As you may well know if you’re a regular reader, I was in London recently. I had the best time visiting the city and thanks to AEG, Curry’s and Joe Blogs; I was given the opportunity to attend Taste of London while I was over there. I had only been to Taste of Dublin the weekend before so I was really excited to see how they compared!
The event was held in Regent’s Park over five days. To suit our schedule as best we could, my boyfriend and I chose to attend the Friday afternoon session.
Since we were only in the city a few days, we had been trying to fit in as much as possible. I had aimed to be at the event for 1pm but between rushing about ourselves and then trying to find the right place; we didn’t arrive until after 2pm! I have to admit I was cursing myself for not being more organized! Still, we had two hours ahead of us and I was determined to make the most of them!
Things were immediately looking up when we were presented with VIP tickets on arrival. These allowed us access to the Taste VIP lounge, a complimentary glass of Laurent-Perrier champagne and a fantastic free recipe book.
As we entered, we could immediately see that the event was in full swing and the whole place was buzzing. People of all ages were about and there was so much to see and do, we hardly knew where to start!
Stall after stall offered all sorts of delicious food and drink samples. On-site, there was over thirty different representations of some of London’s best restaurants.
Some of the sample-sized dishes available from these restaurants included smoked and fried wings from Barbecoa; Punjabi spiced cod from The Cinnamon Club; hot cheese balls from Pont St; slow-cooked apple-smoked pork belly from The House of Ho; seafood ceviche from Lima Floral….
There was also tons of incredible desserts to tempt us all such as lemon posset from L’Autre Pied; salted caramel soft serve from Tredwell’s; torrijas with orange syrup from José Pizarro.
As well as that; most of the restaurants had a special “icon dish” on offer too. They were more expensive but also more exclusive — think lobster mac and cheese from Bluebird Chelsea; Ibérico pork and foie gras burger from Ember Yard; grilled octopus from Mazi…I really liked this idea, it’s not something that I’ve ever seen at Taste of Dublin but it’s something fun and interesting!
After much browsing, I eventually chose to get a burger from Shake Shack. To be more specific, it was a custom-blend Aberdeen Angus beef patty, topped with British free range Wiltshire smoked bacon and smothered in Shack cheddar and American cheese sauce. Yes, it was as amazing as it sounds!
We had less than two hours at the event (again, totally my fault!) so time absolutely flew by. To start, we did a couple of laps of the venue to try and see as much as possible; then we caught a cooking demo at the AEG taste theatre and finally we stopped for some champagne in the VIP lounge! Along the way, we got to try lots of lovely samples.
As well as the restaurants, there was 200 producers and premium brands to explore. Some I was familiar with like Innocent, Propercorn and Lindt. Then there were those that were completely new to me like Drunken Dairy, Piebury Corner and Patisserie Sainte-Anne. Everything was so tempting; it was pure foodie heaven!
Before we knew it, time was up so we made sure to pick up some treats to take away on our way out. We got muffins, doughnuts, pastries (y’know all the healthy stuff) and sat on the grass at the edge of the park. Sitting in the sun, watching the crowds stream out and binging on sugary goods from some of London’s best bakeries…it was the perfect way to end a wonderful afternoon!
I have to say thank you again to AEG for looking after us. It worked out so well that this event happened to be on at the same time that we were visiting London. It was a fantastic experience and it’s become a really memorable part of our trip. I’m honestly so tempted to fly back for the next Taste of London…perfect excuse for another trip to my favourite city!