Jenna Allcock

This time last month we joined masses of foodie fans and brands at Regents Park for another epic Taste event - which once again delivered the goods. Londoners, chefs, artisans, brands and restaurateurs alike came out to play. And the festival boasted more food, drink and freebies than you can shake a stick at.

This year hosted 36 of the city’s best chefs, catering for all tastes and desires. Alongside a whole host of artisan stalls, drink outlets, fun activities and music. It was also a beautifully sunny day which always helps!

We started at Likkle Dutchpot for delicious vegan Caribbean cuisine. The fried jerk mac and cheese balls were a great, stodgy treat to start.

Next was Hoppers – Sri Lankan food bursting with flavour (a must go for us whenever we see their name at any food festival). Their ‘Chicken 65’ – south Indian style fried chicken – was one of our dishes of the day. Crunchy, fried chicken with orange, coconut and peanut flavours – and a coriander crumb.

Cinder held another delight with some fresh tangy seabass ceviche. And sticking with our fish theme, Trev tried Caviar for the first time with Exmoor Caviar (I didn’t quite brave it – but he loved it).

We were a little underwhelmed by the samosa chaat from Kehani – with our samosa buried in very sweet chutney and yogurt, and not enough crunch for our liking, but the silky agnolotti and truffle pasta dish at Angelina’s more than brought us back to 10/10 levels - so indulgent and buttery I resented sharing with Trev. Similarly Bone Daddies offered a carb-tastic loaded tot dish. Full marks on taste and volume!

We washed down our food with some Aperol-alternatives from the Schwepps bar, and free espresso martinis from Illy – which were potently caffeinated and kept us going the rest of the afternoon.

A gooey freshly baked Mamma G cookie left a sweet taste in our mouths, and was the perfect end to the festival.

As always, Taste of London is THE place to be when it comes around each year. Food fanatic or not, it’s a great day out with your friends and family. Keep an eye out for the 2024 dates, we’re looking forward to next year already!