Vital is a rediscovery of food. Our unique methods are designed to create exciting new experiences from everyday food.

We’ve created an open source toolkit and workshop framework that helps you deliver Vital workshops yourself.

Alternatively, get in touch to arrange for us to deliver a tailored workshop for you.

Day 1 – Rediscover Eating

Activities

  • Icebreaker
  • Food diaries
  • Eating with all the senses
  • Eating with others
  • Dream food menu

Tools

Ice Breaker

Our food-themed ice-breaker helps get the workshop participants warmed up and comfortable with each other so they can enjoy adventures in food together.

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Food Diary

Keep a food diary for a week before the workshop for extra insight into the reality of day-to-day eating habits. Unlike most food diaries, Vital asks you to record not only what you eat, but who with and how your feel.

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Sensory Eating

This collection of sound recordings and exercises opens your eyes and ears to eating, and shines a light on how taste comes from all the senses working together.

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Day 2 – Inside Plants

Activities

  • Introduction to identifying micronutrients
  • Introduction to basic chemistry and lab work
  • Extracting micronutrients from plants we eat
  • Identifying micronutrients using low-cost spectrometers (DIY spectroscopy)
  • Discussion

Tools

DIY Spectrometer

Find out where to buy your own, affordable DIY Spectrometer, or how to make it from scratch.

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Extraction of micronutrients

We’ve developed a suite of methods to extract micronutrients from plants, using common household products instead of lab chemicals.

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Identifying micronutrients

Use your DIY Spectrometer and free online software to identify the micronutrients you have extracted.

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Day 3 – Playing with your Food

Activities

  • Forum theatre
  • Recap of Day 1 and 2
  • Co-design

Tools

Forum Theatre Script

Our specially developed script calls on workshop participants to play the part of food producers, sellers and consumers – and the food itself – for a unique exploration into the effect food has on our lives.

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Co-design methods

Use these methods to actively explore what we’ve learned over the last few days, creating new perspectives on food, together.

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Day 4 – Co-creation and exhibition

Activities

  • Co-creation
  • Setting up
  • Mini-expo

Tools

Co-creation guidelines

Guidelines on how to help people co-create.

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Running an Exhibition

A checklist of the important things to consider when running an exhibition.

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Additional: Foraging

We recommend an additional day’s workshop for a foraging expedition in the local area, where we explore what foods we can find growing in the wild (or in parks). This type of workshop must be run by a qualified foraging expert. We work with John Rensten of Forage London for UK foraging.