Another summer in London, another Taste of London festival in Regent’s Park. This London Food Festival has been a fixture in the city’s summer calendar since 2004. This year we felt the festival was smaller than in previous years. There were a lot of Spanish restaurants this year because the festival coincided with the third World Tapas Day.
Many of London’s best restaurants which had appeared in previous years did not make an appearance. Maybe the Taste of London’s festivals organisers were trying to mix it up a bit. My husband always (and I mean always) has the foie gras burgers from Opera Tavern. Good thing he wasn’t there this year because some of his favourite places such as Opera Tavern and Sushi Samba did not make an appearance.
Never mind. The sun was shining, the alcoholic iced-tea was freely flowing and the food was delicious.
What were my highlights?
Food and Drinks at Taste of London
Bubbledogs serves up gourmet hot dogs and champagne. They even have their own-label champagne. It’s a perfect treat for Sunday brunch with the kids. Parents hang out with the bubbly and the kids scoff hot dogs. Win/win really.
The Spanish Basque country stall was selling pintxos (or pinchos) and wine. Pintxos are a relative of the better-known tapas. They are small bites which are skewered together with a little toothpick onto a small slice of bread.
Sipsmith are London-based gin distillers who served up a mean gin & tonic (in several varieties). They were ahead of the gin trend setting up the first copper pot distillery in London in a couple of hundred years.
Sitting in a London park, drinking a G&T, could there be anything more English? I think Pimms would say yes. I do love a glass of Pimms in the summer as do my other American friends.
Little Moons Mochi Ice Cream was my delightful dessert. They are small balls with chewy Japanese mochi (a type of sticky rice) on the outside and ice cream inside. If you are in the UK, they are available through Ocado. (yay!)
Summer Style at a London Food Festival
Visiting Taste of London
If you are in London in June for this London food festival, I highly recommend you visit. You can get tickets online or at the door.
You will be able to sample some of the best bits of London’s food scene in a short period of time. There is a Taste Card which you can buy and fill with money which allows you to be cash free at Taste of London. This cash-free policy did not seem universal though because many places accepted cash and/or card as well.