Last Thursday I paid a visit to the Good Food Show at the NEC – I’ve been to the Summer Show a few times, but this was my first visit to the Winter event. I could spend ages writing about all of the gorgeous stands, the excellent demonstrations and the lovely food, so I’m going to pick out a few of the highlights for particular mention.
Toot Sweets Shropshire Chocolates
I have known Julie on Twitter for quite a long time, so it was fab to finally meet her in real life and find that she is just as lovely as I thought she would be. Julie is an incredible chocolatier, and I defy anyone to manage to stop after just one of her delicious salted caramels or candied orange slices.
Old School Carpentry Company
I’m always drawn to gorgeous wooden chopping boards, and the boards on offer at the Old School Carpentry Company really caught my eye. They look and feel absolutely beautiful, and would be a joy to use. I then got talking to the lovely people behind the company, and discovered that Rory also makes beautiful tables and furniture, he’s seriously talented. I also love the fact that they use wood from sustainable sources wherever possible.
I didn’t buy anything on the day but have been browsing their website since, and I’m sure that when their online shop is up and running, I will be spending some money there. Their website is at www.oldschoolcarpentrycompany.co.uk and they also post on Twitter at @RoryOSCC
Black Cow Vodka
This one was a little unusual – I was browsing through the various stalls, and my eye was drawn to a sign advertising Pure Milk Vodka. As you can imagine, my natural nosiness was piqued by this, and so I stopped to listen a while. Black Cow Vodka is made in West Dorset from the sugar which is a byproduct of the dairy industry.
The vodka itself is very clean tasting, and a bottle did find its way home with me. It will be an ideal base for cocktails over the Christmas period. You can buy Black Cow Vodka online at www.blackcow.co.uk and there is a list of stockists on the website as well. If you are on Twitter, you can follow them at @BlackCowVodka
Devilishly Good Brownie Co.
While I don’t generally have a sweet tooth, I do have a weakness for chocolate and a good chocolate brownie is always a winner for me. These brownies really are devilishly good, I particularly liked the Baileys one and also brought home a delicious Death By Chocolate brownie for each of my boys.
They’re great just as they come, but a quick zap in the microwave would make them perfect for serving with icecream, or cream, or icecream and cream…
As well as the lovely food that I found at the Good Food Show, I also enjoyed mooching around the various stands selling kitchenware. Simply Vintage was one stand that I could have lost myself on for a very long time. They have some gorgeous vintage and vintage-inspired wares and I was particularly taken by the 50’s style school milk bottles and paper straws.
You can mooch around their gallery of wares yourself at www.simplyvintagedesigns.co.uk and find a list of the events they are already signed up to attend next year. I’m very happy to see that they will be at the Good Food Summer show, and will be making a beeline to their stand! You can also follow Simply Vintage on Twitter @Simply_Vintage
There were lots of other highlights at the show – the lovely meaty Wild Boar Sausages from Supreme Sausages…chatting with the Slovak girls on the Kozí vŕšok stand…fragrant Ras el Hanout rub at the Spicentice stand…drooling over the vast array of cheeses at the World Cheese Award stand…accidentally stalking John Whaite from the Belling stand to the Bakeoff stage…oops!!
It was a great show, and I’m really looking forward to the Summer show next June as well as the next Winter event.