Saturday, 21 May 2016

BBC Good Food Show Summer Ticket Giveaway

It's back with a bang. Of course I'm talking about BBC Good Food Show Summer,  the original and best food show in the UK from 16th June - 19th June. Plus it's indoors, hosted at Birmingham NEC. It doesn't matter what I've got on, I always manage to visit this food lovers paradise. I really enjoy meeting with Artisan produces and watching the chef demos for further culinary inspiration. This year the super theatre is back with the big names in the culinary world completing demos such as Tom Kerridge, Mary Berry and James Martin. Also, the BBC Good Food Show Stage is returning with the BBC Good Food Team, Cassie Best, Glynn Purnell and Rosie Birkett. There's also a new Chinese Pavilion which I am keen to try out, a lot of people enjoy eating flavours from the East and this Pavilion will specialise in teas, wines and spirits from the region. 





I of course will be documenting my time at the BBC Good Food Show using the hashtag #gfssummer, I can't wait to share all of my latest discovery.

I have one pair of tickets to give to one lucky reader of my blog. All you have to do is follow the below instructions:

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Monday, 2 May 2016

Foodies Festival Birmingham Ticket Giveaway

Foodies Festival returns to Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham on 3rd - 5th June 2016 for the second year and it looks set to be a great show. I do love a good food festival and having attended last year, this is a great affordable festival for food lovers and also for a day out for families. I reviewed my experience last year, take a read here. This year is likely to be bigger and better with the Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain headlining, alongside some well-known chefs from the area such as Acktar Islam (from the Lasan group) and James Wong (from Chung Ying).


Alongside the chefs theatre where top chefs will be cooking some of their favourite meals, there are other areas which you must check out such as:
  • Cake and Baking Tasting Theatre - bakers will be showing how to make show stopping cakes and Summer bakes. There is also a vintage tea room, where enjoy afternoon tea, homemade scones and cakes all served by vintage styles tea ladies and gentlemen.
  • Feast - Street Food. This is usually one of my favourite things about food festivals, trying food from all over the world. Visitors will not be disappointed with street food on offer from Japanese, Thai, Malaysian, Argentinian, Turkish, Indian, Korean, Mexican and African (wait where's the Caribbean food ?:-) ). There's also an emphasis on Brazillian food as Brazil is hosting the world cup; think the national dish Feijoada and the national cocktail Caipirinha. 
  • Shop - Artisan Produce. There's over 120 food producer stalls and I'm a big fan of purchasing artisan produce. I suggest you visit with some extra pennies and sample a range of great range of food products.
  • Sip - Drinks Theatre. For those that love cocktails and drinks, you need to visit this theatre. Learn from expert biologists and also participate in a blindfolded whisky challenges. 
  • Crunch - perhaps for the brave, sample a range of insects including grasshoppers, caterpillar, beetles and many more at the Vietnamese Street Food Stand. Not for the faint hearted. 
  • Childrens Cookery School - Little foodies can participate in pizza and cupcake making classes. 
  • Spice It Up Chilli- Eating Challenge - participate in the chilli eating challenge.
  • Live Music and Pop Up Bars. If you need to relax, then chill to live music and pop up bars. 
Ticket Prices range from £10 for a Friday ticket, £14 for a Saturday/Sunday ticket and £20.00 if you want to visit for all three days. VIP tickets cost £38, this includes a glass of champagne, priority entry to food and drink masterclasses, show guide and a goody bag. Children under 12 go free. 







The lovely people at Foodies Festival are giving away three pairs of tickets for 3 lucky readers of Food Glorious Food. To be in with a chance, follow the below instructions.
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Friday, 11 December 2015

BBC Good Food Show Winter 2015

A couple of weeks ago I headed to the BBC Good Food Show. This is a staple on my food calendar and the show seems to get bigger and bigger every year. In an ideal world, I would visit twice during the 4 day event. I always looking forward to seeing familiar faces (Simply Vintage, Foxs Spices) alongside some new faces (Spice Kitchen) and the shows (Supertheatre and Hotpoint stage), this was a foodtastic weekend. I wasn't able to attend any of the shows, in part because of I was busy nibbling on the samples and discovering new food products. I was also able to have a cheese tour at The World Cheese Award that are also held at the BBC Good Food Show thanks to Barbers Cheese. I'll let the food pictures do the talking.



























Until next Summer.......
Disclaimer: I received press passes.

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Thursday, 5 November 2015

BBC Good Food Show Winter Ticket Giveaway

BBC Good Food Show Winter returns to the NEC in Birmingham on Thursday 26th November - Sunday 29th November. I always visit the BBC Good Food Show when they return to  Summer and Winter and there are different aspects of the show that I enjoy for Summer and Winter. I particularly enjoy the Winter show as there are so many fabulous comforting winter and Christmas recipe ideas. And of course, with every BBC Good Food Show, the show hosts an array of celebrity chefs. 
This year heavyweight chefs include: Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, James Martin, Tom Kerridge, Lorraine Pascale, Peter Sidwell and Hemsley + Hemsley. I have reviewed this show on a number of occasions and I can say it's not to be missed (if you live in the Midlands area). Check out my previous reviews of the show here , here, here and here  I'm also looking forward to treating myself to new produce and stalls. 



There are so many different elements to the show but I always look forward to seeing a top celebrity chef at the Supertheatre.



There is also the Winter Kitchen which will show comforting, hearty and filling Winter recipes.


World Cheese Awards

Bakes and Cakes Stage

The lovely people at River Street Events are giving a pair of tickets to a reader of Food Glorious Food.

