Acclaimed fashion designer launches a shop at FarGo Village

An award-winning Coventry-born fashion designer has launched a new and bigger shop in the city’s Creative Quarter.

The acclaimed Ashley Raynor and her popular childrenswear brand Wear Milo’s has moved from a small unit at FarGo Village to larger premises at the haven for independent creative businesses.

 

Wear Milo’s specialises in childrenswear, from infants all the way up to children aged 12, and has now also added adult sizes and a variety of home furnishings to its impressive portfolio of bright and funky clothing ranges tailored to the younger members of families.

When making a trip to Wear Milo’s, visitors are thrown into an enchanted forest setting, with the newest tenants at FarGo Village looking to fit in with its innovative and independent business neighbours by creating a unique and fun shopping space that people of all ages can enjoy.

Visitors step into a multi-use space that also gives an insight into the working studio behind the garments, with customers seeing the journey their purchase goes on, right from the various materials being cut and sewing machines pulling it all together up to when it enters their hands at the till point.

The business is the brainchild of Ashley Raynor, a local girl who has made an impression both here in the UK and across the Atlantic, having had her fashion collections exhibited at New York Fashion Week and in Vogue Magazine– supplemented by pop-up stands showcasing her work at John Lewis department stores across the UK.

Ashley, who was named in the global top 20 emerging designers to watch by SwatchOn in 2020, is also a Director of Coventry Fashion Hub and wants to help the next generation looking to get into the industry to make their mark in the city, instead of looking to London for career opportunities.

Ashley, Owner of Wear Milo’s, said: “I’m really pleased to have brought Wear Milo’s back to Coventry and to FarGo Village in particular.

“The opening of our new base gives us a great platform to expand our operations in the region, collaborate with exciting local creators and designers on future collections and ultimately build on the experiences we’ve had with leading UK clothing retailers to gain even greater access to the high street.

“We’re enjoying seeing people in person again and can’t wait to welcome more Coventrians and other members of the public through our doors. Looking ahead, we’ve got some exciting ideas lined up and look forward to sharing them with everyone in due course.”

Jo Truslove, Project Marketing Manager at Complex Development Projects, said: “Ashley and Wear Milo’s were with us during the early days of our then up-and-coming complex – basing themselves out of a shipping container originally!

“We’re delighted to have welcomed them back to FarGo, this time in one of our largest unit spaces, which reflects the growth of the business in recent times.”

To discover more about Wear Milo’s and purchase items online, visit www.wearmilos.com.

Keep up to date with the journey of Ashley and Wear Milo’s by following them on Facebook and Instagram.

We are recruiting!

We are looking for dynamic individuals to join our small but perfectly formed team!  No two days are ever the same at FarGo Village so we need people who are flexible, quick thinking and passionate about supporting small businesses and the creative arts.

We’re looking for an individual to join the FarGo team to help us on weekends with our busy exciting events schedule

Job Description – Duty Managers 2022

Secondly, we need a Food & Beverage Supervisor for our venues Factory and The Box.  You will be experienced in Food & Beverage delivery and customer service, happy to work various shifts and support and develop our small F & B team.

Think this is for you? Please download the full job description here

Independent Food Hall Supervisor

 

Screening Rights Festival: ‘Unapologetic’- a Friday night special

This Autumn, we’re joined by the acclaimed Screening Rights Festival team for one night of this year’s programme, on Friday 26th November from 6.30pm. Join us and watch ‘Unapologetic’, and also discover the work of Screening Rights Festival’s youth programme SAVI, and their fantastic films. To add the date to your calendar, or book your free ticket, check out our What’s On page here.

UNAPOLOGETIC | SYNOPSIS

Meet Janaé and Bella, two fierce abolitionists whose upbringing and experiences shape their activism and views on Black liberation. Through their lens, Unapologetic provides an inside look into the ongoing movement work that transformed Chicago, from the police murder of Rekia Boyd to the election of mayor Lori Lightfoot.

Unapologetic captures a tense and polarizing moment in Chicago’s fight for the livelihood of its Black residents. The film follows Janaé and Bella, two young abolitionist organizers, as they work within the Movement for Black Lives to seek justice for Rekia Boyd and Laquan McDonald, two young Black people killed by Chicago police. They aim to elevate a progressive platform for criminal justice to a police board led by Lori Lightfoot and a complicit city administration, while also elevating leadership by women and femmes.

