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Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Brazilian Film Festival Coming to London - 6th to 10th September 2011

The Brazilian Film Festival of London will be returning to the capital for a third edition, starting on Tuesday 6th September with an Opening Night Screening at BAFTA before relocating to Odeon Covent Garden for four more days of new Brazilian films until the closing film – also at Odeon Covent Garden – on Saturday 10th September.

There will be 10 feature-length and 9 short films during the festival, including Henrique Dantas’ documentary Sons of João – The Admirable New Baiano World (released in Brazil in July), Claudio Torres’ Man from the Future (set to open in September) and Eduardo Vaisman’s 180 °, among other films selected by names such as Fernando Meirelles and Bianca de Felippe. The program also includes the Crystal Lens Award Ceremony, for Best Feature Film chosen by the audience, and a WFTV tribute (Women in Film and Television) to producer Paula Barreto.

Here’s the full line-up for the festival. Details of where to buy tickets are at the bottom.

Tuesday 6th September, 8.30pm
Opening Night @ BAFTA

Man From The Future (Dir: Claudio Torres)
Zero (Wagner Moura) is a brilliant and lonely scientist who believes he is unhappy because twenty years ago he was humiliated by the love of his life. When he tries to create a revolutionary source of energy, he accidentally goes back to the past and sees himself in the opportunity to meet his 20-years-younger self and “correct” the mistakes in his own life. Trying to manipulate the path of time is much harder
and confusing than what it seems.

followed by Q&A with producer Leonardo Monteiro de Barros

Wednesday 7th September, 6.30pm
Odeon Covent Garden

Short Film: The True Story Of The Ballerina In Red (Alessandra Colasanti and Samir Abujamra)

Beyond The Road (Dir: Charly Braun)
Santiago, an Argentine in his late twenties, sets out to Uruguay to claim a land inherited from his parents, killed tragically some years earlier. As he arrives, he meets Juliette, a young Belgian girl in search of a past love and a new life. What seemed to be just a simple ride turned into a brief but intense journey. Together, they visit places and meet people lost in time, sharing experiences that bring them closer in a relationship of growing affection and tenderness.

Wednesday 7th September, 8.30pm
Odeon Covent Garden

Short film: Cake (Dir: Robert Guimarães)

Head Over Heels (Dir: Roberto Santucci)
Head over Heels is a romantic comedy that examines the joys and hardships of contemporary love life: its limits, joys, fantasies and grievances. Alice, 35, is married with one son. Workaholic, her professional career steals most of her time… And virtually all her libido! In a twist of fate, she looses her husband and her job at the same time. Stunned, she decides to change radically and embrace a unique opportunity: to become a sex shop executive! In this new erotic world, she transforms herself and rediscovers pleasure and the ability to love.

Thursday 8th September, 4.30pm
Odeon Covent Garden

Short film: Beard Boy (Dir: Christopher Faust)

Sons of Joao – The Admirable New Baiano World (Dir: Henrique Dantas)
The film richly portrays the Brazilian Popular Music (MPB) scene during 60s and 70s, through the path of the innovative and revolutionary music group Os Novos Baianos. It particularly reveals the influence that Joao Gilberto had in their musical lives and his valuable contribution to the improvement of the songs composed and sung by the group. The film also illustrates a time when the members led a communitarian style of life and its impact on their final work. The film features unique and rare archival materials of the best MPB music and cameos from Tom Zé, Rogério Duarte, Orlando Senna, Moraes Moreira, Pepeu Gomes, among others.

Thursday 6th September, 6.30pm
Odeon Covent Garden

Short film: Little Ball Satellite (Dir: Bruno Vianna)

So Hard To Forget (Dir: Malu de Martino)
Julia is trying to get her life back after an intense love affair with Antonia. In this process she will find new
friends who are also experiencing loss of important things in their lives. They share the experience of pain, a feeling of solitude and, above all, a desire for better times.

