PX+ Festival is a weekend-long event for the people who dedicate their lives to the culinary experiences of others: an opportunity to pause, reflect and celebrate.
The PX+ Festival is a spark to launch real change – not only to the way we work, but also how we support and look out for each other.
Idealistic, yes. Impossible, no. Oscar Harding, at Duchess Rapeseed Oil, is already working hard to change attitudes to farmers and lead a new generation in his profession, working in collaboration with others rather than in competition.
We would love to see this innovative way of thinking applied across the industry: the starred, the casual dining, the branded, the independents, the street food vendors, the suppliers, the producers and the farmers, the whole delicious melting pot of creative, talented, passionate people.
We believe hospitality is about everyone in the industry, not just the celebrated few
Do we really need to continue to perpetuate the obsession for the best of everything, THE best chef in the world, THE best restaurant in the world? We are not sportspeople in a competitive race to get to the finish line, to be the only one on the podium in first place. There is room for every cuisine, every cocktail and every coffee bean to be celebrated.
Everyone is working flat out, trying to sustain successful businesses but we rarely have the chance to come together, take stock and offer support to each other. The very nature of our industry is to be hospitable, and this should extend to the way we treat our teams, our guests,
our fellow restaurateurs and our suppliers.
It’s now time to change, to look at where we are and how we move forward
We would like to grow a community that supports rather than competes with each other. While we keep others sustained with food and drink, our teams consistently face the risk of crashing and burning. Together we need to improve and we need to change the way we do things. It’s time to raise the bar.
Landscapes are changing all around us: food, society, economics, climates – if we don’t stop and discuss what direction our industry should take, and how, and why, we risk the change happening to us, rather than being the drivers of the future of our own industry.
What do we want to look like in five years?
In fact, what do we want to look like in 18 months?
A chance to talk honestly about how hospitable the hospitality business really is, is long overdue. Is it right that some celebrity chefs expect endless free stocks of kitchen equipment, chef shoes and aprons? Would we treat our wine producers or plate suppliers the same?
Meanwhile, we are getting a hell of a lot of bad press - long working hours, service charge, abuse in restaurants, unhealthy lifestyles, and substance and alcohol dependency all regularly feature in news reports. Add to that tough and uncertain trading conditions and we are in the middle of a rocky time.
We have a responsibility to recognize what is broken in our industry, fix the bits we need to, and set a new course
Our festival is your festival. Shape it, share it with us and take what you want from it.
You are our Personne eXtraordinaire.
PX+ Festival has been created by a team of talented hospitality people who share a love for the industry. Our aim is to celebrate all the hard work that goes into making hospitality so hospitable and give a smidgen of that back to the people that spend their lives creating amazing experiences for others.
TICKETS RELEASE DATE COMING SOON
2018 tickets: costing £155 each, your ticket included access to all four days of the festival, with a camping pitch, entry to all talks and daily breakfast. Plus, all food and drink at PX+ is sold at ‘hospitable’ prices meaning the only thing you need to worry about is what goes in your mouth.
NOT EVERYTHING NEEDS A TICKET
Want to play it by ear? Buy your weekend ticket to guarantee entry and then decide what you want to do when you arrive.
We will have a dedicated concierge team helping you get the most from your weekend. Whether its drinks and chats in the orchard, watching fire cooking in the court yard, a bakery masterclass or having some down time on the farm and maybe a massage, not everything needs to be booked in advance. Chill, party or do both.
Everyone is welcome.
TICKETED EXPERIENCES AT PX+
Over 20 different areas and numerous free talks and workshops, the ticketed experiences at PX+ mean you can enjoy tasting menus cooked by Michelin-starred chefs, bakery masterclasses, crop circle tables, vintage champagne tastings and much more.
Tickets now available, click below for the full programme and links to free and paid experiences.
You’ll also be able to book glamping options if you fancy treating yourself.
Interested in joining us or collaborating for our second festival, August 2019? Get in touch, we would love to chat.