 

JANAÉ BONSU, 24, moves from South Carolina to Chicago committed to pursuing her PHD in social work. However, in the midst of all of the trauma surrounding state and intra-community violence, the movement calls her for a higher purpose. She joins the Chicago chapter of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100), a young activist organization committed to progressive change in Black communities through policy and direct action. Janaé ventures beyond the ivory towers of her university knee deep into the Movement, eventually rising the ranks to national policy chair. However, her enthusiasm to organize wanes as challenges and controversy strike the organization, forcing her to grapple with the physical and mental toll of leadership. With her academics faltering, she questions whether she has the stamina to achieve her personal goals while still fighting the good fight.

Meanwhile, in the heart of the city, a loudspeaker closely follows Chicago-native BELLA BAHHS, 22, at a protest as she proclaims, “this is Black history that we are making! Even if we don’t, our stories gon’ make it!” The crowd erupts. Soon after, a video of this performance goes viral, changing her presence both within and outside her Chicago community. She is thrust to the forefront of the Movement as an artist-activist. Internally, however, Bella grapples with the recent death of her grandmother, her primary caretaker while her parents were incarcerated. Only after Bella attends a picnic for a historic, local gang do we uncover her grandmother’s roots as a respected gang leader. But “gang” means something different to Bella; to her, they were the community leaders that gave kids school supplies and made sure the block was fed. So, when Bella powerfully leads the chant: “Protect and serve, we are the police! We’re taking back our community!,” it’s inspired by the grassroots leadership of the street warriors that raised her.

Throughout the film, we see how movement actions play out in the landscape of ‘Chicago’s city politics. After a slew of protests in response to the murder and coverup of Laquan McDonald, Mayor Rahm Emanuel fires Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. While seen as a win for the organizing community, our characters continue fighting deep, personal battles. After failing an assignment and risking her doctoral career, Janaé realizes the ways in which organizing can cause her to overextend herself. For Bella, the stakes are even higher. Her brother is sentenced to fifty years in prison, leaving her to balance her true purpose in movement work while her family struggles to survive within the criminal justice system. Furthermore, discord within the organizing community moves Janaé and Bella to reconsider the impact of their multi-year efforts. They find themselves unable to separate the movement from their personal lives and begin to ask – in a Trump-era America – what does a sustainable lifestyle look like for both their community and their own well being?

After winning a Soros Justice Fellowship to pursue work in criminal justice reform, Bella makes the courageous decision to create the Sister Survivor Network, an organization that aims to help heal women impacted by America’s prison system. Janaé overcomes the challenges of balancing organizing work and her PhD program by being elevated to the National Co-Director of BYP 100 and officially becoming a PhD candidate; in an emotional scene, she triumphantly defends her dissertation proposal.

 

 

UNAPOLOGETIC  | ARTISTIC STATEMENT 

In the winter of 2012, Rekia Boyd was just getting started in life. Her friends describe her as someone prone to smiles and laughter. She dotted her i’s with hearts, was a big Drake fan, and expressed herself freely on Facebook while trying to figure out her relationship status.

In the winter of 2012, I was also just getting started. I was in my first year at Northwestern University’s film program and was one of less than ten Black people in my class. A slew of racist campus events caused me to feel further isolated and pushed me to begin speaking out about how racism affected my everyday. Slowly but surely, I began integrating these realizations into my art.

In March of that same year, Rekia was hanging out with her friends near her home when she was killed by a stray bullet. It took three years for the police officer who shot her to be brought to court, and after years of waiting for justice, it was deemed a mistrial. It seemed that he would walk away without being held accountable.

Three years later, people of all ages from neighborhoods throughout Chicago came together to organize around their frustration. With nothing but a borrowed camera and monopod in hand, I joined the hundreds descending upon Chicago Police Headquarters to demand justice. The energy was electrifying. Black women on bullhorns stood in front of crowds leading the space. For the first time, I experienced a different narrative unfolding in the enduring struggle for Black freedom – one led by Black feminist voices. I couldn’t help but see myself in them.

