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What better setting for a summer food festival than the splendid Regent's Park, with its pretty gardens, secluded woodlands and beautiful lake.

Forty of London's top restaurants will be attending the Taste of London Food Festival in June, giving you the chance to get your salivating chops around some of the best food available in the capital, if not the whole of the UK.

Establishments include Le Gavroche, Scott's, Benares, and Petrus - among many others. Chefs working at these kinds of places continue to push culinary creativity to a whole new level. Are you sure your taste buds can handle it?

If you're the type of person who wants to impress a loved one or visiting friends with a dazzling dish or two but you always seem to fall back on the same tired old numbers (shepherd's pie; tomato and cream pasta; beans on toast), then head along to the AEG Taste Theatre.

Chefs at the pinnacle of their game will inspire you with new ideas, and will be happy to share some (but possibly not all) of their favourite tips and tricks about how to make to-die-for dishes.

For starters, chef Tom Aikens will be appearing. There'll be a main of
Heston Blumenthal with an Antony Worrall Thompson sauce to spice things up a bit.

The main will come complete with a side serving of Gary Rhodes.

For dessert you can expect a large helping of Ben Tish, or, if you prefer, Anna Hansen.

To see the full list of chefs appearing at the AEG Taste Theatre, click here.

Anyone who likes a tipple will be pleased to know that this year's festival features a section called Wine Tasting Tables. Wine experts will dazzle you with their knowledge of all things grape, while you sit back, relax, and sip a few samples along the way.

A brand new feature at this year's Taste of London Food Festival is Taste of Jamaica. Try great Jamaican food and buy up supplies from exhibitors too. Look out for chef Martin Blunos giving a Jamaican food demo at the Taste of Jamaica Theatre.

Another feature making its first appearance at this year's festival is The Secret Garden, promising special food and drink experiences that your taste buds never thought possible be warned though, tickets for this section don't come cheap.

More than 200 food and drink producers will be at the festival tempting you with their products, so be sure to take along a full wallet and empty backpack.

It's probable that the biggest challenge the festival will present you with, besides finding room in your tummy for all the delicious food on offer, will be deciding which ticket type to purchase. For detailed information, click here. Be aware that all tickets are cheaper if bought in advance.
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Why? There'll be no better place in London to get stuffed.
When: 16th to 19th June, 2011.
Where: Regent's Park.
Cost: 14 to 125. Cheaper in advance. See website for details.
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