Past Events

A Fluid State

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Food and drink meets art, music and live performance.

London’s most exciting food and drink festival “A Fluid State” is back, this time over 4 days from 02 to 05 December. Tickets are on sale now.

This year we have created 5 immersive tasting experiences to Blow. Your. Mind.
This is the first of our weekly updates in the lead up to “A Fluid State” as we release exciting news about the line up of artists, musicians and performers, as well as some of the crazy things that will be happening at the festival – including a world record attempt!

Feast on art and performance, drink music and touch life at A Fluid State.

Win a trip to Fantasy Island

We’re planning a very special experience at A Fluid State and need your input to make it happen. We need to know about your fantasies, your dreams and your desires!

Our good friend and fantasy facilitator, Baron J. S. Rourke will be in residence with his team of fantastic assistants to bring your wildest dreams to fruition.

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Choose your own adventure 

Five wild experience areas Thurs to Sat: Get inked in the Tequila Slammer, order from a menu of fantasies in Fantasy Island, match whisky with jazz in a Mad Men inspired cocktail bar, indulge in a secret supper in The Twilight Hours and be tempted in the Garden of Eden.

Your ticket includes the experience of your choosing plus you can add on as many other experiences as you think you can handle.

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Find your inner SteamPunk 

Double up with our SteamPunk Brunch Sessions on Sunday for Victorian era futurism, crazy inventions and clockwork arachnids.

Enjoy a delicious brunch of mini breakfast foods from rum and raisin porridge to eggs sunny side up. Sign up for masterclasses coffee and the ultimate Bloody Mary (classic Vodka or an unusual twist.) SteamPunk themed clothing is encouraged.

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Champagne & Sparkling: The Twilight Hours

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Brethren,

The Tasting Sessions celebrates its 2nd Anniversary on Thursday 07 October with a Champagne and Sparkling experience of epic proportions. At The Twilight Hours in a secret lodge in Bloomsbury, we will profile premium Champagne and Sparkling from around the world.

Over the last 2 years we have been curating a voyage of enlightenment and discovery through the finest, the rarest, the most interesting and the unusual – this time a magnificent flight showcasing prestigious and unique expressions of the méthode champenoise, everyone’s favourite timeless indulgence.

During the magical Twilight Hours we will delve into the human propensity for discovery. From your physical environment to what you see and consume, there will be a reveal and a twist. You will be encouraged to interact, probe and explore for the hidden meaning. Be careful of levitating objects, optical illusions and devious mind-readers.

Yours,
The Tasting Sessions
Grand Architects of the Experience

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Tequila – The Reconciliation

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So what’s the beef Moustache Pete? It’s time for an intervention. A shake-down.

We’ve heard all the stories. How you can never go back. How it made you do things you didn’t want to do. If only you’d realised you were hanging with the wrong crowd.

On Tuesday 17 August The Tasting Sessions will help you to forget the past and reconcile your differences. At an urban block in Shoreditch, you will undergo a thorough process of mediation and rehabilitation.

Featuring some of Mexico’s finest Tequilas, matched with food from our Michelin starred chef – you’ll be sure to get that Mezcal Monkey off your back.

Come on Inside.

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Chalk drawing: Gemma Taylor


Deliver us from innocence

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“Every life is a march from innocence, through temptation, to virtue or vice.”  Lyman Abbott

When we are young, life is more straightforward. Right and wrong. Black and white. Good and evil.

We grow up. We make choices. We lust after what we can’t or shouldn’t have.

On a journey through an enchanted forest to a Paradise Found in the basement of Shoreditch Town Hall, The Tasting Sessions offer you a glimpse into immortality, eternal youth and a taste of the forbidden.

Conspiring with Damian Allsop, the finest Chocolatier in All of the Land, we invite you to indulge in wicked combinations of ritual chocolate darkness and your favourite poison.

Dark or Light? When it comes to chocolate, you know which one is good and which one is evil.

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Photo: KhrystaSyndrome on Deviant Art


Rich or Ruin?

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An upper-class tipple or an opiate for the masses? Gin has a long, illustrious past and a bright future.
On Tuesday 22 September The Tasting Sessions will take you through the annals of Gin’s colourful underworld.
Take a walk down Gin Lane and settle your nerves with some Dutch Courage. You will discover just what makes London Dry and Old Tom rich. If you’re lucky you might even run into Mr Tom Collins himself.
Expect histrionics, melodrama and a bit of madness.  Play your cards right and you may even be a star on The Tasting Sessions’ casting couch.
Rich or Ruin? The choice is up to you.

