You might remember me posting last week about the Yelp Food of the Future Festival. I paid a visit with The Bulgarian on Sunday, and it was a pretty fun way to spend a couple of hours.
The festival took over Cargo on Rivington Street, and played host to a number of different food and tech brands, showing off their wares. We were given cards with the names of all the exhibitors upon entry and made it our mission to get our cards ticked off.
First up was Bad Ass Cakes. These cakes were made with crickets!
The crickets were ground up to make a flour, and baked into the cakes. The Bulgarian tried one and proclaimed it delicious. I’m still on the fence as to how I feel about people eating bugs, and being a veggie anyway, I decided to let him try my sample too.
Next we had Smith and Sinclair, an alcoholic sweet company. the rep told us that each sweet is about 6-8% alcoholic volume, so they are quite boozy. We tried a kind of freeze dried powder with a few drops of vodka and spritzed with edible perfume that gave off the effect of a gin and tonic. It was a bit unusual, but cool nonetheless.
Some of the boozy lollies for sale.
Next up, we got to meet the lovely Canvas Cafe – I recently discovered these guys, and while I have yet to pay a visit, I am enamoured with the idea behind it. Marketing itself as London’s first ‘happiness cafe’, it just seems like the loveliest place.
They had a big green couch and were inviting people to write a little about their most memorable meal. Can you spot mine about the cannelloni in Brussels?
Then, we came across ChicP, another brand to warm the cockles of my secretly hippie heart. These guys make hummus from surplus fruit and vegetables, food that would have otherwise gone to waste. We tried a bunch of their hummuses (hummusi?) and I have to say, the herby one and the rosemary and kale varieties were amazing.
Another cricket candy purveyor for the Bulgarian to sample, from Chipper. He seemed to really enjoy it, and to be fair, it did look tasty.
While he was busying himself with crickets, I wandered over to The Greedy Goat , trying a bunch of goats milk ice creams. I actually sometimes prefer goats cheese to cow, so this was interesting to try – I really enjoyed it!
We also sampled some bubble tea from Bubbleology. I got an apple one, he got a raspberry and I instantly regretted my choice upon tasting his.
Then, we met Harviestoun brewery. They told us that they had planned on having tapped kegs, but unfortunately had some technical difficulties which left them with lukewarm bottles instead. No matter. We still got to taste some nice beers, I was pretty fond of the IPA.
Then, we came across Mucho, which is an app that acts a bit like a personal shopper for your groceries. I like the idea, and think it could be a pretty cool idea if I did my grocery shopping online a lot.
Finally, on our way out the door, we happened upon Doodle Man who was decorating the entry way with his art work.
Overall, it was a really fun afternoon and nice to do something a bit different!
Thanks to Yelp for the invite!