The least green time of the year is wailing down upon us once again, and that's not just a reference to the complete lack of chlorophyll: 'Tis the season for endless appeals to shop, quickly discarded gift wrap, and environmental excesses of all kinds. Hosted by Do It Green! magazine (exclamation theirs), the Green Gifts Fair is where environmental consciousness and holiday expectations—to eat, drink, and give generously—overlap. Over 70 vendors selling gifts organic, fair trade, recycled, and up-cycled will converge on the Midtown Global Market, including "eco-boutique" Olive & Myrtle, Mankato's Naturally Bamboo Clothing, and Mr. Ellie Pooh, selling paper products made from 75 percent elephant dung. Despite its title, the fair covers more ground than just gifts: Activities include a low-carbon cook-off with competing chefs from Firelake Grill and Tastebud Tart, an eco fashion show, information on holiday tree alternatives, and tips from Eureka Recycling on hosting less wasteful holiday gatherings.
Sat., Nov. 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 2009