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House of Ferment at the V & Museum until Oct 20 2019

Just a short while is left to catch the wondrous House of Ferment in its latest showing, my collaboration with Grizedale Arts. Originally commissioned by Science Gallery London (shout out to Rebecca Heald) this piece has been all around the world (nearly), gathering scobies, mothers, grandmas' pickles and much more besides. I've had a lot of brilliant people working on the project, including Kasia Garapich, Niamh Riordan and Francesca Ulivi (pictured here with me at Preston's Harris Museum in 2016).
At the V & A it's sadly a little 'un-live' with only a few jars of sealed ferments allowed to penetrate the hallowed space, but it's part of a nevertheless inspiring food and eating extravaganza blockbuster show, FOOD: Bigger Than the Plate, at London's Victoria & Albert Museum.

The curators May Rosenthal and Catherine Flood have been a joy, and we have all managed to keep a straight face in some very long H & S meetings about exploding pickle risk assessments.

Tickets and information here. Closes Oct 20th.

A nice sideshoot of the project was meeting the brilliant Itamar Srulovich & Sarit Packer and being recorded for their Honey & Co podcast, on a panel with some very interesting people I'd have liked to spend a lot more time with, Michael Rakowitz & Jasleen Kaur.

You can listen / subscribe here.

Photo: Nina Pope

Look at them go in Leeds!

This is the hot trade happening on 'the honesty table' last night at the opening of the Northern Art Prize show ...

We had great veg. from the local Leeds & District Gardeners Federation (thanks to Dan Robinson for bringing this in), Rice from Toge, Karen's umeboshi, Jerusalem Artichokes from Tim's Dad's allotment, Japanese Zouri & more ... it looked & tasted great.

Get down to the gallery for your fresh produce while stocks last ... or better still take some of your own down and sell it from the table.

You can now read more about what's on the table on it's own page here.

Curiously the tables were specially made for us by a great company in East London called Unto This Last - each with 6 special money slots. I say curiously as this project (all part of 7 Samurai) has become for Karen & I about a set of strange coincidences ... in this instance the Ruskin connection that inspires the company name, as Karen lives in Ruskin's former farm house ... anyway it's a long story all now in the short film 'Little Deluxe Living' showing with the table.

Photo: Tim Olden

Somewhere on TV

Now I am slightly nervous about drawing anyones attention to this (!) but we might be on the telly tonight, & perhaps (of course) looking like real twits ...

Whilst up at Grizedale over the summer Hugh Fearnley-Wittingstall and the River Cottage crew, were filming a special programme around the Coniston Water Festival - which our It's a Lake District Knockout kicked off ...

Aside from having to let Hugh join in the tug-of-war (seen as the most 'suitable rural game' we played) the toast (pictured here) was all we, or the other guests, really saw of the man himself. However the crew did seem to be filming most of our event, so I'm intrigued to see how it comes out ... and how they explain that we were compering (then eating) dressed as Tudors!

Channel 4 20.00 - set your videos.