I was lucky enough to get cheap tickets through work to the BBC Good Food Show at the NEC Birmingham. Having never been before, I didn’t know what to expect, but the huge variety of stalls meant we had a great day out!
With stalls from cake to cheese, and as much alcohol as you could possibly imagine, there was something for everyone here. We had a great time sampling the goodies on offer; particularly stand out was some real Italian parmesan and some fab gins. We also enjoyed Hullabaloo‘s real lemonade and some amazing cider in the Northen Irish area.
But it’s not just food and drink. There were also stalls selling everything from beauty products to gardening implements (including the only French stall I saw there, alas selling secateurs). And, my personal favourite, Viking drinking horns, the perfect gift for someone who has everything this Christmas!
A star studded line up graced the Good Food Stage. We were there for the interview with Michel Roux Jr, one of my favourite chefs. I love his restaurant Le Gavroche in London. However we were surprised that it was only 15 minutes long, with fairly uninspiring questions about desert island meals etc. I would have liked to know more about his life as a chef really. However I like the questions on how to cook a good roast dinner!
The other stages were really impressive too. The Renshaw Academy were offering Christmas cake decorating classes with very clear instructions, and at the Great British Beer Experience stage we watched a huge group of people being served a range of real ales by a cheerful bearded chap who seemed to really know his stuff. Unfortunately we are more cider folk – we’d love to see more craft cider there next year! The Winter Kitchen stage had a range of demos sponsored by Magimix which were pulling in the crowds.
The Aldi stand was constantly surrounded by huge crowds and the range of posh Christmas nosh on show looked delicious. We sampled some fudge here – the poor guy on the stand could barely keep up with demand!
We would definitely go next year, it’s a great place to get Christmas inspiration and gifts.