Last week it was the BBC Good Food Show Winter 2013 at the NEC in Birmingham. As part of the Offiicial Blogger Community they have, and with the other half of The Foodie Couple in tow, I set off to immerse myself in all the glorious food, drink and entertainment the show had to offer. The Winter Show is twice the size of the summer version, so there was HUGE amounts to see and do with hundreds of producer stalls, several live cook and demo stages, book signings as well as the always hugely popular Supertheatre. My day was packed full, so let me take you on a whistle stop tour of what we did, and maybe you can try the same things when you visit next year!
Our day started in a fantastic (but a little nerve wracking) way, we had the privilege of popping backstage at the Saturday Kitchen Demo Stage to meet and interview the wonderful Lawrence Keogh. For those that don’t know him well he is currently the head chef at The Wolseley in London and is a Saturday Kitchen regular guest chef. He was as entertaining as he seems on TV and it was great to interview him. Watch out for the full interview in the New Year here on the blog. We then dashed off to find our seats in the Supertheatre. The first show of the day featured the dashing and always charming James Martin as well as super Scottich Chef Tom Kitchin with BT Sport and previous Strictly Champion Chris Hollins facing his food heaven or hell. The show was great fun culminating in the phenomenon that is the omelette challenge!
After this we were lucky enough to get to experience Wine Tube Map tasting. The idea of the Wine Tube Map is to help you navigate the world of wine using the concept that wines that are next to each other on the tube line are similar to each other, so if you think you know what you like, you can venture away from choosing the same thing all the time using the tube lines to guide you. It really is a great idea if you’re new to wine or just stuck in a bit of a wine rut!
We then had a bit of time to wander around, soak up the atmosphere and peruse some fantastic producers, which I will tell you some more about near the end. Later on we met and interviewed the very talented Stacie Stewart, caught a little of the most recent Masterchef winner Natalie Coleman doing a live demo and got to take part in an interactive session with the lovely Marcus Bean, making a fabulous lemon polenta cake. Yum.
Whilst flying around the event we managed time for a few snacks…the pick of these a hot dog from Supreme Sausages – delicious.
As always, the mainstay of the BBC Good Food Show is to showcase the best of local and national producers from the well known and established to the just setting out and bright shiny new. Here is a selection of the ones I found and loved at the show. Look out for them all!
One of this years food show producers bursary winners, Edward’s brand is less than 1 year old and started with just one flavour of cordial that he made in his own kitchen. He went on to sell at local markets and the demand continued to rise! He now has a whole range available and sources all of his ingredients from his local area. The bottle decorations are adorable and all designed by Edward himself. The flavours original, intriguing and unique and include Lavender and Rhubarb, Blackcurrant and Basil, Spiced Plum and Strawberry and Mint. I have a bottle of the Blackcurrant and Basil and the Spiced Plum and they are extremely moreish!
This brand was started by Ben, a former master chef contestant and has now been going just over a year. The chocolates he makes are very high quality luxury chocolates and cover a range of shapes, textures and flavours. I was particularly keen on the muscavado chocolates, white chocolate and pistachio truffles and their chocolate ‘bark’.
The Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company
The Pembrokshire Beach Food Co has created unique seafood products. Jonathan has created an award winning business which started as a beach shack serving seafood and snacks with locally foraged ingredients and has expanded into a whole lot more! The range includes seashore condiments such as laverbread pesto and Welsh sea black butter, potted lobster and particular moreish Ships Biscuits. I also thought their stand was by far the prettiest at the show!
We love Man Food
This company caught my eye initially for the name. They do some fab pickles and chutneys and are really worth a look. We picked up some of their beautiful Picalilli which we will be chowing down on with the Xmas leftovers I’m sure. Look out for their Achar Pickle as well – something really different.
A few of my other favourites from the show that I LOVE are Macarons & More who cover the whole rainbow of colours and flavours with their perfect macaroons, Scarlet Angel who make fab table and dipping sauces, Geethas who make some amazing products including Indian chutneys – we picked up some onion and pineapple to sample this year and Yau, who make a range of Chinese inspired sauces which were available to sample at the show – I could have bought them all, but settled for the sweet and sour. Lastly a mention for Ramsay of Carluke, who are one of Rick Steins’ ‘Food Heroes’, and are a butcher and smokehouse in Scotland. They produce the most amazing bacon, haggis black pudding, white pudding..the list goes on. Some of the best I have ever tasted!
I will leave you will a few other pics from the day. I had a fantastic time at the show, and I hope this inspires all you foodies to check it out next summer.
Happy Eating 🙂
Disclosure: We attended as guests of the show as part of our role in the BBC Good Food Show Blogging Community. All thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and our own.