This weekend it was the London Food and Wine Show held annually at the Western Fair District. I had never been to this event before and since it might be my last year in the city, I wanted to make sure to go this year!
And I'm so glad I did! I went with my friend Shannon and we had a blast. The place was packed with local restaurants, wineries, and vendors with tons of samples to buy with our tickets. There were also some wine tasting events and a fashion show we could attend, but we opted to just wander throughout the stalls and eat lots of delicious food.
The first thing I tried was this spinach asiago dip from Sunset Gourmet. This was fantastic! And even better was the fact that it was free, so I didn't have to use up any of my tickets on it.
Next I got a provolone stuffed meatball topped with Parmesan cheese. Is there anything better than a good meatball? I don't think so. This was from Gusto Food & Wine Bar, a local restaurant that I'd never heard of before. But if the rest of their food is as good as this meatball, I definitely think it's worth checking out!
I decided to have dessert halfway through when I spotted this waffle topped with whipped cream and honey from Clovermead. This was probably the best thing I ate all night!!!
Then I had a pork dumpling with chili garlic sauce from the Momos at the Market, which serves Nepalese food. They're located at the Western Farmer's Market and I've always wanted to try them when I've gone there, so I'm glad I got the chance.
Next I wanted to try the spanakopita and dolmades from the Dancing Greek Taverna but sadly I couldn't try the former because of possible contamination with nuts. I enjoyed my first taste of dolma though! It was stuffed with beef, rice and herbs, and it kind of reminded me of a Greek cabbage roll.
By this point I was down to 3 tickets so I knew I needed to use them wisely! I had been talking about getting a taco from True Taco all night, so I decided to bite the bullet and get it. It was a corn tortilla topped with shredded BBQ beef, onions, cilantro, fresh salsa and a squeeze of lime, and it was fantastic!
Even though there were plenty of stands with wine, we decided to pass them up because we wanted to spend our tickets on food instead! And getting more tickets for wine would have meant standing in a super long line, which we didn't want to do. But wine or no wine, it was an awesome night and I really enjoyed getting to taste some samples of what our local restaurants and vendors have to offer!
Have you ever been to an event like this?
Would you rather spend your tickets on wine or food?