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Our first event was a complete sell out and we cannot thank all of you that came and helped organise it enough!
We were slightly apprehensive about planning an event of this scale at the moment considering we are a fairly new organisation but it went off without a hitch and the several months of stressful planning and organising were totally worth it.
The event 'HFF Family Fiesta' took place on Saturday 20th September 2014 at St.Barnabas Church, Pitshanger Lane, Ealing, W5; the venue was chosen due to its centrality, parking facilities and space! We were hoping to attract between 150-200 people but at last count and following plenty of ticket sales on the door, we welcomed over 350 of you throughout the day!!!
Though food is undoubtedly important at an event like this, we wanted to keep the brains of those who visited us ticking and throughout the day had talks from Action on Salt and Sugar, Willowbrook Organic Farm, and a Food Technologist from the Halal Food Authority discussing various issues from excessive salt consumption to organic farming methods to alternatives to gelatine. We also had an interactive workshop from Jyoti at the Veggie Kitchen who gave a live demonstration on how to make homemade mango sorbet and a spicy bean salad as well as a story telling session by Shade 7 Publishing (creators of the world's first Quranic pop up book!).
Children's activities also ran throughout the day to keep the little ones busy:
And after arts-and-crafting themselves out they were able to go into the main hall and grab a snack from one of the variety of food stalls we had on offer, including award-winning Snowflake Gelato:
and the taste of Pakistan, Gola Ganda:
Also on offer were the necessary samosas, chaats, biryanis - but we also had free Kashmiri tea, a variety of Persian and Moroccan culinary delights, cakes (cupcakes, fruit cakes, sponge cakes, cake pops - you name a cake, we had it!), cheese and olive tasting, chicken pasties, halal Pick'n'Mix and were delighted to have hosted Ieat Foods at their first ever public tasting outside of Tesco / Sainsburys!
We would also like to extend a huge thank you to Sweet Apple Publishers, Compassion in World Farming, Halal Eat, Attar Mist and all of the other stallholders and volunteers that helped us on the day. The HFF Family Fiesta was a joint effort and we are so glad that it went off with a bang! We are hoping to make this an annual event and perhaps even take it to different parts of the country. Our ultimate goal is to educate the community on leading a healthy, balanced and halal lifestyle - but we want to do this through a fun, enigmatic and interactive way.Help us make this a reality!
To see the full image gallery of the event (hi-res) click here.