2008 Fair Trade Holiday Festival


Dear Friends,

Big changes are underway for Madison's 2008 Fair Trade Holiday Festival.

We're moving to Monona Terrace!   This will give us more space than we've ever had before, and we expect the new venue to draw more potential customers, especially since it will be just next door to the Dane County Winter Farmers Market, in the Exhibition Hall.

With the larger space, domestic fair traders will join international fair trade vendors at this year's festival.  Domestic fair trade has been growing in the U.S., and Madison and the upper Midwest have been core to this movement.  Look forward to not only great products from Afghanistan, East Timor, and El Salvador, but also soaps, cheese, and wool from our own community.

So, save the date and time - Saturday, December 6, 2008 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Here is a partial list of our 2008 vendors and what they offer:
International Fair Trade Vendors
African Youth Outreach - Cards, bookmarks, bracelets, pins, ornaments from South Africa
Adventure Yarns - Mohair yarns and knitted products such as scarves and shawls, from Tajikistan
Heart of the Sky Fair Trade - Textiles from Guatemala, Alaffia body care items
Earth Delights - Silver jewelry from Nepal
Minga Fair Trade Imports - Sweaters, jewelry and knitwear from Ecuador and Peru
Queen of Peace Sister Parish - Woven handcrafts and Fair Trade coffee direct from Chiapas, Mexico.
Madison Rafah Sister City - Crafts, olive oil, and soap from Rafah, Palestine
SERRV - Fair Trade gifts from around the world
Chiripa - copper items and woodcarvings from Mexico
East Timor Action Network - Traditional woven cloth and baskets from East Timor
Terra Experience - doll clothes and textiles from Guatemala
Mata Traders - clothing, bags, and more from India
Tupendane Cottage Industry - Handmade cards and bags from Tanzania
Madison Arcatao Sister City - Embroidered items, wood painted gifts from El Salvador
Rhumy Wara - Textiles, hats and photo cards from Ecuador
Prayas USA - Hand stitched fabric gifts bags from India
WCCN - Pine Needle Baskets and pottery from Nicaragua
Jinja Jewelry - Recycled materials made into jewelry from Uganda
Amahoro Handcrafts - Baskets, hats, tablesettings, and other natural products from Rwanda
Marketplace: Handwork of India - Clothing and accessories from India
Hope United - Handmade rugs, tablecloths, placemats from Kenya
Bellabirds of Hope - Ornaments, earrings, scultuptures from Guatemala
Bali and Soul - art and textiles from Bali
Cloudforest Initiatives - Fair Trade coffee, ironwork, and art from Chiapas, Mexico
Empowering Women's Future - Clothing and sewn items from Tanzania
Nuevo Amanacer - Handwoven handicrafts made by Guatemalan women
Faces of Siberia - Photo and art cards with art by Russian orphans
Dawa Phuntsok - Wool sweaters and rugs from Tibetans in Nepal
Downtown Designs Kazuri - Jewelry and beads from Kenya
Just Coffee - fair trade coffee roasted locally for freshness
Global Reflections - Handpainted tiles, tin mirrors, ornaments from Mexico and Guatemala
Playgrounds for Palestine - Olive oil, soap, and spices from Palestine
Rishi Tea - Fair Trade loose teas from around the world
Village Health Project - handmade paper necklaces and bracelets from Uganda
Equal Exchange - Fair Trade coffee, tea, chocolate, and domestic fair trade food gifts
... and more on the way....
Domestic Fair Trade Vendors
Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative - Gift and educational books and calendars
Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice - Yard signs, handmade peace wreaths, T-shirts
Family Farm Defenders - Wild rice, syrups, cheese, and other food gifts from small farmers
MACSAC - "From Asparagus to Zucchini" cookbooks
Scotch Hill Farm - Farmstead milk soaps, lip balms, lotions and shampoos in gift boxes
Baa Baa Shop - Wool mattress toppers, comforters, crib bedding, felting products, farm made bodycare products
Hmong Pandau - Toys and gifts sewn my hand in Madison in the Hmong tradition
Kickapoo Honey - Gift baskets of Wisconsin apple blossom honey
Nature's Bakery - Gifts that are good to eat!
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers - Annual calendar
Rainbow Fleece Farm - wool items made in Wisconsin
Madison Area Peace Coalition - handmade peace tiles, union made t-shirts, card, buttons
Kindly Kraut- local saeur kraut
Pamplemousse Preserves - Jams and preserves in the French tradition, made with local ingredients
Honey Bee Bakery
- local bakery goods Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice - union made products and handmade wreaths, fair trade directory for the region
... and more on the way....

Download a sheet explaining the Principles for Domestic Fair Trade

You can help promote the festival by downloading our flyers and posters.
Download a page with 4 small flyers PDF.
Download a letter-sized poster (black and white) PDF.
Here is a JPG you can email or put on a web site: