To celebrate the final phase of the Faces Behind Our Food photographic exhibition, LESS is hosting a Local Food Festival at Halton Mill this Saturday 6th May 2017.

Local food festival

The ‘local food festival’ will showcase the Faces Behind Our Food photographic exhibition, in addition to offering a range of other food-related activities. A small pop-up farmers market and local food themed café will run from 11:00-16:00 and the exhibition’s photographer, Johnny Bean, will be available from 11:00-12:00 and 14:00-15:00 to talk about the project and what has happened since it launched in October 2016. Confirmed market stalls currently include Cockerham Boers, Claver Hill, Jitka Vopencova and her artisan baked goods and Lancaster Seed Library. Tasters from the producers in the exhibition will also be available.

The Fig Tree, one of the exhibition’s featured producers, will run a bean-to-bar chocolate making workshop from 10:00 -13:00. Participants will make chocolate from scratch using fairly-traded cocoa beans, whilst learning about what goes into making a chocolate bar ‘fairly’. If you are interested in the chocolate making workshop contact Booking is essential as spaces are limited and costs £15 per person.

Julia Russel will lead a forage walk along the River Lune and surrounding area in Halton from 10:30-12:30, which will include a cook up of the season’s treats. You will learn how to identify plants, will learn about their properties and how best to prepare them, as well as learning about some historic and folklore uses. If there is enough demand, we will also run an afternoon forage walk for families, so get in touch if you are interested! (Booking is essential and costs £10 per person. Contact to book).

Taster stop-motion animation workshops will run from 13:30-15:30 with the Faces Behind Our Food project’s artist Ginny Koppenhol. Ginny will also share animations created by several local community groups in response to the stories featured in the Faces behind Our Food exhibition. Animations have been created by Lancaster Youth Challenge, Lancaster’s City of Sanctuary group, The Junction, the Morecambe Exchange and members of the general public.

Following the Local Food Festival, the Faces Behind Our Food Exhibition will be on display at Halton Mill throughout May. The exhibition explores the personal stories of twelve food and drink producers in Lancashire, using imagery and stories to explore the complex issues that shape the food that we eat.

On Sunday 14th May a political café will also be held alongside the exhibition at Halton Mill from 7pm and will explore the topic “Food Sovereignty: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?”






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