If you happen to follow me on social media, you won’t have been able to miss that Mr M and I popped over to the BBC Good Food Show at the NEC last weekend. It’s been years since I’ve made it to one, and I wanted to check out if it’s still the same food-packed, people-packed place as it used to be.
We went on the last day, Sunday, but there was no sign of the interest tailing off. Plenty of people doing the rounds, many for whom bags weren’t enough to carry their spoils so they’d brought trolleys with them.
I’m not going to go on and on. I’ve made a little video to show you what we got up to, so I’ll just give you the highlights then you check it out to see all the fun in action.
If you haven’t been to GFS, it’s basically a mad melee of demos, appliances, products, food, booze and people. There’s easily enough to keep you busy for hours and hours and hours, and I reckon the key is to not get too hung up on doing and seeing EVERYTHING, but just taking in what you fancy and soaking up the atmosphere.
With that in mind, Mr M and I checked out Brian Turner teaching people how to cook up a storm at the Stoves Live Cook Stage, as well as Masterchef 2012 winner Shelina Permalloo over at Hotpoint’s demo kitchen. Oh, and while there I happened to win myself Lisa Faulkner’s new book Tea & Cake – maybe I’ll put it next to the John Torode book I bought the other week.
We mooched past the most impressive selection of cheese on show for the World Cheese Awards and CAMRA’s Great British Beer Experience, tried some chicken and chorizo paella from Paella Espana, and checked out Coopers Gourmet Sausage Rolls. With my Citylicious guest blogging hat on I popped to see my mates from Debbie and Andrew’s Sausages and tried some of their chipolatas before supping on some mulled Crabbies. Oh yes!
As a break from the food Mr M checked out the cars and I drooled over amazing garden shelters before we grabbed ourselves some awesome meats from Sedwick’s Charcuterie ready for Christmas, along with a bagload of cheese from Wyke Farm.
Let’s not forget pudding. After drooling over the Merangz, cakes and tarts from The Little Round Cake Company, we shared an amazing quadruple chocolate ‘Tweener’ – basically a lovely little mini layer cake. Another amazing scoffing moment from Ellen, you’ll see, and possibly the richest thing I’ve eaten since the amazing ginger-y sticky toffee pudding I had at the Rose & Crown in Ratley. We managed to walk away with a couple of tubs of brandy cream and brandy butter too. Christmas time here we come.
So, rambling over, here’s the video. A little bit of fun at the Good Food Show. See you guys there next time 🙂
My tickets to the BBC Good Food Show Winter were complimentary. I wasn’t required to write a review. Other than the tickets, Mr M and I paid for everything we had while we were there.