It’s almost that time again. From the 14th to the 18th June, one of London’s biggest food attractions returns for its thirteenth year. Chefs, sommeliers, FOH staff, and personalities from around the world descend on Regent’s Park to deliver some of their best dishes to the hungry public. With various demos, residencies and pop-ups in abundance, it can all be a bit overwhelming, plus there’s that million-dollar question of which day to attend. So here’s a few things worthy of your attention for 2017’s edition of Taste of London.
Get up close and personal with some of the best chefs in the world at the brand new Taste Residence
Alex Atala, Ana Roš and Ollie Dabbous head up the Taste Residence – Taste of London’s newest addition. Each chef will host an intimate 4-course lunch or dinner for a limited number of guests, with an emphasis on diners establishing a better connection with the chef and their food. Signature and unique dishes to the event are to be introduced and served by the chefs themselves There will also be plenty of opportunity to chat with Atala, Roš, and Dabbous as they prep your dishes.
Reserve a seat at a one-day residency of London’s most exciting restaurants
Each day, Taste of London will host a new restaurant pop-up. The roster features an eclectic mix of restaurants. Try the pillowy, pork belly stuffed buns from Bao which have been winning the hearts and minds of the city ever since their Netil Market Stall first sprouted. Or Portland’s Michelin star fare which has had the big-name critics going gaga. Not sure which of Taste’s sessions will be best worth your time? Pick the day your favourite restaurant takes over the Taste pop-up kitchen.
Peruse Taste of London’s bounty of artisanal producers
It may not be high on your initial list of reasons to visit Taste, but by the end of the day, it will be. With over 200 exhibitors at Taste of London, the list of producers and craftspeople is comparable to a small trade show. A small, artisanal trade show, that is . Here you’ll find things like small batch wine and champagne, wagyu from Yorkshire, and handmade Santoku chef knives. It’s a good opportunity to flesh out the kitchen cupboards, or meet and greet British producers at the top of their game.
Construct your own personal banquet from Taste’s menu of 120+ dishes
You can check out chef demos and whisky tastings, if that’s your thing. But let’s be honest – most of us will be making a beeline for the menu. And what a menu it is. There’s Club Gascon’s 72-hour barbecued beef, and the iconic confit duck leg with fried duck egg and maple syrup at Duck & Waffle Local. Slow cooked octopus with prawn and padron pepper pinchos from Ember Yard. And don’t miss Oldroyd’s peach melba ripple ice cream with meringue and toasted almonds. The only struggle is where to start.
*Photography courtesy of Taste Festivals