There are definitely some perks of having both children in school. Today, for instance, when I spent the day at the Taste of London food festival with two of my mummy friends. None of us had been to Taste of London before, and all we knew was that there would be a lot of food.
We discovered that Taste of London is more than just eating lovely food. There are amazing chefs offering live demonstrations as well as cooking classes. We were lucky enough to attend the AEG Take Taste Further class with Steve Brown. Steve showed us how to make Christmas dinner in 30 minutes. While he took care of the turkey (obviously), we made cranberry sauce and sauteed carrots and parsnips. And then we did something crazy.
We made brussel sprouts. Brussel sprouts! Now, if you know me in real life, you know that I loathe brussel sprouts. But after whizzing them in a food processor and then adding them to sauteed bacon and chestnuts, they were actually delicious. And so easy to make. I've informed Husband that I want to have sprouts for our Christmas dinner.
If you're thinking about going to Taste of London, I would recommend going with some pals or maybe a date. Depending on whether you book the day or evening slot, you will have 4 1/-5 1/2 hours to explore. And to eat the diverse array of food. The dishes are small, so be prepared to spend £15-20 for three items. There is also plenty of alcohol (and some free tastings of wine and spirits), live music and a DJ. There were also lovely ideas for Christmas gifts. Most places accept cards but some vendors only accept cash, so have both handy.
Taste of London will be at Tobacco Dock through Sunday the 20th November 2016 (closest tube station is Wapping, which is a five-minute walk). Standard tickets start at £15 per person, with children aged five and under going for free. We had the Champagne tickets (prices start at £42 per person) which gives you fast track entry, a glass of Laurent-Perrier champagne, a £20 Taste Credit and a Taste of London journal.
Next time I would like to go in the evening so that I could savour the Champagne and not hurry back for the school run. Hmmm...Champagne.
We were invited to visit Taste of London for the purpose of this post. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.