An upper-class tipple or an opiate for the masses? Gin has a long, illustrious past and a bright future.

On Tuesday 22 September The Tasting Sessions will take you through the annals of Gin’s colourful underworld.

Take a walk down Gin Lane and settle your nerves with some Dutch Courage. You will discover just what makes London Dry and Old Tom rich. If you’re lucky you might even run into Mr Tom Collins himself.

Expect histrionics, melodrama and a bit of madness.  Play your cards right and you may even be a star on The Tasting Sessions’ casting couch.

Rich or Ruin? The choice is up to you.


White Hot Party

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It was a white hot night. The all-in-one jumpsuits and sexy summer dresses were out – mischief was decidedly in the air.

The Future Gallery was gleaming white interspersed with hot pink highlights. Sweet disco tunes combined with the bubbles of Domaine Champalou elevated the frenzy.

So it began, a tea party for adults with a cool flight of white wines to appease the summer madness.

A return appearance for our expert Joe McCanta, Organic and Biodynamic extraordinaire, was loved by all. The learning was easy as Joe deftly guided the crew through different styles of Riesling and introduced unusual and untried indigenous grape varieties from Italy and Portugal. The flight would not have been complete without a rock-your-world wine, this time in the form of a stunning White Burgundy from Puligny Montrachet (Domaine Alain Chavy 1er Cru ‘Les Folatieres’ 2006) thanks to the fine guidance of Carlo at Les Cave des Pyréne.

An amazing performance from Japanese music artist Ayu Okakita – with hauntingly beautiful originals and a spine tingling version of ‘Paranoid Android’, ensured this was a wine tasting like no other.

Another tempo change as people donned white masquerade masks, trilby, bowler and marine sailor’s hats. DJ Supermethod was firmly back in control.

A fabulous finale, The Clos Lapeyre Jurançon Moelleux 2006 accompanied by mini cupcakes and white raspberry-splattered meringues from Beas of Bloomsbury.

Check out the photos from the night.


White Party

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It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy. Extended daylight calls for a glass of something crisp, luminous and pure.

Wrap your debauchery in white, and join The Tasting Sessions on Tuesday 30 June for a stunning line up of orgasmic white wines to leave you enlightened and wanting more.

The fish are jumping at The Future Galley, one very cool pond in the West End. From indigenous grapes to boundary pushing blends and high class chardonnay this will be the ultimate wine flight of 2009.

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Rebel Yell (a short story) Part 2

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Bart had locked down the club as soon as he’d heard the news about Big Red. A detective asking questions was bad for business.  Whilst Mack hauled the sax player down the station house, Shiraz and Viognier had slipped out the back door, jumped in a cab and headed straight for Bart’s secret speakeasy on the other side of town.  They sat at a table in the corner playing poker.  The light above the door glowed purple and Bart slid back the slat.

“Om nom nom nom” said a voice.  The slat slammed shut and the fox heard the sound of a rusty bolt.  The door opened and she kissed him hard on the lips.

“He’s over at that table” said Bart as he gestured to the corner of the room.  He wiped his mouth and steadied himself on the nearest antler as the fox flicked her hair in front of the mirror.  A sign above it read “Poker and loose women are known to frequent this establishment”.  She smiled.

Nodding at the couple from the café by the river she threw her wrap on a luggage rack on the wall and cat-walked over to the bar.  She sucked slow on a whisky sour and breathed in the atmosphere.  The walls were covered with starlets, wigs and feather boas and waiters flitted amongst the cool cats bringing them baskets of cheese and bottles of liquid gold.  The fox winked at a passing waiter.  Bart’s crowd was her crowd.  Whisky sipping night-time urban junkies.

“Who’s the new girl?” she said looking over at the dealer.

“Jen” said the barman as he chilled down a glass.  “Whisky diva.”

The diva turned over the river card.  “Five of Diamonds” she said in a sultry Scottish Borders lilt.  All the cards were out.  Texas Hold ‘Em poker, final round.  The fox wandered over and wrapped herself around her squeeze.  “Cute” thought Shiraz from the other side of the table.

Number 1 sipped his 14yo Clynelish and let the citrus and honey taste swirl around his mouth.  He breathed in the spicy aroma and closed his eyes as the salted caramel flavours flooded his mind with memories. “Fold” he said tossing his cards onto the green baize.  He popped an Isle of Mull Cheddar cube into his mouth and the strong herbal flavours kicked against the Clynelish to intensify the hit.  The diva took his losing hand with a flip of her paddle.  “The bet’s with you sir” she purred.

