I used to come to the NEC a lot with work, how nice to come as a visitor this time! I was there for the BBC Good Food Show, their Summer edition, which I was kindly given tickets for. I know first hand how tiring it is manning a stand so hats off to the huge array of vendors who threw themselves into four days of food food and more food!
The show ran from 11th-14th June and was full of artisan businesses of all kinds, kitchen gadgets, live demonstrations, celeb chefs and everything edible in between! We had a great day wondering around the stands getting to know new products. It’s amazing to see so many small brands under one roof and it makes you appreciate that competition is tough among them. I really admire that independent food vendors clearly work for the love rather than the money, there’s a completely different vibe as you interact with them.
So here’s a smattering of tasty visuals covering everything I saw, tried and tasted! The show was absolutely buzzing so I had to bring out my ninja camera moves, with the help of Mr YDS!
Despite the huge choice, picking lunch in the end was easy for me, having seen the queue around the corner for this spectacular hog roast. £5 got me a HUGE roll crammed with tender juicy pork, apple sauce and stuffing. I literally had to carry it back to the table with two hands it was so big!
(Don’t these look like Lush soap products? Except these ones you can eat, hooray!)
This stand full of alcohol got our attention for quite a while, sold some lovely ciders which I had a great time trying. Things got less enjoyable when they brought out the 75% overproof rum! Wow that stuff had a kick!
(There’s one of these guys at every show ever, right?!)
This nice man sold very expensive, but irresistible onion bhaji scotch eggs. That’s right, an egg encased in soft onion bhajji goodness!
And perhaps the best thing about the show? The food that was still alive…
How cute are these guys?! They were part of a stand offering advice for rearing your own chickens at home, something I would love to do one day!
Here’s my tips for getting the most out of the Good Food Show:
- Last day discounts: going on the last day of the show gives you access to extra deals stands are doing to sell their stock.
- Take a large bag: for all your purchases! The NEC provide wheely baskets but they’re not secure and really get in the way!
- Wear flats: this seems obvious, but I saw lots of ladies in lovely heels who hobbled in pain. It’s a big show, don’t ruin your day with silly footwear!
- Talk to the stand owners! It’s nice to learn a bit more about the small companies and they always have interesting stories!
- Make a note of what you’ll come back for: you might not want to purchase the heavy stuff right at the start of your visit, but do make a note of where the stand is or you’ll struggle to find it again! (Going back for that rum took a lot of searching!)