Welcome to the Food Hacking Base (fhb) blog!
“Once upon a time”, Chaos Computer Club initiated the yearly hacker meetings, congresses if you like, of which many of you are the current, past and hopefully future participants. It was a great time for us as Food Hacking Base (fhb) in the last several years, with this event being truly crucial for what we do and how we do it getting in to a full action.
As you can remember from our crowdsourcing campaign our goals were to build up an experimental kitchen and workshop venue which would be suitable for variety of food and beverage hacking and open to the public, something what we have done on previous outdoor events but never on the indoor event really. Well I think that after the event we can say that we have managed, thank you for your help and definitely many thanks to the CCC orga who supported us in many ways!
Now lets talk a bit about what was going on, at least the parts which I’m aware of, things got bit busy as they usually do 🙂 but there was plenty of time for the others to share their experiences here so it should be quite compact. Thanks to OpenLab in Augsburg, Moritz Bartl and his hackerbus which he lend to us we have managed to pick up the fhb gear from previous events stored at my parents place in Kout na Šumavě, Czech Republic and moved on for Brmlab, one of my favorite hackerspaces located in Prague. We have prepared here for 30c3 for few days, starting our Kombucha cosmopolita batch etc. We left Brmlab on 23/12 and arrived to Hamburg on 24th of January just in time to help to prepare with the CCC crew Christmas dinner and also do the basic ingredient shopping which we wanted to have ready for the event. So to conclude the transportation with the hackerbus worked out well, saved our lots of money and time, next time arrival on 22nd or 23th (as previously planned) would be better if not earlier (the mode of transport for next event has to be discussed).
On 25th we have been getting things ready for the build up of the base, luckily getting access from the orga to the “left over” wood and other materials from their build up, which helped us enormously, Lucas and his coordination is to thank in particular. In the evening Marcel and Dann arrived and we managed to “transfer the duties” because I had to leave for Augsburg to pick up Moritz and his friends from OpenLabs spending basically whole 26th on the road, coming back to Hamburg around 10pm. When back most of the tables were ready, ingredients stocked, place organized, many thanks to Eunha, Marcel, Daan, Bravo, Ingo and others for their help it was crucial push for the project. Next day – day 1 we have managed to set up the sinks (borrowed from CCC/members) properly on the linoleum so all waterproofed as promised. We have installed the “presentation” desk where we have been offering free tasters “donations appreciated” during the event and the multimedia corner was used continuously, the printer definitely helped! From other stuff we have got rest of the ingredients, induction friendly pans which we have been missing and variety of other smaller or bigger things. Our 30c3 wikies were down for whole day (as anyone else’s), next day (day 2) it was thankfully restored so our workshops were properly announced and we could rock and roll.
Concerning the reflections during the event well … We were short of few pairs of hands, many times no one promoted our activities at our presentation area because people were busy with other activities in the base, hopefully we will have more “human power” next time. Sometimes it was too intensive for the people involved, too many things to do at the same time, which was bit stressful. I’ve been coordinating the night shift catering for CCC volunteers from 9 or 10 pm till 6-7 am which was bit demanding, we will see how to sort that out for the future events, several people involved with fhb told me directly that I should be more around, which I think is true.
Based on the numbers of participants of the workshops at fhb we have been running on the max of our capacity most of the time, the place became quite popular as at OHM2013 but this time more focused on experimenting and workshop activities rather than catering – still we kept ourselves well fed. The separate experimental kitchen was a good idea, just during some workshops it was too busy especially if it was used by people who were not involved with us before, however with the “members” of the fhb community preparing other stuff during the workshops it was generally fine and not really interfering.
One thing which was really nice and we should plan on that more in the future, or coming back to our “roots” were the thematic dinners. We did that at OHM and 2011 CCC camp in Finowfurt and kind of naturally got to it at 30c3 too. However it would be I think a good idea to decide on the dinners which we would like to have during the congress in advance and make again some booking system etc. with people helping/learning during the preparations and more people joining later on for eating, all donation based. I think it had a really nice dynamics and people really enjoyed it. We were using putting this in practice of food preparation workshops and consequent community dinners during our tour for our Korean healing table dinner and it worked great! I would definitely suggest international dinner for one of the days.
