Sustainable Living & Indigenous Plant Fair 2012 - Invitation to Stallholders
Building on the six-year reputation of the Midlands Indigenous and Edible Plant Fair, the organisers are excited to extend their theme to incorporate sustainability in its broadest and truest terms and invite key sustainability service providers to profile their products / services at this year’s event.
The event will be held between Friday 27 April & Sunday 29 April 2012 from 9am to 5pm at the Cattle Arena, Royal Show Grounds, Pietermaritzburg (entrance through Gate 5 off Hyslop Road).
The central event remains the Indigenous and Edible Plant Fair and the layout will be the same as last year, with the marquee at the top end of the Cattle Arena and the plants laid out in the centre of the arena (see proposed layout alongside). We are adding hopefully fifty or more stalls, promoting environmental NGO's, sustainability service providers, consultancies, conservancies and certification bodies and conservation interest groups in a semi-circle opposite the marquee.
Companies which can demonstrate a genuine commitment to sustainability are invited to apply. Space is limited so preference will be given to local service providers on a first come first serve basis. The organisers retain the right of refusal. Our target market is the general public; anyone who feels interested in embracing sustainable practices in the home, garden or at work, across the race, age and income divide.
Our only sponsorship pledge to date is from A.C.T. to the tune of R30k but we are hoping to raise further sponsorships and smaller donations.
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide covered stalls for this year’s event, although the weather In April is usually stable and not too hot. Stall holders will be required to provide their own gazebo, tables, chairs and any other requirements for their stalls. Stalls are limited to 3x3 metres at a cost of R500 for the three days. Companies who require a double stand will pay R1,000. Electrified sites will incur an additional R100 per site.
Royal Agricultural Society security is provided overnight but the fee does not include insurance and the organisers may not be held liable for any losses. The organisers, however, have never had any problems in the past. Stallholders are to use common sense and not leave valuable items on their stands overnight.
Other possible side attractions are:
• A Film Festival running each day from 10am to 3 or 4pm;
• An ‘Oasis of Fresh Thinking’ platform with speakers talking on a variety of topics on about local living;
• A sustainability educational workshop aimed at disadvantaged schools;
• An organic food restaurant; and
• And much, much more!
During the day, there will be announcements from the PA system highlighting next events, specials on offer by vendors, calling attention to stalls, locating missing children, rampant dogs, etc. and music.
A portion of the proceeds will go towards Project Rhino KZN.
If you are interested in holding a stall at this year’s maiden event or would like further information, please contact Karen Zunckel at ZUNCKEL ECOLOGICAL & ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES
7 Annthia Road, HILTON, 3245, South Africa
tel: +27 (0) 33 343 1739
cell: +27 (0) 83 235 8628
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