New York, United States
Activated charcoal has created a buzz all over, also a bit controversial. Lot of food items, drinks and desserts are being created by using this gray powder. There is a good new for fans of this product. On this Sunday, San Francisco is going to have a one-stop shop for everything charcoal: an activated charcoal food festival.
Hyped as “SF’s first charcoal food fest” (though if other cities have had charcoal food festivals, they did a damn good job of keeping them under the radar), 50 Shades of Charcoal promises that “we’re sexing up your Sunday and fueling your Instagram with charcoal ice cream, charcoal lemonade, charcoal cookie dough, charcoal cream puffs, and more!” according to official Facebook invite.
Scheduled to take place on July 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the city’s SoMa StrEat Food Park, the event lists over 15 vendors of both the food truck and pop-up breed. You can expect items like black and white charcoal pastry puffs from Choux SF, charcoal battered corndogs from Batter Up, and charcoal blackened chicken sandwiches from Chef’s Truck. All you have to pay is an entrance fee of $5.
Activated charcoal has clearly gotten a huge buzz by being a key ingredient behind the social media-friendly black food trend, proponents of the powder have also have a number of debatable health benefits to it. The organizers of 50 Shades of Charcoal would appear to land in that camp, stating that the ingredient is known for “Brightning your smile, rejuvenating your skin, and hampering your most hateful hangovers.” However, later, they add, “As a natural detoxifier, activated charcoal is really good at soaking up all the molecules in its path. While the quantities used in charcoal foods are not comparable to medicinal applications, professionals do recommend waiting at least two hours between taking activated charcoal and other prescription drugs. Like the ice cream it’s mixed into, charcoal is best as an occasional splurge!”