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The BBC Good Food Show Winter is This Week!!


From Wednesday to Sunday of this week, the BBC Good Food Show Winter will be at the NEC, near Birmingham. My big bump and I are visiting on Friday and we are looking forward to seeing:
  • Lakeland are back at the show – they're sponsoring the free of charge Saturday Kitchen Stage and will have a shop at the show too where visitors can find the latest gadgets, Christmas gifts and baking essentials.
  • All the Great British Bake Off contestants from all series have been invited to the show, and many can be found demonstrating on the free of charge The Great British Bake Off Stage, along with GBBO Village with a fantastic selection of companies demonstrating, sampling and selling baking supplies, ingredients, equipment, baked treats and more!
  • The World Cheese Awards are being judged on the Wednesday of the show with over 3000 cheeses from all over the world on display. There'll be a tasting shop too for cheese fans to taste and buy their favourite cheeses.
  • Lots of small artisan producers where visitors can find some unusual that they won't find on the high street. We can stock up for Christmas on luxurious drinks, smoked salmon, juicy hams, free range turkeys, bacon, fizz etc.

If you want to join in the fun but have not got a ticket yet, you can use the discount code below to get 15% off the ticket price until Sunday. This offer comes to you, my readers as I am part of the Good Food Show Bloggers Community.

 


A few weeks ago, along with my fellow Good Food Show bloggers (Gingey Bites, Annie Ko, The Foodie Couple Blog & Glamour in the County) and our organiser and font of knowledge of everything to do with the Good Food Show, Katy of Fabulous Food Finds, we went to Fiesta del Asado for lunch. While we were there, owner and chef Aktar Islam was in the kitchen practicing cooking his dishes for the next series of Great British Menu. He wouldn't tell us what he was cooking but it looked very interesting!

While we were there, we ate a vast array of amazing food including fried whitebait, padron peppers, baby back ribs, grilled chicken, lamb and a couple of varieties of sausages, all served with homemade bread, fries with parsley and garlic, orange and fennel salad and Malbec sauce. It was delicious and I cannot wait to go back there again soon!

At the end of our meal, Nikki of Convivium Wines told us about an exciting new wine tasting concept that you can try at the Good Food Show called WineTubeMap. The basic idea of the map is that you find a wine (station) that you like then travel further up or down that line to find similar wines that you may like too. It is a really simple idea and I am sure it will be really popular at the show as it makes wine tasting much simpler and enjoyable to understand.

I hope you have a great time at the show if you are going. Please say hello to me and my bump on Friday if you are there then!!!

Thank you to Katy and the Good Food Show bloggers community for an amazing meal at Fiesta del Asado.

Disclosure: The meal at Fiesta del Asado was complimentary. I am attending the BBC Good Food Show Winter on a complimentary press pass. All opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.


 

 

Win Tickets to the BBC Good Food Show Winter 2013!

BBC Good Food Show Winter 2013

I am a massive fan of the BBC Good Food Shows and make sure I attend both shows a year at the NEC in Birmingham. This time, I am pleased to announce that I have five pairs of general admission tickets to giveaway to the BBC Good Food Show Winter which runs from 27th November to the 1st December 2013.

The Show will feature over 50 chefs and experts from across the country on 7 different stages this is the perfect place to prepare for Christmas! The nation’s favourite TV programmes will be brought to life with Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry live in The Great British Bake Off, James Martin live in Saturday Kitchen sessions and John Torode and Gregg Wallace live in MasterChef cook offs on the Supertheatre, sponsored by Tesco finest. Visit The Great British Bake Off Village where you will find The Great British Bake Off Stage featuring some of the most popular past contestants and winners including the 2013 winner. The MasterChef Masterclass will host demonstrations from current champion Natalie Coleman as well as Celebrity MasterChef winner Phil Vickery. Plus Marks & Spencer will be bringing some Christmas sparkle to the Show on the Christmas Theatre. The Producers’ Village will be packed with some of the best artisan producers in the country including our pick in the Good Food Champions area as well as the Bursary Award Winners – perfect for picking up tasty stocking fillers and unique ingredients for the festive season.

