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Celebrating the Faces Behind Our Food

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


LESS’s ‘local food festival’ will showcase the Faces Behind Our Food photographic exhibition, in addition to offering a range of other food-related activities. A 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.


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 [email protected]. 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 [email protected] 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.


Anna Clayton of LESS (and regular contributor to the Lancaster Guardian) said:

“So often we forget about the individuals that grow and process the foods that nourish us, and perhaps forget the rich histories, skills and cultures that go into shaping our food. LESS has learnt a lot in pulling together the stories for this work, alongside Johnny Bean and Ginny Koppenhol, and we look forward to sharing our learning during the final phase of the Faces Behind Our Food exhibition.”


To find out more about The Faces Behind Our Food visit:

or email [email protected]


Photo © Johnny Bean (



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