Saturday, 15 June 2013

Veggie Foods at BBC Good Food Show

I love the BBC Good Food Show at the NEC in Birmingham.  I attend most years and enjoy the experience of meandering around the stalls - it's a bit like a culinary Aladdin's Cave of all things foodie.  

I love seeing and sampling foods that I don't ordinarily get to see when doing my weekly supermarket sweep.  Plus there are often special 'show-only' offers so you can get a good deal on items versus the standard RRP's.

As a veggie, I'm forever on the look out for new things to fill my kitchen cupboards with and goodies to mix up meal-times, so the Good Food Show provides the ideal environment for exploration.  Here's who I met......

Pepper and Stew's African Sauces

It was great to meet the guys from Pepper and Stew who make African cooking sauces, spices and condiments. For creating African meals or to use whilst experimenting with other recipes, the sauces are vegetarian and come in a range of spice strengths.  Take a look at their site for stockists and recipes!

The Redwood Food Company (trading at the show as VBites) are known to most veggies that eat meat-substitutes.  Great to see the whole range on display with some special show discounts on offer!  Plus, the word on the street is that there are some new lines to be launched in the coming months!  Can't wait!!

Cornish Sea Salt Co's range

Salt, used in recommended quantities, is a fabulous condiment!  Cornish Sea Salt Co provided proof of this with their range of sea salts.  Drawing benefits from their coastal location, the Cornish Sea Salt Co range consists of sea salt flakes extending to flavoured sea salts including chilli and lemon & thyme. Check out their site to see why they're worth their salt!

My fellow foodie pals Krisi & Mike from Bluebird Tea Co are also exhibiting!  A lovely range of teas which I have recently written about.  See my post.

Nibble Nose Cheese Company had a delightful range of veggie cheese truckles including cranberry flavour and caramelised red onion.

There were quite a few anti-pasti stalls with stuffed vine leaves and multi-coloured olives - including these gorgeous rose tinted ones!

Paul Hollywood & Mary Berry being interviewed

Stalls aside there were quite a few celebrities on the various stages providing interviews and demos.  On the Interview Stage were Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry from The Great British Bake Off who were answering pre-selected audience questions about all things from the baking world!

Lisa Faulkner on the MasterChef stage

The MasterChef Stage had Champions and Finalists from shows past and present conducting demos and hosted by Lisa Faulkner.

Over on the Belling Stage, Persian supper club queen - Sabrina Ghayour was demonstrating Persian delights including a wonderful vegetarian stuffing made from chillis, coriander leaves and preserved lemons!

With plenty to see, including the Gardeners World Live show, it's a fabulous food exhibition with much to sample and see.  Only thing is, make sure you go with an empty stomach and a full appetite.

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