Thursday 6th September, 8.30pm
Odeon Covent Garden

Short film: The Bizarre Friends of Ricardinho (Dir: Augusto Canani)

180 º (Dir: Eduardo Vaisman)
180 º tells the story of Anna, Russel and Bernardo, three members of the urban intellectual middle class in Rio de Janeiro. They risk it all in a game of passion involving the authorship of a book. The non-linear narrative invites the spectator to piece together an elaborate puzzle, the solution of which can be found in the
characters’ past as well as their present.

Friday 9th September, 4.30pm
Odeon Covent Garden

Short film: One Night (Dir: Daniela Santos)

Boca (Dir: Flavio Frederico)
Adapted from the autobiography of Hirohito Joanides de Moraes, the film portrays the atmosphere and life of the King of Boca do Lixo, a region of prostitution in downtown São Paulo in the 50s. Born into a family of upper-middle class, Hirohito went to Boca just as a bohemian in search of sexual adventure, until a personal
tragedy causes a change in your life. His father is viciously murdered and Hirohito is charged with the crime. Shortly thereafter, Hirohito buy two guns and moved to Boca, quickly becoming one of the most wanted criminals by the police.

Friday 9th September, 6.30pm
Odeon Covent Garden

Short film: Storm (Dir: Cesar Cabral)

Elza (Dir: Izabel and Ernesto Jaguaribe Baldan)
Elza Soares is renowned as one of Brazil’s original samba superstars whose career has spanned 50 years. A remarkable singer and show woman, Soares was known for the uniting traditional samba sounds with modern touches that leant her songs a multigenerational appeal. Directos Izabel Jaguaribe and Ernesto Baldan’s documentary Elza explores her repertoire’s diversity and presents a series of encounters with renowned Brazilian artists such as Caetano Veloso, Jorge Ben Jor, Paulinho da Viola and Maria Bethania.
Friday 9th September, 8.30pm
Odeon Covent Garden

The Hour’s Home (Dir: Heraldo Cavalcanti)

VIPs (Dir: Toniko Melo)
Since childhood, Marcelo da Rocha (Wagner Moura) has found it difficult to come to terms with his own identity. His greatest pleasure is to imitate people and pretend to be someone else. Feeding the dream of learning to fly and become a pilot like his father, Marcelo runs away from his mother’s house and begins the adventure of his life. He starts to impersonate a series of different characters, until he manages to perform his highest scam. At a big party in Recife, he poses as the businessman Henrique Constantino, whose father owns airline Gol.

Saturday 10th September, 4pm
Odeon Covent Garden

3×4 (Dir: Caue Nunes)

The Supreme Happiness (Dir: Arnaldo Jabor)
The Supreme Happiness is the story of a middle class family in their quest for happiness. Set in the enchanted and marvelous Rio de Janeiro of the late 50s, the plot follows Paulo, from 10 until 18 years old of age, while he discovers the wonders of love and sex, backed up by the strong friendship he has with his

Saturday 10th September, 7pm
Closing Night @ Odeon Covent Garden

Special Screening of Bruno Barreto’s Romeo and Juliet Get Married as a homage to producer Paula Barreto, who will receive the WFTV Award for her outstanding contribution to Brazilian cinema industry.

Romeo and Juliet Get Married (Dir: Bruno Barreto)
Juliet, a die-hard Palmeiras fan falls in love with Romeo, die-hard fan of rival football team Corinthians. Juliet’s father would never accept such a son-in-law. Not wanting to loose Juliet, Romeo pretends to be a Palmeiras fan. The lie creates a series of hilarious twists and turns, and when the truth is revealed, the couple’s love must rise above their family sports rivalry.

Standard – £12
Concession – £10
Booking: 08444 771 000
195 Piccadilly London W1J 9LN

Standard – £10
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Booking: 0781 22 44 007
135, Shaftesbury Avenue London WC2H 8AH



Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Cornish Ale, Song and Harvest Festival in Cornwall this Autumn

As the rain pours down here in London it is hard to believe that this is supposedly the heart of the English summertime...so much for nursing icey glasses of Pimms in the sunshine! But down in Cornwall they've come up with a novel way of celebrating the onset of autumn days, when nights start to slowly draw in and the trees turns from green to bronzed oranges and coppers.

