Taste of London in Regent’s Park is an annual event that brings together some of London’s top restaurants and producers for a festival of eating, drinking and being very merry! I was excited to see some of my favourite restaurants in attendance this year as well as interactive cookery classes, sit down dining experiences, wine tastings and a silent disco!
The good folk at Laurent Perrier had invited me down to experience their masterclass including a champagne flight and canape pairings. At £84 these are the top tier tickets for the festival and also include access to the VIP lounge with a complimentary glass of champagne, a recipe book and £20 worth of crowns which are the currency used at Taste.
However, you can still have VIP tickets and fast track entry to the festival without the master class from £52.
Having the lounge access is great as the festival does get very crowded, and it’s a chance to take a break from the madness and use a slightly posher loo!
Before the masterclass Mr S and I decided to line our stomaches with a few of the mini dishes sold by some of the restaurants – each restaurant has four different dishes available all varying in price including the top tier icon dish.
Our first port of call was SushiSamba and Duck & Waffle which were adjacent to each other mirroring the actual restaurant’s shared space at the Heron tower; I loved the fact that they’d constructed the famous orange tree from the bar at their stand!
We decided to bypass the queue to try Dan Doherty’s signature dish and went for the Japanese / Peruvian option at SushiSamba instead.
And wild salmon seviche pisco with mango and passion fruit. Definitely a great start to the evening!
After seeing pics on Twitter, I knew my choice was going to be the sea trout and samphire from The Drapers Arms, a lovely light dish that was pretty as a picture!
Other features at the show at include the AEG Taste Theatre where you can witness some of the world’s greatest chefs cooking live and the Mr Vine Wine Theatre where wine experts teach you how to serve, taste and pair food with wine. At The Celebrity Cruises Lawn Club you sample some of the award-winning dishes served on the ship or just sample cocktails at the Baranis Bar or Mahiki Lounge!
The champagne house has been a sponsor of the festival for years now and regular readers will know it’s a favourite of mine and it was the bubbly that we chose to serve at our wedding.
The master class was led by David Hesketh, managing directer of Laurent Perrier and a Master of Wine himself. FYI Laurent Perrier have also partnered with the FT Weekend and teamed up with 12 top London restaurants to present exclusive summer menus. Each restaurant has designed bespoke menus which range from £38 – £55 including a glass of Laurent Perrier of course! All the restaurants featured in this promotion were also exhibiting a Taste.
We were greeted with glass of the signature Laurent Perrier Brut served from a jeroboam.
Before being poured a wine flight that included ultra brut, grand siecle and cuvee rose. Laurent Perrier had partnered with Bob’s Lobster to present a delicious array of canapes.
And my favourite was a tuna taco which included a crispy wonton filled with sashimi grade yellow fin tuna marinated in soy, ginger and garlic and spiked with chipotle cream and wasabi guacamole. I loved the fact that a high brow champagne brand had partnered with a street food concept and it really worked! David knowledgeably guided us through the different champagnes and explained why they had selected each canape to pair with each glass. I won’t go into too much detail as I’ve written about the Laurent Perrier champagne flight before when I went to afternoon tea at Kettner’s but needless to say, the champagne was fantastic as was the food.
Night was drawing in and the festival would be closing soon but Mr S and I couldn’t leave without paying a visit to our favourite restaurant, Roka.
When we got to the stand we took the wise decision to try everything! Starting with black cod, crab and crayfish dumplings.
And sushi choux bun with chargrilled eel in teriyaki sauce.
I also grabbed a soft shell crab and sweet chilli bun from Spice Market.
It was really was a fab night full of many of my favourite things! There’s so much to see, do and eat at the festival that I would advise you to go on the Taste website and plan ahead, where possible book in to cooking demonstrations, tastings and master classes to avoid any disappointment!
Taste of London is running for the next four days with daytime and evening sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and a longer daytime session on Sunday. The Laurent Perrier Champagne Moments Masterclass must be booked in when purchasing tickets. Check out the Taste of London website for full info
I was a guest of Laurent Perrier for Taste of London and my tickets and masterclass were complimentary.