'Haven't managed to book a holiday this year? Don't panic. Birra Moretti is bringing a taste of Italy to London with the return of The Moretti Gran Tour - and it's got nothing to do with OAPs (gran means 'great' in Italian, dontcha know?). From July 19 to 24, they'll be transforming the Old Truman Brewery into an Italian street food festival, where you can sample food from Sicily, Naples and Tuscany without having to leave the M25.'
It was a last minute decision to head on down to Brick Lane for Birra Moretti's annual Moretti Gran Tour. I definitely thought this would be an event Sam would like, especially as it included unlimited beer! As VIPs, we got into the event very quickly, which had started earlier before opening to the public at 8.00pm. I had just come from a temp job wearing a white shirt, trousers and trainers (always glamorous). I'd also just found out that I'd secured a full-time job so it was certainly an occasion for me to celebrate!
The event ran from the 19th-24th July and was already teeming with people by the time we left at around 9.30pm. There were opportunities to make pasta, take a masterclass with Tuscan Butchery and sample some of the wonderful street vendors picked for this event.
I've had Birra Moretti on a few occasions when I've been out in London, mostly at restaurants, so I was more than happy for that to be the main alcoholic beverage of the night. The staff were incredibly helpful and upon our arrival, we were told the hotspots of what to try (masterclasses etc) and to spread the word over social media. We sent out a few tweets before my phone went kaput and we were kindly given some food tokens to sample some of the delicious treats on offer.
Just Fab was the first vendor we tried, selling Veg-Italian dishes including Raw Courgetti and the tastiest Panelle Burgers you will ever taste. I then grabbed a Margarita Pizza from Pizza Pilgrims which was again another tasty tea time treat. Finally, we finished off our food binge with a few helpings of Artisan Gelato from La Gelatiera. The pistachio flavour is to die for and I'm certainly going to pop to their shop in Covent Garden this summer to grab a tub!
Unfortunately we didn't get time to take part in the masterclass (as the one we'd booked for 9pm, we missed because we were a little sozzled from the beer!). However, the waiting lists were full from the start so obviously this was a popular element to the event.
Myself and Sam had a lovely evening and we will be certainly attending next year's for more tastes of Italy!
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