Taste of London 2015

Food Festival

Yay Wednesday had arrived! So had the launch night for Taste of London. I rushed from work and quickly walked to Regents Park. It took 45 minutes to walk from Victoria. It was a gorgeous sunny summer evening, perfect weather for a food festival and a stroll through the beautiful capital. I collected my press pass and made my way to put my name down for the AEG Let’s Taste Live Cook a long. 

As I made my way to the AEG kitchen I was intrigued by the Celebrity Cruises pop up restaurant. I was asked if I was interested and if I wanted to put my name down. Oh yes I said, then stupidly realised I actually hadn’t purchased any crowns! It was noticed I had a press pass so I was invited to attend in exchange for tweets throughout my meal, excellent I said! No problem! So I’d got a space for the maiden voyage at 6.

I headed over to the Lets cook live stand and put my name down for that. I was booked in for 7. Places are free of charge and on a first-come, first-served basis. It is advisable to book early as not to miss out!

I collected my friend at the gate and we went over to board the Celebrity Cruise. Celebrity Cruises are showcasing their culinary delights from their award-winning menus and inviting guests to join them on a gastronomic journey.

The tastings comprise of three sample-sized food & beverage pairings from three of their on-board dining venues including Qsine where you are able to shake your own cocktail on an iPad. Blu – which is exclusively for Aqua class guests and Luminae which is exclusively for Suite Class guests.

First tasting was Qsine’s Signature ‘Spring’ Rolls paired with Punk IPA (Scotland)

I loved the way the spring rolls were actually served in springs, really cool! They tasted amazing too, especially the meaty one. The tiny bottle of chilli sauce gave them a perfect little kick. The beer was very fragrant and worked surprisingly well.

Next tasting was Blu’s Blackened Ahi Tuna with forbidden rice & baby Bok Choy. Paired with Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand)

The tuna was absolute perfection. Stunning dish, brilliant wine pairing too. To think a few years ago this would have scared a fish-a-phobe like me is ridiculous. This was my favourite dish. Delicious!!

Final tasting was Luminae’s Lamb Loin with tangy yoghurt dressing. Paired with Chateau d’Esclans “Whispering Angel” (Provence)

Again another perfectly cooked dish. Lamb was cooked beautifully and the flavours in the yoghurt dressing were fantastic, such a flavoursome dish.

Although these were tastings the portions were still very generous, as was the alcohol. So this is incredible value. It’s amazing to think these high standard dishes are ultimately being prepared in a park!

Visitors can sign up for tastings at each session of Taste of London by visiting the reception desk at Celebrity Cruises’ Lawn Club. Space is limited so bookings will be taken on a first come first served basis.

Website: celebritycruises.co.uk

Facebook: /UKCelebrityCruises

Twitter: @CelebrityUK

Instagram: celebritycruisesuk

It was coming up to 7 so we made our way to the AEG cook a long area. Let’s Taste Live Cooking experience was a chance to cook alongside TV chef Jeremy Pang from School of Wok and discover how to take taste further. The hands-on sessions are an opportunity to try out new recipes, pick up hints, tips and techniques and test out your skills on the latest induction technology.

On the menu was Hoisin cocacola ribs, stir fried Sichuan chicken and steamed scallop siu mai.
We didn’t actually make the ribs but we did make the stir fry and dumplings, not very well but they tasted good, that’s all that matters isn’t it?!

 I really enjoy these cook a longs it’s great to be able to use top of the range hobs and utensils. I do enjoy cooking at home so it’s good to pick up tips from the chefs while they cook.

After all this food my friend and I were really full. So we decided to go for a walk about the festival. We sat down at the Mortimers Orchard Cider Bar. We were generously offers a pint of cider as I had tweeted a selfie. They are running a competition with the hashtag #silentselfie. I didn’t realise you needed headphones so I’m not actually entered but if you stop by their Silent Disco and tweet your #SilentSelfie you will be in with a chance to #win £100 gift card @RoastRestaurant!

 Mortimer’s Orchard is a crisp, refreshing cider made with 100% fresh English apple juice. I do love a cold cider in the sunshine, I usually order the fruity kind but this is gorgeous! It literally tastes like apple juice. Perfect summer tipple.

Time had flown and before we knew it the session was drawing to a close. We took the obligatory snap with the taste sign and headed to the tube.

Amazingly I did not even have to buy any crowns! Usually my husband and I buy around 100 crowns between us. You can literally make Taste as cheap or expensive as you wish. There are so many free samples and demos and cook a longs where you get to eat what you have cooked. Or you can make a list from the restaurant menus and work your way through that. Averagely a dish is 5 crowns. 1 crown = £1

So if you are looking for something to do this weekend I would highly recommend this. Whether you’re a foodie or just looking for something to do whilst in London.

For more information and tickets visit http://london.tastefestivals.com/taste-of-london-2015/

Regent’s Park, Outer Circle, London, NW1 5HA

Thank you to http://www.switchedoncomms.co.uk for the Press pass, Celebrity cruises for the complimentary meal and Mortimer’s Orchard for my complimentary pint.


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