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Taste of London 2014

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The culinary event of the year returns to Regent’s Park from 18th – 22nd June, and this year the festival is delighted to announce even more reasons why the event is the highlight of the foodie calendar…

This year sees the first outing for The Stubbins Food Partnerships Kitchen Garden, an outdoor cooking showcase. Visitors will be invited to watch top chefs such as Thomasina Miers, Claude Bosi, Sophie Michell, Daniel Doherty and Neil Rankin demonstrate their skills on the fire pit.

Electrolux is the headline sponsor for Taste of London, and this year will once again be showcasing The Electrolux Taste Theatre. This will act as the ‘main stage’ for the festival, where a selection of the world’s best chefs will be creating gastronomic delights on the latest appliances from the Electrolux Inspiration range. Firstly making his Taste Festivals debut is the lively two Michelin starred chef Tom Kerridge. Taste of London always delivers the most exceptional global chef talent and it doesn’t come much bigger than Massimo Bottura, chef patron of Osteria Francescana, a three Michelin star restaurant based in Modena, Italy which is number three in The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards list and René Redzepi, of the world number one restaurant Noma. Taste of London wouldn’t be the same without one of its founding fathers, and arguably one of the country’s greatest chefs, Michel Roux Jr.

New for this year is the Electrolux Secret Ingredient – an experience that will empower and expand the cooking capabilities of all aspiring home cooks. Come and visit the Secret Ingredient and have an unforgettable sensory experience involving sound, smell, touch and taste using naturally sourced, matched seasonal ingredients.

London hotspot and Royals favourite Mahiki is thrilled to treat tiki lovers to a fabulous Taste of London experience like no other. Get your Mahiki ticket and enjoy access to the Mahiki Bar with cocktail masterclasses, complimentary cocktails, famous DJs, limbo dancing plus much more.

Laurent-Perrier will once again host their popular, delicious and educational champagne Masterclass but with a unique twist for 2014 – following a Cuvée Rosé reception, visitors will experience a blind tasting incorporating three of their white champagnes.

Taste of London is welcoming Korea Foods for the first time who will be showcasing their country’s finest food alongside the wonderful Gizzi Erskine who will be hosting Korean masterclasses.

Guests looking for an oriental flavour can enjoy Taste of Thailand from the Royal Thai Embassy. Visitors will experience a selection of London’s best Thai restaurants, music, entertainment and cooking, alongside a number of Thai exhibitors.

www.london.tastefestivals.com.

See you there!

Restaurant Line-Up:

Action Against Hunger 5* Restaurant * Ametsa with Arzak Instruction * André Garrett at Cliveden House * Assado * Avenue* Bar Boulud* Barbecoa * Bleeding Heart * Blue Elephant * Chop Shop * Club Gascon * Duck & Waffle * Flesh & Buns * Gaucho * L’Anima * L’Autre Pied * Le Gavroche * Mango Tree * Maze * MEATliquor * Peyote * Plum + Spilt Milk * Roka * Rosa’s * Salt Yard * Shake Shack * Sixtyone * Sake No Hana * Spice Market * Suda * Sushisamba * Tamarind * Tartufo * Thai Rice * Thai Tho * The Begging Bowl * The House of Ho * The Truscott Arms * Theo Randall at the InterContinental * Yauatcha

These photos come from the previous Taste of London events.

 

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Pizza in London: my top 5 favourite Italian places

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I am super excited to share with you the last collaboration I have started: I have became an editor for the online magazine Italian Food Guide http://www.italianfoodguide.net!

Every week I will write about the Italian world in London starting with one of the most popular and loved dishes in the world​: ladies and gentleme​n here comes​ the queen Pizza!

Here you can find my list of the 5 ​best true Italian pizzerie. I could ​include only 5 this time and had to leave out a few other ​good spots. I’ll tell you which they are later on in an updated article.
I hope you like it and if you have any other recommendations, let me know!

 

RAW this weekend at the Old Truman Brewery

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RAW is a two-day celebration of some of the best wine talent in the world. Featuring over 150 growers, RAW is one of the most exciting collections of fine, natural, organic and biodynamic wine artisans ever to come together in the capital. Their wines are pure, kind to the planet, very possibly better for your health and best of all they’re absolutely delicious.

