It’s amazing how quickly a year goes. Tomorrow marks the start of the Taste of London Festival in London’s Regent Park. Last year I was there as an exhibitor with a vodka brand but have visited several times previously as well.
Taste is a festival of all things culinary. From The Ritz to Le Caprice via Le Gavroche, Rhodes 24, Petrus, Benares and Fino, visitors get to sample signature dishes from forty of the capital’s finest establishments. Each restaurant serves small plate menus to taste more than a handful of dishes in one sitting.
Attended by over 50,000 food fantatics over four days, the open-air festival even has its own currency, “Crowns.” With two Crowns worth £1, visitors can use these to purchase both dishes and items from two hundred food and drink producers who are also exhibiting. Amongst them are Nils Oscar God Lager, Firefly Tonics, Clonakilty Black Pudding, the Japanese Knife Company, Sipsmith, Chase Vodka, Lovely Bubbly, Hendrick's and the Alibi Pretox Drink.
New for 2011 is The Secret Garden. Here guests will be able to meet world class chefs Silvena Row, Gary Rhodes and Michael Roux Jr.
To add a bit of glitz to proceeding Gwyneth Paltrow will be signing copies of her newly published cookbook, Notes from My Kitchen Table on Sunday, 19th June from 2pm to 2.30pm. Other highlights include Vivek Singh of The Cinnamon Club on modernist Indian cuisine (2.30pm to 3pm, Thursday 1th June) and Stuart Gillies discussing restoring the dining room of The Savoy (6pm to 6.30pm, Saturday 18th).
Make sure you visit Taste of London this week if you get chance. There’ll definitely be something appealing to every palate.
Taste of London runs from 16th to 19th June. Tickets range from £22 to £95. For more information see http://www.tastefestivals.com/london