By Mark Captain
From 19 – 23 June, Taste of London in Regent’s Park will celebrate the people and places that have propelled London’s culinary landscape into the global limelight will take part in a series of exclusive dining experiences, masterclasses and cook up a menu of never seen before dishes. The festival will have a ‘Wild in the City’ theme, exploring concepts including sustainability and championing craftsmanship in food, drink, atmosphere and music.
Taste Festivals hosted 18 restaurant festivals in 2018 in cities across Europe, North America, Asia, Australia, South America and the Middle East. Taste of London is such a fun day out come rain or shine as Regent’s Park is taken over by not only restaurants but a whole range of things to discover from cruises to super cars.
This year will see the Laurent-Perrier Masterclass championing the innovation of London’s Street Food scene, as it partners with Bob’s Lobster, Pizza Pilgrims, Hotbox, Santo Remedio and Yum Bun to bring food pairings to enjoy alongside Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé.
Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé is really iconic in looks and taste. Light and elegant on the palate, it is the perfect pairing champagne – with the red berry flavours complementing everything from fish to desserts. This summer sees the launch of a brand new jeroboam (the size of two magnums) which will be sold at Hedonism Wines and exclusively available at Annabel’s and L’Escargot. Hurry as there are only 500 jeroboams produced.
At Taste of London, you will also be invited to step inside the Laurent-Perrier Clubhouse and be transported to the streets of East London with live cartoon artwork from London College of Art Student Sebastian Chaumeton. Masterclass guests will be welcomed with a La Cuvée Champagne cocktail, followed by three street food dishes and two glasses of Cuvée Rosé.
This year, £1 from each masterclass ticket and £1 from every glass sold in the Clubhouse will be donated to The Passage, a charity based in Westminster working with over 3,000 people a year who are rough sleeping or living in insecure accommodation. Via their partnerships, the charity is also helping people into employment in the hospitality sector.
What about the food? Wolfgat, the 20-capacity South African beachside cottage with killer views (see below) which received global attention after being crowned ‘Restaurant of the Year’ at The World Restaurant Awards 2019, will showcase its unique dining experience in partnership with Zacapa Rum.
Exclusive to Taste of London, The Residence will allow you the chance to experience the critically acclaimed cooking of Wolfgat Chef Kobus van der Merwe without having to brave the restaurant’s three-month waiting list. Priced at £95, tickets will include a tasting menu and drinks pairing and most importantly, the chance for guests to get up close to the chef as he plates up and discusses his menu and cooking style.
Taste of London will feature 50% new restaurants compared to last year bringing a fresh feel to the festival. With over 100 dishes to try from new restaurants such as The Baptist Grill at L’Oscar (try their amazing coronation crab dish), Kym’s, Chotto Matte and Indian Accent (their chicken malai stuffed bread with summer truffles sounds yum), Taste of London promises to be the ultimate celebration of food with an international angle by giving you the chance to experience and rub shoulders with global culinary stars from The World Restaurant Awards.
Wed 19 June: 17:30-21:30
Thu 20 June: 12:00-16:00 & 17:30-21:30
Fri 21 June: 12:00-16:00 & 17:30-21:30
Sat 22 June: 12:00-16:00 & 17:30-21:30
Sun 23 June: 12:00-17:00