This year, Taste of London Winter returned to East London’s Tobacco Dock for a weekend of festive food and drinks, top chef demonstrations and live music at the Winter Bandstand. We went along to the opening night in an attempt to try absolutely everything.
The space was lined with pop-up kitchens from some of London’s best restaurants offering sample signature dishes. Our Taste of London Winter 2014 culinary winners included Ember Yard‘s truffled mac and cheese, Benares‘ curried sea bass (Meen Moilee) and Shake Shack‘s frozen pumpkin pie custard with sugared biscuit crumble. Yum.
Other highlights included a mouthwatering beef curry with coconut milk and plenty of spice cooked by Masterchef winner Ping Coombes, there to represent Malaysia Kitchen. We also discovered B Fresh – a newly launched, cold pressed juice company with four different kinds of green juices, packed with veggies but still tasty.
The Asda Extra Special Kitchen was a Christmassy haven. Here, a well as learning how to rustle up impressive starters with Asda’s Head Chef Mark Richmond, we were treated to insights by cheese connoisseur and Blur bassist Alex James. We also tasted some delicious wines with surprising price tags. The Spanish red Old Vine Garnacha, £5, was, hands down, the best wine we tried all evening.
From professional chefs to independent retailers and supermarkets, Taste of London always hosts an enviable array of dishes and tipples to try and/or buy. Whether you go as a keen foodie on the hunt for new recipes, cuisines and ingredients, or simply because you enjoy eating (and drinking) well, Taste never disappoints.
We can’t wait until next year.