Great turnout at Llanfyllin Food Fair

by Lena Fritsch and Cordelia Weedon

Many were interested in Uganda and Dolen Ffermio projects at Llanfyllin Food Fair earlier this month

We are pleased to report that Dolen Ffermio was successfully represented at the Food Fair at Y Dolydd, Llanfyllin’s Workhouse, on 12 September 2021. The event attracted a record attendance: At least 700 people came throughout the day to enjoy a mix of music, food, arts and heritage. It was a great opportunity to raise awareness of our projects in Uganda – with a very encouraging result, visitors showed great interest in permaculture, renewable energy, Uganda and African countries in general.

People from all over Wales and borders came by, many impressed by the event and Llanfyllin community.

Photo display at Llanfyllin Food Fair: Ugandan staple foods and food status compared to UK

At the Dolen Ffermio stall, we were happy to raise £135.15 from the sale of Timberkits, Ugandan crafts, and plants. We also provided information with a photo display of Ugandan staple foods and related activities there, as well as a comparison on food status in Uganda and UK. A big thank you to all our volunteers, helping hands and visitors!

As part of the event, a joint exhibition of artists with workshops at Y Dolydd Workhouse was open to the public. The works – which are currently still on display – include extracts of our trustee Cordelia Weedon’s Photo Diary project from 2009, 2013 and 2016. The aim of the project was to collaborate with young Ugandans and involve them in capturing images to tell their stories: “I believe both others and myself could learn a lot from seeing life from their perspectives”, Cordelia says.

Some of these Ugandan Photo Diaries will be on exhibition in the sixth form common room at Llanfyllin High School from mid October.