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. 

Cake and Bake Show 2013

I had a ‘grand day out’ with some lovely friends at the Cake and Bake Show in Earls Court yesterday (Saturday). So many talented bakers displaying and kindly sharing their culinary and decorative skills to the visitors.  This cake has to be one of my favourites as its so pretty & delicate.

My 12 year old daughter came along with us too this year.  She’s becoming a keen & competent baker herself and had made some cookies on Friday night to bring along for us all on the train journey down.

It was a cool & drizzly day in London which was contrasted by the heat & humidity inside Earls Court Exhibition Hall itself. There were people as far as the eye could see; obviously this is a very popular show!
Amongst the talents to be spotted there were Eric Lanlard, Dan Lepard, Simon Rimmer, Richard Bertinet, Rosemary Shrager, Mich Turner, Peter Sidwell, John Whaite and James Morton to name but a few! 
My daughter did make me giggle when she told me that Rosemary Shrager was waiting in the queue for the ladies loo as we came out. Obviously we all have the same basic needs!
Walking round the stands of exhibitors there were some of the finest names in the industry; Billingtons Sugar (their molasses sugar tastes amazing so I just had to buy some to bake with myself), Squires Kitchen, Neff, Allinsons Flour, Renshaw, Lakeland, Nielsen-Massey, Betty Crocker, Bonne Maman and Sainsbury’s amongst others.  Not to mention the smaller producers who also contribute to our world of baking.
There were also the retailers who were more than happy to talk to you about their products and ranges on offer and demonstrate their use.  Some relatively new products into the market include one of my favourites – Little Pod’s vanilla paste in a tube (great idea to reduce waste) as well as their coffee & chocolate extracts from which they produced some delicious examples of foods to taste.
From sweets & fudge, through to cakes & breads and chocolates galore. We had a wonderfully tasty flatbread for lunch which I can highly recommend.
I have to say it was a lovely, if not tiring day out and I can’t wait until next year!

To finish my story and to share a most unfortunate pair of events….

Starting the day on the train didn’t go as planned as one of my recently done fillings fell out, which meant I had to eat on the left side of my mouth all day. That wasn’t too bad until we topped off our day to a visit to Wagamama’s restaurant in Covent Garden for dinner, which resulted in me breaking a tooth on the left side of my mouth on the very first mouthful of my starter! I’d had squid before and didn’t like it, however on the recommendation of our waitress who proudly told us that they served the ‘best squid in London’ I gave it a try.


Although it was very tasty, that’s a decision I’ve now come to regret!  For my main course I’d ordered the Chicken Ramen.  Luckily, as the noodles were soft, I was able to eat them in the front of my mouth only and drink the soup base, so I managed to get something to eat. My daughter thought it was her lucky day though, as she got to eat all my chicken.



I’m looking forward to having my teeth sorted out and returning to Wagamama’s for a meal that I can enjoy (and chew) properly.

As I type I’m sitting in my dentist practice waiting to be seen as an emergency patient.  Wish me luck!