As the title says, these are our highlights from our first Good Food Show:
Jamie Oliver in the Supertheatre
We were quite lucky with our seats - very central & not too far back considering the number of seats they cram in! Anyway, the show was great. Jamie was very funny & there was lots of crowd interaction. He made three dishes. The first was hot smoked salmon in the biscuit tin - the smell of the salmon cooking was really fabulous. He then went on to make a warm chicken Cesar salad which looked divine. To top this off he made a beef stroganoff with mushrooms with a little help from his mushroom hero Gennaro Contaldo.
We also came across Gordon Ramsay, Rachel Allen, the Hairy Bikers, Angela Hartnett, Matt Skinner and Brian Turner.
We went on a wine masterclass - by mistake we booked one held by the Ian Harvey of the Birmingham Post Wine Club when we had wanted to go to the Matt Skinner one - but it turned out well & we tasted six South American wines. Hubby enjoyed this bit the most. I think he see's himself becoming a wine connoisseur.
These included a pork pattie care of Jimmy's Farm. Coming from a not-really-a-meat-eater I have to hold my hands up and say it was delicious. And thanks to Jules we may just have to order some from the online shop.
I also tasted a veggie pie & mash from Blenheim House - this was nice but the gravy was delicious. And we both had a 'Duo of rich Belgian truffle' which didn't last more than 60 seconds - hence the half eaten one in the photograph!
We sampled some of Walkers warm, freshly cooked crisps. You added you own toppings - salt, pepper, chilli & rosemary etc.
I've also found a soft spot for Sloe Gin. We will hopefully be purchasing some of this soon to make cranberry sauce.
It was also very nice to see Gordon & Macphail of Elgin at the show. The shop in Elgin is really lovely with a room dedicated to whisky and then a room full of wines and spirits and a third room with delicatessen type goods.
Overall it was a really lovely day out & we may have to go back another year.