Starting on Wednesday 31st Autumn, and then every Saturday in September (10th, 17th and 24th), the team at Bedruthan Steps invite you to celebrate their Cornish Ale, Song and Harvest Festival - which as the name suggests is a fun filled festival involving hops, barley and water! The festival will feature a range of Cornish singers and players to make merry until feet and voices are weary!

The festival will be (weather permitting) open air, and guests can enjoy the bountiful harvest with the newly ripened produce from the fields, accompanying great freshly caught fish and meats from local farmers and producers. Prices are from £164 per person for a two night stay, and includes breakfast and dinner, and entrance to the festival fun.

For more information visit www.bedruthan.com.

Friday, 19 August 2011

ITV Latest Food and Travel Show - The Great British Taste Tour - Is Now Recruiting!


Are you a foodie with an appetite for adventure? Want to win £1000?

You and three strangers will embark on an all expenses paid mini break, to a picturesque location somewhere in the UK.

You will have the opportunity to enjoy the local cuisine, explore amazing locations and get a chance to show off your own culinary skills. All the while competing to win £1000 prize money.

If you or anyone you know is over 18 and would like to take part, then please call on 020 7157 4851 or email tastetourists@itv.com and leave your name, age and phone number.

Thursday, 18 August 2011


Covent Garden opens its doors to the world’s first gay ice cream bar this Friday 19th August at 3.00pm.

‘Queens of the Dessert’ is a pop-up ice cream parlour with a difference by the brains behind ‘The Icecreamists’. Until Friday 30th September this strictly over 18’s ice cream bar will promise to bring the gay men and women of London ice cream treats galore and more.

If ice cream’s not your thing ‘Queens of the Dessert’ are also offering a range of wines and beers to cool your down. ‘Vice Queen’ and manager Graeme Clarke said: ‘This is ice cream by queens for queens. We wanted to create a fun, adult over 18’s ice cream bar with a twist this summer.’

The Queens of the Dessert, 15 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7NG 

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Cornwall Hosts a Feast of Food Festivals this Autumn

Cornwall has one of the finest reputations for food and drink in the
whole of the UK which it celebrates in a feast of food festivals. For
many, our celebrated harvest of the sea is at the heart of the festivals
with Newlyn, Newquay and Falmouth Oyster Festivals showcasing the
freshest fish and shelfish caught from around our coast, with cookery
demonstrations from top local chefs and samples to tempt the taste buds.

Celebrate all things fishy on August Bank Holiday Monday in one of
Cornwall's most distinctive and original fishing ports. Newlyn Fish
Festival is the biggest of its kind in the country where you will find a
huge fish display, six cooking demos from top local chefs, two fish
auctions, a lobster workshop and the Big Fish Filleting Challenge. You
can buy fish fresh, cooked or smoked from the best of Cornish seafood

Newquay Fish Festival runs from 9th to 11th September and grows in
popularity each year with more and more to see and sample. Try delicious
fish dishes, watch local chefs rustle up amazing food from local
produce, purchase a range of Cornish food and produce. The Chefs are the
characters of the Festival using their flamboyant demonstrations to show
off their culinary skills - and you get to eat the results!! As well as
live cookery, smoked fish, a pilchard BBQ, on site fish sales, crab
sandwiches, oysters, fish filleting demos and all sorts of other 'fishy'
will be on offer. There will also be Cornish a range of food and craft
stalls as well as family fun and entertainment over the weekend at The
Harbour, Newquay's hidden gem.

The imposing city of Truro is the venue for Cornwall Food & Drink
Festival which draws thousands of visitors to the event which takes
place from 23rd to 25th September.  The festival is the biggest
celebration of Cornish food and drink in the county attracting artisan
producers from chocolate to chutney; bakery to butchery; ice cream to
clotted cream; or pasties to paella - whatever your fancy, this festival
has got it licked, with the finest quality produce from all over
Cornwall.  If that's not enough, come and see at least a dozen of the
county's top chefs in action and learn new tricks and hot tips from
selected food experts.  Kids can get creative in the Funky Food Zone
and, new for this year, the festival fun goes on after sunset with some
special treats for true food lovers.

