During January 2017 the Faces Behind Our Food photographic exhibition is on show at a number of Lancaster’s independent cafes – forming a local food art trail.
The art trail features the photography and stories of 12 local food and drink producers, using their personal stories to delve into the complex issues that shape the food that we eat. The photography and stories are on show at The Radish, the Whale Tail, Roots Café, the Cornerstone Cafe and Wilde & Well Read (formally the Novel Café). A number of the featured producers are also suppliers of the cafés exhibiting the work – offering the perfect opportunity to reflect on the stories that shape the food on your plate.
Ray Edmondson, Felicity from Filbert’s Bakery and Mansergh Hall are on show at the Radish. The Cornerstone Café is showcasing Claver Hill community food project and the infamous Billy’s Eggs. Cockerham Boers and Rory from the Borough Brewery are featured at Wilde and Well Read. The Whale Tail is exhibiting some of their own suppliers- Growing With Nature, the Fig Tree and Dolphinholme Honey. And Thornton Meadows and Stephenson’s Dairy are hanging at Roots Café. We invite you to come and meet them!
To encourage you to visit the exhibition, here is a snippet of our interview with one of the featured producers, Gary Troughton, a local bee keeper whose honey is sold through Single Step:
“[Beekeeping] was sort of hoiked upon me by my dad – he retired and decided to take it up. But also I’ve got a biological background – my degree was in a biological science – and bees are struggling and they’re fascinating creatures. So there’s the maintaining and hoping to help nature aspect to this where you feel you’re doing some good for the environment by keeping [bees], but also it’s actually a really pleasant past time to have as well.”
“Bees pollinate plants that have flowers on them. There are two types of plants –there are wind pollinated plants which are basically your grasses and that sort of thing. And then pretty much everything else that we eat is pollinated – they’ve had a flower at some point that needs pollinating. So things like apples, tomatoes, plums, they’ve all been pollinated by an insect and usually that insect is a bee. I forget the exact statistics, but a huge amount of what we eat has been pollinated by insects, and if those insects cease to exist, then the foods that we love and enjoy would cease to exist. We’d be basically living on cereals.”
To see the Faces Behind Our Food exhibition online go to