For the things which I think should be improved I was really missing a clear system of what ingredients are where and the same applies for tools and kitchen equipment. This was one of the major drawbacks for both newly involved people and the “grizzled crew” and we really need to take care about that during next events, it will make our lives so much more easy and all activities much more efficient and fun. Proper shelves and labels/pictures what belongs to where and “checking out” that things are return to the place where they live is really important I think. It should not take us too long to take care about that if we do it on the day 0 having some lamination machine to our disposition or something like that and enough material for building the shelves.
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What I liked most
Personally it made me most happy that we have managed to build up decent environment for food and beverage hacking on this indoor event, without some major issues. That was great, our main goal and we have proven that it is both doable and desirable setting an example for next events of this type, which I think is crucial.
Sincerely for Food Hacking Base,
Frantisek Algoldor Apfelbeck
Greetings from Food Hacking Base (fhb) and Eunha Jun!
I’m native Korean and this is an invitation to food hacking base gathering around our table.
I want to make you to feel “warm heart” and “good energy” through my foods. We think the combination of our “bobsang (table)” is very important. That means the combination of colours, the ratio of vegetables and meats, the energy of cold and heat etc.
I want to prepare the table seasonal and local because freshness of ingredients and energy is very important.
If you join my Korean healing table we can feel all this together.
In addition everytime I want to make one dish workshop during the table preparation so you can learn how to cook Korean style meal. The good news for vegans, we have always some of our dishes suitable for you too!
We are hoping to see you soon ewnjoying and sharing wonderful food and knowledge together!
Sincerely for Food Hacking Base Eunha Jun,
First of all many thanks to all the members of our group and people who took their time, effort, half of their kitchens (or brewing places like Arnd) and yes also cash making the Food Hacking Base (fhb) happened. Here also comes our thanks to the orga who supported us extensively.
The story below covers some of our activities and events, mentioning some names of people involved piece fully forgetting others, please take it as a short overview rather than all including text, so much happen that no one can really tell the whole tail.
The Build up of the base
The build up started early and could not really happen without all the hard work of Thorsten, his car, tool set and later on enormous support of the whole Warpzone hackerspace members which become our lovely neighbours for the event. Together with many other helpers we have build proper working tables for the kitchen, nice and high around 100 cm, shelves and organized it neatly. The ones who are over 150 cm know how much back pain this solution is saving you.
Second on the list was the hexayurt cold room build up which is described more in detail here. Lets say that it was really nice collective effort which resulted in not as “cold” cold room as we hoped for but it definitely helped against the hot Dutch summer sun (no no not daydreaming again …). Also thanks for the 1000 eu from the orga donated to the project.
Next big project was build up of the workshop venue, in this case the roof and support system. That was really fun, many of us had to laugh when seeing the design of the project changing happily during the build up (well what would you expect in Holland with frequent smoking brakes after all) resulting in final structure resembling a bit of “Alice in Wonderland” style but most importantly it worked. It kept us out of the sun and rain, so great!
One of the last projects was the build up of the washing table, which alas we did not managed to connect to the water source and drainage but with some extra human labor we succeeded in keeping our place and equipment clean and it was for many a nice and simple opening to become involved, just stick your hands in the sink half an hour of meditational dish washing and you are as new being! Lars and other folk from Warpozne went bit gaga 3D printing, assembling and successfully testing an ice-cream machine, check their pages for more info! Well this list I think could summarize what we have build concerning the infrastructure. For the next time we can try to make the cold room colder, workshop venue with floor and washing area with connected to the water source and drainage, that may be for the future improvements. It has to be mentioned that the organic produce shopping from the local farmers, it’s delivery and share which was organized by Tg, Cor-Jan and others was highly appreciated and we hope it will happen again with even more funds dedicated to it and more people involved. It was worth of the effort I think and definitely going well along with our principles of local, sustainable and organic.
What have we done with such a lovely utilities?
Thanks to a nice gear and infrastructure we have kept ourselves busy and happy, well “round we may say” 🙂 Breakfast around 8 to 9 in the morning, few dishes, the “best” generally for the early birds, meat eaters diet based, larger decent food for the late comers. Lunch was nice collaborative effort, as applies to other dishes vegan options always included, special thanks to Evina on this one, that extends to the dinner and her whole presence too. Dinner was really fun because we have been playing quite a bit with lots of people coming by and helping, often preparing their favorite dishes so you never new what is coming, Evina was especially coordinating these activities. Marcel, Daan and many others were around to play too. Here also thanks to many others like Oto, Bravo, Eric, Erwin, Stuart, Lars, Thorsten etc. who just did what was needed whenever, and also contributed financially which was very appreciated! With every subsequent day we grew bigger and bigger and lets be honest by the end of the camp we have been too big to the opinion of many of people involved from the start. It was great but next time we would like to rather keep smaller around 15-30 people as a core group lets say and help to create or initiate similar projects around the campground so people can enjoy the idea and it’s benefits but the community keeps to some certain lets say “smaller social circle” size. Everyone feels more comfortably about different environment, but smaller nex time seems to us better.
