Tired of the same old snail porridge or Mock Turtle soup? Are you thinking Heston’s dry ice tactics are beginning to resemble a bad Jean Michel Jarre show? Well perhaps you need to get where the new food vibe is and head to the Experimental Food Society Spectacular on October 21st and 22nd. Taking place at the Truman Brewery, this elaborate event will include an exhibition of food art, interactive food performances and other unimaginable showcases of people who ‘do stuff with food’.
The line-up’s impressive, and who knew there was such a thing as “food futurology” – a fascinating academic field that explores the reasons why we eat, how we eat and what we will eat in the future? There will also be the big names in ‘out there’ cuisine – Bompas and Parr, the jellymongers ho explore architecture through the medium of jelly (they’ve done the gherkin!), Melon Man – fruit and vegetable carver extraordinaire, food perfumer Louise Bloor, bread artist Sharon Baker (she was destined for that job) and an array of food designers. The work is exhibited on the Saturday and you may be able to have a cheeky taster then, otherwise you can eat to your hearts content with an experimental food banquet on Sunday. So get ready for an event that promises to kick Blumenthal well and truly to the kerb. (Words: Laura Thornley)