Taste of London 2012

The Taste of London festival returns to Regent's Park this weekend with an all-star cast of culinary greats and plenty to tempt the capital's foodies.
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Taste of London 2012
Taste of London Festival returns to Regent's Park from Thursday June 21 until Sunday June 24
As the south-east corner of Regent's Park once again converts to London's biggest "pop up" foodie hub, we are once again invited to sample some of the capital's finest dishes.

This year, Jamie Oliver will be showcasing his famous Great British dishes along with an all-star cast of chefs boasting a combined total of 11 Michelin stars, including Michel Roux Jr, Jason Atherton, David Chang, Gary Rhodes, Wolfgang Puck and many more.

Forty of London's top restaurants at the four-day event will offer dishes from a show tasting menus, including Le Gavroche, Gauthier Soho, Rhodes 24, Club Gascon, Petrus, Maze, Benares and Tamarind.

Restaurants set to make their Taste of London debut include Jason Atherton’s award winning Pollen Street Social, Angela Hartnett's Whitechapel Gallery and Massimo’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar.

More than 200 exhibitors and artisan food producers will be selling a huge selection of fresh produce and ingredients, and visitors can watch or join in various cookery classes and wine tutorials.

Sample indulgent treats from some of the capital's finest restaurants

The culinary stage

New food trends will be demonstrated as chefs from around the world take to the AEG Taste Theatre to showcase international flavours, collaborating and going head to head with culinary masters from different cultures.

Learn the art of canapés and essential barbecue skills to impress your guests this summer. Raymond Blanc will take to the stage, making fresh, seasonal cooking look easy. Wolfgang Puck and sommelier Vanessa Cinti will be pairing elegant food with fine wine, while the Roux team will be showing off their famous quintessential French cookery.

The Secret Garden

Find the ornate ivy archways marking the entrance to this year's Secret Garden and you will discover the event's "backstage area", where special ticket holders will be greeted with a Laurent-Perrier Rose Champagne reception, private cocktail bar, exclusive food tastings and top tips from world-renowned chefs.

The grass-covered Bowler Street Food Van, one of the capital's latest street food pop-up sensations, will be serving up its signature meatballs in this tucked away space.

And to learn tricks of the trade for your next dinner party, a programme of mouthwatering mini-masterclasses - from Brazilian chocolate tasting to wine knowledge sessions.

Champagne tasting
At festival masterclasses, visitors will learn how to match champagne with a three-course menu

The Laurent-Perrier Tous Les Sens Masterclass

These exclusive festival masterclasses are for perfect for foodies who love their champagne, but may not know what to serve it with. Hosted by one of the world’s leading florists Ercole Moroni, guests will be guided through the complexity of champagne tasting and the relationship between aroma and taste.

The luxurious, three-course menu includes Mottra Osetra caviar, champagne-infused risotto and an elegant white chocolate and strawberry pudding, all paired with either Ultra Brut, Grand Siècle or Cuvée Rosé from Laurent-Perrier.

The Masterclass ticket, priced at £80 (in advance), also includes entrance to the VIP area and £20 worth of crowns to spend.

Taste of London (21-24 June) is open from 12pm-4pm and 5.30pm-9.30pm Thursday to Saturday, and 12pm-5pm on Sunday

Ticket prices start at £24 for adults and £12 for children (6-14 years). Secret Garden tickets cost £90 in advance and include fast track entry, a glass of champagne and £30 of Crowns.

For more details, visit www.tastefestivals.com/london.

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