Shortly after, I began to document two of these voices: JANAÉ BONSU, a 24-year-old pursuing her PhD in social work while also rising the ranks of a national activist organization; and BELLA BAHHS, a 22-year-old “rap-tivist” from the Westside of Chicago whose artistry and activism seek to heal women harmed by intergenerational effects of incarceration – women like herself. Over the course of two and a half years, we watch as these women grapple not only with what it means to lead a mass movement, but also to enter early adulthood as Black, queer women.

I have been a filmmaker for nine years now; Unapologetic is my feature film directorial debut. Five years after beginning production, we have completed the film. While this documentation was certainly important at the time of filming, it proves even more essential now, especially in light of the recent killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor in 2020. As Lori Lightfoot has become the first Black, openly-queer mayor of Chicago, mainstream media has championed her as a symbol of progressive growth. However, the current reality in the city counters that. After years of intentional work, organizers are working to educate the community around abolishing and divesting from policing, despite a new mayor bolstered by representative politics. Unapologetic intentionally centers the narratives of the Black queer feminist organizers who brought forth the progressive platform that set the stage for Chicago’s historic shift in leadership.

I have always known and felt the presence of Black resistance in my life. However, the strong feminine leadership in the Chicago movement caused me to question where my history had been placed. How might my world have been different if I saw a young PhD student or a rapper that looked like me organizing a mass movement? Unapologetic has given me an opportunity to discover more about myself through this legacy of resistance, and take a more active role in it.

What does one usually require of a Black movement leader? Certainly not femme. Certainly not queer. Certainly not flawed, or quick to anger, or overly opinionated. By focusing on this refreshing counter narrative within the Movement for Black Lives, I wanted to recognize this heroic and thankless work, catalyzing empathy, understanding, and hope in all viewers at such a critical time for Black lives.

 

— Ashley O’Shay

 

UNAPOLOGETIC | FESTIVALS

 

2020 Blackstar Film Festival (World Premiere)

2020 Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Fest (International Premiere)

2020 American Black Film Festival

2020 Black Harvest Film Festival

2020 Chagrin Documentary Film Festival

2020 CinemAfrica Film Festival

2020 Cucalorus Film Festival

2020 DOC NYC

2020 DocYard Film Series

2020 Frameline44

2020 Heartland Film Festival

2020 IDA Screening Series

2020 image+nation, Montreal LGBTQ Film Festival – WINNER: Jury Prize

2020 Indie Memphis Film Festival

2020 Melanin Pride Festival

2020 Montclair Film Festival

2020 Milwaukee Film Festival

2020 New Orleans Film Festival

2020 St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival

2020 St. Louis International Film Festival

2020 Unorthodocs

2021 Athena Film Festival – WINNER: Breakthrough Award

2021 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

2021 Cleveland International Film Festival – WINNER: Groundbreaker Award

2021 Denton Black Film Festival

2021 Frauen Film Festival, Germany

2021 Hayti Heritage Film Festival

2021 Honolulu African-American Film Festival

2021 London Human Rights Watch Film Festival

2021 NYC Human Rights Watch Film Festival

2021 OUTShine Film Festival

2021 Outfest Fusion Film Festival

2021 TIFF Next Wave Film Festival

2021 Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

2021 Vermont International Split/Screen Series

 

Book your free tickets for and enjoy this incredible film from The Box, Friday 26th November from 6.30pm.

Green Rooms Market come to FarGo!

Welcome to Green Rooms Market at FarGo Village! We’re really excited to welcome them for their very first event in the Midlands! Green Rooms Market bring together all things botanical, so you can immerse yourself in plant shopping heaven at their regular markets and pop up events in London and beyond. Featuring plant-packed stalls, plant advice, kids craft and interactive workshops- their events are a treat for plant novices and green fingered pros.

 

We’ve thought really carefully about the best way to run this market to keep everyone safe, for our traders, staff, and of course, you! Read on to find out what to expect and the top 10 things you can do to support fiercely independent in a safe way this weekend.

