If you don’t follow us on twitter or instagram, you probably won’t know that I attended the first ever Good Roots Festival last Saturday, an urban wellness festival celebrating good, clean fun. The importance of wellbeing is highlighted more and more in todays media and the building blocks for good health have never been more accessible. However that being said there is so much information available to us it can actually make it harder to know who to listen too and what advice to follow. Should you cut out meat? Is dairy a no go? Is gluten really such a bad thing? Good Roots brought together some of the best in todays wellness industry to talk about their views and give those attending the chance to listen and ask questions.
There were such a wide range of amazing kiosks serving up tasty treats from savoury to sweet. Never have I seen such an impressive collection of food which catered to such a vast range of peoples needs whether it was something vegetarian, vegan, gluten free or diary free there was something for everyone. We arrived at lunch time so our first stop was something to eat, the hardest part of the day was actually picking where to purchase something to satisfy our craving from. The Mae Deli were on hand, The Happy Maki, 26 Grains and Bodism were also there amongst so many others.
We opted for Eat Poke London which was incredible! Raw marinated yellow fin tuna alongside shredded carrot, wild rice, topped with nori, picked sweetcorn, wasabi and sriracha mayo and sesame seeds. If I lived in London I would be happy to eat this for lunch everyday. We wandered inside to see a host of different stalls, from Conscious T-shirts to content beauty while we made our way to our first talk.
The talks were paid for separately and sold out quickly but also gained you general access to the whole event. A beautiful warehouse style room holding 400 people in the audience with a simple stage at the front was the setting, an intimate feeling was almost instant and you knew you were about to be part of something special.
If you didn’t already know, I’m a huge fan of Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley and I think their cook books are just the bomb! So getting the chance to hear them speak so passionate and freely about what they do was amazing. After owning their books since each was released it wasn’t till their recent TV programme that I convinced myself to give the recipes a go, they made them look so un-intimidating and realistic and they are just that. They got the audience participating and reiterated that everyone is different. Everyone leads different lives what one person eats is not always right for another. The main importance is to take your time when eating, take pleasure in enjoying a meal. Cut out sugar and gluten and processed food which no matter what you think does nobody any favours and get back to eating real food.
David and Luisa of Green Kitchen Stories were so personable, I loved their story of how they met and that they actually started their blog as a way to work out what meals they could eat together after immediately realising they had very different eating habits. They talked about the realities of bringing children up within a mostly plant based lifestyle and about preparation of meals and made the whole thing sound so simple but they also were very honest that not every recipe goes to plan. They even did a demonstration of one of the show stopper smoothies from their new book.
And finally we were lucky enough to attend a talk by a panel of incredible ladies. This was so inspiring and uplifting it really was an incredible end to an amazing day. Melissa Hemsley, Naomi Smart, Madeleine Shaw and Sasha Wilkins were questioned about how they got started and their journeys to where they are now. The support they showed for one another and their authenticity shone through and they had the room laughing throughout the hour. I only wish I could have listened to these confident, successful woman for longer.
We headed to the book shop and finished our day with a sweet treat from The Mae Deli before strolling out with our goodie bags and our heads held high feeling empowered. As I mentioned earlier it was the birth of Good Roots and apart from the talk times not being printed on the tickets everything seemed to go to plan. I can’t recommend this festival enough, I will certainly be back if they do more events. Even if you are not interested in health and wellbeing the about of information you can take in and the discussions something like this event can open up is amazing.