Friday, 29 June 2012

Good Food Show Summer 2012


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Last year we went to the Good Food Show Winter, and had a fantastic day out. We planned to leave early, but there was so much to see and plenty of food and drinks to try out that we ended up being one of the last to leave.

I applied for press passes for this Summer's show, but was very unfortunate that it was clashing with one of Abby's appointments, so we couldn't make it at the end. Instead of letting the opportunity go to waste, I invited my sister in law Linda and a family of hers to be my field researchers. After all, I do want to know whether the Summer show was that much different than the previous Winter show we went to.

This year the Good Food Summer show was combined with the Gardener's World Live show. They also let any children go in for free during the weekend, while under 5s could attend for free on any day, as they believe that the shows would inspire the children's cooking and gardening skills. As the shows happened during the Fathers' Day weekend, it was a great family outing to celebrate Fathers' Day.


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According to Linda, she had a great time at the show. She's even managed to grab a picture with last year's masterchef winner Tim Anderson! I love her for remembering me while she was enjoying herself, and got me Tim's signature on the Good Food Show guide. Thank you my dearest sister!

There were quite a lot of interesting stands to see, and she has bought a few things that she enjoyed, including a cleaver and a knife sharpener, chocolate motif card, artisan chocolates and ready made pizza doughs. Here are some of her pictures:


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She was given the opportunity to see the Summer Kitchen show, and was shown on the big screen for a few seconds while answering a question. I'm proud of you! The Summer Kitchen invited several celebrity chefs to demonstrate some of their dishes. Just the images made me hungry, I bet it was smelling really good in the theatre too!

She then went around visiting stands, and from the below pictures she has sent me, she was very keen in the sweet things! I was just kidding, she enjoyed other things as well of course!


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Look at these gingerbread houses. They are so creative! I can see these taking over some of the traditional gingerbread houses in a lot of homes already!


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I've met Tim Kinnaird, masterchef 2010 runner up, last year at the Winter show. He seemed very busy so I didn't dare to disturb him. His macarons were beautifully lined up on his table with different packaging. Hopefully this Winter I will be able to meet him again, and this time pick up the courage to take a picture with him!


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This was the stand that was selling chocolate motifs. You usually see hand written motifs on chocolates, but this is the first time I've seen printed (or was it made with chocolate transfer sheets?) motifs on chocolates.


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These are one of the most beautiful chocolates I've seen. They were made of good quality chocolates (according to Linda who has bought a box of mixed chocolates) and each flavour have a very pretty and artistic design. I love the simple yet modern packaging as well!


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Linda said that these Panna Cotta were very delicious. I can imagine the creaminess by just looking at them!


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Look at that giant Yakult! Last winter they were giving away loads for people to try, looking at their stock, they must have been doing that as well this year! We've been drinking these since we were kids, you can freeze them, or turn them into cakes and puddings.


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The show has a big section of kitchenware as well, and one of them that has attracted my sister in law most was these garlic graters. A lovely jar to store your garlics while the grater grates or purees them, really handy.

These were just a few of the many pictures she has taken. Each time we visit, there were always a lot of people, and plenty of stands to visit. If you love food, the good food show is a great place to go.

I do think that comparing to the International Food Expo in Hong Kong (this coming August), the Good Food Show is of a much smaller scale, but I guess it's because they focus mainly on British produce, limiting the amount of international food to be exhibited (there were, just not much)? I understand the Best of British vibe, and I think it's great to support your local farms and produces. But it would also be nice to see more varieties in the shows, especially for people who visits every year. Perhaps they can create an International corner?

Having said that, I'm still looking forward to the Winter show, and this time, I will make sure that we will not miss it!


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Disclosure: My sister in law and a family of hers went to the show in place of me with press passes I requested; all opinions are my own, unless stated otherwise, and they are all honest