To enter the giveaway, follow the below instructions.

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  • The competition will run from 05.11.15 - 20.11.15 
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  • All tickets are general admission excluding Saturday
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Saturday, 27 June 2015

BBC Good Food Show Summer 2015 Review

I'm a bit addicted to food shows, but the BBC Good Food Show Summer (and Winter) are the shows I look forward to the most as they are the best in the UK. This year's Summer show is no exception, there were familiar faces, alongside new talent, new stalls and old favourites which always makes the show exciting. As per last year, I attended on Press Day (Thursday) which is a lot quieter than other days (in previous years I've attended on a Saturday which is ridiculously busy). 
This show is HUGE and it helped this year that there was the virtual magazine of the layout and stalls before the show which really helped as I could plan where I wanted to visit and what show I wanted to see. I arrived at 10 am and met the lovely Becky from Munchies and Munchkins and we spent time visiting the different stalls. Actually, Becky had a really handful tip, to purchase the majority of the stuff later on in the day, I still managed to purchase a bit here and there but I saved everything until the end.



Here is how I spent the day:

Backstage 
The lovely Katy Truss arranged for the BBC Good Food Show official bloggers to go backstage of the Supertheatre, you know the main stage where all the celebrity chefs prepare their dishes and had a sneak peak on some of the dishes that was about to prepared. There was a number of home economists and I had a sneak peek in the backstage fridge, which was well stocked and no budget spared. We walked past James Martin who was having a chat with someone else, I was to star stuck and shy to say ola, you never know next time.......




I visited this stall last year and loved their Mellow Yellow Rapeseed oil, perfect for roasting and I love to use this for drizzling vegetables over. Rapeseed oil has a number of health benefits and maintains its natural goodness, one of the lovely ladies at the stall gave me an overview of the process which unfortunately, I have forgotten by now. Nevertheless, this oil is the real deal. 



Finally, an American stand. Not that I am obsessed with all American food, but it's nice to see some American Candy and proper peanut butter. What impressed me most from this stall, is that they stocked grits- a staple that is very popular in the Deep South and a dish which I have read about, over and over again, something which I am so happy to get my paws on.




Sponge
I first brought a sponge cake from sponge back in 2011, there flavours have increased now to include ginger and several gluten free options. I sampled a ginger Sponge, alongside a coffee sponge, which was rich, intense and delicious. Sponge offer a range of birthday cakes online and the array of flavours will appeal to all the cake lovers out there.


Black Liquorice Company
This was a new stall for the Good Food Show and are a relatively new company. I associate liquorice with my childhood, but the range of liquorice sold here is very much for grownups and children alike.   I sampled a variety of flavours of liquorice, which was incredibly addictive, liquorice lovers, you've been warned. I was instantly transported back to my childhood with the colours, flavours and textures.  This brand sells quite possibly the hottest liquorish sweet, hot,  hot,  hot, even too hot for me.




The Buffallo Company
I always visit this stand, whether it's the Summer or Winter show for lunch, their buffalo burgers (topped with cheese and chili) are phenomenal.

I love this stall and I always buy something from there, their items are perfect for food bloggers as they are so pretty and visually appeals. Also if you love pretty, cute and vintage this is the place for you and fancy having some beautiful kitchen accessories in your home (I'm sure you do). 


With an array of coconut water on sale (coconut water with guava and coconut water with mango), I was instantly transported back to my holidays, FOCO Coconut water is a brand to look out for for big things in the near future. They also sold a selection of nuts called Koh Kae which is a very popular brand in South East Asia, The Wasabi nuts are hot, hot, hot and moreish.





Yo Sushi
Low fat rice snacks at only 40 calories per packet, unfortunately I ate these too quickly and then realised I did not take a picture of these low calorie low snacks.

Blackberry Cottage
I love cake, I'm sure you do too, but there is often some level of guilt when eating copious amounts of cake (especially if you are like me and am not a skinny minny), so I'm glad when I discovered Blackberry Cottage. Blackberry Cottage make a beautiful selection of cakes using a "special ingredient" vegetables such as spinach, aubergine, beetroot and courgette.




My hearts beat a little harder for gelato and Joe Delucci specialise on bringing the finest and most authentic gelato to the UK. Having eaten gelato in Rome, I can proudly say this ice-cream is the real deal. I sampled the coconut gelato (I love coconut) but there were other lovely flavours such as lemon, mango, banana, chocolate and apple.


Lotus Biscuits
Being part of the Good Food Show Blogging Community, I received a wonderful (and perhaps dangerous) selection of their moersih biscuits.


Bluebird Tea Company
I'm not a big tea drinker, I'm mainly a coffee drinker but loved the selection of teas such as Pineapple Mint, Chinese Treasures and Ice-Cream Float. I personally love the Pineapple mint tea.

Jazzy Apples
Many thanks to for the apple slicer, I now can make perfect apple slices. Perfect for the summer months.

Firefly BBQ
Perfect for the summer and therefore BBQ season, this company specialise in making Authentic style BBQ rubs and sauces. There is such a vast rang of rubs and sauces, such as Memphis Red Sauce, Memphis Pig Rub and the very hot Kansas sauce. Perfect for marinading meats for a taste of the good ol USA.


The Demonstrations
The Good Food Show, for me, is all about getting new ideas and recipes, so a visit here would be incomplete without attending a show. I attended two Tome Kerridge (who made an amazing beef dish) and Thane Prince who made a beautiful summer pea dish. I also had my book signed by the beautiful Masterchef winner Shelina Permalloo.


Other stalls








I am looking forward to the November show ......
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