Last Friday (20th June) marked my 5th anniversary with Taste of London. It was love at first sight really. There was food- and lots of it; and I have greed and gluttony by the bucket load. We are a match made in heaven.
I visit Taste of London every year and even go as far as to block out possible dates in mid June even if it means doing it 11 months in advance. This is undoubtedly London’s biggest food event of the year. A gathering of London’s best restaurants and gourmet food merchants create a Mecca for food lovers.
Although in previous years there had been an over repetition of stalls and restaurants, Taste of London did not disappoint me this year. There were more new food and drink stands and restaurants alongside some much loved regulars. Some of the best new stands were Boxer’s Gin and my personal favourite, Tozino, where I bought just under £20 of the best Spanish meats I have ever tasted, and ate it all in the same evening (alongside large wedges of cheese and a whole packet of smoked Cumbrian Ham from Woodall’s Charcuterie, which I also bought at Taste!!).
Korea Foods increased their presence this year and in my opinion had one of the most friendliest and helpful stands of the event. I was persuaded to buy at least more items than I could carry!
London’s best eating establishments were out to play in full force with several new restaurants including Cyrus Todiwala’s new restaurant, Assado and Cliveden House where my partner and I fought over the scraps of a delicious slow cooked pig’s cheek and creamed potato dish; the same argument repeated itself over a ‘Truffled Crackling Duck Egg’ at Club Gascon’s stand. Note to self- don’t share dishes even if it’s with your other half.
Taste regulars Theo Randall and Le Gravoche completed the star studded line up adding to Taste’s gravitas and integrity as truly one of the best food festivals in the world.
My four hours of constant eating and drinking at Taste disappeared as quickly as my Spanish meats did that evening. No doubt another year of eating and drinking will prepare me for the next Taste event!