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Taste of London: The Festive Edition 2015

London's favourite food and drink festival returns this November with its annual festive edition. Boasting a remarkable line-up of chefs and over 100 exhibitors, Taste of London offers visitors unparalleled access to the latest food trends set to hit the city this winter. Read on for our exclusive discount offer for Great British Chefs' readers and a taste of what to expect this year.

There's never been a more exciting time to eat out in London. Throughout the city, an ever-expanding list of talented chefs are offering unique restaurant experiences, making it increasingly hard to decide where to spend our culinary currency.

Luckily for us, the team at Taste of London are here to help. Having once more assembled an impressive list of chefs, the festival’s festive edition will return to East London’s Tobacco Dock this November.

With its mix of Victorian and modern architecture, representing both the traditional merchants of London's past and the new wave of developments, Tobacco Dock is a fitting venue for Taste of London. Like its varied setting, the featured chefs represent a range of different styles and tastes, leaving visitors with a unique insight into the constantly evolving food and drink scene found in the capital.

Chefs preparing to cook up a storm on stage this year include some of the country's leading names. Tom Kerridge, Marcus Wareing, Monica Galetti, José Pizarro and Scott Hallsworth are just some of the featured chefs guaranteed to inspire and entertain you in equal measure. They won't be monopolising all the stoves, however, as festival goers have the opportunity to make their own mark in the kitchen with a number of intriguing masterclasses available throughout the four day event. One masterclass you certainly won't want to miss is the interactive cooking classes held by Jeremy Pang, founder of the School of Wok. Guests will be guided through making their own culinary masterpieces, using the latest kitchen equipment.

Monica Galetti taking to the stage at the AEG Taste Theatre
Mark Hix demonstrating his considerable talent during last year’s festival

Truth be told, the main reason so many foodies flock to Taste of London is, quite naturally, to taste the food. As always, visitors will be treated to the latest culinary innovations from a selection of London’s best restaurants. This includes Tredwell’s, Tom’s Kitchen, Maze Grill, Club Gascon and Café Spice Namaste, to name just a few. The summer's tasting highlights included Anna Hansen’s hearty and spicy mince tatties and a fragrant peach sorbet with baked white peaches by Theo Randall.

Taste will again also be working with five top chefs and its charity partner, Action Against Hunger to create dishes for their pop up 5* Restaurant. With all proceeds going to the charity, visitors can experience dishes created by Vivek Singh and Italian superstar, Francesco Mazzei with the added benefit of contributing towards the fight against worldwide malnutrition.

The historic Tobacco Dock in East London is the perfect venue for Taste of London
One of many fresh produce stalls set to entice festival goers this year

Top 5 things to do at Taste of London: The Festive Edition

Eat – enjoy fantastic taster portions from twenty of London’s best restaurants, allowing you to try signature dishes and creative concoctions from some of the best chefs in the industry, as well as sampling some delicious festive foods from artisan suppliers and producers.

Drink – it’s not only about the food. Festival visitors are also exposed to a variety of exciting drink exhibitors, which include cocktail mixing, wine tasting and even guided craft beer matching, led by some of the country's most experienced beer sommeliers.

Meet – get up close with some of the UK’s best-loved chefs, as well as the next crop of rising stars, already making a name for themselves in the city.

Learn – impress your foodie friends by learning tips and tricks of the trade with hands on masterclasses by a number of industry experts.

Shop – get your Christmas shopping done early this year. With over 100 exhibitors Taste of London offers shoppers a huge range of unique gift ideas, which can only be found at this year's event.