Hackney-born native and Hoegaarden fan, Professor Green, poured a bottle (of Hoegaarden) over the bow of the barge to bring good luck and safe travel to the vessel.
DJ Seb Chew then hit the decks as the barge set sail along the River Lea, while guests enjoyed a selection of canapés specifically paired to complement the Hoegaarden.
Moored outside Number 90, Hackney Wick, ‘The Floating Gaardens’ by Hoegaarden, is a one-of-a kind barge packed with unexpected delights, designed to open minds to new ideas, sounds, sights and tastes in the midst of busy urban life.
Budding with over 500 different plants and shrubs, the unique Soundscape Gaarden has been scientifically designed by local Hackney-based artist Nathaniel Williams in collaboration with Oxford University. The exclusive soundscape has been created to change the taste of your Hoegaarden, heightening the beer’s sweet flavours at one extreme and boosting sour notes at the other.
Those who climb aboard will not only be able to discover the Soundscape Gaarden for themselves, but will also be treated to complementary Hoegaarden served in a special-edition glass by Visual Artistic Director, Emma Charlton, whilst dining on paired canapés including smoked chicken and salmon and sweet treats, including white peaches and fudge.
‘The Floating Gaardens’ will be open to the public from 30 July until 21 August. It will set sail every weekend along East London’s waterways up to six times daily. With each sailing accommodating up to 12 people, it’s set to be a must-do experience in London this summer.
Tickets are now available to be booked through a draw-style system on the website.
When not sailing, ‘The Floating Gaardens’ will be open to the public from Wednesdays to Fridays at Number 90 and used as a beer garden where guests can enjoy the subtle citrus and zingy coriander notes of Hoegaarden in a lush, green setting.