Last Saturday I hopped on a train to Birmingham to every food and drink lovers heaven, The BBC Good Food Show at the NEC
For those of you that don't know the GFS is England's largest food festival, taking over several massive halls in the NEC twice a year for four days. Consisting of stalls featuring national food producers, little independent food producers, kitchenware sellers, distillers, breweries, wine merchants alongside several demonstrating areas featuring celebrity chefs and up and coming cookery talent.
Here are my personal highlights:
Cornish Cheese Company
The new owners of the best cheese in the world, Cornish blue. This award was won at the GFS where the World Cheese Awards were held this year. not being a fan of blue cheese I went and had a taste anyway and was pleasantly surprised with what I tasted. not overly strong and no bad aftertaste, very moreish.
|Small section of World Cheese Awards|
|A Particularly Pungent Stilton|
Serving Oysters for £1.50 a go, very fresh and a lovely break from the cheese and meat stalls.
Blackface Meat company
Selling a variety of meat and wild game. Picked up some wood pigeon here to try for the first time, just need a good recipe now to show off their flavour.
Showing off their Potato Vodka which was very drinkable even for a non vodka drinker like myself, took a lot of restraint not to buy a bottle.
Compass Box Whisky
A pleasant 20 minutes was spent here with a mini tasting session from the exceptionally helpful staff. My particular highlight was the Spice Tree whisky which was stunning.
Andrew Peace wines
Lovely wine merchant with beautiful red wines, selling for a bargain 3 for £12. Mighty Murray Red is one to look out for.
I was also was lucky to meet John Torode from Masterchef who signed my show programme.
This was a last minute decision to go therefore I didn't catch any of the shows in the Super theatre where Gordon Ramsay and Masterchef were doing shows also all the masterclasses were sold out including CAMRA's tasting session. Maybe next year...
*I didn't get many photos because the place was rammed with it being a Saturday, I was also distracted by all the alcohol.