Full of Spice Summer Festival 2015
23 May - 6 September 2015 - This festival has now finished. Visit our what's on page for our latest events calendar.
Find out what took place during the Kew Gardens Full of Spice Festival
Music by Kuljit Bhamra produced by Serious
We don’t think twice about the peppermill on our dining table or the vanilla in our ice-cream, but the power of some plants to colour, flavour and preserve, makes them worth more than their weight in gold.
In summer 2015, Kew was Full of Spice as it explored the botanical origins of these mystical goods at our Spicy Summer Festival.
The Full of Spice event programme included:
The Spice Exchange
Drop-in sessions throughout the festival offering a series of entertaining stories about the early spice traders and the routes they took to bring spices to the West.
Spice Mix Super-Computer 2.0
Where you could combine spices using our Super-Computer to create your own personal blend and take it home.
A chance to look inside and get up-close-and-personal with our giant inflatable spices which incuded ginger, garlic and chilli!
Spice up your life: hands-on sessions
Hands-on sessions to discover what parts of plants are used as spices around the world.
A chance for the whole family to get involved by helping to create beautiful large-scale folk art.
A dance troupe telling the history of spices through song and dance.
Full of Spice tours
Guided tours giving a fascinating look at Kew's spicy plants showing how spices grow and how they get from the garden to the kitchen.
A rickshaw ride taking a journey of discovery through the world of spices at Kew.
A pop-up bar selling refreshing spice-inspired No.3 London Dry Gin cocktails.
Making and sampling spiced breads.
Kew Cabinet of Curiosities
The journey of spices told through objects from Kew’s Economic Botany Collection.
Meeting Kew's experts
Kew's friendly experts telling tales of plants, expeditions and experiments.
Discover Kew - Spice Stories
Discover Kew mobile app telling the stories behind some of our most popular spices.
Spicy Sunday music sessions
An afternoon of music and fun at the Spice Exchange.
Fascinating facts about the lives of some of our favourite spices.