Number 2 finished the last of the dense and crumbly Doddington cheese and swirled the Stranahans around in his glass.  The smell reminded him of home.  The crisp, clear waters of the Colorado Rockies sang with the fresh salty cheese.  “All in” he said pushing his chips into the centre.  “Gutsy” thought the diva and flicked her long dark sleek hair.

She turned to Number 3 and flashed him a smile.  The dense rich Zelu Korlaria cheese melted in his mouth and the blue veins spilled over his tongue.  He reached for his glass and drank down the golden honey Connemara.  The peat and chocolate flavours danced as the soft creamy finish filled his mouth.  “All in” he bluffed.  The diva smiled.

Number 4 licked her lips.  She let the rich, buttery Ami du Chambertin cheese swim across her mouth.  The light, smoky, spicy nose of the Nikka Yoichi 10yo gave way to more smoke in the mouth.  She could taste the oak from the casks.  She craved a cigar.  “All in, all the way” said Shiraz as the oak gave way to fruit on the finish.

Number 5 nibbled on her light and fresh Ryefield cheese, sniffed in the cognac barrel aromas of El Tesoro Paradiso Tequila.  She took a sharp and tangy slice of Serra D’Estrela and drank down the fruity elegant anejo.  Viognier pushed her chips into the centre and nodded at the diva.  “All in” her look suggested as the smoky finish filled her mouth.  She hadn’t said a word all night.

The fox unwrapped herself from Number 6 as he sniffed the intense Port Ellen 1978, 8th Release.  Ripped plum fruit filled his nostrils.  He added a dash of water to balance the smooth amber coloured liquid.  He ate a slice of strong velvety Bleu d’Avergne cheese and drank a sip of the fiery medicinal nectar.  The drink coated his tongue and his mouth zinged.  He cut a fruity sliver of Parmigiano Reggiano and fed it to the fox.  “What shall I do?”

“All in baby” she mouthed. “Never let the truth get in the way of your ethics”.  She took a sip of his drink and closed her eyes as the chocolate and oil textures filled her mouth.

“Time to show your hands folks” said the diva retrieving the Port Ellen bottle.

Viognier smiled.  “Another full house” she thought.

As Number 6 collected his winnings Shiraz and the diva moved to the bar.  “What kinda drink do you like?” asked the barman.

“I like it long and sloe” whispered Shiraz.

“This is a whisky joint.  You’ll have to go someplace else for gin” he said handing over a cocktail list.  “Give me a White Party then” said Shiraz pointing to the bottom of the page.

“Coming right up.”

The End.


Throw away your prohibitions

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The decadence continues with The Tasting Sessions on Tuesday 26 May. Throw away your prohibitions and join us for a wild night of Whisky from all over the world. 

The perfect companion to a great Whisky is a fine cheese. Like Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, they are a classic screen team. 

Our secret venue – once home to the world’s oldest profession – has a hidden entrance, classic cocktails and tunes from the ’20s. Inspired by the speakeasy bars of New York and Tokyo, it is hidden where you’d least expect  to find it.  

And, you’ll need a secret password to get in. 

If you have to choose, make this your one and only highland fling.

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Seismic Matters

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Was this really The Last Days of Decadence… the beginning of the end? Drinking cock-teas cocktails from teapots iced down to take the edge off the day we prepared our palates for a cheeky flight of Big Reds.

There was no time for tea parties however, launching with the first fab five from Bea Washida at Corney & Barrow. Traditionally Big Reds took flight with Bordeaux – Magnums of Château de Lamarque, Cru Bourgeois, 2001, stand out summertime Grand Cru 2005 from Château Capet-Guillier and a new world Bordeaux blend from Stellenbosch, Klein Gustrouw, Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, 2005 to be precise. 

Moonlighting wine expert Mark Heywood, member of The Tasting Sessions crew and author of our wine tasting notes, moved stylishly and seamlessly from the page to the people.

Lots of “big little food” including mini game pies stood up to the wine and kept the punters on their feet. Wines from The Lane (Shiraz Viognier 2007, Adelaide Hills) and Achaval Ferrer (Malbec 2007, Mendoza) highlighted Winemakers Doing Big Things. 

Then came the Bad Boys from California, seducing us with the Seven Deadly Zins (Zinfandel, 2007) and the almighty Earthquake (Zinfandel, 2006) weighing in a 14.5% on the Richter scale. 

In the words of Nina Simone – the Cheval des Andes 2005 left us “Feeling Good” and our very own Lady Marmalade – Charlie Rinks and her band left us wanting more, more, more. Sneaky snaps from Photographer Chris Osburn and Tasting Sessions Ambassador, Nathan McDonald, tell the story best.


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