It's not every day that there's an opportunity to sample the finest fair trade wines and chocolate in such grand surroundings.
Last night, Trading Visions attended a wine, cheese and chocolate tasting held in the beautifully ornate Judges' Dining Room at the Old Bailey!
The evening was arranged by JustShare and the City of London Fairtrade Group to promote ethically sourced products within the City.
We were guided expertly through the selections by Sarah Jane Evans, who is not only a Master of Wine, but is also a board member of the Academy of Chocolate! Yes, there is an institution, set up in 2005, devoted to "eating fine chocolate".
What was particularly special about the evening was Sarah Jane's lively descriptions of the different producers behind the products. For example, Rococo partner with the Grenada Chocolate company, and buy their cocoa beans directly from them, which means more money goes back to the Grenada Organic Cocoa Farmers' Cooperative.
Sarah Jane advocates for choosing quality chocolate that is ethically sourced and traded, but also commented that "in the end you have to decide whether you like it as chocolate."
Trading Visions invites you to make that decision at our fair trade chocolate and wine tasting event which is on Thursday 7th July, 7-9pm at Fairly Square. There will be a range of delicious Divine Chocolate to try with the accompanying Fair Trade wine, as well as savoury nibbles.