The first weekend in October sees the Boscastle Food, Arts & Crafts
Festival with eight fabulous Cornish Chefs demonstrating over the
weekend, including high rising stars such as Nathan Outlaw, proud owner
of 2 Michelin Stars  from the St Enodoc Hotel, Andy Appleton from
Fifteen Cornwall, winner of this year's desert course for the Great
British Menu,  three chefs from outstanding restaurants in Padtow
including Paul Ainsworth from Number 6, Paul Harwood from Rick Stein's
St.Petroc's Bistro and Adrian Oliver from Margot's, also Phil Thomas
from Rosewarne Manor and Aaron Janes  from Silks Bistro at Newquay's
Atlantic Hotel.  A host of stalls will be selling and sampling Cornish
food and drink and original arts and crafts in the huge marquees in this
picturesque harbour side village.

Special guest Tim Anderson, winner of BBC MasterChef 2011 will open
Falmouth Oyster Festival with a cookery demonstration. The festival is a
Cornish cornucopia of stalls brimming with oysters, seafood, wine and
other delicacies takes place from 13th to 16th October. Timed to
celebrate the start of the oyster season,  the event celebrates the
Falmouth Working Boats and oyster punts which trawl the natural oyster
beds of the surrounding area using traditional methods to harvest the
prized local native oysters renowned for their sweet, delicate flavour.
Cookery demonstrations with top local chefs and live music add to your
visit, while you can sit and taste a variety of seafood and other dishes
and take in the unique festival atmosphere.

Malcolm Bell, Head of Tourism at VisitCornwall, the Cornwall Development
Company tourism service adds: "Autumn is a fantastic time to visit
Cornwall and what better excuse can there be than taking in one or more
of our food festivals, which brilliantly showcase the very best of
Cornish produce, chefs and our growing reputation for quality
gastronomic  experiences.'

VisitCornwall are offering a two night break with extra treats for two
people at the St Michael's Hotel and Spa in Falmouth during the Oyster
Festival, see the 'win' page on the I Love Cornwall website
www.ilovecornwall.com  For a full listing of events in Cornwall and
inspiration for where to stay and things to do and see in Cornwall see

Food Festival websites:

Newlyn Fish Festival                                     

Newquay Fish Festival                                  

Cornwall Food & Drink Festival                     

Falmouth Oyster Festival                              

Boscastle Food, Arts & Crafts Festival          

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Dream of Sicily With These Delicious Recipes From Onken (Limited Edition Sicilian Lemon Yoghurt)

Onken has launched a new, limited edition Sicilian Lemon yoghurt, made from the juiciest lemons harvested in the heart of Sicily – the home of citrus fruits.  This refreshing and tangy yogurt will delight your taste buds, either its own or as part of a delicious recipe. 

To celebrate this delicious new flavour, Onken has created six mouth-watering recipes perfect for any occasion.  So why not try them out and enjoy a fresh and luxurious taste, with every bite.  From appetisers, side dishes, main courses and desserts, there’s plenty for everyone.  


Pea and Mint Hummus

A refreshing dip, perfect for alfresco days and made of fresh podded peas, mint, garlic and Onken Sicilian Lemon yogurt.  Serve with crackers, pita crisps or vegetable crudités for an easy tasty dip everyone will love.

Serves 4-6

175g fresh podded peas
1 small clove garlic, crushed
Pinch salt
4 tbsp Onken Sicilian Lemon Yogurt
1 tbsp freshly chopped mint leaves

1.    Cook peas in lightly salted water for 2 minutes. Drain and cool under cold water.  Tip into a food processor, add garlic, salt and yogurt and whizz until pureed. Add mint and whizz again.
2.    Serve with crackers, pita crisps or vegetable crudités

Cooks tip: If using frozen peas, cover with hot water and stand for 2 minutes then drain.

Potato and fresh Pea Salad with Lemon Yogurt Dressing

A light and fresh accompaniment to all year round dining, this simple and easy to make recipe creates a light dish perfect as a side or even a lunchtime salad.

