A foodie extravaganza at Taste of London

The question is, where on earth do you start when you come to a festival as big as this? When you’re obsessed with food as much as I am, its like being a kid at Christmas all over again and since I missed out going the previous year, I had some serious making up to do.

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The best part of this festival is the amount of top restaurants and chefs who participate. This means you get to try a small taster of each if you haven’t already had the chance of dining at. There are still multiple places that I am dying to munch my way through (and the list just keeps getting longer and longer everyday). 

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Me hardly being able to contain myself

 

Theres also dozens of pop ups to grab your favourite cocktail or a glass of bubbles at the Laurent Perrier tent if you prefer darlings. I stumbled across the Havana club bar (yes stumbled) which was offering a mojito masterclass not only giving you the chance to be your own bartender plus taking away a very cool looking aluminium cup. Not bad for a fiver. 

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Here I am with some Liquid Gold bubbles (Strawberry puree & Prosecco)

 

If you do prefer to watch some the chefs cook up a storm (and maybe learn a thing or two along the way) then there is plenty of that going on as well. I walked into a taste of Bobby Chinn from House of Ho who was showing us a number of delightful crawling insects – crickets included. Sadly I took a pass on that one. Just not my thing. 

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For all you vino experts, yes there was a wine theatre but with a queue as long as everest I just couldn’t be bothered to line up. Maybe next time. 

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Sushi Samba Tom Yam Cocktail – next level!

 

Just when I thought the day couldn’t possibly get any better, I managed to hear my way to the gorgeous sounds coming from the Coffee House Sessions band stand. Very important that one has a balance of soulful tunes, combined with food (and a few cocktails) This is all I need in my life to make me feel content. 🙂

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Obligatory headphone selfie

 

After a rather good looking chilli cocktail from the Sushi Samba bar I came across some more music. Yippee! This time it was of the silent type. You know the wireless headphones, people shuffling around and having a giggle. Gotta love a silent disco and thanks to Mortimer’s Orchard, they were kind enough to provide us with some epic 90’s tunes to bounce around to. 

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The beauty about going to event like this, is the people you come across. Its fantastic for networking or even going on a date! I meet the owner of La Di Da cupcakes and was lucky enough to dig into their Pina Colada number. For a minute, I actually thought I was drinking a cocktail. As good in taste as how they look – absolutely incredible in flavour. 

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Pork steamed bun. I have a soft spot for Scott’s Kurobuta – his Japanese junk food never disappoints!

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Well hello there Gin and Tonic ice-cream. Where have you been all my life!

 

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Roe deer Compote, Celeriac & Cocoa – wowza L’Autre Pied!

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Alcoholic ice tea – don’t mind if I do

 

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Rock Shrimp tempura, chilli garlic sauce and a hint of lime from Aqua Kyoto.

 

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Selection of quality tea leaves all the way from Aussie land. Was great to chat to the friendly folks of T2 and a few Melbourne peeps. This tea is outstanding. Even when its being brewed, the smell is good enough to eat (and you probably could) Lush!

 

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When 4pm rolled around, I have to say I was pretty devastated to be shown the exit. Why is that time always ticks over way too quickly when you are having fun? In my view, Four hours is just not enough for a foodie and I would strongly suggest doing at least two time slots to get pack it all in. Or if your stomach can handle it, do the whole five days. 

 

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Found myself another chair. All that eating and drinking is hard work…

 

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The most unusual dessert I may have tried – Raspberries, port, wood chantilly & toasted nuts from Roux @ Parliament Square. Think I can still taste the alcohol..

 

There certainly is something for everyone here; with so much to taste I can see why it is the greatest of its kind. Such an awesome summer festival to head along to, especially when the weather decides to behave itself. Ive already got my act into gear and booked to go to their Christmas special in at Tobacco Docks, after all you can never have too much of a good thing. 

 

PS still salivating while writing this post. Take me back 🙂

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