Sink your teeth into Taste of London Festival
The highlight of the year for foodie couples has to be Taste of London. This food festival is unrivalled in terms of its size and scope, making it the perfect introduction to the capital’s best restaurants, its innovative chefs and the latest trends to sweep the culinary world.
Expected to play host to no fewer than 55,000 visitors during its run and home to more than 200 food and drinks stalls, Taste of London 2018 is set to be a delicious occasion. Taking over Regent’s Park from 13 to 17 June, you will need to pack your appetite and your roomiest trousers to get involved.
The best of London’s restaurants
One of the most tempting things about Taste of London is that you can sample far more dishes from the capital’s most well-respected restaurants than you ever could in a single city break. There are a number of reasons for this: firstly, they have all been brought together into a single location; and secondly, signature dishes are expertly transformed into small plates, allowing you to enjoy several in one sitting.
Travel through London’s boroughs without leaving Regent’s Park. Highlights include: the modern European flavours of Smoke & Salt; fresh seafood from Claw; and Ikoyi’s modern take on classic West African cuisine. If you have always wanted to dine at Barrafina, then now’s your chance, while The Cheese Bar will be catering to dairy cravings.
Learn from leading chefs
Brush up on your skill set with live cooking demonstrations from some of the world’s most respected chefs. Learn the art of Nordic cuisine from Niklas Ekstedt, of Stockholm’s Michelin-starred Ekstedt restaurant. Get an insight into the wood-fired cooking methods that will feature at Pip Lacey’s new central London eatery Hicce. Discover the secrets of delicate spicing from Vivek Singh of The Cinnamon Club.
For those not content to sit back and watch the experts at work, Taste of London offers a wide range of activities for visitors to try themselves. These include cooking with fire and smoke, crafting your own Bloody Mary and learning how to pair dishes with the best tipples. Wander the site and make the most of the professionals keen to ignite a passion for their area of expertise.
Shop the Producer Market
Before heading back to the hotel, you are bound to want to purchase a few souvenirs from this tasty event. From individually thrown and glazed breakfast bowls to world-class ingredients and bottles of English sparkling wine, the Producer Market will be selling more artisan items than you can shake a wooden spoon at.
Stop by Kin Knives to invest in an exquisite new utensil that is bound to become your next best friend in the kitchen. Experience a real taste of the capital, with a beer from Fuller, Smith and Turner, which has been brewing beer by the Thames since 1845. And for those with a sweet tooth, La di da Cupcakes will cater to all your sugary needs – from passion fruit with white chocolate to toffee and ginger.
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