This meant that I was able to go along to the exhibition with a plus one and see what there is on offer. As I've never been to a Good Food Show, I was so excited and really grateful for being picked.
The 2016 summer show ran from Thursday 16th - Sunday 19th June. I headed over on the Saturday as it was most convenient for me. I'm not a fan of driving anywhere that far (I know it's only around an hour from where I live but still, I don't like it) so I booked train tickets from Derby to Birmingham International which is directly next to the NEC.
I wanted to make sure that I was there for 9am when the exhibition opened as The Hairy Bikers had the honour of cutting the ribbon on the day. I tried to get as close as I could to the front but even though I was wearing my press pass, nobody was willing to let me through the crowd, boo!
With hundreds of stalls to get through, I got straight to it. When it comes to free samples, I'm there. It wasn't long before I spotted Belvoir. As I don't drink alcohol, I always love to see and try great drinks for a teetotaller.
Jim Jams also caught my eye as I'd spotted that they produce a chocolate hazelnut spread but containing a lot less sugar than others such as Nutella. I've recently run out of Nutella so decided to buy one of these to try. So far, so good!
The next stall that caught my eye in particular was Popcorn Shed. I'm sure if you've read all my other posts, you'll know by now that I'm obsessed with sweet & salty popcorn. After giving the samples a go, I took away a box of these. They were gone by the end of the day so that says it all really!
As well as wandering around the stalls, I wanted to go and watch one of the live cooking sessions of the day hosted in the Super Theatre. We had a choice of the Hairy Bikers or Michel Roux Jr. From what I've seen on TV, I much prefer Michel, sorry Hairy Bikers.
After a good 6 hours, it was time to head home. I had a fantastic day at the BBC Good Food Show and really want to attend the one in Winter too!
Top Tip - Take something to carry all of your goodies in. I learnt the hard way & now know for next time!
Thanks for letting me tag along! It's was great to be press for the day and I really enjoyed the goodie bag on the way out.
Have you been to a BBC Good Food Show? What did you think?