Taste of London Festival, Regent's Park
Whether you're a budding foodie, a cocktail enthusiast or gastronome extraordinaire, Taste of London is the perfect festival to add to your summer calendar. Rolling through the gates of Regent's Park every year, the four-day festival is a paradise full of tasty food bites and refreshing tipples put on for you by some of London's biggest restaurants and drinks brands.
We opted for an evening session which was a good thing given London's recent heatwave but despite the sticky temperatures, the atmosphere was buzzing.
After a quick G&T at The Gin Parlour, we came across Seedlip, the world's first line of distilled non-alcoholic spirits, made very much like a gin with botanicals. It tasted really lovely, full of natural flavours without all the sugary rubbish that you find in fizzy drinks. A definite winner if you're the designated driver!
Next up was Smashing Wines who believe in promoting small producers who respect the environment and their vineyards. The French and New Zealand wines on offer are organic with very low sulphate contents. We had a glass of their Provence rosé which really hit the spot and kept us cool in those hot temperatures!
Now, as much as I appreciate a good French wine like many folk out there, I have a soft spot for a South African grape, too. This is mainly owed to my husband who spent his childhood growing up in SA but it was also the country where we chose to get married amongst the endless vineyards of Franschhoek (read about it here)
It was much to our delight to stumble across Hof's, a South African wine merchant based in London. It's very rare to come across La Petite Ferme's wine outside of SA but here it was! (Read about our stay in a previous post, Love La Petite)
With 40 of London's best restaurants coming together in one space, you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to grabbing a bite. We had Roka's black cod and crab dumplings, rock shrimp tempura and lamb cutlets with Korean spices.
We also had plates from Mango Tree and Duck & Waffle but I was far too eager to eat my food before pulling out the camera to photograph it for you all, sorry! Trust me when I say they were all mouth-wateringly good!
One bottle of Holden Manz rosé and plenty of people watching later, we were just about ready to head home but then the Laurent-Perrier tent caught our eye.
See you next year, Taste of London! I definitely recommend gathering a group of friends together and purchasing tickets for next year's Taste of London. It's too tasty to miss!
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