 

RAW is leading the charge for transparency. They believe that in an ideal wine world, any processing and additives will be clearly communicated to the drinker so that you know exactly what is in your glass. RAW is a first step in this direction – we will clearly list all additives and processing on both the website and fair catalogue.

RAW is committed to empowering all wine drinkers through real, informed choice.

 

Highlights of the show include:

• 1000 different natural, bio-dynamic and organic wines by more than 150 growers from 18 different countries, some not available anywhere else in the UK. You can even sample two exclusive wines by Bordelais grower Chateau le Puy, who sent two barrels by sail, to measure the impact of traditional forms of transport on wine’s maturity. The bottles that accompanied them have recently returned to Europe’s shores after pit stops in Brazil and the Caribbean.

• Food from some of London’s most exciting restaurants including Peckham Bazaar, Elliot’s Café and Antidote as well as artisan food producers

• Artisan gin, sake, tea and coffee, including cupping sessions with east London coffee roasters Square Mile

• The RAW Beer Corner featuring London’s top micro-breweries

 

It’s more than just another-wine-fair. See you there!

 

Opening hours:
Sunday 18 May (10 am to 6 pm) – Trade and public
Monday 19 May (10 am to 8 pm) – Trade; (5 pm to 8 pm) – Public

Venue: Old Truman Brewery, 83 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL

Prices: Free for trade – register via website www.rawfair.com/contact/trade-registration

Consumers: £25 in advance, £30 on the door, £40 advance two-day ticket – buy via website www.rawfair.com/buy-tickets-london

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Seven Dials and St Martin’s Courtyard Spring Shopping Festival

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On Saturday 17 May, London shopping destinations Seven Dials and St Martin’s Courtyard will host a free Spring Shopping Festival where over 130 shops, bars and restaurants will offer 20% discount on the day.

 

Here are some highlights on the event:

-         20% off at over 130 shops, bars and restaurants

-         Traffic-free for one day only

-         Pop-up lawn around the Dial

-         Live music from Strummerville

-         Free WAH Nails manicures for the first 50 shoppers to spend over £50

-         Free Pimm’s, popcorn and ice cream from Snowflake Gelato

-         Free drink from the Bloom Gin pop-up bar at St Martin’s Courtyard

-         100 lucky shoppers to be given a ticket to have a play at the tombola, with prizes from Superga, Coco de Mer, Shu Uemura and many more

-         Photobooth Airstream for free photos

-         Outdoor food and drink stalls from Flesh & Buns, the Diner, Hotel Chocolat and more

-         Relax in the mini Pimm’s garde

 

Register for a ticket at www.sevendials.co.uk to enjoy the 20% discount and see you there!

Carnaby 20% Shopping Party

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London’s biggest shopping party is back on Thursday 1 May from 5 – 9pm.

Over 100 fashion brands, restaurants and bars in Carnaby are uniting to create the ultimate shopping experience for you.

Get  20% off in over 100 global concept stores including Diesel, Paul Smith Soho, Dr. Martens, Cheap Monday, The Kooples and over 27 independent restaurants and cafés including new restaurant Shoryu Carnaby.

Some of activities

Live music from The Struts.

Get the latest on this season’s trends from Grazia’s Editor at Large, Angela Buttolph, at the Carnaby Book Exchange in Kingly Court at 6.30pm, 7.30pm and 8.30pm.

The Grazia Style Hunter team will be scouting for the best dressed shoppers to feature on GraziaDaily.co.uk. There are 200 goodie bags up for grabs, so make sure you are looking your best!

The Carnaby Style Scouts will also be looking for 100 lucky shoppers to take part in the Facebook Fashion Shoot where you will be treated to a Benefit makeover, mini styling session and be photographed in the pop-up studio.

All ticket holders can enjoy a free Whyte Wine Spritzer from the Whyte & Brown pop-up bar in Kingly Court.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL LIST OF PARTICIPATING SHOPS

Register for your free ticket here and have fun!

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