Taste Of London

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Food Festival

Taste of London is a food extravaganza that takes place in London’s Regent’s Park every June.

This is the place to visit if you fancy trying some fabulous dishes from well-known London Restaurants and celebrity chefs.  Anyone can buy a ticket and get in.  The only additional thing you will need to do is purchase their own ‘currency’ know as Crowns (1 Crown = 50p).   You then simply go to the stand of your choice and purchase the dish or dishes you would like to try, it’s as simple as that!

There is plenty to see and do from attending Master Classes to wine pairing classes and trying some rather different tasting beers such as Red Pig Ale or Chilli Beer from Pierhead Wines, and yes it really does taste of chilli!  If you are an aspiring chef you might be tempted to treat yourself to an expensive handmade kitchen knife from Kin Japanese Kitchen Knives.  We were stunned by the beauty and detail of these knives.

British Airways had a large Executive Lounge offering complimentary Champagne and canapés to Gold and Silver Executive Card members, but do remember to bring your card along with you (I forgot mine!)  They also had a special Height Cuisine stand where you could learn about how food tastes at 30,000 ft, where you in fact lose around 30% of your taste buds, something I learnt at a recent BA Cabin Crew training day I attended.

I won’t even attempt to list all the restaurants that participated at the event, but some of the more well-known ones included Le Gavroche, Bar Boulud, Bocca di Lupo, Blue Elephant, Cinnamon Soho, Patara, Pollen Street Social, Spice Market, Rhodes 24, Heston Blumenthal’s Hinds Head in Bray, Gordon Ramsey’s Maze, L’Anima where Francesco Mazzei and his team were conjuring up some wonderful Italian dishes and last but by no means least a very busy Theo Randall who was doing wine pairing on one part of his stand, cooking on another and in the middle serving a 4 course meal to guests.  It was a mini version of his restaurant at The InterContinental Park Lane, staff and all.

We were lucky enough to be invited to sample Theo’s amazing 4 course meal which consisted of a smoked eel with red and golden beetroots, rocket and fresh horseradish to start with followed by a delicious Penne Rigate with violet aubergine and fresh plum tomatoes.  The fish stew of Dorset Blue Lobster was amazing and that was accompanied by John Dory, Monkfish, Clams, Saffron potatoes, tomatoes and fennel.  Then the pièce de la résistance was the Amalfi Lemon Tart!  All three courses were paired with a glass of the most perfect wine from Grossi Wines of Italy: a 2009 Tovè Fruilano Colli Orientali del Fruili; a 2009 Yare Pecorino Colline Teatine; a 2009 Terre di Fiori Morellino di Scansano and then a sweet Moscato d’Asti.

What you should also note, which we did not realise at the time, is that there are two time slots per day, a late morning/afternoon one and then an early evening one (5:30pm) and they won’t let you in before.  The event then starts to wind down at around 9:30pm. It can get very busy and if it is wet, do wear appropriate shoes.

Next year’s event will be taking place from 20th to 23rd June 2013 so make a note of it now as it is a great event that even the British summer or lack of it can’t dampen!

Reviewer's Rating
Type Festival
Suitable for Children, Couples

Last updated on 19-07-2012

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