You may remember, back in Summer, I attended my first ever BBC Good Food Show at Birmingham's NEC arena. Well, now was the turn of the Winter show!
I grabbed my press pass and headed for the halls to see what was in store this time around and decided to bring you along on my journey.
The first stop on our journey was the Good Food Stage where throughout the day, various celebrity chefs perform cooking demonstrations. Luckily for us, Mary Berry was due to take the stage in 5 minutes time, so we hung around to watch the queen of cooking in action.
The BBC Good Food Show is an amazing event and I'd absolutely recommend any food and drink lover to attend if you get the opportunity.
With hundreds of stalls all showcasing independent brands, you come across so many that you've never heard of before and wonder how you lived without them. Plus, you get lots of free samples!
Here are a few of my top tips if you're thinking of visiting:
- Take the train. The NEC is walking distance from Birmingham International train station.
- If you decide to drive, pre pay for your parking. Parking costs £12 and can be bought online in advance. If you pay for it online too, you avoid the queues to pay on site.
- Avoid leaving the NEC at closing time on the last day. The traffic is horrendous as this is the time that all of the exhibitors are leaving too.
- Take plenty of cash. Although some exhibitors do take card payments, a lot of the don't so you will need cash. The ATM machines on site charge £2 something for withdrawals.
- Take a big bag. You will buy a lot of stuff and aren't going to want to carry everything. So, take a big backpack or even get one of the fold up mobile boxes that everyone seems to have. It will get used.
- Wear comfortable shoes. You'll be doing a lot of walking around and the last thing you want is achy sore feet.
- Barter. Most of the time, prices are hiked up at events like this and there's absolutely no reason you can't barter for a cheaper price. Even if it is only 50p off your chocolate spread, it all adds up. After all, exhibitors want to be taking back as little stock as possible with them and don't want to lose out on a sale.
As always, thanks for reading,