Serves 4

500g small new potatoes, scrubbed
150g frozen petit pois, thawed
150ml Onken Sicilian Lemon Yogurt
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tbsp chopped chives

1.    Boil the potatoes in salted water for 12-15 minutes until tender. Drain, cool and cut in half.  Mix with the peas.
2.    Whisk the yogurt with the mustard and herbs and fold into the potato salad.

Turkish Grilled Chicken with Cucumber and Cacik

Celebrate the sun with this glorious chicken recipe.  Light and fantastic, it is the perfect quick meal on the BBQ (or the grill if it’s raining!).

Serves 4

8 medium chicken thighs or 12 small (preferably boned) 
½ tsp black peppercorns
1 tbsp cumin seeds
200 ml Onken Sicilian Lemon Yogurt
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tsp sweet paprika
½ tsp cayenne pepper or chilli flakes
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp lemon juice

½ cucumber
150ml Onken Sicilian Lemon Yogurt
1 clove garlic crushed (or 1 spring onion finely chopped)
1 tbsp shredded mint leaves

1.    Trim off any excess fat and skin from the chicken thighs (as these can burn on the bbq). Place in a glass dish.
2.    To make the marinade, put the peppercorns and cumin seeds into a dry frying pan and place over a medium heat until toasted.  Turn into a spice grinder or a pestle and mortar and grind until crushed.  Tip into a bowl and stir in the yogurt, garlic, remaining spices and lemon juice.  Spread on both sides of the chicken thighs, cover and refrigerate for 4 hours. 
3.    Meanwhile, to make the cacik, peel the cucumber, halve lengthways and remove the seeds. Either grate or cut into small dice.  Tip into a sieve and set aside for 10 minutes. Stir into the yogurt with the garlic or spring onion and add the mint just before serving.
4.    Remove the chicken from the fridge 30 minutes before cooking and sprinkle the skin side with a little salt. Cook over a pre-heated barbecue until golden on each side and cooked through.
5.    Serve either whole or cut into slices and pile onto warm flatbreads with salad and cacik.

Tagliatelle with Lemon Spinach Sauce

This delicious vegetarian pasta dish successfully fuses Italian and British cuisine, and is a tasty treat for all the family.  Ready in less than 15 minutes, this is the ideal dish for busy mums.

Serves 4

400g fresh spinach
400g tagliatelle
2 tbsp olive oil
1 small red pepper, seeded and chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
250ml Onken Sicilian Lemon Yogurt
A little grated nutmeg
40 g pine nuts, lightly toasted
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

1.    Put the spinach into a large steamer and cook 3-4 minutes until wilted, remove and press out as much water as possible.  Tip onto a board and chop, set aside.  Bring a large pan of slightly salted water to the boil and add the tagliatelle. Cook for 8 minutes until just tender
2.    Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large frying pan, add the red pepper and cook over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes until beginning to soften.  Add the garlic and cook a further minute.
3.    Stir in the spinach and lemon yogurt and gently heat through. Season with salt and pepper and add a little freshly grated nutmeg.
4.    Drain the pasta. Return to the pan, add the spinach sauce and toss together until the pasta is evenly coated.
5.    Serve in warm bowls and scatter over the toasted pine nuts and grated Parmesan cheese.

Cooks tip: Can also use frozen spinach which is a great standby, once thawed, make sure all the excess water is pressed out.

If preferred the wilted spinach can be chopped in a food processor.

Italian Meringue Mess

A favourite for kids and adults alike, prepare yourself for a right ‘mess’ with this mix of meringue and cherry compote. Quick and simple to prepare, it's a real winner.

Serves 4

125ml whipping cream
300ml Onken Sicilian Lemon Yogurt
4 meringue nests
6 tbsp Cherry compote (drain off excess juice) or
4 tbsp cherry conserve

1.    Whip the cream into soft peaks and fold in the lemon yogurt.
2.    Break up the meringues and fold into cream mixture
3.    Place spoonfuls into glasses alternatively with the cherry compote, take a spoon and gently swirl. Serve.

Cooks tip: you can use fresh fruit if preferred e.g. 150g pitted fresh cherries or 200g strawberries, hulled and chopped.

