It was my second visit to the Good Food Show at the NEC and so I knew what to expect. It would be busy. I would want to buy all the things. I would see some famous chefs wandering around. I was right.
I was prepared. I had a £20 note and I wasn't going to spend more that. I had my earphones in so the crowds wouldn't bother me.
So, the Good Food Show is what you make it. Some people go along to buy all their Christmas presents and take trollies to fill. Some people are there for the celebrity chef demonstrations. Some are there to grab as many freebies as possible (I can't deny that I do this).
I've realised that what I like to do is discover new products and producers. It's a great place for discovering new alcohol producers particularly.
I did spot Glynn Purnell talking about ham hock though.
Here's some interesting products I spotted:
This is an alcoholic sparkling drink, made with gin, perry and ginger or elderberry. Light and refreshing. Available to buy online.
A very appley, sparkling cider made using Himachali apples and Himalayan mountain water. I found this very crisp and enjoyable. Mainly sold in restaurants but also available online.
The Handmade Scotch Egg Company
A popular stall! I love a good scotch egg and these were huge things, with interesting flavours and fillings. I chose one with bacon and lots of pepper.
My favourite spirit I tried was Persie gin. They had three different styles of gin- 'zesty citrus' 'herby and aromatic' and 'sweet and nutty'. Particularly great for those who are new to gin. I tried the herby and aromatic gin as I know this is what I look for in gin. Available online.
I also brought home a splendid goody bag with lots of lovely things to try. I'm particularly looking forward to getting stuck into the Frank's hot sauce!
BBC Good Food Show
Photos by Helen.
My ticket was complimentary but any purchases were paid for myself.