After having dinner with Marc and Amanda last week, I noticed Spitalfields had a Taste festival this weekend. Less of a farmer’s market and more of a food festival with lots of samplers, Spitalfields appeared much busier than it normally is on a Saturday with a number of new stalls bolstering the handful of the normal ones just outside where Giraffe and Canteen sit.
A few street entertainers including a number of chefs on stilts, another juggling chef, kept the audience mildly amused by walking the small kids surrounding the small petting zoo. As I mentioned previously the food focused on selling sample wares from local restaurants. Everything appeared there from fresh scallops, mushroom risotto, ox heart burgers (of course provided by St John’s restaurant), and plenty of stalls to keep everyone happy. They even had a number of places offering free New Zealand lager and best of all, an organic cider place that proved perfect protection against the chills of the cold spring winds.
I’d definitely go back to Taste next year, although I hope they put the central stage somewhere other than in the middle of the crowd where it effectively blocks all pedestrian traffic whenever a show is on.