Blog: Chris MercerTowards a Fluid State

Chris Mercer | 8 December 2009

Think premium spirits and food matching meets pyschadelic music and live contemporary art in a garage warehouse in the backstreets of London. Read on to see how just-drinks deputy editor Chris Mercer spent his Saturday night.

There was handmade Sake matched with black sesame seed ice cream, Courvoisier Cognac with 3D glasses and biodynamic red wine from southern France.

There were also ladyboys and talented Japanese 'Manga' artists.

Then there was the near-naked man (subsequently identified as British artist Philip Li) being slowly wrapped in clingfilm, clay and black bin-liners on a long wooden table - to the sound of psychadelic electro music. 

Still with me? just-drinks was kindly invited on Saturday evening to Towards a Fluid State, the first food, drink and arts festival organised by a new events company named The Tasting Sessions.

It is run by Australians Angella Newell and Hayley Sudbury, both members of the Courvoisier Future 500 network and committed food and drink enthusiasts.

"It’s not a farmers market nor is it anything like Taste of London," Newell and Sudbury said of their first big event.

"We are working with a fantastic range of independent producers, distributors and brands to deliver unusual and compelling experiences around what you eat and drink."

Their motto is "say no to boredom, blandness, tastelessness and rigidity".

While undoubtedly one of the more surreal experiences of this drinks journalist's career, boring and bland this event definitely wasn't.



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