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LeftCoast provides food for thought

Artists and communities are cooking up a treat this autumn, to celebrate all things food. The beautiful Pavilion Theatre in Blackpool Winter Gardens will host Banquet which runs over Friday 23rd and Saturday 24 October. Performances, installations, talks and shared meals will all combine to explore food, what it means to us, where it comes from and the pleasure of eating together.

Theatre company Unfinished Business start this exciting and unique event on the Friday. In collaboration with young people from the Blackpool based charity Streetlife, they will create a new show called Walk, Talk, Eat With Me. Beginning with a personal tour through the town and ending with a meal the audience will help to create, the show will share stories and experiences of homelessness in Blackpool.

On Saturday, the Horseshoe arena will be transformed into the Banquet Food Hall, organised by Sustainable Food Lancashire. All the family will enjoy various food themed stalls, installations and talks exploring the aspects of food, sustainability and health. Children will be able to take part in specially created activities, and if all this gives you an appetite, you’ll be able to taste delicious food from some of Lancashire’s premier food producers.

Environment artist and food activist Kerry Morrison and FoodRiot chef Gill Watson will be hosting a performance and meal combined entitled Dishing the Dirt, which questions where our food comes from. Not for the faint hearted, the meal includes various culinary surprises as science and art collide to create an unforgettable experience from 12 -2pm on Saturday.

In addition to an already packed programme, Grange Park residents and Squash Nutrition will create the Homestead Harvest Pancake house in the Pavillion Theatre from 3pm on Saturday. People are welcome to enjoy a plate of tasty, free pancakes with fresh from the harvest fruit fillings.

Kerenza McClarnan, Creative Engagement Manager at LeftCoast said:

“Banquet is the culmination of months of artist led activities in communities helping to create everything from plates and bowls, to the table and the salt people will put on their meals. Food is such an integral part of our daily lives so it is great to be able to give people an insight into where it comes from before it lands on our plates.”

“We’re also really lucky to be able to hold ‘Banquet’ in the beautiful surroundings of the Winter Gardens Pavilion Theatre, a space that many don’t get to see all that often, and one that gives a sense of grandeur to the event.”

Tickets for Walk, Talk and Eat with Me are priced at £6.00 per person. Tickets for Dishing the Dirt are available for £8.50 per person. The Banquet Food Hall and Homestead Harvest Pancake House are both FREE to attend.

For more information about Banquet or to book your tickets visit www.leftcoast.org/banquet

Follow the development of Banquet at the blog http://banquetblog.leftcoast.org.uk and find out about the artist led activities happening across Blackpool and Wyre.

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