I have to admit hardly sleeping a wink the night before Good Food Show (sad, I know!). I love the weekend of the show and was really looking forward to meeting lots of old & new friends! Having left my house, in what felt like the middle of the night still, I set off for Glasgow with a purse full of pennies. After arriving and heading over to the VIP area (I treated myself!) I found a seat and went through the Show Guide to see who I was going to see when.
After working it all out, I went out to explore the stands, for a quick browse before I met my friend Heather. My first stop was to Jamie of Cocoa Ooze. I was super excited to see that he had brought his Christmas range with him and I fell in love with his Advent calendars and reindeer shaped chocolates so I snapped up both (so much for just browsing!!). My next stop was to Tunnocks. I don’t think there’s anyone who hasn’t heard of Tunnocks, especially after the recent Commonwealth Games. Their stand was full of goodies and merchandise and I couldn’t resist their new product : a tub of mini Caramel Wafers (out came the pennies again)……
Fortunately for me and my purse, it was time for me to meet Heather. You may know from previous posts, that Heather and I met at the previous year’s show, so this was technically our first anniversary! We headed straight for a stand that we both knew well and couldn’t wait to visit, Ochil Fudge Pantry. Their range was as fabulous as we’d hoped and it has to be said that we made a fair dent in their display!
Onwards we went, sampling plenty goodies on the way as we headed to another of our favourites, Edinburgh Gin. They have just launched their Rhubarb and Ginger liqueur, and it didn’t disappoint and we bought succumbed to buying a bottle.
Time was getting on, and I headed to the Lakeland Interview Stage to see Cakeyboi, otherwise known as Stuart Vettese. I’ve been a big fan of his blog for a while now, so I was really looking forward to seeing him. It was a great to see such a turnout for the interview as Stuart chatted about his food blog, the Clandestine Cake Club in Dundee and his American inspired baking. I was even lucky enough to meet him after and he kindly signed my Show Guide…. I don’t think he was expecting anyone to ask for an autograph!!
After Heather and I visited some more producers, we headed back to the Interview Stage to see the Queen of baking herself, Mary Berry. The seating area had clearly been filled quite some time before, but we found a good spot and then waited…. What a lovely lady she was, even inviting a couple of younger members of the audience onto the stage to sit with her, and even shared some chocolate with them.
We then headed to the Supertheatre to see Mary and Paul Hollywood do a live cookery demo. It was pretty clear that they have a great relationship and Mary was chosen by the audience to cook her Chicken, Mushroom and Spinach dish followed by Lemon Posset. They even invited a Hen Party, who were at the show for the weekend, onto the stage to join in the fun.
Well, that was the end of day one, and we were desperate for a decent meal after a day of nibbling on samples!! Alston Bar and Beef here we come!!!
Melanie, Food Adventurer