I'm a bit addicted to food shows, but the BBC Good Food Show Summer (and Winter) are the shows I look forward to the most as they are the best in the UK. This year's Summer show is no exception, there were familiar faces, alongside new talent, new stalls and old favourites which always makes the show exciting. As per last year, I attended on Press Day (Thursday) which is a lot quieter than other days (in previous years I've attended on a Saturday which is ridiculously busy).
This show is HUGE and it helped this year that there was the virtual magazine of the layout and stalls before the show which really helped as I could plan where I wanted to visit and what show I wanted to see. I arrived at 10 am and met the lovely Becky from Munchies and Munchkins and we spent time visiting the different stalls. Actually, Becky had a really handful tip, to purchase the majority of the stuff later on in the day, I still managed to purchase a bit here and there but I saved everything until the end.
Here is how I spent the day:
The lovely Katy Truss arranged for the BBC Good Food Show official bloggers to go backstage of the Supertheatre, you know the main stage where all the celebrity chefs prepare their dishes and had a sneak peak on some of the dishes that was about to prepared. There was a number of home economists and I had a sneak peek in the backstage fridge, which was well stocked and no budget spared. We walked past James Martin who was having a chat with someone else, I was to star stuck and shy to say ola, you never know next time.......
I visited this stall last year and loved their Mellow Yellow Rapeseed oil, perfect for roasting and I love to use this for drizzling vegetables over. Rapeseed oil has a number of health benefits and maintains its natural goodness, one of the lovely ladies at the stall gave me an overview of the process which unfortunately, I have forgotten by now. Nevertheless, this oil is the real deal.
Finally, an American stand. Not that I am obsessed with all American food, but it's nice to see some American Candy and proper peanut butter. What impressed me most from this stall, is that they stocked grits- a staple that is very popular in the Deep South and a dish which I have read about, over and over again, something which I am so happy to get my paws on.
I first brought a sponge cake from sponge back in 2011, there flavours have increased now to include ginger and several gluten free options. I sampled a ginger Sponge, alongside a coffee sponge, which was rich, intense and delicious. Sponge offer a range of birthday cakes online and the array of flavours will appeal to all the cake lovers out there.
Black Liquorice Company
This was a new stall for the Good Food Show and are a relatively new company. I associate liquorice with my childhood, but the range of liquorice sold here is very much for grownups and children alike. I sampled a variety of flavours of liquorice, which was incredibly addictive, liquorice lovers, you've been warned. I was instantly transported back to my childhood with the colours, flavours and textures. This brand sells quite possibly the hottest liquorish sweet, hot, hot, hot, even too hot for me.
The Buffallo Company
I always visit this stand, whether it's the Summer or Winter show for lunch, their buffalo burgers (topped with cheese and chili) are phenomenal.
I love this stall and I always buy something from there, their items are perfect for food bloggers as they are so pretty and visually appeals. Also if you love pretty, cute and vintage this is the place for you and fancy having some beautiful kitchen accessories in your home (I'm sure you do).
With an array of coconut water on sale (coconut water with guava and coconut water with mango), I was instantly transported back to my holidays, FOCO Coconut water is a brand to look out for for big things in the near future. They also sold a selection of nuts called Koh Kae which is a very popular brand in South East Asia, The Wasabi nuts are hot, hot, hot and moreish.
Low fat rice snacks at only 40 calories per packet, unfortunately I ate these too quickly and then realised I did not take a picture of these low calorie low snacks.
I love cake, I'm sure you do too, but there is often some level of guilt when eating copious amounts of cake (especially if you are like me and am not a skinny minny), so I'm glad when I discovered Blackberry Cottage. Blackberry Cottage make a beautiful selection of cakes using a "special ingredient" vegetables such as spinach, aubergine, beetroot and courgette.
My hearts beat a little harder for gelato and Joe Delucci specialise on bringing the finest and most authentic gelato to the UK. Having eaten gelato in Rome, I can proudly say this ice-cream is the real deal. I sampled the coconut gelato (I love coconut) but there were other lovely flavours such as lemon, mango, banana, chocolate and apple.
Being part of the Good Food Show Blogging Community, I received a wonderful (and perhaps dangerous) selection of their moersih biscuits.
Bluebird Tea Company
I'm not a big tea drinker, I'm mainly a coffee drinker but loved the selection of teas such as Pineapple Mint, Chinese Treasures and Ice-Cream Float. I personally love the Pineapple mint tea.
Many thanks to for the apple slicer, I now can make perfect apple slices. Perfect for the summer months.
Perfect for the summer and therefore BBQ season, this company specialise in making Authentic style BBQ rubs and sauces. There is such a vast rang of rubs and sauces, such as Memphis Red Sauce, Memphis Pig Rub and the very hot Kansas sauce. Perfect for marinading meats for a taste of the good ol USA.
The Good Food Show, for me, is all about getting new ideas and recipes, so a visit here would be incomplete without attending a show. I attended two Tome Kerridge (who made an amazing beef dish) and Thane Prince who made a beautiful summer pea dish. I also had my book signed by the beautiful Masterchef winner Shelina Permalloo.
I am looking forward to the November show ......