On a Friday afternoon in June, the Netleadz team ventured out of the office and towards the iconic Taste of London food festival in Regent’s Park. We were offered the tickets from our generous client Eatapas and decided to put them to good use! Walking up to the festival, there was a buzz of anticipation in the air – or it may have been the grumbling of hungry stomachs.
Upon entering, we immediately converged upon the Eatapas stall to thank the guys for our evening out. When we arrived, we had to wade through throngs of people all seeking authentic artisan tapas produce and excellent quality wine. The stall was decorated lavishly and we were already salivating at the thought of the tender ham, charcuterie and cheese on offer. After a complimentary glass of cava and a short catch up with business owner Italo, we were set to explore what else the festival had to offer – leaving Italo to tantalise the appetites of those approaching his stand.
Everyone Loves a Free Sample
We ventured off to try the various free samples, courtesy shots of alcohol and pretty much anything we could get our hands on. Soon we realised that at Taste of London, there isn’t much point buying food unless you’re looking for a restaurant meal. You can fill your stomach on free samples alone and that’s exactly what we did! We tried everything from lamb samosas to peanut butter, from chickpea crisps to vegan pasta. We sampled Mexican cooking sauces, seaweed crisps, chilli naans and potato salad to name just a few. We’ve not even got to the alcohol yet. With samples of Singha beer, cocktails, coconut soda and vodka concoctions as well as a few free glasses of Leffe beer, we can say that we definitely didn’t go thirsty.
Restaurants, Demonstrations, Flowers, Knives and Pans
Taste of London isn’t just about the different exhibitors showcasing their produce. The festival also brought together a specially curated collection of restaurants renowned for their quality. Each restaurant offered a mini menu of food that could be bought by the public. This gave people the chance to sample some of the most respected food from the capital’s most revered dining locations for a fraction of the price. Names like Sushisamba, Aqua Nueva, Duck & Waffle and The Cinnamon Club were all spotted at the event.
For those seeking some extra hints and tips from the pros, there were the live cooking demonstrations. Led by famous, professional and reputable chefs from around the world, these demonstrations were ideal for giving a touch of culinary excellence to the everyday kitchen. If that doesn’t float your boat, then the festival also offered a variety of unique stalls that showcased something different to just food or drink. We came across some amazingly well-crafted kitchen knives from Flint & Flame, seductively stylish domestic and professional copper cookware from Chaleureuse, some Big Boy Bean Bags and a display of flowers from Dutch company Bloomon.
We all have our own views on what was the best part of the event, so we thought we’d share them all with you:
Ash (Project Manager): It was great to taste the Iberico ham from Eatapas, I would definitely recommend it! I really enjoyed the different peanut butter flavours that Pip & Nut were offering and of course who doesn’t love free beer?
Dan (Digital Marketing Executive): I really enjoyed the energy around the place. It was great to get the opportunity to try different foods that you wouldn’t usually be able to buy.
Pierce (Digital Marketing Executive): I loved meeting the Eatapas crew and tasting what they had to offer! It was great to try out new and interesting foods. I particularly enjoyed the Tyga curry samples!
Correy (Content Creative): It was a really fun night. I can’t deny how tasty Italo’s chorizo was at the Eatapas stand. I also bought some pretty amazing balsamic vinegar and chilli oil too.
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