BBC Good Food Show!!
In June I was invited by the organisers of BBC Good Food Live to come visit the event to see what I thought. I have been to my fair share of events, Ideal Home Exhibition, Baby & Toddler show, Stylist live and London Fashion Week but this was certainly the biggest and the best I have ever been to. Hubby and I are huge foodies and I adore flowers, just check out my Instagram feed @mrsmummypennyuk. So this was the most perfect event for me to spend hours wondering and chatting to the producers and the guys who run the event.
So off I drove to Birmingham NEC, first stop was the green room to meet the team and have a chat about the event. Heart attack time, this was the actual same green room as all the celebrities. I walked in, was welcomed by the lovely staff and given coffee. I looked around and there was Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood and Paul Rankin. OMG.
My main job of the day was to explore. Check out as much of the BBC Good Food Live show and the Gardeners World show as possible. There was a lot of ground to cover. I needed to get my bearings and plan my route.
Exploring the Event
I grabbed a program and off I went. Most of the indoor stands offered samples of their amazing products, drinks and food. You can try anything from beef jerky to artisan gin to cheese. There was a lot of cheese. Any stands that particularly caught my eye I had a chat to the business owners. I was on the lookout for innovative products that were great tasting/great value and useful. Coconut oil, New Zealand pinot noir and the RSPB to name a few were my faves!
I headed back to the green room as soon as I had too many bags to carry. Lunch was followed with a rest and a bit of time to digest what I had seen. I also had a great chat to Mary and Paul. Yep, we are on first name terms. They were both very lovely and very normal people, Mary and I discussed the busy life as a mum of 3 boys, childcare, twitter and her chocolate marble cake. With Paul we talked about savoury snacks and how I can still eat bread even though I might be intolerant to gluten. I met Paul Hollywood’s mum as we got front seat spots at the 3:30 cooking show. We were talking about pride in your children, and how she feels seeing her son on the stage at the top of his game. It made me a bit emotional.
The BBC Good Food Live Stage
Mary and Paul on stage demonstrated no-knead bread and stuffed chicken thighs. Yum Yum. I will be making both recipes. The camera man was a very funny man who took a particular liking to the stars, stroking shoulders and drawing on their cookbooks!
After the show I went for more of an explore to the outdoor areas and the gardener’s world bit. My photos best describe the event. The show gardens and flower tent were AMAZING. They took my breath away. The smells and sights were stunning. Some of the flowers arrangements actually made me a bit tearful, maybe this was because I was getting tired and my 4 hours sleep from the previous night was catching up with me;-)
We don’t do gardens in our house, we have astro-turfed the garden so the boys can play football and we have no flowers as footballs will kill them. I did plant a few daffodils and crocus bulbs at the front of our house early this year;-) I chatted to a few gardeners who told me I had done the best thing for our lifestyle…and they would do the same! I also met a gardener whose cousin is one of Dylan’s coaches at Cambridge United. It’s a small world!
Entertainment for the Whole Family
There is so much stuff to keep the children amused with giant astroturf animals, there were donkeys and chickens. There was a big children’s tent full of fun activities including sushi making and cake decorating. Josh the creative one would be in heaven. Kids can learn how to grow their own vegetables. There is also a crèche and childcare if you wanted some child free time to wonder around by yourself (and maybe try a sneaky gin or glass of wine;-)).
I can absolutely say this is one of the best live shows I have ever been too, in terms of freebies, celebrities, activities for me, friendliness of people on stands, family fun, learning about exciting new products. And the great news is that there is not long until the next show in November. A Christmas themed one. You need to go!!
I would love to bring my boys to the November show, and would also like to bring a bus load of friends. Jane would love the gardeners bit (I mean the actual gardeners!), Neil would love the wine. Lucy would love the freebies. Niknik would love all the pet products and kiddies activities. Emma & Sarah would adore the baking fun. Debs would love to be 5 metres away from Paul Hollywood;-) There is something for everyone.
How to save.
I am super excited to be one of the blogger ambassadors of the BBC Good Food Live Shows being held at Olympia and Birmingham NEC in November 2016. And even more exciting is that I can save you an incredible 20% by using my special code MP20.
Adults tickets are now £21.60 rather than £27. Click here to purchase tickets from the BBC Good Food Live website.
I will be there on Sun 13th Nov at Olympia with Nadiya Hussain and Tom Kerridge and Sat 26th Nov for Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry and Michel Roux Jr at Birmingham NEC, so hopefully I get to see you there. I’ll be blogging and vlogging away. Posting many a time on twitter and Instagram:-)
Please note, the following Ts and Cs apply:
*20% off valid on advance tickets to only. Not valid on VIP, VIP Luxe or with any other offer. Ends 27/11/16. £1.95 fulfilment fee per advance booking. Not all celebrities appear at all Shows or on all days. Calls cost 7p/minute plus phone company charges. The Good Food word mark and logo are trademarks of BBC Limited. © BBC Limited. Organised and presented by River Street Events.