21/10 UPDATE – There appears to be a youtube video preview for this event here.
Now, I don’t usually announce events on my blog, but I went to last year’s version of this food fest through my very Taiwanese extended family, and was totally impressed by the spread of food that was available. I had a great time, and took lots of photos (as per usual) which I blogged about here.
The official title is the 10th Taiwanese Food Fete 2010, put together by the Taiwanese Women’s Association and the Taiwanese Association in the UK.
I was surprised by the complete and total lack of publicity this festival had amongst food loving Londoners, and feel it really deserves a shout.
You’ll remember my critical rant about the Malaysian Night @ Trafalgar Square recently, which food was really wanting; well if this year’s Taiwanese Food Fest matches what they put together last year, I think food lovers will have a great introduction to Taiwanese street food.
Arranged like a night market ala Taipei, except it will be housed inside exhibition space at the Westminster Academy near Paddington, with multiple stalls selling loved Taiwanese favourites such as bubble tea, Douhua (sweet or salty tofu pudding) , beef noodles, tea soaked egg and ‘Taiwanese kebabs’ made with braised pork belly.
Pricing last year was around £3-£5 per item, and you’ll eat like a pig jumping from stall to stall. I’m guesstimating here, but I surmise that food will be prepared by Taiwanese families (and student societies) who live all over the UK, as opposed to restaurants trying to do street food, so I imagine that’s why food was more honest [at last year’s event].
I’m gonna be there, and I suppose, I will be one amongst many Chinese guys wielding a camera and pointing it at people, and occasionally food.
For reference, this is the report from last year.
THE SALIENT DETAILS
2010 Taiwanese Food Fete.
Sunday 24th October 2010
11:00am – 15:00pm
Westminster Academy, 255 Harrow Road, London W2 5EZ（Zone 2, near Paddington）
Royal Oak tube station (Hammersmith &City Line)
& Warwick Avenue tube station (Bakerloo line)
Details kindly sent to me by a member of the University of Arts London, Taiwanese Society…
This year is the 10th Taiwan food fete host by TWAUK and TAIUK. Don’t miss this great opportunities to taste delicious Taiwanese food/snacks. To be different than previous years, we will also display UAL Taiwanese Society artworks and provide some activities for people to experience Taiwanese culture. Taipec company would also join us to promote Taiwanese food, so please come to join us.
The below list is 1st part of our menu
飲料與甜點 Drink ＆ Desserts
珍珠奶茶 Iced Pearl Milk Tea (Bubble Tea)
臺灣茶葉 Fine Taiwanese Tea (Cha)
台灣茶 Taiwanese Tea
豆花 Douhua (Tofu Pudding)
米漿 Rice ＆ Peanut Milk
番茄糖葫蘆 Tomatoes on stick
草莓糖葫蘆 Strawberries on stick
葡萄糖葫蘆 Grapes on stick
西米露 Coconut Tapioca
蛋糕 Cupcakes in a variety of flavours
小吃 Taiwanese Cuisine/sanck
鹽酥雞 Taiwanese Crispy Chicken
蚵仔麵線 Oyster Thin Noodles
筒仔米糕 Fried Glutinous Rice
肉圓 Ba-Wan (Steamed Dumpling with Ground Meat)
擔仔麵 Traditional Taiwanese Noodle
紅燒牛肉麵 Taiwanese Beef Noodle
控肉飯 Braised Pork Belly with Rice
魯肉飯 Braised pork rice
刈包 Steamed meat-filled bun/Taiwanese burger
滷味 Braised Food
茶葉蛋 Tea Flavoured Egg
蔥油餅 Spring Onion Pancake
豬腳 Braised Pork Knuckles
牛筋 Braised Beef Tendon
And if you read chinese…
2010「故鄉風味‧台灣情」台灣小吃節(Taiwanese Food Fete)
一年一度的倫敦台灣小吃節又來囉！由英國台灣婦女會與英國台灣協會於倫敦共同主辦的第十屆「故鄉風味‧台灣情」台灣小吃節(Taiwanese Food Fete)，將於10月24日星期日的上午11時至下午3時在Westminster Academy舉行，歡迎大家邀請親朋好友及國際友人一同前來參加。
時 間：10月24日（星期日），11：00AM ∼ 15：00PM
地 點：Westminster Academy, 255 Harrow Road, London W2 5EZ
地鐵站：Royal Oak tube station (Hammersmith & City Line, Zone 2) or Warwick Avenue tube station (Bakerloo Line)
(注意：週末倫敦地鐵時有維修，請來賓務必事先上網查詢 www.tfl.gov.uk 確認交通狀況！此外，本活動未能提供來賓停車，場地Westminster Academy外停車格亦十分有限，請大家多搭乘地鐵或其他公共交通！)