Balans Soho Society’s legendary love for ice cream comes a close second only to our love for those conjurors of confectionary, Bompas and Parr. They’ve taken every mother’s plea to their child to ‘stop playing with your food’ and turned it into an absolutely delightful combination of multi-sensory performance art and a children’s tea party.
And now, we’re delighted to see, they’ve brought their latest show all about the world of ice cream, SCOOP to London. We’re unlikely to see a cooler – in every sense – show this summer.
Scoop is a total sensory immersion with attractions like ice cream weather and glow-in-the-dark ice cream. Visitors will be introduced to the neuroscience of the frozen treat as well as exploring the darker side of desserts.
The exhibition features the world’s largest collection of ice cream paraphernalia, with vintage equipment, advertising, art and music drawn from 14,000 items collected over 40 years by the quite possibly slightly obsessive, Robin and Caroline Weir. They are the authors of the brilliant, “Ice Creams Sorbets and Gelati The Definitive Guide” from Grub Street Publishers.
A special feature of the show focuses on the life and ingenious times of Agnes B. Marshall, Queen of the Victorian ice cream scene and inventor of the cone. Way ahead of her time, Marshall wrote several successful cook books, patented an ice cream machine and even suggested using liquid nitrogen to make ice cream as early as the late 1800s.
Quite why there isn’t a statue to that woman in Parliament Square we simply can’t imagine.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!
Scoop runs until the 9th September 2018 at:
The British Museum of Food – Gasholders London, 1 Lewis Cubitt Walk, Kings Cross, London N1C 4BX
Buy Tickets here: https://www.bmof.org/