The theme of this year's event: "Economy: the ecological alternatives"
Exhibition, conference and organic foodRound table discussions:
Saturday: "Eco-taxes and social taxes"
Sunday: "Questioning the development of out of town hyper-centres"
Saturday: "AMAPs and group purchasing" (AMAPs are pairings/groupings between farmers and food vendors, to support the rural economy - I had a look at the website on the link to find out more )
"The Fair Economy and Micro-loans"
"Décroissance, what is it?" (Good question! It's about down-scaling everything back to a local level, I think)
A local organisation will offer you an original meal for 8 euros with, on Saturday lunchtime a countryside meal, and on Sunday lunchtime, a wild meal!
To reserve your meal, phone..... Drat, didn't think to book!Now, you may or may not think that sounds like a fascinating day out, but here's the news: we've never been before, even though they have one every year. There are a few reasons. Firstly, it's always on Ben's birthday weekend, and we often have other plans. Secondly, it's all in French, and it sounds pretty heavy!Thirdly, although we do 'Live Differently', I don't know, we just live differently our way, not anyone else's way. It sounds a bit shaven head and fifteen ear-rings, although it clearly isn't, as no-one in our town looks like that!
So, should we go? Let me know what you think, and also, if you can be bothered, tell me which option YOU would go to (just for fun, you know!) Are you anti-out-of-town shopping, or pro-micro loans? Do you have an opinion on countryside issues or (dare I ask it) taxes? Have you experience of eco-building and alternative energy sources? And most importantly, which meal will you have? The traditional countryside one (a bit like a Ploughman's lunch) or the more adventurous wild one?
I'm signing off for the weekend, as we'll be celebrating with Ben (with or without the help of "Alterna'town"). No price tag on those languishing apothecary bottles yet! Back on Monday...