Sorry if you crick your neck viewing the video clip but I couldn’t find a way to rotate it.
Taste Festivals put on tri-annual events in Brighton, Oxford and our glorious capital…London. In the past, I’d avoid these ‘mainstream’ events like the plague but I figured we are all in this together and you can’t know what you don’t know and if you don’t mix then perhaps you miss out on an opportunity to share AND learn…maybe..(shrugs).
The main reason for buying a ticket to, what I considered afterwards, as I glided back to London Bridge on the DLR, is actually me paying to see lots of retailers in order to buy their products (?!)…that aside (can’t get my head around my being drawn into the marketing of that concept!), the main reason was to see Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall who has recently started banging on (in a good way) about veg (Hello Mr F-W – welcome to our world). It is also the effect of hero worshipping TV, when you watch someone on the box with more frequency than you visit your mother, and then proceed to place the object of your attention higher than yourself. It’s like this, he’s doing, I’m watching. Therefore (according to my logic) he is better than me (hey, I never said I was perfect..or sane!). That said, both Hugh & Jamie seem thoroughly nice chaps and, evidently…..as I stood as close as I could get to the stage (behind a rather flatulent (really!) camera man)….. a bit of a laugh.
Anyhoo, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall……..(who at the moment, I have to be honest is perplexing me…Zac Braff or Gary Barlow he ain’t but, since he cut his hair and embraced the veggie more, I have developed a wee bit of a crush on him…despite myself..I tried to stop)….. and Jamie Oliver spoke about the UK playing too much homage to eating animals and they actually said our bodies weren’t meant for it and the planet cannot cope with it. (watch the video snip above) Of course, to’greenies’ ‘veggies’ and ‘vegans’ Dr Oz and many eminent scientists present and past, this comes as not a shock. However, I am excited to see the pendulum starting to swing the other way. The Truth will out, right!
|the lads, both sporting the ‘left hand on the hip and right hand clutching microphone’ stance.|
|Mr Jamie ‘bed hair’ Oliver|
|Black garlic…yum, like candy|
|Vegan baking chick the crowd couldn’t get enough of.|
|Posh Paraphernalia – cute pinnies for sale|
|Hugh, extolling the virtues of the mighty kale – God luv ‘im.|
|Big Hugh and little Hugh|
I guess all in all, despite the fact I could have flown to Barcelona cheaper, I only purchased a black garlic and a mediocre vegan chocolate, and I didn’t get anything substantial to eat other than the said chocolate and a handful of chilied seeds….. it was an ok day. I believe disease, obesity and the UK’s burgeoning love affair with ingredients is actually beginning to open up a track into ‘mainstream’ consciousness, and one day I’ll be spoilt for choice with the number of veggie/vegan Taste Festivals to attend and, perhaps, even better (here comes a life goal) I’ll even be doing cooking demos…now that would be fun.