The Good Food Show – Summer – 2015

It’s another year and another visit to the Good Food Show – Summer!

Since we first attended about 3 years ago we have become regulars at both the Summer and Winter shows and have enjoyed sampling the fantastic food and drink samples on offer.

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Due to work and child commitments we decided to visit the show on the Sunday this time. It was a first for us and  I was worried it was a bit of a gamble and feared that all the food and freebies would have been taken during the busy Friday and Saturday shows. However that was not the case and we came away with tons and tons of freebies including lots of Bisto tins and casserole packets and tons and tons of Lotus Biscuits!

Below is some of my highlights of the 2015 show :-

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The Garlic Farm

I love Garlic!!   its a fact that most of my culinary dishes will contain garlic in some measure and that if the vampire apocalypse were to happen over night then no vamp will be able to come near my garlic aroma!   The Garlic Farm is a company based in the Isle of Wight and they had a stall at the show.   They do various chutneys, sauces and mayos which set my taste buds alight with fantastic flavors!   I came away with some Garlic and Mint Mayo (ideal for Kebab meat and chips!), some Garlic BBQ sauce and the wife bought some Coronation sauce.   My one regret is that I didn’t buy another bottle of the BBQ sauce as its slowly disappearing 🙁

Perfick Pork

I have one thing to say… Black pudding and Strawberry jam sausages!   Never before have two things that shouldn’t work together worked like these sausages!     Each time we attend the BBC Good food show we always have to stop off at the Perfick Pork stand and pick up these works of beauty.  In fact I have a kitchen drawer full of Perfick Pork cooler bags which I hide from public view so they don’t see my secret sausage shame!   Perfick Pork are not just about the Strawberry and Black Pudding sausage, they do a wide range of fantastic tasting pork products including the new Bubble and Squeak sausages which we will try out very soon! I’d also like to give a massive A+ to the guy who sold us a story with our sausages. Much better than the faceless corporations that just churn out food with no passion,

Heartsease Farm

It’s a fact that most kids like fizzy pop and as a parent you feel mean because you limit their intake and stop them drinking too much full fat coke so they don’t lose teeth and gain weight!    I came across a stall from the good people at Heartsease Farm who make sparkling fruit drinks in delicious flavors including blackcurrant,  Raspberry and Elderflower.  We came away with six bottles for the kids however if I am honest…. they are really for me ;-).

The BBC Good Food Show Summer

We attended the Good Food Show Summer a few months ago so I have decided to write about my experience and my top four of the fantastic foods we tasted!

Hiver Beer

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Let’s face it the best thing about these types of shows are the free samples and boy there is a lot on offer!  One of the samples we tried was Hiver beers.    It’s a specialist beer brewed with honey.  The beer tastes fantastic, very crisp and goes down a treat while leaving an after taste of honey.   I purchased three bottles which I drank during the World Cup however I now wish I had more L

Essential Cuisine

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If you like to cook from scratch as I do then sometimes you need good stock cubes or powder to give your meals a bit of flavour.   The stocks tubs provided by Essential Cuisine are excellent and this is the second time that we have attended the Good Food show and have gone home with a few pots of stock.    You only need a tea spoon so they last surprisingly long and give my homemade Scouse a lovely taste.

The Handmade Scotch Egg Company

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These Scotch Eggs were lush!   The have different varieties of eggs , too many too choose from but in the end we decided on: Tickled Pink, the eggless imposter which is smoked salmon and cream cheese wrapped in mashed potato.  The Old Fart which is egg wrapped in sausage, bacon and beans, The Chieftain which is an egg wrapped in haggis and finally a Ploughman’s which as you guess is egg wrapped in pork, cheese and chutney.  The eggs were delicious so we hope they are back again for the winter show.

Perfick Pork

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What’s not to love about sausages!  Perfick Pork sell sausages so they were always going to be good in my eyes however they sold an unusual sausage which I fell in love with.   Their black pudding and strawberry jam sausages are just to die for and made a fantastic father’s day breakfast this year!  All hail the sausage!!

This is just snapshot of a few of the fantastic foods that were on offer at the BBC Good Food Show when we attended but there was a lot more including tons and tons of Toffee Vodka which I found particularly nice!   Also on the plus side the wife met Mary Berry…. Which was nice!

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Roll on BBC Good Food Show Winter we shall return….