Great event. A good chance to try a variety of cuisines you may never have tried before. Also great atmosphere with lots on offer, catering for all dietary needs as well as providing opportunity to try before you buy.
I’ve been around 8 times over the years. This time it wasn’t as busy as normal and I think it’s the prices. With the ticket price you used to get voucher books, now you don’t. The food and drink is expensive so I can see this dying off if they carry on in this manner. It’s a shame as I love the idea, the show and the experience. It’s just becoming to expensive.
The other thing I noticed is the decline of small to medium producers and I can only think this is also that the exhibition is becoming expensive and declining numbers.
Its not about new food ideas anymore....its all just pop up restaurants and selling alcohol.
No country pavilions.
The best bit for us was the allotment growing food experience.....they ewre brilliant.
Whole event nowhere near as good as it used to be and sadly we probably wont return after coming every year for about 5 years.
Positives: ability to try small dishes at high quality restaurants for relatively low prices (generally 5-10 pounds).
Additionally there are a number of stalls providing samples so that you can understand what you like.
Negatives: I went to a food festival at Blenheim palace recently that was free and was very similar except it lacked the high end restaurants.
Overall the tickets are expensive, however the venue was packed so there is demand despite the price point.
Great place to spend a few hours trying out different restaurant offerings. But they seriously need to sort out the process for redeeming Groupon vouchers. Despite having a bar code we had to queue at the ticket counter then were told to queue at the guest list/media counter next door (same tent but different people) and eventually get given a paper ticket! What a waste of time and paper! Not the most auspicious start to the day. Good thing it was worth it when we got into the Festival.
A great day out trying some amazing food in a fabulous atmosphere! It’s our 4th year and we wouldn’t miss it!
Not a good value for the money invested to attend the event
I always enjoy my vist to taste of London .I did vist on a Friday .It was very busy in the evening. Sadly it was not ftn difficult t get close to the stalls .I enjoyed the samples but every year there tends to be less samples .My concern is tobacco dock is parly opened roof so it is very cold. The food is rather pricey . On the whole it is a very clean venue with lots of facilities.
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