1 August 2022

5 reasons to visit Food Forever at Kew

There's just six weeks left to explore our event of the summer! Step into the future of food and discover how we can transform our planet for good.

By Lydia Shellien-Walker

The Palm House at Kew Gardens

Sink your teeth into Food Forever at Kew Gardens until 18 September 2022.

As well as four new art installations and a major exhibition across the Gardens, there's a whole host of talks, guest menus by inspiring chefs and weekend drop-in workshops and activities.

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1. Learn something incr-edible

There's lots of ways to get involved and learn something new at Food Forever.

Join our daily free walking tour to learn more about edible plants and the future of food in a changing climate.

If you fancy getting hands on, take part in one of our special weekend workshops.

If you prefer to sit back and enjoy, join our evening talks, featuring acclaimed food writers, Kew scientists, artists, journalists and other fascinating speakers discussing some of the most pressing issues of our time.

Find out what's on

An audience watch several people talking surrounded by plants in a large white metal glasshouse
Food Forever Evening Talks © RBG Kew

2. The kids will love it

There is plenty for kids to enjoy this summer!

They can meet our resident trolls: Matt and Helen by artist Thomas Dambo, and explore the Labyrinth of Monoculture, a brand new installation by Leandro Erlich that will challenge your sense of reality.

Kids love to play in our iconic Children's Garden, explore Kew from the skies on our Treetop Walkway and discover the secret life of bees in our massive Hive.

If your child has special educational needs and disabilities, we can support you to create a more comfortable visit with our Quiet Sessions.

After all the fun, fill your bellies at our buzzing Family Kitchen. Make a pizza, have an ice cream, or grab a picnic to enjoy in the Gardens.

Find out what’s on for all the family

A family of four eats a meal in a colourful restaurant underneath a brown mushroom made from sticks
New Family Kitchen and Shop © RBG Kew

3. Explore another world

Australian artist Pip & Pop brings a completely unique exhibition to the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art.

When Flowers Dream showcases an eclectic mix of vibrant artworks made from everyday materials such as sugar, candy, and assorted craft materials, brought together to create a vibrant food utopia.

Plus, you can take a delectable piece of this candy land away to brighten up your home!

Read more about When Flowers Dream

4. Of course, eat!

Our summer season wouldn’t be complete without the chance to taste some delicious food.

We’ve invited renowned chefs to respond to our Food Forever programme, each devising a delicious menu for the Pavilion Bar and Grill

Next up is NHS doctor and Sunday Times bestselling author Dr Rupy Aujla, who will be taking over the menu from 11 August to 18 September 2022.

The Pavilion Bar and Grill sits in the heart of the Arboretum, so you can dine amongst Kew’s vast collection of over 12,000 trees.

For art lovers, the Pavilion Bar and Grill is moments away from two of Kew’s artistic gems: the Marianne North Gallery and Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, where you can now discover The Art of Food.

Plan your visit

The Pavilion Bar and Grill exterior
The Pavilion Bar and Grill © Ryder Architecture

5. Try this at home

Get your hands on our brand-new Kew Gardens Cookbook: a celebration of vegetables in the kitchen with contributions from top chefs including Yottam Ottolenghi, Tomasina Myers and Meera Sodha.

Click here for a sneak preview of some of the recipes

If you’re feeling inspired, you could even have a go at growing your own veg at home, using our handy, free new guide.

The Kew cookbook
Giant, wooden, smiling troll

Visit Food Forever

With something for everyone to sink their teeth into, we hope you join us this summer in celebration of food!

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