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I have been lucky enough to obtain press access to the bbc good food show winter event at the NEC and will be bringing you coverage from the event, I will be attending on friday and get you the roundup of what goes down and if I’m lucky I’ll let you know what the supertheatre events were like and the tastiest produce and the best bargains at the show, supertheatre tickets aren’t a garuantee though as it isn’t included in my press access.

The show officially launched today and here is what you can expect from the show based upon the press release.

BBC Good Food Show

Opening for its 23rd year the good food show returns with big names such as Brian Turner, Frances Quinn, James Martin, Lisa Faulkner and Natalie Coleman launching the biggest food event of the year.

What can you expect to see?

A variety of kitchen appliences, gadgets and accessories from well known brands, as well some of the best local and regional produce, live cooking sessions, book signing by celebrity chefs, and plenty to taste as well as 50 chefs and experts from around the country demonstrating on 7 stages throughout the event.

Tesco Finest Supertheatre

The supertheatre will be where you can expect to see the big names, tickets are available for purchase on the door, and promise to be “your favourite tv shows come to life” with expected guests to be James Martin, The Hairy Bikers, Paul Hollywood & Mary Berry amongst others.

The Great British Bake Off Village

Fans of the show will be pleased to note that not only will the winners and contestants from the show be baking thier favourite dishes, but you can also book an afternoon tea session in the garden, no word if this is actually outdoors but it sounds a relaxing place to have a nice lunch.  I will have to look at this and the prices to let you know what you can expect once I am at the event itself.

M&S Christmas Theatre

Seasonal christmas produce from celebrity chefs Phil Vickery, Michael Caines and James Nathan are promised on this stage made only using ingredients readily available from M&S, visitors can pick up tips for the christmas season and if there is anything more unusual or wacky suggested you know I’ll be taking a note of that one.

Producers’ Village – Bursary Awards Winners & Good Food Champions

A showcase of six producers who were awarded burseries for thier award winning foods will be showcasing thier products, I will definately be taking a look to see just what is so special and hopefully sampling some of thier produce for you. The winners this year were

Ross and Ross Foods, Benjamin Chocolatier, Beach Food Co, Manfood, Edwards Cordial, and The Fruit Pig Company


Not only will there be live displays from masterchef contestants showing dishes you can create at home yourself you also have the opportunity to dine inside of the masterchef restaurant itself, an experience you would not be able to find elsewhere.

Wine tasting

WineTubeMap offer tasting tours of a variety of wines, offering three different tours, it is not stated if this is a map of the show, a train around the show or much more than the tour through different tastes and flavours and the food matches, but I will get more details for you on this, and having a wine tasting qualification myself I can let you know if the quality is just right

The world cheese awards

Not only will the event itself be taking place along with judging but it is also promised that you can view and taste the cheeses after the awards take place for the rest of the show, no word on what day the actual awards take place but if tasters are available I can get you the inside scoop on my winning cheeses of the day.

The magimix theatre

Who would have expected not only there to be an entire theatre for the magimix but also a selection of celebrity chefs showing thier recipe’s using it including Theo Randall, Glynn Purnell, John Whaite and host Marcus Bean.  But there will be the theatre running the entire event and showing just how versatile the Multifunction Magimix 5200XL Premium can be in your own cooking and how it can save you time and effort.  Definately an experience to watch.

How will you cover all of this?

With so much to see I probably won’t be able to bring you footage from everything, but I will definately bring you the highlights and the bargains of the show and give you a full roundup of the experiences.  If it comes down to it the show does run a further two days and I can always return on the weekend to look around anything I missed just so you do get the full experience.

Tickets on the door will cost £24.50 which for all of this plus much much more and all of the tasting experiences you will discover at the event you will definately get your moneys worth especially if you have cook books to have signed by the celebrity chefs.

If you can make it maybe I will see you there

Its not too late to get your tickets to the festive gift fair, running from the 21st to the 24th at the birmingham NEC.  I will be bringing you coverage from the event as well as the hidden gems and my favourite stalls along with a host of other content, but until then here are some of the things you can expect to see at the event as a confirmed final list (this list isn’t exhaustive there is plenty more Im not listing, seriousely… it would be too huge to list everything here I can’t list all 325 stalls and details about them, want to know more look at thier site at the link above.)

Present Creche

No matter what you buy you won’t have to worry about carrying around everything like an over encumbered camel, trust me we’ve all been there at some point right?  Carrying so many purchases and seeing something else you’d like to get.  You can drop off your gifts and collect them later, perhaps even take the chance to go for a calm meal or enjoy the entertainment without worrying about all of your packages.  This definately makes it a convenient xmas shop.


Many of the stands will offer tasters of thier products, and with food from companies such as the cornish cheese company, fudge kitchen and perfect tiple there is a range of treats for all tastes.

Something for the ladies?

Nail art and jewellery seems to be emphasised as the gifts to go for however I would say to visit stands like vintage teapot and baby doll bling for the more unusual gifts as these would stand out for your loved one and be more unique, you never know you could find the perfect gift to match your loved ones taste, one fine example is a LED lit compact makeup mirror, small convenient and ideal gift material.

Don’t forget the guys

Well also the ladies too lets face it I know plenty of ladies who are into gadgets and technology, there promises to be stands to fit any taste really, but there are also “dad” related gifts which lets face it if nobody buys a dad gift for someone, even if they’re not a dad its not xmas is it, someone has to unwrap one just for the cheesyness.


Of course, theres stands such as on the big red bus, jumping clay and the book people amongst others, what this means is that there will be plenty even for the most choosy kid as toys, books, creative and learning toys, sweeties, music games etc.  If you can’t find a single thing your child would like I would be amazed to be honest.

Ah but you forgot decorations

Maybe but the show didn’t, you’re starting off the festive season so its not too late to get some new decorations this year, and there will be the usual party string lights (in a plethora of designs from elephants and fish to simpler more traditional ones like butterflies or snowflakes.)  However jormae pourri will have some nice smelling decorations for spreading the christmas scent through your home, along with other stands offering some more unusual decor.  There will even be the chance to get some lighting with telling tales’s range of candles and lanterns.  I personally think the hand blown glass decorations from treasure tree would be one to look for.

Book me up

Well its not ideal to get tickets posted so show up at the doors, NEC £9.50 thursday and friday and £0.50 saturday and sunday with children going for £3.50 unless they’re under 5 in which case its free.

I shall be heading to the event and getting you the inside on the bargains of the event, what samplers I took and my opinions as well as the highlights of the event.  Maybe you’re reading this a bit late for this year, watch my footage in the next post and you’ll be sure to book up for next year.  I know its my ideal start to the xmas season.