Re-Fuelling at An Architecture ‘Feastival’
Drinking in an abandoned petrol station... Such is the life of the freelance food hack. However, rather than drown my sorrows in seedy solitude, I had come to a much more artsy event. To mark the final days of London’s 16-day long Festival of Architecture, I joined 100 others for a feast in a decommissioned Clerkenwell ‘Texaco’.
The curious, but striking setting was liberated, enthusiastically scrubbed then re-imagined as a ‘pleasure garden’ where usually prohibited activities such as booze guzzling, gassing on a phone and smoking could take place.
With concrete as carpet, it largely drew dressy architecture students who, to the surprise of passers-by, filed through a tall barrier in cocktail dresses or drainpipe trousers. Formally, their quest was to find ‘the perfect place to picnic’ whilst exploring ‘the relationship between food and architecture’. Informally, they (and I) came to lap a lavish buffet for a reasonable price (£10).
Courtesy of bow-tied ‘Jellymongers’, Sam Bompas and Harry Parr (the latter of whom trained as an architect), pudding proved an aesthetically arresting and incredibly potent finale. Served in imposing glassware, their luminous green absinthe trifle was adorned with cigarettes and pineapple leaves.
I eventually left, secure in the knowledge that pulling up at a petrol station would never be this interesting again...
The Filling Station - 98/100 Clerkenwell Road, London. EC1R 5BX
First published: Foodepedia