Sicilian Lemon Yogurt Cake

A rich, lemony cake with a polenta base that tastes as good as it looks.  Delicious served with fresh raspberries or as the Italians would do in the summer, fresh peaches soaked in desert wine.

Serves 10

120ml light olive oil
3 large eggs
200ml Onken Sicilian Lemon Yogurt
175g caster sugar
Grated zest from 1 lemon
100g ground almonds
75g semolina or instant polenta
75g plain white flour
2 tsp baking powder

Juice from lemon
175g icing sugar

1.    Grease and base line a 20cm spring-form cake tin.  Heat the oven to 180C/160Cfan/gas 4.
2.    Put the oil, eggs, yogurt, sugar and lemon zest into a bowl and whisk together until smooth.   Mix the dry ingredients together then add to the bowl and fold together until smooth.  Pour into the prepared cake tin then bake in the oven for 40 minutes until golden in colour and springy to touch.
3.    Leave to cool for 10 minutes.
4.    To make the icing, sift the icing sugar into a bowl, add 2 tbsp of lemon juice for a thick icing and 3 tbsp for a thinner glace icing. Remove the sides from the tin, invert on a rack, remove base and peel away the lining paper.  Turn the cake the right way up onto another rack placed over a tray.
5.    Spoon the icing evenly over the cake allowing it to drizzle down the sides. The runnier icing will drip onto the tray.
6.    Delicious served hot or cold.

Onken Sicilian Lemon Yogurt

The Onken Sicilian Lemon: RSP £1.25 for 450g pot – available in store at most major retailers and online at Ocado

For stockist details and to see Onken’s new, inspiring range of recipes visit www.onken.co.uk

RAMSBOTTOM FESTIVAL (16 – 18 September 2011)

Local brewers Outstanding Beers will be putting their best ales and lagers on tap for the Ramsbottom Festival, the North West’s newest boutique music event, and have created a bespoke ale to commemorate the festival.

Many musical icons have been immortalized in alcohol history - Mark E. Smith has an IPA beer, the Stone Roses have had ‘Fool’s Gold’ made into a honey flavoured ale, lovers of German electronica can enjoy Kraftwerk Braun Ale and Led Zeppellin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ can be enjoyed in the form of a heady lager.

Joining the ranks of rock and roll beverages, the newest addition to the Outstanding range, the Ramsbottom Festival Ale is a well balanced and delicately brewed pale gold session beer with a distinctive flavour, brought out by specially sourced rare hops from New Zealand.

The Festival, which will take place between Friday 16 – Sunday 18 September 2011 at Ramsbottom Cricket Club features artists including Badly Drawn Boy, Guillemots, Young Knives, Cherry Ghost and The Waterboys.

The festival as a whole will be a celebration of the best handpicked British music, as well as a cornucopia of foodie and other artistic delights. Outstanding Brewery will be putting out their best ales and lagers for festival goers to enjoy alongside the finest in locally produced food.

Bury based Outstanding was created by four friends in 2008, with the objective of producing distinctive high quality beers. Each beer produced under the Outstanding label is carefully crafted to bring out the best in the individual ingredients which are carefully sourced, both locally and from around the world.

Outstanding will also be showcasing a wide range of their carefully brewed cask ales and keg lagers at the festival. There will be a variety of tasty beers to suit all tastes and lovers of lager and ale will be able to choose from Outstanding specialties alongside the Ramsbottom Festival Ale including the brewery’s full flavoured Bavarian Pilsner Lager and unique signature ales, like the hop flavoured Pushing Out and liquorice hinted Oustanding Stout.

Festival organiser and Director of The Met, David Agnew adds:

“We’re really excited about the creation of the bespoke Ramsbottom Festival Ale, Outstanding has created an amazing beer to add as part of what makes the festival unique. We’re thrilled about working alongside a local brewery showcasing what Bury has to offer. With the wonderful range of products they have I think everyone is certain to enjoy the beer just as much as the music.”

