Bompas & Parr Launch London’s First Interactive Ice Cream Exhibition
London culinary geniuses Bompas & Parr are set to launch SCOOP: A Wonderful Ice Cream World, an interactive exhibition at the British Museum of Food in King’s Cross
Lead photo: © Bompas & Parr
SCOOP: A Wonderful Ice Cream World will explore the past, present and future of ice cream.
Among the cooler-than-cool experiences – all created in the wonderfully whimsical way of Bompas & Parr – are the chance to walk through a luminescent cave with glow-in-the-dark ice cream, experience a sub-zero ice chamber, taste a vanilla ice cream cloud and enjoy the world’s first hundreds and thousands fountain.
The celebratory show is centred on a curated selection of the world’s largest collection of ice cream paraphernalia, belonging to enthusiasts Robin and Caroline Weir who have amassed an impressive 14,000 objects.
SCOOP will show how our relationship with ice cream has evolved through the ages, from the ornate sorbet moulds of 1700s Rome to an homage to the glass ‘penny licks’ used by street vendors in the 1850s.
Travel back in time with a performative interpretation of the Cookery School of Agnes B Marshall, the Victorian ‘Queen of Ices’. Here you’ll meet Agnes’ star pupil, who will share some of Agnes’s recipes and encourage you to try tasty morsels of various iced concoctions.
There’s even The Dark Side of Ice Cream (over 18s only), which tells tale of the 1980s Glasgow Ice Cream Wars, where rival criminal organisations were operating from ice cream vans.
And the best part? You can experience rare and unusual ice cream flavours, from daffodil, which dates back to 1750, to the latest innovations like glow-in-the-dark ice cream.
The launch coincides with the 300th anniversary of Mary Eales’ Receipts, the first printed volume to feature ice cream in an English publication. It’s also the 399th anniversary of the first ice house built in Britain, erected in Greenwich Park by order of James I to make ice cream.
Experience rare ice cream flavours, from daffodil, which dates back to 1750, to the latest innovations like glow-in-the-dark ice cream
Do be sure to exit through the cafe, Conehenge, which will serve a menu of ice-cream flavours inspired by age-old classics such as Candied Fruit (1694), Conehenge All-Day-Ice-Cream-Breakfast (1691), Cucumber (1845) and Bompas & Parr’s new flavour, Bliss Point, an irresistible trinity of fat, sugar and salt.
Each cone is topped-off with a sparkling garnish from SCOOP’s very own hundreds and thousands fountain – a world’s-first invented by Bompas & Parr.
Bompas & Parr launched the British Museum of Food as a pop-up in Borough Market in November 2015. The world’s first cultural institution entirely devoted to the history, evolution, science and art of food, the duo hope that the museum will help us recognise the ways in which food impacts our culture, politics, economy and history.
SCOOP runs from 3 July-30 September 2018 at The British Museum of Food, Gasholder 11, 1 Lewis Cubitt Square N1C 4BY. Tickets are £12. To book see bmof.org