More Than Mushy Peas: Taste of London Will Highlight the City's Best Bites Next Month
Mmm, mmm. Delicious eats from last year's Taste of London festival.
Once ridiculed for its food, London and the UK-at-large have experienced something of a culinary renaissance in recent years. Chefs such as Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall, Nigel Slater and Heston Blumenthal, not to mention their pop culture counterparts (e.g. Jamie Oliver, et. al.) have championed their national cuisine and proven that there's more to British cooking than soggy fish and chips and boiled vegetables.
Taste of London is a four-day celebration of London's finest food, bringing together some of the city's most respected restaurants, chefs and artisanal food purveyors. The event offers attendees the chance to sample dishes from several top chefs, attend masterclasses, demonstrations and, depending on what tier ticket you purchase, access to special tastings, roped-off access to VIP areas and other exclusives.
Taste of London will take place from June 16-19 in Regent's Park. The (Michelin) stars, they will be a-shinin'...
The most expensive pass will run you £95.00 with advanced purchase (£125.00 at the door) and includes access to the festival's "Secret Garden," a complimentary glass of champagne and canapés, a Taste Recipe Book, VIP seating in the Taste Theatre during demonstrations and a copy of Tatler, the snooty socialite's magazine of choice.
Or, you opt for a Standard ticket, a much more affordable £22.00 (£26.00 at the door), which offers entry and access to masterclasses, theatres and demonstrations—modest in comparison to the swag-heavy Secret Garden pass. The compromise would be a VIP ticket, whose perks lie somewhere in between the two, including £20.00 in dining currency while on-site. There's also a special offer on: two Standard passes for the price of one, which you can purchase by clicking here.
Jaunted favorite The Modern Pantry will have a presence at the festival, as will chef Jason Atherton, a Gordon Ramsay alum whose recently opened Pollen Street Social has sent bloggers/hype-makers into a state of foodie delirium.
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