Taste of London! What a day!! I just want to say a huge thank you again to Marie at All or Nothing for the tickets, I would have never been able to go without her competition for a couple of free tickets! I went with my boyfriend and being two students we were basically in it for the tasters. Who isn’t really? At first people could probably tell we were newbies as we politely took one taster, asked a few questions, made some excuses about coming back later, then did the same at the next place. But by the end we were hardened to the sales pitches and got in and out ASAP with a couple of tasters in hand. We did buy SOME things! We weren’t complete scroungers, but we were pretty full before deciding what food we wanted.
We went on the 21st, a Sunday, and it opened from 12 – 5. I’d say that you definitely need all that time, we left at about 4:40 and we weren’t even the people on the look out for buying much. We saw people arriving as late as 3 so who knows how they would manage to get round everything. The place was HUGE, set up in Regent’s Park, and covered quite a lot of it. It felt like we got stuck in the alcohol section for a while when what we really needed was food, not multiple half shots of wine, gin, prosecco, cider, lager… basically everything. By the end of the day we thought we’d covered everything then stumbled onto a part we hadn’t seen before! So yeah, definitely somewhere to take your time and enjoy exploring.
All these pictures are in the order I took them so hopefully it gives some kind of idea of where we went and what we did. We started with a path in mind, but it’s so easy to get drawn to different stalls and double back on yourself or go striding off in the opposite direction. The food and drink were calling to me!
These were some of the best mangoes I have ever tasted. The sign in the background says ‘heavenly mangoes from Pakistan’ and it couldn’t be more true. So juicy and ripe! The mango cheesecake they were selling looked the bee’s knees. I can feel myself salivating already, writing this is going to make a very hungry Siobhan!
A bit of prosecco at 12:30, what could go wrong?! It was pretty good, I mainly went over because the stall looked pretty though. We think the woman presumed we were engaged because she asked if we were looking for something for a wedding, little did she know we were simply after all the freebies we could lay our hands on.
I only tried the mild and even that was quite spicy, but the boyfriend obvs had to try the extreme hot one. You know, the one that is a shade of red verging on unreal? Yeah, that was great fun to watch. They had a couple of people dressed as lucha libre wrestlers which was fun too.
I had to try Sass because, well, it’s called Sass. How does it sound to be like ‘yeah, I drank some Sass this morning’? People probably wouldn’t believe you and it would give you an excuse to be super sassy. ANYWAY, this was a really good little drink. It didn’t have a watered down taste at all like you sometimes get with juice drinks. Just lots of yummy fruits and healthy botanicals. And I’ve just checked out their website, some pretty cool cocktail recipes on there!
There were quite a few stalls with different meats like this, but I thought this was the best hands down. Other places were either too fatty or didn’t have much flavour. But every one I tried here was pretty awesome, my favourite being the cider chorizo and chedder, very yummy.
Taste of Thailand had a big area at the opening of the event where something was always happening. I got to watch dancing, try Thai lager, eat some seaweed crisps (which were incredible, just FYI).
A brewery was selling home brewing kits! And lessons on home brewing too. I thought this was a pretty cool thing to have at the event, something a bit unusual.
The biscuits at Bonne Maman were just divine. Chocolate, caramel, lemon and poppy seed, yes yes yes. I thought caramel was going to be the winner but it was definitely lemon and poppy seed. Well, I shouldn’t have been too surprised, I’ve always had a thing for all things lemon.
How suave does this guy look?! I think him and the look of the whole stall says everything that needs to be said about the gin. I’d never tried gin before, but this definitely turned me into a gin lover. Even though we were drinking straight gin it had such a nice taste to it, so hats off to Audemus spirits for making straight alcohol so drinkable.
I’m not a tea drinker at all. Never really liked normal tea, but my goal for the summer has been to find a fruity tea that I adore and can start drinking. T2 is probably the best place I could have gone to, they had so many available and lots of tasters or hot and cold teas. I think my fav was the strawberries and cream.
