Last Thursday – after a fairly turbulent start to the week, it has to be said – I decided to cheer myself up visiting the BBC Good Food Show at the NEC Birmingham.
Held over 4 days, the annual event is designed for food lovers to see some of their favourite TV chefs cook live, grab a culinary bargain or two and generally try a lot of grub. When I found out some top Brum talent was also going to be there I grabbed a ticket and headed over to the exhibition centre for a mooch.
Arriving late morning it was great to see the show already busy and the live shows in full swing. There were plenty of stands selling all kinds of food to try and/or buy, including lots of cheese, cured meats and preserves, as well as enough kitchen gadgets and phallic-shaped cooking utensils to make even Nigella blush.
I was super chuffed to see some of my favourite go-to online only brands including SpiceNTice who seem to have more at-home spice kits than ever before, and enjoyed chatting with the team.
It was great to also find the Edinburgh Gin gang there, and I couldn’t resist trying the new pomegranate and rose flavour. Wowzers – that’s a beauty. Ian if you’re reading this you can buy it from John Lewis, ta.
My favourite foodie finds of the day included local bakery Hindleys of Litchfield that had an array of beautiful breads including a unusual sourdoughs and divine Italian inspired focaccia. That olive one is a dream.
Losing my mind officially came later in the day when I found The Garlic Farm; a cafe-come-shop on the Isle of White that sells nothing but garlic products. My mum has visited the cafe on her holidays before so I was well aware of how good the sauces and butters are, and I grabbed a few bits for Christmas.
Another cracking find was Charlie and Ivy’s selling some seriously gorgeous dipping oils and dressings. You can buy their products online and they do some fab box sets if you’re after a Christmas gift idea for a foodie.
In The Big Kitchen – a closed off staging area away from the crowds – celebrity chefs were cooking up a storm throughout the day, including Tom Kerridge (who I popped to see) and Raymond Blanc. Book signings followed.
Obviously I also ate far too much cheese, but that’s no surprise really is it.. not to me anyway! It’s a great day out if you’re a food lover, especially if you like some more interesting bites; I had an onion bhaji scotch egg that blew my mind.
Here’s some of my other highlights if you’re interested!