As promoted in advance one of our major aims at the camp was to serve as an educational place, equipped to give especially hands on workshops on variety of the food&beverage related subjects. I think we can say that it worked. There were complications, wrong or late timing of the workshops sometimes but at the end majority of the activities happened and quite on the time seeming to please most of the participants. People were coming back, budgets were covered and several workshops were completely overbooked with many people under the line. At the end we have been running sometimes several workshops in the same time with other events too, so again bit overstretched, next time we should make sure that we keep it rather less intensive but well covered and coordinated. If I can mention few workshops which went really well or got big, if not both the mAcfreAk’s traditional “hack our own Sushi workshop” was as at 2011 CCC camp very popular, molecular cooking with Erwin (egeltje) and Ralph Moonen was really big with I think over 30 people below the line and really tasty stuff being created, the “icecream” dessert was just superb! I wish we got better job in announcing the change of the time for Machtelt workshop on the beer brewing because her workshops were really cool and I hope we can host and properly promote them next time whenever that may be (especially that Belgian egg liqueur which was really tasty :-)!) . Evina’s vegan hacking attracted a lots of enthusiasts as on the previous CCC camp, no surprise there, I would say especially the vegan purgers got people intrigued and they were really delicius! If course Christian’s matelade making and Luwah’s mate sodas can not be omitted, both inventions kept plenty of people nice and sharp during the event. I’m personally happy with the steady increased interest of people in probiotics and I hope that they keep their babies (for example kombucha) well and happy and yes increased farting potential when consuming is natural and absolutely fine 🙂 Now that may be enough as a “short recollection” of some of the workshops. Please if I didn’t mentioned your favorite one pleas forgive me, thankfully there was plenty to pick up from.
As is now already a tradition started with Webmind, Francoise and me at CCC congresses, Food Hacking Base cheese randevou or cheese tasting took place again with quite a wide selection of cheeses (well over 20 don’t be fooled by the wiki entries as usually), snacks and yes some lovely wine and Belgium beer. I’m truly sorry not to share the pictures but it was somehow too dark to take a proper ones or people just kept their attention too focused on tasting … Many thanks here to Machtelt, Webmind, Daan, Lurwah and others for their selections! Next time more light and proper labeling should improve the experience even more, lets see what we can do at 30c!
The biggest food hacking based event was a Joined venture of our group, Free Village and Noisy Square. The event was huge we served food to over 200 people I would say and the crowd was happily hanging around quite for a while in a picnic style of atmosphere, great! All covered by donations with a nice surplus, what more can one ask?
Hot Party. Well that was the last night, enjoying the cold room which was hacked to the “hot room”, having partysnacks, lots of drinks, talking and relaxing. Very nice, next time lets do it again, just lets start bit earlier sleepy heads!
Our goal was to end up after the event with some money in our hand, that worked out. We got over €1000 extra, after reimbursements and various claims we settled happily on €600 as funds for the next events and projects. The total spending for whole event was around €4000. We spend bit over €2000 during the event for fhb related stuff and another €1100 for hexayurt coldroom which was however funded by OHM2013 orga – €1000 budget. We got around €1300 in donations during the event, over €1200 in crowdsourcing campaing run before the event and over €500 from internal group donations to start with. You c an check on our data here.
The main experience for the next events are:
– more people involved with finances and keeping track of them, especially during the event
– finishing up our reports at the end of the event immediately – at least as much as possible.
If we can conclude the Food Hacking Base project aimed to serve as a food&beverage hacking hub at the camp, bringing people together, helping to create social links, educating them, all of this and more in a friendly and sharing atmosphere and we succeeded. There were issues and things which we hope to improve next time, taking properly care about our left overs being high on the list. However all in all, lets do this again, definitely!
At the end once more thanks to anyone contributing to the community and special thanks to the Evina, Christian and Lurwah who were on the deck from the beginning helping months in advance to make this all happen.
So see you at 30c3 in Hamburg or another event!
Food Hacking Base