Another year, another five days of London’s foodies flocking to Regent’s Park to overindulge in their favourite past-time of wining and dining. Naturally, we were right at home at Taste of London. And we’ve been before so we knew the drill… over thirty of London’s top restaurants dishing up small plates of their finest food, over 200 exhibitors plying you with samples of their delectable goods, and a myriad of cooking demonstrations, masterclasses and entertainment! You can go in the afternoon or evening, (or both as I’m sure some greedy guts did), where each session gives you about four hours to stuff yourself silly with anything from sliders to ceviches, as well as all those little tasters from well known food companies and artisan producers.
Between bites, cooking skills could be sharpened at the AEG Taste Theatre where chefs such as Scott Hallsworth of Kurobuta or Thomasina Miers of Wahaca showed off some of their techniques or you could even stop into the Wild Kitchen and Mr Vine Wine Kitchen. Foodies who wanted to get their hands dirty could do so at the AEG Let’s Taste Live Cooking experience, learning how to whip up wontons and ribs with School of Wok, while those of us lazy gluttons just continued grazing, stopping every now and then for some music at the Bandstand, a spot of petanque at the Baranis Bar, or just continued weaving around the event to walk off some calories and make room for more!
As with last year, we didn’t hold back on trying as many dishes as we could, though be warned, these dishes don’t come cheap; some of the icon dishes cost around £12-14! Surprisingly for us though, this year, not as many dishes lured us in. Looking down the menu, there seemed to be a lot of ceviches, a handful of pork belly dishes, and a strong showing of panna cottas- all crowd pleasers, and some might say, all very on trend!
Our favourites from this year’s menu were the duck hearts, radishes and duck fat croutons from The Draper’s Arm, the seafood ceviche with traditional tiger’s milk and canchita corn from Lima Floral, and the Cornish crab, bisque vinaigrette, tomato, parsley oil from L’Autre Pied.
Chop Shop’s pulled pork sausage roll and Kurobuta’s miso grilled hot wings were also moreishly delicious and Spice Market’s pandan macaron with kaya jam and soy caramel ice cream was a lovely way to end! We washed this down with a couple of Frontier beers, Lilley’s ciders and of course… wine from our friends at The New Zealand Cellar!
If you loved your experience at Taste of London this year, or if you missed out last week, you’ll definitely enjoy barbeque festival Meatopia held in September and Taste of London Winter in November! So get those in the diary now as tickets for both are on sale already!
I was a guest of Taste of London while poor old certain someone tagged along anyway despite missing out on his plus one pass this year!