 

  1. Social distancing

We’re  limiting numbers inside the market hall, to no more than 60 at any one time, so you’ll have plenty of space to move about and socially distance properly. Please maintain a distance of 1.5m from anyone not in your household or bubble. Please remember you can only socialise with up to 6 people from outside your household indoors, so you might need to limit how many people you can wander the market with.

  1. Queuing

Because we’ve got a limit on numbers inside the Market Hall, if we’re full when you arrive, you may be asked to queue for a few minutes until someone leaves. Please be patient, and queue 1.5m from people outside of your household/ bubble – we’ll have a designated spot for you to wait, and some lovely staff to direct you.

  1. Track and Trace

We will need to collect Track and trace information from every person entering the Market Hall. To make this process smoother and so you can enter faster, we recommend you download the NHS track and trace app before you get to FarGo, so you can scan our QR code at the gates or the Market Hall entrance, and then you just need to show your screen to the door staff instead of signing in manually! This is a legal requirement so you will need to register if you’d like to shop.

  1. Staff

We’ve got even more of our fab team than normal at this market, to make sure we can keep track of everything, and keep you guys safe. There will be someone on the door taking Track and Trace info, and stewarding to monitor numbers and to make sure we can answer questions, guide you round our one way system, and make sure everyone stays safe inside the venue.

  1. One way systems

So we can avoid overcrowding and problems with social distancing, we’ll have a one way system at this event. You will enter via the Market Hall entrance between Gourmet Food Kitchen and Choc N Roll, and exit through the shutter next to Pop Bang Colour. Inside, arrows on the floor will  guide you around the market. You can loop back round for another look still, but make sure you’re doing this where the arrows indicate!

  1. Face Masks

We will be asking everyone, including staff and traders, to always wear face masks inside the venue, unless exempt. This is necessary to enter the venue- please remember to put it on before you enter, so our staff don’t need to ask you!

  1. Wash your hands

We’ve got hand sanitizer stations at both the entrance and the exit of the market, for you to use. We also have sinks for handwashing too, so if hand sanitizer is getting to your skin a bit, we’ve got plan b ready!

  1. Please follow traders requests

All our traders have got measures in place to keep their stalls safe and clean for you, but this means you will need to ask before touching products and may be asked to use hand sanitizer first. Please listen to our lovely traders, they’ve got your safety in mind!

  1. Pay by card

Where possible, please pay by card, as this is much more hygienic than cash, and helps our traders keep you safe. Some traders may be operating card only over the weekend, so please bear this in mind and come with your card at the ready!

  1. Enjoy yourself!

There will be plenty of signage about on the day, and people to help out, so you can shop safe in the knowledge that we’re doing everything we can to keep you safe. Our cleaners will be regularly cleaning touch points to keep the venue hygienic. If you see something that you think we could be doing better, please let us know!

We can’t wait to see you back in the village, exploring our very own urban jungle, permanent shops, and grabbing a spot of lunch at the newly opened Factory (we’d definitely recommend it!) so we’ll see you on this weekend

 

Saturday 5th 10am-5pm and Sunday 6th 11am-4pm!

 

Welcoming Markets back for 2021

Vintage In The Village is back.  Welcome a fabulous day of all things vintage this May, for one day only, we want to bring some true vintage treasures, as well as some real bargains! Independent retailers, creatives and artists have everything ready for you starting from vintage clothing & accessories to homeware, vintage cars  and cookies.

We’ve thought really carefully about the best way to run this market to keep everyone safe, for our traders, staff, and of course, you! Read on to find out what to expect and the top 10 things you can do to support fiercely independent in a safe way this weekend.

 


  1. Social distancing

We’re  limiting numbers inside the market hall, to no more than 60 at any one time, so you’ll have plenty of space to move about and socially distance properly. Please maintain a distance of 1.5m from anyone not in your household or bubble. Please remember you cannot socialise inside with anyone outside of your household or bubble.


  1. Queuing

Because we’ve got a limit on numbers inside the Market Hall, if we’re full when you arrive, you may be asked to queue for a few minutes until someone leaves. Please be patient, and queue 1.5m from people outside of your household/ bubble – we’ll have a designated spot for you to wait, and some lovely staff to direct you.


