BRUSSELS: Brussels will host the second edition of Soilmates on 12 and 13 September. This will include a series of events committed to improve the way we think of the hidden – and living – world beneath our feet.
The Soilmates collective aims to create a paradigm shift in which the living earth becomes the centre of the culinary and artistic experience, rather than the chef, artist or farmer. The movement was created by restaurant owners Caroline Baerten and Nicolas Decloedt (Humus & Hortense), farmer Dries Delanote (Le Monde des Mille Couleurs) and creative designer Alexandra Swenden (Swenden Studio).
The collective has been joined by numerous mindful chefs and conscious eaters, regenerative farmers, artists, artisans, earth activists, soil scientists and food experts ready to put soil in the spotlight with a series of events that will be organised during these two days.
Through artistic performances and culinary experiences, the collective invites people to keep their senses wide open and to find new paths forward.
A first successful first edition took place on the regenerative farm of Le Monde des Mille Couleurs with renowned chefs and artists such as Florent Ladeyn (L’Auberge Vert Mont, FR), Pascal Barbot (L’Astrance, FR) Bruno Timperman (Bruut, BE), and Martijn Defauw (Rebel, BE).
This edition of soilmates will be held over a two-day event in the Belgian capital. On Sunday 12 September from 10 am to 6 pm, scientists, artists, anthropologists, philosophers, city architects, farmers and artisans-chefs will share knowledge and reflections on the condition of the living soil in the city.
Lectures, artistic performances, workshops and tastings will take place in three emblematic places in Brussels: Smala Farming, the gardens of the Erasmus House and Le Champignon de Bruxelles where people will discover the living soil between the urban concrete. Participants are invited to visit (preferably) the route between the 3 sites by bike (max. 15 minutes between each location).
On Monday September 13, 22 like-minded Brussels restaurants, bistros, coffee and wine bars, and cheese shops will translate their unique relationship with the earth and share the philosophy of Soilmates with their guests through Soil food and tastings.
The culinary Soil locations in Brussels are:
Albert – Barge – Brut – Frank – Humus & Hortense – Fauvette – Belgobon, Ethylo, Joran, Chabrol et Maloma – La Fruitière – Le Dillens – Le Local – Les Petits Bouchons – Mok – Ötap – Savage – Smala – Tarzan – Tero – Titulus.