8th Day News
Christmas Raffle for Manchester Mind (reg Charity 219830)
Last year we had a raffle at Christmas and raised money for Crisis at Christmas. This year we wanted to run another one and decided to choose a local charity rather than national charity and having supported Manchester Mind before and learning about the fantastic mental health support they provide for local residents we decided we would try to raise some money and their profile at the same time.
Here’s a little bit about what they do:
“Manchester Mind is in independent local mental health charity which delivers services to young people and adults. Our vision is of a city that promotes good mental health and treats people with mental health problems positively, fairly and with respect.
We are committed to improving the lives of people with mental health needs. We promote the health and wellbeing of people affected by mental distress and take a positive approach to mental health, challenging stereotypes and discrimination.
We listen to and respect people who use our services, value their experiences and place them at the centre of service delivery and development. We enable people with mental health needs to improve their health and wellbeing to reach their full potential. We work with people so they can live more successfully in their communities. Above all, we aim to create a positive future for people who use our services or volunteer.”
Lots of people don’t realise that charities like Manchester Mind rely on donations so that they can provide their invaluable services. If you want to find out more about Manchester Mind, you can read about them here.
Each of our raffle tickets costs just £1 and all of the proceeds will go directly to Manchester Mind alongside a donation from our Co-op. The winner of the raffle will receive our fabulous hamper filled with lots of healthy goodies. If you are entering our raffle, good luck!
Cafe Christmassy Craft Event
On Thursday the 8th of December between 5pm and 7pm we’ll be holding the first of what we hope will be many Craft Evenings here in the Cafe. Our focus is on locally produced crafts from the many crafters we have here in Manchester. We’re looking for additional crafters, upcyclers, recyclers, ethical and eco retailers to sell their delightful handmade items, so get in touch with email@example.com to book your space.
For our customers we’ll have a range of hearty winter food, mulled wine and Christmas inspired cakes and desserts. So, pencil the date into your diary and come on in and enjoy some Christmas treats and pick up some unique, locally made gifts for family and friends.
The Eighth Day Wine Tasting Event
Always a popular event (we wonder why), we have our big pre-Christmas wine event coming up. This is a tutored vegan wine tasting from the wonderful Linda Ward from Vintage Roots Organic Wines, you’ll enjoy seven delightful wines as well as vegan canapés and local artisan bread. This event will certainly help you to choose your wines for an upcoming special occasion, weekend tipple or even your Christmas/New Year’s Day dinner. Expect a warm welcome and a fun night, audience participation is expected! This is a ticketed event and they certainly sell out quickly so don’t dally, make sure you book your place, tickets are £10 each of three for £25, so round up a group of friends and enjoy a discount.
The wine event is from 6.30pm until 9pm on Friday the 2nd of November. We hope we shall see you there.
If you follow us on social media, you might have noticed the #eighthdayeats hashtag on both ours and our customers pictures of food they are enjoying in the Cafe. This November we’re running a month long picture competition for our customers. Take a picture of the food and drink you are enjoying in the Cafe, post it to your social media using the #eighthdayeats hashtag and we’ll pick the one we love best and the winner will receive a £10 voucher to enjoy another meal in the Cafe. So get snapping, because we want to see the food you love!
Natural Trade Summit Manchester
On Sunday the 23rd of October Janet, Jen and Sally attended the 2nd Natural Trade Summit which was held helpfully just down the road at the Palace Hotel on Oxford Road. It’s an independents only event which we really appreciate, so it’s smaller than the NOPE show we attend in April in London, but much more manageable! We attended last year and thought it was a fantastic networking and educational event and were delighted that the team behind it want to make it a regular fixture.
It’s a chance to see new products and network which is always fantastic, but the real strength of this event is the fantastic program of educational seminars held by the brands and certification bodies that we work with.
We made sure we collectively attended the lectures and certainly learnt a lot and so hope to put our new knowledge into practice as soon as we can. We’re already looking forward to the next one in October 2017.
National Chocolate Week
From the 10th of October it’s National Chocolate Week, hurrah a whole week dedicated to the delicious cocoa bean treat!
Chocolate Week, definitely one the nation’s favourite themed weeks, returns for it’s 12th consecutive year and celebrates the world of fine chocolate from 10th to 16th October, 2016. Chocolate Week aims to promote fine flavour chocolate, the independent artisan chocolatiers and the chocolate companies who work in direct partnership with cocoa farmers, encouraging consumers to pay a fairer price for their chocolate.
At 8th day we only work with chocolate suppliers who are committed to either organic or fair-trade and in many instances both elements, why? Because we think that the farmers who grow the cocoa beans we enjoy as chocolate should be paid a fair price that allows them to invest in their own and their families futures and we feel they should not have to come into contact with pesticides and herbicides. It’s a really important part of our buying ethics and something we feel very strongly about and we hope you do too.
Over the week we’ll be hosting lots of tasting sessions of organic and fairtrade chocolate including some that is made in fairly locally in Cheshire by a small pure origin producer, so come on in and treat your taste buds .