During London Food Month, I attended London’s first ever CBD infused Afternoon Tea, hosted by Farmacy. Based in Notting Hill, Farmacy offers an array of delicious plant-based dishes inspired from around the globe, and supports both a vegan and vegetarian diet, free from dairy, refined sugars, additives and chemicals. Farmacy is a game changing lifestyle brand. It represents a positive lifestyle choice which connects people to source, self and community through healthy and holistic eating.
Guests were greeted with an Elderflower, Hibiscus & Gin Spritz cocktail, infused with CBD (sourced legally from licensed growers and tested for advanced purity and potency using organic methods).
I noticed there was a mixed crowd – a young couple sat next to me discussing summer festivals, a few tables a long a group of young women were chatting and giggling over their cocktails, and there was even a family with kids. The staff seemed really keen to share what was on the menu, and went into a lot of detail about the process of sourcing and extracting CBD, and its benefits.
The 3-tiered tea towers (there’s a new tongue twister!) were created especially for the event, and mine arrived looking every inch a showstopper.
The bottom tier was a selection of savoury bites, including a twist on the cucumber sandwich – a cucumber & pea roll with caraway & borage seeds. The pulled jackfruit taco with fresh chilli & popcorn cress was sublime (I saw a few people ask for extras).
The middle tier was full of familiar names but with unexpected flavors – the Victoria sponge with vanilla cream and chia & raspberry jam made me melt into my seat (perhaps the relaxing effects of CBD were kicking in by this point? Or maybe it was the gin…?) When trying the orange & marble cheesecake, it was impressive to think that the entire menu was vegan and gluten free.
The CBD truffles at the top were the highlight for me, and by this point the cannabis tea I had also been served was starting to make me want to stay there forever. At the end, I briefly chatted with one of the staff, who said she hoped that this would become a regular thing. London is well-known for its famous Afternoon Teas, but I have yet to experience something like this anywhere else, and hope to see more CBD culinary events in London soon.
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Words & Photos by Marina, Editor-in-Chief