Yes, it’s time for the BBC Good Food Show at the Birmingham NEC again, one of my favourite events of the year!
For a day out that combines both food and festivity, it’s hard to beat the BBC Good Food Show. I look forward to this show every year, and I’m really excited to be covering it again here on SallyAkins.com.
The show runs from 30th November to 3rd December 2017, and it’s sure to draw huge crowds again. There’s just so much to see and do when you visit the BBC Good Food Show, it’s definitely one of the highlights of the season.
As usual, some of your favourite chefs will be on stage at the Big Kitchen super theatre. You’ll be able to choose from sessions featuring Mary Berry, Nadiya Hussain, Michel Roux Jr and many more. They’ll all be sharing some exciting recipe ideas and inspiration for your festive feast.
Meanwhile, a host of famous faces will be cooking their signature festive recipes in the Winter Kitchen, including the runner up of the Great British Bake Off, Steven Carter Bailey. Or head over to the new Friends and Family Festive Kitchen for masterclasses on turkey carving from award winning Kelly Bronze Turkey. You’ll also be able to pick up some ideas for how to make the most of your Christmas leftovers.
The Whisky Lounge Blending Lab is a new addition to the show for 2017. Visitors will taste a classic whisky blend before being given their own set of whiskies to experiment with. You can bottle your own blend in miniature as a treat for yourself or a stocking filler gift. Sessions are available throughout the four days of the show, and it’s bound to be a popular attraction.
And of course, the other main attraction is the opportunity to stock up on delicious food and drink. Whether you’re buying for yourself or as a gift, you’re bound to find something among the 400+ stands. They include well-known big brand names as well as smaller independent and artisanal retailers.
Keep an eye out for McLaren’s Christmas Pudding, or stock up your cheeseboard from the many cheese producers on offer. Or head over to the family-run Incredible Pies stand to sample their mince pies.
If you’re looking for gift ideas, you’ll find masses of inspiration including specialist knife stalls and cookware stands. And you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to drinks, with brands like Thunder Toffee Vodka and Portobello Road Gin. You’ll also be able to buy wines from Birmingham based wine authorities Premier Wine Estates and Shawbury Vintners. I love spotting new gin brands, and there’s always a good selection at this show (click here to find out what I discovered last year!)
With less than a week to go, there are still tickets available for the show. So for information on how to purchase tickets and to see a full list of exhibitors, please visit the BBC Good Food Show website.