It is my first experience of the show as I never had the chance to live near a city organizing one of the show. I don’t know what to expect from it as the website is so… Not very clear. I am not sure if one day of visit will be enough or not… I don’t know if it is more a fair to buy stuff (by stuff I mean products and gadgets) or taste food… I don’t even know if it will be big or small…but still, I am hoping for a fun day. If they ask near 19 pounds for a ticket it cannot be bad!!
First time at the SECC and the place is massive. The BBC Good Food Show is actually as big as I thought: 2 demonstration areas, 1 interview area and lots and lots of producers and else. The producers we saw at the Foodies Festival were all there plus a lot more.
To be honest, I am happy not to have paid for my ticket. OK, I didn’t have a seat to watch Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood in the Supertheater but I was able to watch them from the back so it didn’t really matter. It feels that this show is a giant supermarket for which you have to paid at the entrance…
However I had a lovely day! The cooking demonstrations from the Love Food Hate Waste theater were awesome (BTW do you know this initiative? Have a look, you could spare 400 pounds a year thanks to them!).
I loved the style and humour of local chef Ajmal Mushtaq. He owns a great indian restaurant near Glasgow and add it directly to my to do list! The recipes from Craig Sandle looked delicious and I cannot wait to try them (I ask the Pompadour for the recipes and received one of the three =Loch Duart Salmon, Roasted Autumn Vegetable and Saffron Gnocchi with a Fennel and Ginger Sauce, the most important anyway 🙂 ). These 3 recipes were fresh and using the salmon the way I like it! Pan fried, “gravlax style” and in croquette. It was really sad that we couldn’t taste them for food safety reasons! It is an absolute pleasure to see a chef like him work. His cooking movements are very gracious like when he is adding salt to an ingredient or the way he uses his knife to prep the artichoke. It is almost like a dance.
As I said, I enjoyed as well Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood’s demonstration and loved even more to meet them in person when they signed my book. They are super stars. People are becoming crazy to get a signature from them… But they rock, it’s true ;). I bought for the occasion the Great British Bake Off book of this year and I am so excited to try the recipes 🙂
Last but not least, I met great local producers. Scotland is an absolute delight for foodies and I intend to use as much as possible products from the region in my next recipes for my blog.
I cannot wait to create a recipe with the lovely tea that Wee Tea Company offered me. They propose original loose leaf tea such as the Darjeeling and rose tea they provided me with. I had a taste of the Rooibos and vanilla and this tea has nothing to envy the big tea houses such as Mariage et Frères or the Palais des thés in France, very nice bourbon vanilla flavour.
I met two lovely women from the Little Herb Farm. They do delicious vinegars, jellies and sugars with flowers, fruits and herbs. I have very nice idea for cocktails and recipes with my raspberry, mint and chili vinegar and my gooseberry and fennel vinegar.
The Demi John liquid deli is a rediscovery but a fab one… I met them a few years ago when I was living in Glasgow’s West End and I was fascinated by their delicious arranged gins, rums and vodkas. When I saw the stall, I just felt excited to use their products again. I will pop up to their shop in Edinburgh as soon as possible! It is a great place to find a gift, they offer lots of different bottle shapes to present their magic beverages ;).
Here is the links to all restaurants and website of the producers so you can have look to their work 🙂