Have you picked an apple in the wild? Ever dug up a potato or wrung the neck of a chicken? Probably not. In 2018 we are, as a species, the most advanced than mankind has ever been (I know, I know, ‘but Donald Trump…’) and yet, at no time throughout history have we been so removed from the food we eat as we are today. Plant Life is the solution to all that.
Coming to The Roundhouse, Plant Life is a festival that puts veg front and foremost. Going by Michael Pollan’s mantra “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants” the two-day celebration of food seeks to reconnect us with the soil, through food.
The iconic Roundhouse, ironically itself a relic of the industrial revolution which disconnected us from the sources of our food, will be transformed into a series of counter-style restaurants, long table feasts, producer markets and inventive bars. Guests can also look forward to a programme of talks, debates and classes with leading chefs, growers and farmers on hand to create a diverse menu of signature dishes, served alongside wine and cocktails.
Already confirmed for the June event are nomadic Mexican chef (and project manager of NOMA Mexico) Santiago Lastra, Damian Clisby of Petersham Nurseries, Chantelle Nicholson of Tredwells, Selin Kiazim of Oklava, Josh Eggleton and Rob Howell of Root in Bristol Athanasios Kargatzidis from Baron in Beirut and restauranteur and Plant Life founder Richard H Turner.
This June, grow a pear and head to Plant Life.
Plant life takes place at Camden’s Roundhouse on 1st and 2nd June