Camp Twig & Berries
Project Name: Camp Twig & Berries
Artist Name: Nick Roxas
Description of Project
""Welcome to Camp Twig & Berries, where we specialize in palate fascination and delight! Our camp introduces the unique practice of Miraculin Berries to Alchemy 2016. This experience includes the consumption of all-natural, non-narcotic “Miracle Berries”. These berries are produced by the plant Synsepalum dulcificum, and contain the protein miraculin, which causes the tongue to decipher flavor in a completely different way! Sour and tart transform in to sweet and delicious! After the berries roll over your tongue for a brief maturation period, participants will experience the natural phenomenon that captivates and charms the pickiest of palates. We will offer a plentiful selection of treats and beverages designed especially to enhance the Miraculin Berry experience. Each person that visits our camp will be given either one of the berries or a tablet form of the berry. They will then be offered a variety of sample foods and drinks to accompany their altered tasting faculties.
In addition to the Miraculin Berry Experience, our camp will include a cozy lounge area to relax and mingle with fellow campers. We will have an ongoing, eclectic musical selection provided by the very talented DJs camping with us (DJ MoMo, Clerks, SIR ILL and Proto-J to name a few).
Our objective for this camp is to facilitate open mindedness to the culinary experience for everyone at alchemy. We want to share the incredible sensation of experiencing one of your key senses turned topsy- turvy!
Each day, we will offer the interactive experience of Miraculan Berries to camp guests. This experience will include a theatrical introduction to Miracle Berries by one of our camp-members (well-versed in the culinary delight that is Miracle Berries) to explain what they are with the help of painted visual aids (furnished by our in-camp artist DJ MoMo). After welcoming everyone to the camp, our presentor camp member will explain what to expect and recommend sample selections to taste during one's experience. Patrons select their tasty delectables from a provided (reusable/laminated) check list and selections are made to order right before their eyes! Each item is handed to them the moment it has been prepared so that patrons can interact with any of our camp members during the experience and re-order any item up to three times or add to their original selections. We will guide each individual’s tongue on an expedition through flavor that will ensure lasting memories."
One of the most enjoyable thing about pout project is we had large groups and since the berries take a few minutes to take effect we have a great opportunity to talk to people about what was their favorite part of their burn and what could use some improvement. We also used that time to promote what other theme camps were doing and the activities for the day. We also made sure to take the time to talk to each person who came to visit our camp and make sure that they were ok and help look out for our fellow burners.
Other: "We loved doing it last year and we all really felt that contributing to the burn and getting to meet so many people made 2015 our favorite year ever. It was amazing that several people told us that our camp was their favorite thing they experienced at alchemy."
Final Funding: $1,149.07