Not a winner? To book tickets and for more information on the BBC Good Food Show Winter please visit bbcgoodfoodshowwinter.com or call 0844 581 1341

Use code JK20 for 20% off ticket prices until 29th October 2013, online or using phone number above

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BBC Summer Good Food Show 2013 – Part Three

Theo Randall Makes Pasts

This is the final part in my series on the BBC Summer Good Food Show 2013. For the other two parts, please see here and here. After a quick lunch break and food from one of the street food vendors (more about them later in the post), my fellow Good Food Show bloggers and I went to the Supertheatre to see Theo Randall and Tom Kitchin cook live on stage. There was great banter between them and it was really fun to watch.

The Jabberwocky

Ross & Ross

Squisito Deli

Fresh Rootz

After the show has finished, I had time for a quick walk round the show and went and saw old friends, Kate from Gower Cottage Brownies and Tim from Macarons & More. It was great to catch up and see how fast their businesses are moving forward.

After this, it was a short trip back to the press office to hear talks from the Midlands street food vendors who were invited to the show for the first time and the Good Food Show Bursary Award Winners (who get a free stall at the show if their business is unique in some way). I went and saw the street food folk earlier on in the day (images above) and they seemed to be doing a roaring trade. For all of them, it was the biggest thing they had ever done. The story was the same for the award winners too. They are all had unique food products that they produced themselves and in some of the cases, they had gone from having the idea to setting up the business really quickly. It was lovely chatting to them.

The street food vendors were:

The bursary award winners were:

Soon though, it was getting close to 6pm when the show closed for the evening. I just had time to do a little bit more shopping then it was time to head home after an inspiring, interesting, fun and exhausting day.

Many thanks to Ginny, Katy and the team for a fantastic tine. I cannot wait until the show in November now! :-)

Disclosure: I attended the Good Food Show with a complimentary press pass. I purchased some products from the producers at full prices, others were given to me at a discount due to being press and others were received complimentary.

 

BBC Summer Good Food Show 2013 – Part Two

Galton Blackiston and I

While I was at the BBC Summer Good Food Show 2013, and as a benefit of being part of the BBC Good Food Show bloggers community, I got the chance to interview Galton Blackiston.

Galton is a lovely guy who is very passionate about food especially the produce from his home county of Norfolk. He is very approachable on social media and is one of the best people I have had the chance to interview. The audio file of the interview is below. Apologies for the background noise. The interview was recorded backstage behind the Supertheatre and there was lots going on.

Many thanks to Galton for doing the interview and to Ginny and her team at the BBC Good Food Show for setting it up and giving us the most fantastic day. Stay tuned for part three of posts about the Good Food Show where we talk street food and meet more amazing producers.

Disclosure: I received entry to the show via a complementary press pass. All opinions are my own.

BBC Summer Good Food Show 2013 – Part One

BBC Summer Good Food Show

A few weeks ago, it was the BBC Summer Good Food Show at the NEC in Birmingham. I had such a fabulous time there but have been so busy recently I have not had chance to tell you about it until now. The day started with the show being opened officially by James Martin (pictured above).

Northern Dough Co.

Tan Rosie

Orchard Pigs Products

As part of the BBC Good Food Show Bloggers Community, we next had exclusive talks from three of the show’s most innovative producers: The Northern Dough Co., Orchard Pigs and Tan Rosie. It was interesting to hear from the producers and find out how the show had boosted their businesses and give them a wider audience to sell their producers.  I have been using Northern Dough pizza dough for the last couple of years and I am a massive fan. Orchard Pigs and Tan Rosie were both new to me. I loved the game pies from Orchard Pigs and chilli fudge from Tan Rosie.

Orchard Pigs Stand

Next, we had an exclusive tour of some of the show’s best producers by Katy Truss who helps bring producers to the show and is a very friendly face to them when they are there. We saw Rob on the Orchid Pigs stand, then we went to the British Tomato Growers Association. They had an amazing British flag made out of tomatoes on their stand.

From there, we went onto Edible Ornamentals who earlier on in the year, supplied us Good Food Show Bloggers with some dried chillies which I used to make the Hairy Bikers Gourmet Chilli. I brought a chilli plant and am longer forward to first lots of chilli’s from the plant soon.