  1. Track and Trace

We will need to collect Track and trace information from every person entering the Market Hall. To make this process smoother and so you can enter faster, we recommend you download the NHS track and trace app before you get to FarGo, so you can scan our QR code at the gates or the Market Hall entrance, and then you just need to show your screen to the door staff instead of signing in manually! This is a legal requirement so you will need to register if you’d like to shop.


  1. Staff

We’ve got even more of our fab team than normal at this market, to make sure we can keep track of everything, and keep you guys safe. There will be someone on the door taking Track and Trace info, someone on the exit counting you out, and another person floating around to make sure we can answer questions, guide you round our one way system, and make sure everyone stays safe inside the venue.


  1. One way systems

So we can avoid overcrowding and problems with social distancing, we’ll have a one way system at this event. You will enter via the Market Hall entrance between Gourmet Food Kitchen and Choc N Roll, and exit through the shutter next to Pop Bang Colour. Inside, arrows on the floor will  guide you around the market. You can loop back round for another look still, but make sure you’re doing this where the arrows indicate!


  1. Face Masks

We will be asking everyone, including staff and traders, to always wear face masks inside the venue, unless exempt. This is necessary to enter the venue- please remember to put it on before you enter, so our staff don’t need to ask you!


  1. Wash your hands

We’ve got hand sanitizer stations at both the entrance and the exit of the market, for you to use. We also have sinks for handwashing too, so if hand sanitizer is getting to your skin a bit, we’ve got plan b ready!


  1. Shop Online

If you’re not entirely comfortable joining the market in person this weekend, you can still support our fiercely independent makers by shopping online at our online marketplace! Check out makers profiles, see product previews and follow the links to order online and enjoy the market from the saftey of your home.


  1. Please follow traders requests

All our traders have got measures in place to keep their stalls safe and clean for you, but this means you will need to ask before touching products and may be asked to use hand sanitizer first. Please listen to our lovely traders, they’ve got your safety in mind!


  1. Pay by card

Where possible, please pay by card, as this is much more hygienic than cash, and helps our traders keep you safe. Some traders may be operating card only over the weekend, so please bear this in mind and come with your card at the ready!


There will be plenty of signage about on the day, and people to help out, so you can shop safe in the knowledge that we’re doing everything we can to keep you safe. Our cleaners will be regualrly cleaning touch points to kee the venue hygenic. If you see something that you think we could be doing better, please let us know! We can’t wait to see you back in the village, exploring our indie makers, permanent shops, and maybe grabbing a spot of lunch (we’d definitely recommend it!) so we’ll see you on this weekend, Saturday 24th 11am-5pm and Sunday 25th 11am-4pm!

 

Community Growth Fund

What is “Community Growth Fund”?

The “Community Growth Fund”  provides a small grant and in-kind support to local community groups and organisations seeking to develop and deliver events, which increase participation in arts and culture.

FarGo Village has been granted funding by Arts Council England as
part of the “Cultural Recovery Fund” which means we are able to
support a small programme of community-based events.

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from local community groups /organisations, operating in the broad field of arts and culture as their core focus. The organisation will be responsible to implement an event at FarGo Village that will benefit their audience between January and March 2021. This could be an art exhibition, live music event, community conference etc.

To find more information about the fund, please click HERE

 

 

SUMMER SCREENS LAUNCHES NEW INDOOR CINEMA EXPERIENCE WINTER SCREENS

THE BEST CHRISTMAS FILMS, SEASONAL CULT CLASSICS AND FESTIVE FAMILY FAVOURITES THIS DECEMBER AT THE WINTER SCREENS CHRISTMAS CINEMA

 

Winter Screens is the new indoor cinema experience from the team at Summer Screens. During the colder, darker months, Winter Screens will be converting some spectacular spaces into amazing movie theatres, to offer guests the definitive popup cinema experience, and first up, it’s Christmas.

 

This December Winter Screens will have a season of classic festive movies, as the company converts two fantastic venues at Fargo Village in Coventry, and St Lawrence’s Church in Reading into the Winter Screens Christmas Cinema!

Guests can snuggle down on giant bean bags with blankets, tuck into mince pies and mulled wine,  and enjoy all of their favourite festive films on the giant retro screen in the Winter Screens cinema lounge, complete with Christmas trees and a virtual log fire.

