On Sunday Slow Food Waitakere hosted Oxfam Biggest Coffee Break in West Auckland. 
Fair Trade coffee and tea were served, together with a luscious spread of food made using local and Fair Trade ingredients. We had fish pies (fish caught locally by Yvonne), banana flower salad (banana flowers from Alessandra’s garden in Waitakere), and an array of savories and dips (many vegetarian and vegan). Sweet offerings were made with Fair Trade chocolate, bananas and coffee, we had several cakes (including a vegan banana cake made by Penny, recipe here), chocolate salami made by Laurel and vanilla cupcakes with chocolate and chocolate/coffee ganache made by Alessandra and Arantxa. And of course there were chocolate squares, and bananas!

We were honored to have Julia Collins for All Good coming over to talk about Fair Trade. We learned a lot about what it means to choose Fair Trade for the farmers in producing countries, and also several interesting facts about New Zealand too: did you know that we eat 400,000,000 bananas each here in this country? Julia also gave us all a bunch of bananas, so thank you All Good Bananas!
A special thanks to Slow Food Waitakere members Penny and Yvonne for hosting the event, and to all who came along, and to the sponsors who offered Trade Aid goods for Oxfam’s Biggest Coffee Break and Chocolate Break parties around New Zealand: Caffe L’affare, All Good, Whittaker’s, Kokako, and Scarborough Fair. On the afternoon we raised NZ$510 for Oxfam New Zealand

See you at the next Slow Food Waitakere event!

Banana flower and potato salad: for the recipe click here

Photos by Alessandra Zecchini and Arantxa Zecchini Dowling ©