Website:          ramsbottomfestival.com
Tickets cost:   £35 per day, £70 weekend
Twitter:           @rammyfestival
Facebook:       facebook.com/ramsbottomfestival

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Experimental Food Society Spectacular 2011

A culinary arts event, The Experimental Food Society Spectacular 2011 comprises of three parts, an exhibition, followed by a wild themed banquet and talk.

A must-see for any food lover the ticketed daytime exhibition, held at the Truman Brewery on Friday 21 October (1.00pm -6.00pm) and Saturday 22 October (11.00am -6.00pm), is a spectacular and all-new display by Britain’s most talented and pioneering gourmet artists; an awe inspiring assemblage of butter sculptors, sonic food artists, food magicians, cake artists, food futurologists, conceptual food artists and food model-makers to name a few.  Consultants to Michelin starred chefs and global food organizations as well as exhibitors at some of the world’s top art houses, they will challenge your perception of food and show you that there is more to life than just swallowing.

Featuring installations, demonstrations, samplings and talks, the Experimental Food Society Spectacular offers an opportunity to meet these pioneering foodies first hand, marvel at their creations, take part in one of the interactive exhibits, sample edible art, watch some of the artists as they create their works on site, listen to a talk, purchase books and foodie items, participate in a menu devising game show and pick up tips on how to get experimental in the kitchen.

Highlights include installations and contributions by: ACMD Productions, A*, Annabel de Vetten, Alchemist Dreams, Bougie Macaron, Blanch & Shock, Carl Warner, Caroline Smith, Christian Ozzati, Cultivate London, Debate Your Plate, FARM:shop, Fire Foods, Gingers Comfort Emporium, John Van der Put, Lily Vanilli, Lady Greys, Love To Cake, Michelle Sugar Art, Paul Wayne Gregory, Pomp de Franc, Sharon Baker, Simon Smith, Stefan Gates, Teatime Production, The Broken Hearts, The Curious Confectioner, Sean O Neill, Dr Morgaine Gaye, Caroline Hobkinson, The Robin Collective, Paul Baker, Pop Bakery, Fergus Drennan, Condiment Junkie, Harry Eastwood, Marawa the Amazing, The Way We See The World, Rambling Restaurant, Lana Citron, Scott O Hara, Yee Kwan and Vipula Saroja to name a few…

Tickets can also be booked for the wild themed banquet at The Folly on Sunday 23 October (7.00pm -11.00pm) at which 160 diners will partake in a unique and surreal multi sensory dining experience, inspired by and created with ingredients from the wild. A five-course menu designed by the Experimental Food Society in collaboration with Andrian Pseneac, Head Chef at The Folly, the banquet will be accompanied by a series of sonic experiences created by Condiment Junkie, as well as a variety of food related performances by Yum Cha Cha, Caroline Smith and the Lady Greys.

The event will culminate with a Talk at the Victoria & Albert Museum as part of the V&A Connects series titled ‘The Wilderness Year’ on Tuesday 25 October (6.30pm -9.30pm) at which the Experimental Food Society will take guests through some of the works of art unveiled at the Spectacular and the processes undertaken to create them. Accompanied by video footage and photography, tickets include cake canapés and two complimentary glasses of wine.

Experimental Food Society Exhibition
Date: Friday 21 October & Saturday 22 October
Time: Friday: 1.00pm – 6.00pm & Saturday 11.00am -6.00pm
Location: Truman Brewery – Dray Walk Gallery, Shop 14 and F Block B4 (one ticket to access
all three areas. All visitors will receive a map and schedule on arrival)
Address: 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
Tickets: £5.00
Purchase Tickets at: www.experimentalfoodsociety.com/society.html

Experimental Food Society Banquet
Date: Sunday 23 October
Time: 7.00pm -11.00pm
Location: The Folly
Address: 41 Gracechurch Street, London, EC3V 0BT
Tickets: £60.00
Purchase Tickets at: www.experimentalfoodsociety.com/society.html

Experimental Food Society Talk
Date: Tuesday 25 October
Time: 6.30pm-9.30pm
Location: The Lecture Theatre, The Victoria & Albert Museum
Address: Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL
Tickets: (£8.00/£6.00 concessions)
Purchase Tickets at: www.vam.ac.uk or by phone: 020 7942 2211