An Afternoon At The Taste Of London Festival, Regents Park, London

A very wet and muddy start to proceedings at Regents Park on Thursday didn't dampen the crowds spirits.

A huge amount of stalls, restaurants, watering holes to browse and try all kinds of food and drinks.
Rekorderlig were in full sway, with their new Apple and Blackberry cider on show, and delicious it was too. So was the Strawberry and Lime flavour... very refreshing.
Cookery Masterclasses are popular too, with Waitrose doing a great cooking school where you get to join in at a workstation and cook some Japanese Chicken.

Food wise, lots to choose from, from fresh local produce to The Ritz, Gaucho and Roux.
For me, I enjoyed the Barbados stall, Chef Michael Andrew Hinds doing some amazing food: Mango and Coconut soup was a delight to taste, and I'm not a huge fan of coconuts.
Seafood wraps, filled with crab, lobster, prawns and a pea puree and salad garnish went down a treat, with Guava Cheese for afters, which a tropical fruit!
Absolutely wonderful stuff.

This was next to the Bandstand, where we were treated to some great music while you were eating and drinking.
Up first was Alexander Stewart, who is a young singer with a big voice, with the styles of Michael Buble, Harry Connick Jr and Jamie Cullum all rolled into one... it works well.
Singing a few covers along with his own songs, the audience were appreciating the great music.
Alexander has his debut album coming out in September, it will be one to watch out for... more details when we get it.

Next to take to the stage was Sarah Ellen Hughes with her trio of musicians.
Lovely voices and nice harmonies blended well with the piano and they made the sun shine in the park with their songs. Singing all kinds of jazz covers, the music went well with the food offerings nearby.

Last of all in the afternoon session was Louise Golbey, who took to the stage with a guitarist and percussion. Again, soulful jazz was on the agenda, and it worked well.

Interesting version of Summertime, slowed down with cool guitar licks and solos, it was ideal accompaniment to a mojito or champagne from one of the bars nearby.

With the rest of the entertainment nearby, over in the Jamaican section bands were playing, and there were even samba dancers on hand to attract you to a Latin America stall.
This years Taste Of London festival is a real treat, entertaining, good fun, great variety of food and drinks to choose from and good music, it all makes for a great day out.

Taste Of London Festival, Regents Park, London