From flamboyant theatre cooking demonstrations to sustainable food trends, with live music from Gigappy, it was an afternoon of innovation at our London’s food festival.
In a bid to kick start discussion on re-imagining food waste in our kitchens, head chef Kusi-Mensah and sustainability chef Stephanie Ferguson shared some quirky ideas. Favourites included veggie molasses and cheddar toasties using grape stalks and onion skins; and zingy marmalade made from citrus peels. As well as bread and butter pudding made from breakfast pastry leftovers, such as cinnamon swirls and pain au chocolates.
Street food agency FUEL invited social enterprises to show off their good food, doing good. Lords of Poke served vibrant, Californian-inspired tempeh and miso salmon poke bowls; and The Green Vic oversaw the popular booze bar serving a range of ethical drinks with a purpose. Ginerosity use their profits to help train and educate the homeless, while The Pollinator bumble beer use proceeds towards beekeeping charities.
Cafe Manager Shefali showcased her African-Indian inspired food pop up ‘Rupee’. Tasters included tandoori chicken burgers with kachumber and mango mayo, and BBQ lamb mishkaki wraps with slaw and mint chutney. The ‘Batata Vada’ fried potato dumpling wrap with coriander chutney was a sell out!
Inspired by the return of the Great British Bake Off, our skilled pastry team Isabella and Shawn treated us to vegan avocado brownies and Isabella’s Christmas spiced carrot cake, while Shawn showcased his blackberry and Granny Smith apple macaroon patch.
Host venue Social Co Restaurant was buzzing with over 25 local suppliers including Bidfood, Bread Factory, Ritters, Kombucha and County Supplies. Tasty treats included braised beef wellingtons and Christmas spiced glazed gammon from IMS Butchers, to the award-winning Three Choirs canned English Wine from Jascotts.
On hand to make sure no one went thirsty, speciality coffee roasters Matthew Algie and barista trainer Derek Buckley gave guests a taste of Coffee Society with their nitro espresso martinis, red velvet lattes and amaretto whips.
Chris Ribaudo, co-founder of FUEL said: “Our sustainable themed food festival kicked off to a flying start. A huge thank you goes to our fantastic suppliers who put on an epic show and to our graduates for demonstrating their passion and can-do spirit during the event. My personal highlight was Shefali’s lamb roti, it was out of this world! James Reid from FINK’s falafel burgers were awesome and Lords of Poke rocked it with their poke bowls. Once again, our BaxterStorey teams smashed it, and I couldn’t be more proud.”