I am very fortunate to work in the retail industry and I can say, as a foodie, getting free tickets to events like this is an amazing perk – last Friday I attended the festive edition of Taste of London in Tobacco Dock.
The evening started with a few mulled ciders and ginger ninjas (ginger beer based cocktails) up at the barsmiths bar – a perfect way to warm up before getting stuck into the event. The event has a lot of cookery demonstrations and classes – make sure you do your research before hand and get to the sign-ups early so you are not disappointed! We ended up making vegan raw balls with Cupcakes and Shhht.
Cupcakes and Shhht are a great little bakery located in Elephant and Castle. They offer vegan, raw and gluten free delights for the health conscious that want a sweet little treat! I am not the kind of girl who is into vegan/raw food but I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious this recipe was! Next time I am south of the river, I’ll definitely be paying them a visit!
As well as demonstrations, there was plenty of food company exhibitors – from artisan flavoured gin to cheese galore – and plenty of restaurants. With salivation levels extremely high, it was a necessity that we took advantage of the free food samples and restaurant stools.
First up was Hix. Hix is a Mayfair restaurant serving fine British cuisine. At Taste of London, for £5-7, you can get yourself a variety of dishes including a goat stew, butternut squash purée with goats cheese or a soft shell crab burger. I’ve never had soft shell crab before so it was the obvious choice. The crispy batter perfectly complimented the sweet crab. No words can suitably describe how delicious it was.
The final restaurant stop of the evening was bubbledogs. Serving American style hot dogs with various toppings, it was so hard to choose which one to have! The USP of their restaurant is hotdogs served with fizz (hence the bubble) so I knew this would be my kind of restaurant. We opted for the classic New Yorker – a sausage with slow cooked caramelised onions. Mmmm!
All in all, the Taste of London is a fantastic event to go to with friends as an alternative to a night out on the town – with the right mix of food, booze, free tasters and cooking classes, it’s very hard to go wrong! Have a look here at their website and information about their summer event!
Did you go to Taste of London this year or in the past? What was your favourite part? Comment below!