Seven things you won’t want to miss at Soho Farmhouse Food Festival
From hand-crafted chocolate and foraged pizzas to workshops and demos – secure your spot at our one-day culinary mecca
Tuesday 6 September 2022 By Anastasiia Fedorova
There is no need to book to attend, you can just turn up on the day to enjoy oysters by the lake, stroll the farmers’ market, and vibe out on music and Patrón cocktails. But that might mean missing out of the festival’s excellent line-up of workshops and demos throughout the day – not to mention special lunches and dinners brought to you by some of the world’s leading names in food. All of which can be booked in advance.
Want to learn state-of-the-art butchery? Intrigued about foraging or need a tutorial on how to achieve TikTok-level cooking fame? Here are seven things to sign up for now, ahead of the big day.
HexClad Lab: Lee Tiernan
Lee Tiernan, from Black Axe Mangal (or FKABAM, as it’s now known), is a chef who has always celebrated nose to tail butchery and cookery. Head to the HexClad Lab on the Barwell lawn for a demo that showcases some of the lesser-known cuts and offal in a nod to old-school butchery, but with new flavours. There are two demos: for the first, Tiernan will prepare sweetbreads, green beans and black bean sauce; for the second, a grilled ox heart salad. Seating for this will be first come, first served.
HexClad Lab: Helen Evans
Have you ever tried baking with freshly farmed flour? In this workshop, Helen Evans – head baker at Flor, in London – demonstrates how to make heritage grain flour shortbread and reveals the benefits of using it for baking at home as she explains why we need to respect to flour as a perishable product.
The Harvest Table: Chantelle Nicholson
Green Michelin-star winner Chantelle Nicholson serves up a four-course lunch in the Barwell Barn. Nicholson’s restaurant, Apricity, is all about creating a sustainable community and working hard to develop – and share – best practice, while serving delicious food and drinks with a warm, welcoming sense of hospitality. Wine pairings for the menu are available to purchase on the day, from Honey Spencer of the Palomar Group.
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The Harvest Table: Nancy Silverton
The final dinner of the festival is hosted by James Beard Award-winner and Michelin-starred chef, Nancy Silverton. Take a seat as Silverton and her team prepare one of her famous ‘family meals’, filled with big Californian-Italian flavours and bright, fresh local produce. The menu features a mixture of signature dishes from her restaurants around the world, alongside family favourites reserved for her nearest and dearest. Wine pairings – from Honey Spencer of the Palomar Group – are available to purchase on the night.
The Jungle: Chris Leach
For one day only, The Glasshouse and Production Garden is transformed into a tropical jungle that is home to an edible plants sanctuary and pizzeria pop-up by Chris Leach of Manteca. Guests are encouraged to explore and interact with the space to collect ingredients to create their very own jungle-to-table foraged pizzas. Drinks by Martini complement the experience. Reservations open from 6 September; please visit the table-booking section on the SH.APP.
HexClad Lab: Gabriella Cugno
Master chocolatier Gabriella Cugno demonstrates the art of tempering and how to make filled chocolates at this workshop in the Hexclad Lab. Cugno is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for her craft, including UK and Ireland Junior Chocolate Master and the title of Young Pastry Chef of The Year by The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts.
HexClad Lab: Thomas Straker
A wild food-inspired cooking demo from TikTok sensation Thomas Straker in the form of a truly satisfying fix of potato gnocchi, with burnt butter, lemon and Parmesan. Seating for this is first come, first served.