The entire event divides the world into 20 equal evenings, each momentarily focussed upon for a unique and unrepeatable moment in an epic journey eastwards through the key culinary regions of the world.
The event will be held in the verdant covered courtyard of Stratford Old Town Hall – the closest venue to the Olympic Park and Stadium, a beautifully restored Victorian building, and a beautiful, calm oasis on Stratford High Street.
Tickets for the Feast cost £45. This price includes:
What to Expect
Guests are welcomed with a complimentary cocktail and encouraged to wander through Worldscape – and mingle with the world. Waiters drift through the travellers with a sea of mouth-watering canapés crafted for the geography of the evening. Each evening offers a carefully composed one-off set menu (with vegetarian option) of canapés, courses, cocktails and beverages – all syncing with the fleeting culinary snapshot of the world.
At 7.30pm, guests find their seats – each uniquely carved and set with a bespoke set of plates and mapkins that illustrate their location in the world – as the chef introduces the meal. The flow of courses is punctuated by entertainment intermezzi – an amuse-tête interlude – freeing guests to travel to a new seat at Worldscape. Guests are free to stay after dessert to mingle and drink at the bar (open til 2am each night), connecting and constructing their own new social landscapes.
Our culinary journey starts, like our species’, in Africa – on the Western tip of Senegal, opening alongside the 1st Olympic event (football). Travelling East, we land at home on the opening night of the Olympic ceremony (fireworks visible from our courtyard) – to celebrate the best of host Britain. We continue East through Europe and onwards past Asia, from Old World to New, to end our entire journey the night after the last Olympic event by passing on the baton to Rio de Janeiro – with a climactic fiesta of Brazilian Carnival.
Our curatorial strategy has been to mirror the way we like to travel – to acknowledge the highlights, but also dig deeper, exploring off the (b)eaten track. Our selection of regions and countries has been necessarily reductive; it’s impossible to fairly represent the rich entirety of the world in 20 meals. We felt duty bound to include Britain as a separate evening all of itself because it is the host – and steadily reinventing the meaning of a coherent yet diverse national cuisine.