Food Fair & Charities


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What is Food Fair?

The Parish of the Church of Our Saviour organises a large-scale charity event every year, which we call Food Fair. On the third Saturday in November every year (in 2018 this will be held on Saturday 17th November, our 50TH FOOD FAIR GOLDEN JUBILEE!!), our many different nationalities come together to prepare and sell their own national food specialities, wines, pastries etc. There is a huge bookstall and also handicraft, Fair Trade, jewellery and bric a brac stalls.

Each country or region takes pride in decorating the booths with national flags and colours and working together as a team. There are activities for children, such as face painting and other fun events. Our largest source of funds is from our raffle where local sponsors donate wonderful prizes. It is a great opportunity for everyone in the community to come together and volunteer their time and talents for a greater cause.

Not only does Food Fair promote community spirit, but it has a much deeper purpose, namely to take the proceeds of the event and offer them to a range of charitable organisations operating around the world. Our parishioners are the ones who identify suitable projects to be considered and these have included such things as farming ventures, building, women’s support, street children education and rehabilitation of homeless people, to name just a few.

Food Fair Poster:   Food Fair poster 2018.jpg





​Food Fair Committee Says a Huge Thank You ....

to the following 3,000 people who helped make our 2017 event such a success: the Booth Co-ordinators, their teams, the admin and support teams, all donors (wine, Bazaar stuff, books, fashion​ accessories, cash, other FF necessities) prize sponsors, the ISH and Mondriaan volunteers, all the people who attended the event, Parish staff, F. Vatel school staff, the transporters, storage donors, flyer-deliverers and other people who helped us promote FF and anyone else we've forgotten. You all played an essential part - we hope to see you same time next year!

Thanks To The Food Fair Committee

What I know so far is that our Food Fair Team, Booth Coordinators and Volunteers have all worked very hard to make it a success! Many thanks to that wonderful group and to all who responded to their plea for help. Thanks also to the donors of prizes, money, talents and time. All this is a sign of the vitality and the solidarity of our parish and our Faith. Thank you for that inspiration. Fr. Sjaak


Food Fair Committee

The Food Fair is organised by a committee of volunteers, many of whom return year after year - but, of course extra volunteers and new ideas are always welcome!. Much of the work is done well in advance of the event itself: the date is set about one year in advance; sponsors are often contacted as early as May or June; permits are arranged months ahead, P.R. activities are continuous throughout the year.


The raffle is one of the biggest fundraisers of the Food Fair and so each year we ask for your help in selling tickets. Every ticket bought or sold makes an important contribution towards bettering the lives of disadvantaged people around the world. Over the years the Food Fair has provided help, hope and enrichment for thousands of lives.
Every year we are looking for sponsors to provide the prizes at the raffle - it's never too early to start investigating whether your company would be interested in donating something.


Charities - this is why we have Food Fair!

The Charities Committee (see below) carefully considers the sponsorship requests made by parishioners and submits its recommendations to the Parish Council. Here is a list of charity recipients in the last 10 years of Food Fair 2007-2016 COS Charities Database Overview.pdf


Application Forms

THE APPLICATION FORM FOR CHARITY GRANTS for Food Fair 2018 will be available in due time.


Charities Committee  

The Charities Committee is primarily concerned with the selection of projects considered suitable for a financial donation from the parish. The first task is to encourage parishioners to submit an application for assistance normally, but not exclusively, from the developing world. The money to be distributed comes from the previous year's International Food Fair. The criteria for selection are quite specific, but the main objectives are to alleviate physical suffering and help foster self sufficiency. The Committee's work lasts from December to the Spring during which period the members review the various applications that have been sponsored by parishioners. The recommendations are then presented to the Parish Council. Once approval has been granted by the Parish Council the Charity Committee's Treasurer arranges for the donations to be forwarded to the project managers of the charities which have been successful. The results are published in the Bulletin and on the website.

Charities Criteria

Funds may be requested for educational, spiritual, medical, agricultural, and social welfare projects but not for personal development. Each application must be sponsored by a registered parishioner, and no parishioner may sponsor more than one project. As a general guideline grants will not exceed €2500, and no project will be funded for more than three years in succession.

In evaluating each proposal, the Committee takes many factors into account, including the following:
  • NEED. Life-sustaining projects (e.g. micro-credit programmes) will take priority over ‘nice to have' projects, (e.g. replacing furniture).
  • SUSTAINABILITY. Projects that will generate ongoing benefits will usually be rated above others that are for temporary relief.
  • SELF-HELP. Preference will be given to projects by which communities help themselves.
  • EFFICIENCY. Project managers must present a well-thought out plan (with timings) for realising their aims, and show they have found the best 'value-for-money' in goods and services.
  • DISTRIBUTION. No single country, region or continent shall have an excessive share of any year's funds.
  • SCALE. While we applaud the work of many high-profile donors and international charities with wide-scale funding, our commitment is to small-scale non-governmental projects.
  • SPONSOR'S FOOD FAIR INVOLVEMENT. Those who help raise the funds are the ones who have the most right to a say in their distribution!

The Charities Committee will assess applications in Spring and make a recommendation to the Parish Council in April/May. It is a condition of accepting any donation that the sponsor undertakes to provide feedback by the year end showing how the funds were used.

As the number of applications always exceeds available funds, it is inevitable that some projects will not be funded. The Committee trusts that all Sponsors will appreciate this.