Northern Dough Co

Next we went to the Northern Dough Co. stand who had just cooked a fresh pizza for us when we arrived. The base of the pizza was their rosemary dough which is my absolute favourite.

The Chocolatier

Our next stop was The Chocolatier who makes the most fantastic chocolate and the best of it is that, it has no cream, no butter, no eggs or gelatine in it. I loved his coke flavoured chocolate with popping candy in and was surprised at how good his curry chocolate tasted too.

DemiJohn

For our last stop, we went to Demijohn where you can buy oils, vinegars and alcohol in whatever sized bottles you would like. My fellow bloggers had great fun trying the rhubarb vodka. I could not try as I am pregnant. I did try and fall in love with their extra virgin olive oil. I brought a bottle home with me and will be using it for salads and for dipping.

Many thanks to Ginny, Katy and the team for a fantastic day at the Good Food Show. Look out for part two where I interview Galton Blackiston and part three, where I meet even more amazing producers. :-)

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Disclosure: I attended the BBC Good Food Show as a guest of Haymarket and gained entry to the show with a press pass. Some items I received from the producers were complementary or in some cases I received a discount from them. All opinions are my own. 

I am a BBC Good Food Show Blogger!!

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Earlier on in the year, I was contacted the BBC Good Food Show asking if I would like to be a member of their new Good Food Bloggers community. Having been going to the Good Food Shows for many years, I jumped at chance to be involved and get the inside scoop. As part of the community, we get sent products from producers who will be appearing at the shows. So far we have received, some dried Edible Ornamentals Chipotle Chilli and some Farmer’s Fayre Rose Veal escalopes.

Hairy Biker's Gourmet Chili

With the smoked dried chipotle chilli, I made the Hairy Biker’s Gourmet Chilli with bitter chocolate. The Hairy Biker’s make regular appearances at the good food shows and being huge fans of theirs, it seemed the most appropriate thing to make. I adapted the recipe as I only used steak mince and also did not add any beans into my chill. It was gorgeous and the smoky chili really came through. I will definitely be making this again!

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With the veal, I just served it simply griddled with new potatoes, green beans and carrots. It was yummy and has veal is really good for us, I will be definitely eat it in another way soon.

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A few weeks ago, most of the good food bloggers community went to Purnell’s Bistro and Gingers Bar in Birmingham for lunch and some cocktails. We were treated to a cocktail making demonstration where we learn that cocktail making and creating recipes are actually very similar. We got to try a few cocktails too. My favourite was the roast lamb Provençal cocktail (basically roast dinner in a glass) It is very strange tasting at first but after a few sips I really enjoyed it.   I want to go back again to try more cocktails. For my lunch at Purnell’s Bistro, I had;

Starter: Black Pudding – Potato Rosti – Poached Hen’s Yolk – Bacon Dressing

Main: Blade of Beef – Seasonal Vegetables – Mustard Jus

Pudding: Seasonal Crumble – Vanilla Ice Cream

It was lovely to meet my fellow bloggers and I cannot wait to see them all again at the summer show :-)

If you would like to go to the BBC Summer Good Food Show from 12th to the 16th June 2013 at the NEC and have not got your tickets yet, then I have an exclusive discount code for Jo’s Kitchen readers, giving you 15% off normal standard ticket price.

The discount code is: JK15

This entitles Jo’s Kitchen readers to 15% off standard tickets. The discount is not valid on VIP Tickets. The ticket will include a seat in the Supertheatre in a session of their choice.

Thank you to the Ginny and the BBC Good Food Show team, Claire, Purnell’s Bistro, Edible Ornamentals and Farmer’s Fayre for the wonderful experience of being a good food show bloggers community member so far. It is much appreciated :-)

Disclosure: I was sent the products to taste free of charge. My meal at Purnells was complementary from the BBC Good Food Show Team. If you use the code above to purchase a ticket, then I will earn a few pence from it. 


Jo Cooks: Saturday Kitchen Omelette Challenge

In June I took part in the Saturday Kitchen Omelette Challenge  in part of the lead up to the BBC Summer Good Food Show. James Day of Eat The Midlands filmed me doing the challenge and he has kindly let me put on the blog so you can all have a laugh at my expense!

Many thanks to Ginny for inviting me to take part and to James for filming the action taking place. It is much appreciated :-)

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