God I love the BBC Good Food Show!
What’s not to love???
You get plied with samples of delicious booze, so much so that I was a little bit tipsy by 11am!!!
I blame those lovely guys at St Andrews Brewing Company tho who poured quite a bit of beer down my throat at 10.30am!!! They were so enthusiastic that it was hard not to be excited to try their wares. Now not being a beer fan I was not hopeful of finding anything I really liked, however I found not 1 but 2 beers I enjoyed…The Wee Blonde (I like to think it was named after me) is so up my street and the oatmeal stout which was like a tangy coffee. I enjoyed these so much that I actually bought a few bottles and a wee blonde t-shirt.
To continue on my booze fueled tour of the show I hit Deanston whisky who were doing a beautiful 18-year-old single malt that MrG decided to treat himself too. Worth a mention is also the guys over at Beaujolais Wines who talked me into trying all their wines, I am sure this was just a ploy tho because I left the stand with 3 bottles of delicious wine.
The good news is thought that to soak up all the booze you get to basically eat all the food…and boy there is lots of food to enjoy.
My top food picks include the super friendly gals over at Campsie Glen Smoke House who’s smoked salmon and trout cured in highland seasoning tasted like heaven, by the time I left their stand with my purchases they were lucky to have any samples left.
Naturally it goes without saying that I hit Ochil Fudge Pantry, and man did I hit it hard. Let’s just say that I spent quite a bit and left with 3 bags full of fudge. Hopefully it should last for a couple of months – or at least make it to christmas….maybe!
I stopped by Heck Sausages and Ramsey of Carluke to sample some of their tasty treats…everything was so beautiful that I had to buy 4 packets of sausages from Heck including some of their amazing Chorizo sausages and from Ramsey I picked up a few packets of white pudding which I loved.
A few of my other favourite include the peanut butter popcorn from Poporopo, the white truffle butter from Bonny Vita, the MEGA delicious brownies from Three Sisters Bake, The lavender lemonade from Summer House Drinks and the black pudding scotch egg from Aye Love Real Food….all of these things made their way into my shopping bags to take home.
The show offered so much more than a mega food shopping opportunity tho – there was amazing cooking masterclasses from Hollywood and Berry, fun interviews from Paul Hollywood and book signing opportunities with all the big name chefs.
For the first time this year there was also pop-ups from some of Glasgow’s amazing restaurants including the Gannet, Red Onion and Porter & Rye. The Gannet was popping up on Friday and although I didn’t stop to eat the food looked incredible and I have heard amazing things about it.
The BBC Good Food Show is one of my favourite weekends of the year and this years show did not disappoint in anyway.
I had an amazing day, got tipsy, spent a fortune, got sore feel and painful arms from carrying all my goodies and I already can’t wait for next year!