Now I know this isn’t the best picture but the place was jam-packed with people wanting an ice cream taster. I had to quickly swoop in for the last one, and it was so worth it. Stick with me here, it was vanilla ice cream with cucumber syrup and a bit of dill. I know it sounds super weird but it was seriously good.
This place had some of the best limoncello I’ve tasted. The tasters were a lemon slush kinda thing, it had quite the kick yet was the perfect blend of sweet and sour. If you’re ever somewhere that serves it I’d definitely recommend it.
They had loads of little events going on throughout the day, this was one of the many we stopped at. Various places had cooking tutorials going on, or wine tasting sessions etc. Certainly worth the watch for culinary ideas and inspiration!
The Bread Shop had so many different pastries and fresh bread for sale. How drool worthy do they look? I’m a sucker for any pastry dish though. We got a strawberry pocket which was all kinds of pastry-goodness.
I think we kinda stumbled across this stall because we were feeling pretty thirsty after all the food. We tried both flavours (elderflower and lemon + mint) and the lemon was so so good. You get the sourness of the lemon then the lovely refreshing taste of the mint at the end.
Cranes is like a cranberry cider. Sounds good, right? They also had apple and kiwi flavour and raspberry and pomegranate. I think I liked the cranberry the best. And the two handsome chaps you can see there basically use their faces to promote the stuff, and who can blame them?
Pots & co had the most amazing looking desserts. They had things like lemon and lime posset, salted caramel and choclate, strawberries and cream, roasted hazelnuts and chocolate, chocolate and orange, passion fruit and orange. All served in the little clay pots they were baked in. The point of it being that you can reuse it if you wish to! I bought a lemon and lime. Because lemon. Lots of love for lemon. It made me super happy.
This was a great little cider bar, which the cider being so drinkable and apple tasting despite being 5%. They also had a silent disco going on as you can see, everyone loved that.
After buying and eating dessert we figured we should probably eat some mains. I went for this burger from Bluebird, it was something like pork saddle back with cider BBQ sauce. The sauce was seriously yummy. Such small portions though! £6 for this tiny little bun.
The boyfriend got this sandwich from Keu, a Vietnamese place. It basically had loads of meat (pork belly, ham, chicken pate), veg, and a tasty sauce. Not gonna lie, we got about 3 or 4 tasters each from this place as well. They were easily the most generous with their taster sizes.
Newton’s appl fizzics (how cool is that name for starters, already sold it to me!) is a fizzy apple soft drink. It’s perfect for if you don’t want to have a cider or cocktail with the alcohol, just the refreshing-ness you get from them. It looks like cider, tastes a lot like it too, just without the alcohol qualities. Now, having a recovering alcoholic in the family this is the kinda thing that makes me happy. We’re always excited to try the coolest mocktails we can find so having a mock-cider to the mix to always good!
Gosh, just looking at this little beauty is making me want another one. I could have gotten a cocktail from about 50% of the stalls that were there but this one spoke to me for some reason. It has a mixed berry syrup and juice, a dash of gin, and topped up with prosecco. Delish or what? It was everything you’d want from a summer cocktail.
Lastly, we stopped off for a bit of cake from Almondy. They do all kinds of frozen cakes. I know, cakes that are frozen, it’s like the ultimate dessert. They had a hazelnut cake and a Daim bar cake as tasters. The best one was the Daim, just seemed to have a lot more flavour than the hazelnut surprisingly!
This isn’t even all of the flyers we picked up. We’ll probably be finding them for months to come hidden away in bags and purse pockets. I didn’t manage to get pics of every stall we went to, or leaflets from every stall either. Which is a bit of a shame because I’d love to keep talking about all the places we sampled. I would definitely, definitely recommend this event to anyone who has any level of interest in food. That basically means everyone, because I think we all enjoy trying tasty new food. At the usual £27 a ticket is does sound quite pricey but if you make sure you visit every place you can and try everything you can it’s definitely worth it. Enjoy a day of food tasting, drink sampling, and watching the professionals do their thing. A great family day out. There’s always something or somewhere you can see or do.
I’ll definitely considered coming again next year!
Did you go to the event or have you been to any like it? Tried any interesting food or drink recently?