If you’re a fan of eating out (who isn’t?), then you should head up to the capital in ten days for the seventh Taste of London festival at Regent’s Park.
Bringing together 40 of London’s best restaurants, along with over 150 suppliers, producers and more wine growers than you can slosh your Sauvignon at, it’s a chance for the sort of gastronomic blow-out that is usually only acceptable in December… If you haven’t been before, the concept is simple. Each restaurant has a stand, where they cook up a range of their signature dishes in handy tasting portions, so you can wander from stand to stand, trying whatever takes your fancy. Having been at the press launch and sampled some of the food on offer, I can heartily recommend stopping by the Bentley’s, Salt Yard, and Yauatcha stands – three very different restaurants all at the top of their game.
There are also free-entry Taste theatres, where top chefs share their secrets and wine experts slurp everything from cider to Sancerre. Culinary big boys Michel Roux Jr., Giorgio Locatelli and Tom Aikens will be taking part in live cookery demonstrations, guaranteed to fire up enthusiasm, and possibly singe a few eyebrows… Look out too for Tristan Welch from Launceston Place, who is both mega talented and also rather easy on the eye!
Tickets start from £22 in advance or £26 on the door. There are a number of VIP packages available, if you’re really looking to push the boat out.
And can we offer some advice? Take plenty of cash and for heaven’s sake go hungry!