BBC Good Food Show 2015 – Is it worth going?
The BBC Good Food Show 2015 – is it worth going? Events were held nationwide and we went to the event on the 11th November 2015, in London.
It was held at the Olympia London.
We parked on a nearby side street (literally around the corner). The venue itself also had parking, however we knew we would be in and out because our children were with us and so for us, it made more sense to park on the street for ease of access. We didn’t have to worry about lifts/stairs/ramps. Plus it was cheaper!!
The nearest tube station was the Kensington Olympia which was less then a 2 minute walk away. Soon after we parked up, we saw Jo Wheatley (Winner of GBBO , Series 2), coming out of the station. It’s odd seeing people whose faces you are familiar with from the telly. You never quite know how to behave. I remember years ago, at the Trafford Centre when we walked past a ‘star’ from Coronation Street and my mum let out a little squeal of ‘KEVIN.’ Cue awkward hard floor staring from me and my siblings. Shortly followed by elbow digs and a request to play it cool. Anyway, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree because I did the same with Jo. Luckily she didn’t hear me and therefore didn’t turn around to see me looking like a beetroot..(‘Kev’ definitely heard my mum).
The venue that BBC Good Food Show 2015 chose for this event was beautiful with stunning architecture and light pouring in from the many windows.
There was access to toilets on both floors. This was very important for us, being a family with young kids. Also, there were no queues, because there were toilets both upstairs and downstairs!! I may seem unusually excited by this, but when the kids are screaming for the loo, it is sometimes vital that there is a toilet available right away, especially if you don’t want to be covered in a number one.
There was good disabled/pram access into the venue and the staff were incredibly helpful and friendly. One of them became besties with my little girl! My daughter takes a while to warm to people so we were a little bit gobsmacked to see her giggling away and playing with people she didn’t know. So we ran..as fast as we could. (Just kidding..).
There was also a baby changing room next to the toilets with clear signage. We no longer need to change nappies but it was nice to see it there because there isn’t always a nappy changing room in venues, and that can prove super duper awkward. Trust me.
We were given a show guide booklet at the entrance which proved useful. This clearly set out stalls, interview times, super theatre times and also had recipes from some of the celebrity chefs.
We were able to leave the venue and return as many times as we wanted, which as mentioned was essential for us. We left several times, had our hands stamped and returned refreshed and ready to explore some more.
Food wise, being a food event we were well covered. 😉 Plenty of food to choose from. From the venues own cafe, the individual stalls selling a variety of food, an area for street food experience, a tasting theatre, a pop up restaurant and a super theatre/winter kitchen where celebrity chefs cooked and the audience were able to taste the food.
My favourite exhibitors and food stalls at the BBC Good Food Show
Choi Time Teas – http://choitime.com
Anyone who know me, knows i love my tea so I fell in love with this stall. As well as being a visual treat, this stall had some delicious tea. The business itself is the winner of 22 Great Taste awards which kind of speaks for itself!
‘The range of green teas I carry is small, but perfectly formed; with Jasmine green teas, loose leaf teas, bud teas and flowering teas all sourced carefully to ensure they meet the following criteria; they must be authentic, they must be unique, and they must be delicious.’ Melissa Choi of Choi Time Teas
Meringue Girls – http://www.meringuegirls.co.uk
Who doesn’t love the Meringue girls? Their instantly recognisable meringues in a variety of colours and flavours brings a smile to most faces. Needless to say, my kids were smiling from ear to ear. I have wanted to make these with them for a while and then we end up making something with ginger in it instead. Seeing these brought back the desire to make them and so we will be making them very, very soon!
I fell in love with this stall. The stall holder had flown in from Greece that morning to be at the Good food show and I’m glad he did. He had a variety of honey on offer, including some yummy flavoured options. From Tahini, to thyme to praline. We absolutely loved the honey and our favourites were the thyme and praline. Having been away from life for a few years whilst having kids, I’m not sure if flavoured honey is a new thing but I haven’t come across it before and it’s something I would love to see more of.
Saveur Du Maroc – http://www.saveurdumaroc.co.uk
Supplier of fine artisan products from Morocco, this was the best harissa I have ever tasted and our jar finished within days. The Amlou spread/paste was also divine. The products which include Amlou spread, orange blossom water, rose water, argan oil and harissa are all entirely natural. It tasted as fresh as if they had just made it and jarred it seconds before we got to the stall. This is a company who care about sustainability and a business who partner with women cooperatives in Morocco which really help to empower women and help them build their own lives. Stockists include Harrods and Selfridges!