 

The films will be shown in full 2k HD with state-of-the-art audio and include all the best Christmas movies, seasonal cult classics and festive family favourites such as Home Alone, Elf, The Polar Express, Gremlins, The Holiday, It’s A Wonderful Life, Miracle On 34th Street, Love Actually and Die Hard.

 

Ticket Types & Prices

 

Tickets start at £9.50 children aged 4-17 and £15.00 for adults. Seating is a choice of bean bag wedges or director chairs. For those wanting the premium Winter Screens, there is the option of the giant bean bag chairs which are located in a prime position in the center of the cinema, which come complete with a complimentary drink, popcorn, and either chocolate or a mince pie. Premium tickets are £19.50 for children and £25.00 for adults.

 

Venue Address

 

The Box, Fargo Village, Coventry, CV1 5ED

 

Date Time Film Certificate

 

13/12/2019 4.30pm It’s a Wonderful Life U
13/12/2019 8.30pm Home Alone PG
14/12/2019 12.30pm The Muppets Christmas Carol U
14/12/2019 4.30pm The Polar Express U
14/12/2019 8.30pm Elf PG
15/12/2019 12.30pm Home Alone PG
15/12/2019 4.30pm Gremlins 12A
15/12/2019 8.30pm Love Actually 15

 

To book tickets and for more information www.winterscreens.co.uk

Find us on Facebook and Instagram: @winterscreens

Coventry Athletes in 24hr Gruelling Challenge to Raise Money for Veterans – The Longest Day

On Friday 12 July 2019, Members of Wildcard Strength and Conditioning, a CrossFit gym based at FarGo Creative Village in Coventry, will take part in The Longest Day. From 6pm Friday to 6pm Saturday, Wildcard Athletes will complete a gruelling workout every hour, on the hour, for 24 hours to raise money for The Not Forgotten Association.

The 24 individual workouts are likely to involve a mixture of Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, running, rowing, cycling, functional bodybuilding and core conditioning that will test Member’s strength, speed, endurance and agility.

CrossFit workouts are never easy and are often very high intensity. Adding lack of sleep and muscle fatigue into the mix, these Athletes will be tested to their physical limits to raise money for this important cause.

Alex Burrell and James Przybek, owners of Wildcard, have both served as Royal Marines and have selected The Not Forgotten Association as it is a charity very close to their hearts. Alex has been a recipient of support from The Not Forgotten Association after being medically discharged from the Royal Marines.

Alex says ‘My final deployment was pretty tough and will be something that will stick with me for the rest of my life. We were a 5-man team deployed on a rescue vessel to the sea between Turkey and Greece just as the “Migrant Crisis” started.

We saw some of the best and worst in humanity over that time and I have been left with lasting scars mentally after some of the horrific things we had to deal with.’

Through social activities and challenges, The Not Forgotten Association combat the causes of isolation and loneliness; a blight that adversely affects so many vulnerable wounded, injured and sick service personnel and disabled members of the Armed Forces community.

They help to restore confidence, enhance wellbeing, boost morale and improve the chances of service men and women, providing fun, laughter and friendship to those who have served their country and now suffer.

Brigadier James Stopford CBE, Chief Executive of The Not Forgotten says ‘This challenge is going to be tough, but it’s an example to all of how no one should be defined or limited by their injury or illness. The Wildcard Longest Day Challenge epitomises what The Not Forgotten is all about – finding comradeship through challenge and we wish Alex and the team all the very best.’

James, co-owner of Wildcard, says ‘We have 30 of our committed Members taking part in the fundraiser including Students, Teachers, Doctors and members of the UK City of Culture 2021 team. It will be an extremely difficult challenge, with 24 different workouts and very little opportunity to grab a few minutes sleep. After three tours of Afghanistan with a high level of sleep deprivation, I could not be more proud of the Wildcard members embracing this challenge.’

A fundraising page has been set up to support Alex, James and the Members of Wildcard https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/WildcardLongestDay. Although The Longest Day will be an extreme test of fitness and stamina for established Members, Wildcard’s doors are open to those will all levels of fitness, with workouts scaled to suit each Member individually during small, coached, classes seven days a week.

