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Im no stranger to a Food Festival. I grew up in Ludlow, the self proclaimed foodie capital of the UK which has a huge slow food culture and is known for it's iconinc yearly food festival. Zoe asked me if I wanted to head over to Taste of London with her which is pretty much the same deal. Some of London's best restaurants and food producers were there to show off their wares and impress a eagar (and hungry) public!
The currency of the day were paper 'crowns', which we were supposed to use to pay for all the items we ate that day. I felt the crowns were annoying and pointless and such a waste of paper when money could have easily crossed hands on the day. You could only buy crowns in packs of 10, with most plates being around the £4-£5 mark it was quite annoying. Plus those buying beers and wines would be handing over a considerably amount more of silly paper crowns! I think I spent about £20 that day on very little food and some over priced drinks. Then again Im a Londoner and spend at least £20 on a meal out whenever I go out!

The event cost £25 to get in for the day, but then you had to pay for all the food and drink on top of that. I'd imagined It'd be more like the Ludlow Food Festival where traders offer a lot of samples and try before you buy type things. It's worth noting that there was some free iced tea, which me and Zoe happily sampled and funnily enough ended up being the only things we bought on the day. She bought it there but I ended up waiting till I got home and ordering as I didn't want to carry the stuff around. I just think it was worth noting how the things we tried were things we ended up buying!

Being newly vegan there wasn't really much on offer that I could eat really which was a shame. Although Im well aware my eating habits are probably not the type that would attend this type of event anyway so Im not going to bash them on that. I ended up having some noodles, falafel and hummus, as well as some AMAZING grilled Aubergine and harissa with coconut cream. I need to try and recreate that at home!

Overall it was a lovely event but incredibly over priced for what it was. I guess the high price tag attracts a certain class of punter but I felt it was way too expensive for what it was. All in all it was a lovely day out and we had such a nice sunny afternoon in merry London!

29 comments

  1. The food looks delicious!
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  2. Such a shame that they didn't offer much for vegan visitors! But it looks like you found some great things anyway! I've never been on a food festival, but I would love to go one day, as it's so nice to discover new foods!
    Patti www.pattiblue.blogspot.com

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  3. This looks like so much fun! As a rule I always find food festivals overpriced and waayyyy too busy to enjoy properly, but the food is always amazing so it ends up being worth it!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

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  4. it looks amazing but it's a shame that it's so overpriced! x

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  5. damn this looks so good!!!

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  6. it looks delicious, i'm not a big fan of crowed places otherwise i'll head there immediately(:

    xx from Italy
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  7. It sounds like you had a lovely day even if it was overpriced!
    Jodie xo // Jodie Loue

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  8. oh wow looks so good!
    that's so good that you're vegan
    xx
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  9. I'd love to go to a food festival someday - it looks so good! Thanks for taking us with you, now I'm hungry :P

    Julia xx
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  10. This looks so much fun...the strawberry Mojito ice cream looked delicious :)

    Fran's Beauty Blog.

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  11. I loved your blog of the day, although i would be put off by the high price tag but i'm not used to london prices
    Distant Dreamer

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  12. I love anything to do with food and everything looked delicious!! This would be my dream :'D x


    Jenny | Krystel Couture

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  13. Too bad the price was so incredibly high! 25 pounds to get in, jesus.. (by the way, isn't the Blogger spam detector working anymore or something like that? Got many spam comments on my blog, too!) X
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  14. That hummus stand looks to DIE for!
    Lizzy | by Lizzy x

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  15. The food and idea sounds so good, but I agree that it's over priced - you either need it to be a market or an event where you try samples but pay entry.

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

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  16. I recently turned vegan to and I have to admit I'm finding it a bit hard to eat out to. The festival sounds really overpriced to me considering you have to pay so much to get in and it doesn't even include food or samples but I'm glad you at least found something you enjoyed xoxo

    Cateaclysmic

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  17. Lovely post! The photos are gorgeous, how did you edit them? xo

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  18. That sounds really overpriced but it's not really surprising for London to be honest. The crown system is ridiculous, they have a lot of systems like that over here in France and they're all pointless and way more expensive that they should be. Food looks absolutely delicious though so that hopefully made up for it for a lot of the people there!

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  19. Love this post and glad that you had a good time!x

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  22. I just love reading your blogs. I have never been to London but now I feel, I have to go for tasting this yummy food. Last time, When I was on san francisco tour I enjoyed the food there.

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