Lakeland – http://www.lakeland.co.uk
I love Lakeland.This is a shop that has every kitchen tool/gadget you would ever want, under one roof. What’s not to like? The staff were friendly, passionate and knowledgable. I was in there for a very long time but much to my surprise, my husband was in there even longer!!! They also had an interview area set up for celebrity chefs so it was an ideal place to be! Pictured above is Howard Middleton, a contestant from the Great British Bake Off and author of Delicious Gluten free Baking, http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1472135865.
Eyewood Designs – http://www.eyewood-designs.co.uk
This Company specialising in handmade wooden products are based in Cheshire. It was a real battle trying to get my husband away from the stall. This.is.his.thing. He was chatting away to the stall owner for what felt like a very long time. Again this is a company who care about their product and use sustainably sourced wood. They are also able to customise wood products to individual needs.
Woodland Trust – http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/
This is the first exhibitor we spoke to. They were the loveliest men and so well informed. My husband battled to get me away from this stall because this.is.so.me. They are a woodland conservation charity and campaign to protect wood and restore damaged wood/trees. They also create new woodland around the UK.
They also have a club for families with weekly challenges and activity packs. More Information available here: http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/get-involved/children-and-families/
More exhibitors at the BBC Good Food Show
This is ALL chocolate.
Yes..it is Bombay mix chocolate..
Street Food Area at the BBC Good Food Show
These are the the pictures I managed to get of the street food available on the day.
Book Signing Area at the BBC Good Food Show
There were book signings throughout the day by Oz Clarke, Mary Berry, Michelle Roux Jr, Howard Middleton, Jane Parkinson, Peter Sidwell, Alex Hollywood, Pau Hollywood, Sabrina Ghayour and Jo Wheatley.
Over the weekend, there was also an opportunity to buy a signed book from Tim Anderson, Tom Kerridge, Julie Sear, John Waite, Dhruv Baker, Mich Turner, Josie Pizarro, Shelina Permalloo, James Martin and Luis Troyano.
The area was easily accessible and a great place to get a quick glimpse of celebrity chefs. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see all of them and was gutted that I missed Michelle Roux Jr because we were busy with the kids.
There was a cake competition held over the weekend. Whilst we were there many of the competitors were still adding the finishing touches to their cakes. These were the ones I managed to get a picture of:
THAT Origami Car at the BBC Good Food Show
In between all of the activities, I saw this! Needless to say, we were mesmerised.
Some Chefs we met at the BBC Good Food Show
Sabrina Ghayour – Author of the delightful book, Persiana, http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/184533910X.
Cyrus Todiwala – I did another little squeal here.. but it was very well received by the down to earth and lovely author of Mr Todiwalas Bombay. I had a good chat with Cyrus, about his wonderful book and the recipes i have used from it. This is the link to the book: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mr-Todiwalas-Bombay-Recipes-Memories
And Finally..Paul and Mary at the BBC Good Food Show
It was great to see Paul and Mary at the Super theatre. My kids were as excited as we were. My daughter kept shouting, Maryyy. #Awkward..but it got her attention. See?
Mary made Chicken with lemon creme fraiche and Asparagus and Paul made Chocolate and Cherry Roulade.
I recreated Mary’s recipe at home for you. Here is a link to the recipe from the BBC website:
I kept the recipe the same but added a little bit more sauce to my chicken because I knew the kids would prefer it that way. It was delicious and I was thrilled to see that my little family enjoyed it as much as I did. It is definitely something I will be making a lot more, purely because its simple and a crowd pleaser.
We had a fantastic day overall. In my view, it is well worth the money. Under one roof you are able to meet some of the best chefs from the industry and learn via their interviews and demonstrations. As well as meeting exhibitors who are passionate about their products and truly inspiring…and oh a bag full of freebies and a discount for next years Summer BBC Good Food Show. WOOHOO.
The one thing I would say is that, you should definitely plan ahead if you wish to attend any upcoming events. There is so much going on at the BBC Good Food Show and you don’t want to miss what is important to you. All the information is available prior to the event on the shows website.
For more highlights, a list of exhibitors and details of upcoming events by the BBC Good Food Show, please visit: