BBC Good Food Show Ticket Giveaway


I have a pair of tickets to giveaway for the BBC Good Food Show and would love to send them to you!

imageTo be in with a chance of winning these tickets, all I ask is that you send me an email to and tell me why you think I should pick you as my winner. Entries must be received by 12:00 noon on Sunday 15th November 2015.

The ticket winner will be emailed after the draw closes on Sunday 15th November 2015 and must reply by Monday 16th November at 12:00 noon so that I can post them their tickets.


The NEC in Birmingham again welcomes the Winter Show between Thursday 26th and Sunday 29th November 2015, so tickets will be posted out to arrive in time for you to attend this show.

The tickets are valid for any of the BBC Good Food Shows. They are valid for general admission to the show, excluding Saturday, and do not include a seat in the Supertheatre. They are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Ticket Terms and Conditions, as stipulated by River Street Events, apply.

Foodies Festival Oxford South Park


If you have no plans this coming August Bank Holiday weekend, 29th, 30th & 31st, then why not join in with the Foodie Festival’s 10th Anniversary Celebrations at Oxford’s South Park with a three-day feast of Michelin-star and celebrity chefs, award winning artisan producers, food and drink masterclasses and more street food than you can shake a satay stick at!


This year a New Tasting Theatre hosts masterclasses in Oyster Shucking, Bee Keeping, Cheese Selecting and Vegan Recipes. Visitors can also forage for herbs to create Healthy Herb Cocktails and Booze Infused Canapés.

Fans of MasterChef can look forward to 2014 winner Ping Coombes cooking her favourite dishes in the Aga Rangemaster Chefs Theatre, which visitors can then try for themselves at Ping’s Pop-Up on the Street Food Avenue. Michelin-star, TV and top regional chefs also share their favourite summer recipes, inspiring visitors to recreate these dishes at home and experiment with new flavours and ingredients. Chefs confirmed include:

Ping Coombes – MasterChef Winner 2014

Anne Shooter – Food Writer & Author

Janos Veres – The Hinds Head (Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant)

Xanthe Clay – Food Writer & Author

Tim Anderson – MasterChef Winner 2011

Rahila Hussain – ITV’s Food Glorious Food Winner

Festival-goers can look forward to toasting the summer and Foodies’ 10th anniversary in the new Wine, Champagne and Craft Beer Theatre, where experts Neil Phillips and Charles Metcalfe will guide visitors through this season’s best wines and bubblies, while beer expert Melissa Cole hosts Food and Craft Beer Matching masterclasses.

Chocolate addicts can get an instant hit of coco with ‘How to Sniff Chocolate like a Rockstar’ lessons from Coeur de Xocolat in the Cake & Bake Theatre, which also hosts local bakers offering 3D cake modelling, Chocolate Making and Sugar-Craft masterclasses. A complementingChocolate, Cake and Bake Village is a paradise for home bakers filled with the latest gadgets and essentials – a haven for Great British Bake Off fans.

A Street Food Avenue can be found at the heart of the festival, offering a huge selection of hot and cold dishes from around the world. Japanese, Thai, Brazilian, Argentinian, Mexican, French and African cuisines are just some of the cuisines visitors can tuck into at communal tables in the Feasting Tent.

The BBQ Arena is perfect for fans of outdoor cooking with daily ‘King of the Grill’ cook-offs. Or for those brave enough, the famous Chilli Eating Competition challenges entrants to try and break last year’s record of 14 varieties of chillies eaten without a drink to win the Chilli Eating Crown.

An extended Producers Market hosting over 200 artisan producers showcases Oxfordshire’s natural larder of quality produce and the abundance of locally produced foods; visitors will be spoilt for choice with samples, and for what to buy to take home to enjoy.

After a day of feasting and fun, foodies can relax with a spot on the grass and soak in the atmosphere with live music from the entertainment stage and a refreshing cocktail, glass of bubbly or a Pimm’s from the Giant Pimm’s Teapot and Galleon Mojito bars.

Little foodies can explore their taste buds and learn basic cooking skills with Picnic in the Park themed masterclasses in the Childrens Cookery Theatre, where Kiddy Cook will show them how to make finger sandwiches, jellies and chocolate bugs.

Tickets are on sale now at or by calling 0844 995 1111

Adult day ticket £13.00 (£11.00 concession)

3-day adult ticket £20.00 (£16.00 concession)

VIP tickets £38.00 – includes a welcome glass of bubbly, access to the VIP tent with private bar and refreshments throughout the day, priority entry to food and drink masterclasses, a goody bag and a showguide.

All children aged 12 and under go free when accompanied by an adult.

