BBC Good Food Show, Summer 2016

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The time of year when the Birmingham NEC, sponsored by Lexus, once again hosts this year’s BBC Good Food Show Summer Show 2016 between Thursday 16th and Sunday 19th June from 9am to 6pm each day.

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What’s on?

Promising, as always, to be an amazing show where you can see your favourite chefs in the Supertheatre, such as the incredible Tom Kerridge, the fabulous Two Greedy Italians (Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo), the amazing ‘mother and son’ team; Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry, the legendary Michel Roux Jr, the fantastic Hairy Bikers (Si King and Dave Myers) as well as the ladies favourite; James Martin.  This year on stage, Mary Berry will be joined by Alan Titchmarsh as they bring plot to plate and create some fantastic seasonal dishes.  Many of the chefs will also be available later to sign their latest books that you can purchase at the show.

On the Good Food Stage, this year sponsored by Lakeland you can watch interview sessions with some of the chefs and cooks from TV as well as watch some delicious recipe demonstrations to inspire you to cook your own creations at home.

I’m hungry; feed me!

If you’re hungry, you’ll find a myriad of food stalls and vendors at the Show, as well as having the opportunity to dine at the BBC Good Food Kitchen where you can enjoy a tasty 2 or 3 course meal (but you’ll have to book in advance for this as it gets incredibly busy); otherwise just follow your nose and your rumbling tummy and find you’ll be sure to find something for every appetite and taste preference.

Teach me something new!

New this year to the Show are the Discover and Learn Sessions where you can learn Cupcake Decorating, participate in a Sushi Masterclass or take part in a Five Senses Tasting Experience.

If you fancy learning how to pair chocolate with wine, then be sure to visit and take part in a Lindt Excellence Chocolate and Wine Masterclass Experience.

Once again the BBC Good Food Show shares the arena with the BBC Gardners’ World Live Show and your ticket will give you free access to enjoy and discover the delights of the garden too.

How I can help you get there:

As an official BBC Good Food Show Blogger, I’m giving you the opportunity to win a pair of tickets for admission to the Show.  To be in with a chance of winning yourself these tickets, just send me an email me to: GFS2016@freycob.co.uk tell me which stage, what day and what time Mary Berry is on stage with Alan Titchmarsh.  It’s as simple as that! Please see the Terms and Conditions of the ticket giveaway below.

I can also give you the opportunity to grab yourself a bargain of 20% off your ticket prices, if you’re not lucky enough to win the ticket giveaway. Just quote the code BL20 at the checkout to obtain your discount.  *20% off applies to Adult/Over 65s tickets only. Code is not valid on VIP or with any other offer and ends on 19/06/16. Standard Supertheatre seat is included with Super tickets, subject to availability, Gold seat upgrade £3. Offer valid on Value tickets where available. Details correct at time of print. £1.50 fulfilment fee per advance order. 

What can I buy? I want to go shopping!

You can find some amazing new foods from the Good Food Champions; all of whom are passionate, outstanding artisan producers and deserve to be celebrated. You can find some of the very best in the BBC Good Food Champions area, where you’ll discover a fabulous selection of producers that you can sample and buy from and find out more about their story too.

The Producers’ Village is a huge speciality food market at the heart of the Show, packed with small artisan producers who pride themselves on the quality and provenance of their produce. Here you can try before you buy with some of the freshest seasonal foods, many of which you won’t find on your local high street.

Discover healthy food products and new ideas to help you create delicious, nutritious dishes.  Brought together are a selection of healthy food producers in the Eat Well Pavilion.

The Ludlow Producer Market section of the Show brings together a fantastic collection of producers from Ludlow and the Marches. With an emphasis on local, independent food and drink producers this is a great area to pick up some interesting products that you won’t find in the supermarkets.

It’s not just confined to food either; you can buy amazing kitchen equipment, gadgets and gizmos; knives and chopping boards; bowls and spoons. Infact; if you need it in the kitchen, you can buy it at the show!

There’ll also be loads of competitions around the show to enter.  Go on; you never know if the day you visit is going to be your lucky day!

Who’s going to be there?

Well, if you want to see a list of the exhibitors, then that’s easy!  Just follow this link to see if your favourite will be there.  There are certainly lots of mine going to be there! Many of whom I’ve enjoyed meeting for several years now and who’s products I’ve grown to love, eat, drink and use daily in my family life!

I can’t wait to go, but sadly, as I’m having a knee operation on Friday 17th June, I’ll only be able to make it one day this year and so won’t be able to go back at the weekend, so I’m really going to make the most of my visit on Thursday 16th.  Will you join me?  I do hope so!

Rosie

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The small print:

Terms and conditions for tickets and giveaways for River Street Events.  All tickets are general admission excluding Saturday.  Tickets are non refundable and non-exchangeable. Ticket terms and conditions apply.  Tickets do not include a seat in the Supertheatre. 

National Sandwich Week with the Central Co-Operative

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Having previously managed the payroll for a very large food manufacture of about 100,000 sandwiches a day many years ago, the invitation from the Central England Co-Operative to create a great sandwich combination using tasty ingredients that could be found in your local store to celebrate National Sandwich week was was right up my street!

As the weather has been very changeable recently, including snow, hailstones, ice, wind and sunshine (and all in one day too!) I decided on a combination of a hot, toasted, sandwich and a lovely salad to go with it. I bought a variety of ingredients including a pack of sandwich thins, Mozzarella cheese, tomato pesto, mixed salad leaves, beautifully sweet Piccolo tomatoes, sweet baby peppers and some delicious mixed root vegetable crips to make my lunch.

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After preparing a really quick salad using the leaves, peppers and tomatoes, I simply tipped some of the root vegetable crisps into a small bowl and set about preparing my toasted sandwich.

Drain the Mozzarella and slice about 5mm thick.

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The Sandwich Thins are pre-sliced so it’s very quick and simple to separate the two halves.  Place a couple of generous teaspoons of the tomato pesto on one side of the bread.

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Spread the pesto over the bread into a relatively even layer.  Repeat with the other sandwiches as required.  I made two for lunch today; one each for my husband and myself.

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Tear the mozzarella slices into strips and cover the pesto.  I’ve left a small gap around the edges to stop the cheese oozing out (and being wasted) on to my sandwich press. Top with the other half of the Sandwich thin.

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Preheat your sandwich maker (I have an Antony Worrall Thompson for Breville flat sandwich press that I’ve had for many years).

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Place your sandwich onto the sandwich maker and close the lid.

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Toast for a few minutes until the top is nicely browned and the mozzarella has started to melt.

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Slice diagonally using a sharp knife.

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Serve with a helping of salad and some of the root vegetable crisps.

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Tasty (the sandwich that is!)

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I was sent a voucher from the Central England Co-Operative to buy my ingredients to participate in the creation for National Sandwich Week.