Earlier this month, my friend and I bought tickets to go to the Experimental Food Society Spectacular event which was held at the Truman Brewery in East London. We got to see some weird and wonderful things; some unique creations as well as quirky new trends about to break into the foodie world.
I took a lot of photos, so I wanted to share some of my favourite ones with you.
It’s the new craze apparently – a breathable tearoom by Camellia’s Tea House! Why drink it when you can smoke it…? This was actually really good and very fragrant. But as I’m not a ‘smoker’, I must admit I did struggle a bit.
Toast Portraits by Dermot Flynn using marmite!
This is an incredible work of art by food landscape artist Carl Warner. He built the Rialto Bridge in Venice out of pasta and crackers.
Really cool motorised jug which pours water from an extended flexible neck. When it’s in it’s upright position, some kind of motorised pump fills it up before it starts bending forward again. I hope it’s called the giraffe. The crazy (and pointless) things out there that I want…! I remember seeing these guys at the Ice Cream festival in King’s Cross last year. My friend tried the Salted Whisky Caramel chocolate pot and seemed to enjoy it.
We also attended the talk by Dr Morgaine Gaye (Food Futurologist) on ‘Food Trends for Spring/Summer 2015’. To be honest, there wasn’t anything too surprising that came out of this. It was more emphasis on food textures and presentation, which I believe we already see happening around us. As well as how shop spaces will focus more on fun and clever installations to display their products.
However, there was also a heavy focus on plugging her creation, the ‘Super Shake’ which is meant to be ‘eaten’ as breakfast and it’s supposed to be good for your skin, mood and weight loss, etc. I’m not sure how true this is, no-matter how many testimonials I’ve read on her website. But I suppose it’s worth a go – as long as you’re committed to do this for at least 3 weeks religiously.
I didn’t really know what to expect from this event, but I did enjoy it. As we had to pay for the tickets, even though it was just something like £7, it may have put some people off, purely because they also didn’t know what they would be paying for. But this society’s work goes to show how sometimes you have to give these things a chance and it can open up a whole different side to the foodie world.