When there are so many food and drink festivals to pick from it’s often hard to decide which to go for. I’ve been doing the hard (or not so hard) work for you and trying out some of the shows on offer but I must say, so far, Taste of London is my favourite yet!
I popped my Taste Festival cherry this weekend and I am already a convert. Often described as the worlds greatest restaurant festival Taste of London allows you to sample and try dishes from some of the area’s best and most coveted restaurants, as well as giving you the opportunity to shop for new and exciting food and drink products.
Taste Festivals are happening all around the world and I only wish I could try them all! A huge sensory overload, every corner brings into view another opportunity to eat or drink something new and enticing.
The charm of Taste compared to many other consumer food shows is it really does educate you on the best places to eat. As with many food bloggers I have a bucket list of restaurants I want to try in London and often can’t choose which to try next. Taste of London has confirmed some of the restaurants on my list, and has also added a couple of new names too. As well as educating foodies it also gives people the chance to try fine dining dishes that they may not otherwise be able to try.
Each stand, tent, hut or cabin entices you in to eat and drink more than you possible can in just one of the four hour sessions. But that isn’t a complaint! Trust me you won’t leave hungry!
What did I try and love the most?
Throughout my visit I had one spirit on my mind… Gin! I’m a gin lover, especially when I need to leave plenty of room for food. Bars are not at shortage at TOL and this year’s most popular drink seemed to be the humble Gin & Tonic. With money off vouchers handed out and more seating the I have ever seen at any other foodie show I was keen to try a G&T… Or two!
When it came to food I was totally spoilt for choice. With over 200 taster sized dishes to pick from there is no way I could try everything but what I did try, left me wanting more.
Dish 1: Sloppy Joe – Beef ragout with smoked chilli in a brioche bun, spring onion, roasted peanuts, crispy shallots & pickles from the Duck and Waffle.
Dish 2: Roasted chicken thigh green curry with butternut squash and jasmine rice from Champor Champor.
Dish 3: Macaroni and cheese, braised beef cheeks, pickled onion and croutons from Heddon Street Kitchen
Dish 4: HSK ice cream bar – Bread & butter ice cream with a choice of toppings from Heddon Street Kitchen
I chose well, and between these dishes and the 5 (uh oh!) alcoholic drinks i had, I left happy. The star of the show? Champor Champor! I already can’t wait to visit my next Taste Festival; you can see where the next one is popping up here.