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The Food Museum in Stowmarket is hosting Taffy Thomas, opening Forty Farms exhibition by Amy Bateman and holding Bread Week





This month a range of events will be held at Stowmarket's Food Museum – from storytellers and art to hands-on experiences making bread.

First up is the East Anglian Storytelling Festival when the first Laureate for storytelling, Taffy Thomas MBE, presents his Storytellers Supper on May 17. It's a special addition to the festival, offering a rare opportunity to experience this wonderful storyteller live and enjoy tales and dishes from his book The Storyteller’s Supper.

The first Laureate for storytelling, Taffy Thomas comes to the East Anglian Storytelling Festival at Stowmarket's Food Museum
The first Laureate for storytelling, Taffy Thomas comes to the East Anglian Storytelling Festival at Stowmarket's Food Museum

Tickets are £40 per person, including post-event entry to the Storytelling Festival, available from www.foodmuseum.org.uk/events/the-storytellers-supper.

The festival runs from May 17-19 in the grounds of the museum, with an array of family-friendly activities including performance, music, dance, craft, workshops and more. Find out more at www.foodmuseum.org.uk/events/east-anglian-storytelling-festival.

The lives and livelihoods of Cumbrian farmers are captured in the museum's annual exhibition by artist-farmer Amy Bateman opening on May 25 and running until February.

The work of Amy Bateman takes centre stage at the Forty Farms exhibition at Stowmarket's Food Museum
The work of Amy Bateman takes centre stage at the Forty Farms exhibition at Stowmarket's Food Museum

Amy embarked on a 12-month project to capture the widest experiences of farming. From Lake District hill farms to the Solway marshes, from commons sheep grazers to dairy ice cream makers, from sixth generation farming families to eager newcomers, Forty Farms is an evocative exhibition of stunning large-format photographs, supported by film, words, sound and crafted products from the featured farms.

Amy said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be working with The Food Museum to bring Forty Farms to Suffolk for this stop on its national tour. It’s so important to me to tell the stories of the people and landscape of Cumbria and what a spectacular location to continue the exhibition's journey.”

The work of Amy Bateman takes centre stage at the Forty Farms exhibition at Stowmarket's Food Museum
The work of Amy Bateman takes centre stage at the Forty Farms exhibition at Stowmarket's Food Museum
The work of Amy Bateman takes centre stage at the Forty Farms exhibition at Stowmarket's Food Museum
The work of Amy Bateman takes centre stage at the Forty Farms exhibition at Stowmarket's Food Museum

The exhibition will also feature tasters on offer in the museum’s adjoining demonstration kitchen, inspired by the stories told through the exhibition. Exhibition and taster entry is included in standard museum admission.

The work of Amy Bateman takes centre stage at the Forty Farms exhibition at Stowmarket's Food Museum
The work of Amy Bateman takes centre stage at the Forty Farms exhibition at Stowmarket's Food Museum

Then, from May 25 to June 2, there’s something for all the family to enjoy when the museum celebrates bread and baking with Bread Week.

Visitors can follow the journey a loaf takes as it’s grown, milled, proved, baked and eaten at the museum through an array of interactive activities and experiences, including seeing the 18th century watermill in action.

Bread Weak at Stowmarket's Food Museum
Bread Weak at Stowmarket's Food Museum

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the museum’s beautiful watermill as it grinds wheat into flour, along with exploring the picturesque crop fields around the 84-acre site.

Every day you can get hands-on at the wood-fired bread oven, cooking tasty flatbreads to enjoy. On National Biscuit Day, May 29, learn how to make sweet treats from scratch in a biscuit baking workshop.

If you’re looking to level up your baking skills, join the two-day sourdough baking workshop on May 30-31 May, enjoy the best of local baking at the Mill Supper Club on May 31 – an evening of bread and seasonal produce as part of a special four-course meal. Hear from farmers, millers and bakers as part of this relaxed dinner and discussion in the setting of the historic mill.

From field to plate - Stowmarket's Food Museum follows the journey of bread-making in Bread Week
From field to plate - Stowmarket's Food Museum follows the journey of bread-making in Bread Week

Each day, you can follow bread trails to discover the process and history of creating a loaf. For an immersive experience, join the walking tour on May 30 where you’ll touch, smell and taste your way around the museum, trying local grains, malts, yeasts, breads and breads.

Throughout the week, there’ll also be an array of bread-themed tasters on offer in the museum’s demonstration kitchen.

Find out more at www.foodmuseum.org/events/bread-week.

Activities and demonstrations are included in museum entry or membership. Workshops, walking tour and Supper Club from just £8.