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For more information on WildCard Strength and Conditioning visit http://wildcardsc.com/
For more information on The Not Forgotten Association visit https://www.nfassociation.org/

James Przybek is available for interview, contact jamesprzybek@gmail.com or call 07925 903 470

Guest Blog: FarGo Village Vegan Festival – Spring/Summer 2019

Let me launch right in by writing about some of the amazing small businesses that I met at FarGo Village last weekend. FarGo hosted their bi-annual vegan fair which is always a massive favourite of mine – I make a point of going there to support the tenants and FarGo themselves as much as possible.

Stands with Something to Say that Stood Out to Me

 

What I LOVED about Sunny Soul Up was their ethos – 100% recycled clothing which helped to save turtles. Literally, what’s not to love? These t-shirts are made up of 40% recycled plastic bottles, and 60% organic cotton. What fascinated me is that each shirt contained between 2 and 12 bottles and they were SO SOFT.

 

The lady from Ethical and Unique told me started crafting with plastics years ago, and then realised what a mistake she’d made! She immediately started changing to completely natural, ethical and cruelty free sources to create her beautiful necklaces and jewellery. Ethical and Unique jewellery reminded me of buried coins from Roman times – they were all so traditionally created. Some even reminded me of warriors’ shields!

Robbie at Cow Eggs was ever so sweet, and SO talented! I absolutely loved her watercolour renditions of pets – they had so much character, I just had to buy a card and a notebook! I might have to get a portrait done of my hamster…

Sophie (of Sophie Vujko Illustrations) was ever so lovely! She started off illustrating and then moved onto supporting animal rights within her up-cycled denim jacket designs – they were so sweet and all had vegan slogans on… I especially loved the pig in a teacup that said “Too Sweet to Eat!”

Honourable mentions include Sophie Hyam who put on a fabulous vegan food demonstration for us; Tropic who helped me find a moisturiser to suit my skin that was sustainable and smelt amazing and Chaaboo who make beautiful handmade tea scented soaps that also smelt incredible – I had to buy a Chai Tea one!

 

Now for what you’re all waiting for… THE FOOD!

 

The choice of food available at FarGo’s Vegan Fair was so vast that I ended up having a double-lunch plus tons more sweet things! I couldn’t help but want to try everything! It made me happy to know that it was guilt-free dining!

The first stall I’d like to shout about is LoveKimchi – they had some of the BEST Korean food I’ve ever tasted (all pictured above). I took one mouthful of their kimchi ramen and I HAD to buy myself some! The flavours were incredible and I loved this couple’s passion for their food!

 

There were SO many choices for sweet treats at the vegan fair – some of which you’d be so surprised to know are vegan! The cakes were so well presented, there were donuts the size of honeydew melons which I bought from The Doughnut Pod, and crepes made by the wonderfully named Bloods and Crepes lads who were great fun to chat with!

Treat yourself Vegan at FarGo Every Day

 

Let’s not forget the permanent tenants of FarGo  – these guys are there all week and are the beating heart of FarGo itself. Many of them offer vegan options all year round so there’s no excuse for not visiting any day of the week if you’re looking for vegan choices.

 

  • BackHaus a huge selection of vegan cakes and food
  • Rock’n’Roller Parlour use MUK vegan hair products and dyes
  • Bubble Boba can make almost all of their drinks vegan
  • Choc ‘n’ Roll offer vegan gourmet chocolate options
  • Olivia’s Handmade bath bombs are Vegan friendly and Cruelty Free
  • Twisted Barrel are a fully vegan brewery
  • Container No.8 have their own vegan cheese making kits
  • There’s also FarGo’s very own vegan store – The Green Unicorn!

Overall FarGo’s Vegan festival had a really nice balance of food to eat there, food to take away and trinkets and goodies to buy for yourself or as gifts. It gave small businesses a much-needed voice and face-to-face presence and there were so many passionate people there with the same ethos – cruelty free and ethical living!

 

Written by Amy Turner of WritingIntoTheEther.com in association with CovBloggers

 

Read the blog on Amy’s website here: https://www.writingintotheether.com/its-easy-being-green-fargo-village-vegan-festival/