BBC Good Food Show returned to Birmingham's NEC for its Winter installment. Laura Brown headed along to see what all the fuss is about.
We all love food, especially at Christmas time. So, what better place to visit than Birmingham's NEC for the Winter installment of the BBC Good Food Show! With some much to take in and taste we select our top moments of the day to report back on.
The Big Kitchen
One big highlight of the Good Food Show is without a doubt the Big Kitchen. Event goers are given the chance to see some of their favourite TV chefs in their natural habitat, cooking up a storm whilst having a chat. This years event saw the likes of The Hairy Bikers, Mary Berry and James Martin take to the stage in front of the large excitable crowd.
We've not stopped thinking about James Martin's chicken wing recipie – chicken wings and syrup, wha'ts not to love! The 40 minute shows give the chance to gain a better insigh into some of TVs best loved chefs. Speaking about his move to ITV, being offered the Top Gear job and his new programme for 2018 exploring American food, it was clear the James Martin really loves what he does and loves food.
Being so close to Christmas it was always inevitable that there would be a wide selection of Christmas treats on offer. From advent calendars to the perfect Christmas gift sets, it was beyond easy to find something a foodie would love. Our standout items included a pork scratchings advent calendar, a Honey Beer gift set and numerous gin offerings.
However for us it was the Christmas based food items that we couldn't resist. A Christmas sausage roll was our lunch choice of the day – pork, chicken, stuffing and cranberry, the dream!
Christmas and drinking seem to go hand in hand, and this was very clear at the Good Food Show. Salted caramel tequila anyone? It tasts exactly how you'd expect, sweet as anything followed by that awful tequila after taste. For Gin lovers the choice was endless with stalls selling gin in all shapes and sizes. It was the rum that won us over, with Cornish based Dead Man's Fingers Rum being the real standout.
Who doesn't love a freebie? Samples were available left, right and centre for event goers to enjoy. With cheeses, spice mixes and cooking paste galores to suit all pallets the temptation to go back for more was often too hard to resist. A goodie bag on exit was a welcome conclusion to the day.
After spending the day exploring the Food Show it's difficult to leave and not feel inspired to try something new. With hints and tips on how to add someting extra to your Christmas meal or from simply finding a new flavour from a spice mix that you'd never considered, the BBC Good Food Show brings out the foodie in everyone.
Will you be heading along to a BBC Good Food Show next year?