtrade sugar and lemon, or treat yourself with Fairtrade chocolate, bananas, and vanilla. The choice is yours!


Its just too good to go - workshop


No one likes to waste food, especially if a lot of time, energy, and human resources have gone into producing it. But how can we be better at avoiding the bin? 

Too Good To Go, an innovative food waste app (and recent partner with Birkbeck) will be delivering a presentation and quiz on how you can get more from your food purchases, save money, and continue to support organisations such as Fairtrade. 

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