Opening times:

Saturday 29th August: 11am – 7pm

Sunday 30th August: 11am – 7pm

Monday 31st August: 11am – 6pm

I have one pair of tickets to give away for the Foodie Festival in Oxford. To be in with a chance of winning these tickets you need to:

* Follow me on Instagram @Freycob and leave a comment on my Foodies Festival photo (return here and leave me your Instagram name to confirm you’ve done this).

* Follow me on Twitter @Freycob reply to my tweet and RT my competition post (return here and leave me your Twitter name to confirm you’ve done this).

* Follow my Facebook page: Freycob leave a comment on my post, and share it on your own wall (return here and confirm you’ve done this as well as leave me details how I can find you shared post).

* Send me an email to

* Return here and leave me a comment, confirming which (or all) you have done of the above. Each of the above will earn you one entry to the draw to win the tickets (entries will be checked to ensure fairness to all).

Entries to win a pair of tickets in this draw will close at 6pm (GMT) on Sunday 9th August 2015.

I have been provided with a pair of tickets for this giveaway by the organisers of the Foodie Festival.  Tickets will be sent directly from the organisers after the close of the draw, upon verification of all valid entries.



Book Giveaway – Holly Bell’s Recipes from a Normal Mum

The competition entry deadline has passed to win a copy of Holly Bell’s ‘Recipes from a Normal Mum’ book.  Of the entries received, 25 had the correct answers to all three questions.

All correct entries were numbered in the order that they were received, between 1 and 25 and Holly was asked to pick a number in this range as the winner.

She chose number: 22
Which belonged to: Karen Moses from Ulverstone in Cumbria

The correct answers to the questions were:

1. What year was Holly a contestant and finalist on the Great British Bake Off? 2011
2. In Holly’s recipe for Sweet Potato Chips on her blog, how long do you need to bake them in the oven for? 35-40 minutes
3. In Holly’s recipe for Healthier Fish and Chips recipe on her blog, what fish does Holly recommend using? Coley

Congratulations to Karen, who wins a copy of Holly’s book ‘Recipes from a Normal Mum’.  If you email your address to I’ll get your book in the post in the next day or two.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to enter, sadly only one person could win, but every entry was greatly appreciated.


Book Review & Giveaway – Holly Bell’s Recipes from a Normal Mum


I’m a huge fan of the Great British Bake Off and even applied to take part in the series a couple of years back.  Obviously, you haven’t seen me on it, as I didn’t get accepted onto the show!  Nevertheless, I still watch it and admit that I do cringe at some of the ‘creations’ and mistakes that are made at times.

Holly Bell was a finalist on the Great British Bake off and runs her very successful blog Recipes from a Normal Mum.  Being relatively locally based to Holly in neighbouring counties, I attended one of her cupcake decorating classes a couple of years back, followed by her bread class too.  Being so local and getting on so well (same cheeky sense of humour), I also popped over to help her out and ease her burden by being her ‘sous chef’ on a few classes too.  I feel very lucky to have kept in contact with this lovely lady since that time as Holly is one of the most genuine (& naughtily funny) ladies that I know.

Based on the roaring success of Holly’s blog and being a finalist on the Great British Bake Off, she has written a book of the same name as her blog that’s jam pack full of fabulous recipes, amazing photographs and little snippets of stories telling where the recipes have come from and hints on how to demystify and simplify the art of baking ‘Holly Style’.

I was recently invited to receive a copy of Holly’s book to review.  Along with my review copy, I was kindly sent an additional copy that I could offer as a giveaway on my blog.

There’s recipes in chapters such as ‘The More the Merrier’, ‘Feeding Goldilocks and Baby Bear Too’ as well as ‘Recipes for Chefs in the Making’ and ‘Presents from the Heart’. The simplicity of some of Holly’s recipes, along with the tasty, tried and tested recipes makes this every good cookery bookcase’s staple addition.

With the busy Christmas season upon us and the New Year of 2015 only days behind, what better time to choose than now to win yourself a copy of Holly’s book. Come January, you too could be baking like one of the best bakers that the Great British Bake Off has introduced us to, with the aid of Holly’s fabulous book.

In order to win this copy of Holly’s book, simply email me at with the answers to the following questions.

1. What year was Holly a contestant and finalist on the Great British Bake Off?
2. In Holly’s recipe for Sweet Potato Chips on her blog, how long do you need to bake them in the oven for?
3. In Holly’s recipe for Healthier Fish and Chips recipe on her blog, what fish does Holly recommend using?

All answers can be found on Holly’s blog Recipes from a Normal Mum. The closing date for this giveaway is 6pm on Sunday 28th December 2014.  I will announce the winner shortly afterwards and will post out the winning book to reach the lucky recipient that week.  Due to the weight of the book, postage will be to the UK only.

I’m off to the kitchen to try out Holly’s Hex Family Stollen recipe. Catch you later!

I was sent a review copy and an additional copy of Holly’s to give away book free of charge.