Saturday, 23 April 2016

BBC Good Food Show Spring

You may remember my post about BBC Good Food Cakes and Bakes Show from a while ago, where Nat and I went to London and stuffed ourselves silly with all sorts of sweet treats and had a brilliant time?

Well, I got wind of the fact that the BBC Good Food Show (the regular version this time) was coming to Harrogate, which isn't that far away from me, and I immediately asked Rich if he wanted to come and if I should buy tickets. Luckily for me, he was watching football at the time so he said yes without really thinking about it. So that's how two weeks ago today we found ourselves entering the oasis of awesome that was the Harrogate International Center with empty tummies and my big camera in hand to document all the yumminess.

I was worried that I wouldn't enjoy it as much as there wouldn't be as much cake and treat things around, but oh boy was I wrong. We did a lap of the place first which took a while as there was 4 rooms of things to explore, before finally settling in to decide what to buy.

Unfortunately it was really really busy as we arrived at 11am and didn't quieten down until much later on, so I didn't photograph our lunch, but we shared a gourmet sausage roll and a Lebanese wrap, both of which were really yummy.

I have to admit though, I did have my eye on all the sweet things in the bakes and cakes village, so after doing a lot of sampling we made our way to there so I could get my hands on something I'd been dreaming about since my last visit to the Cakes and Bakes show.

Yes, I got another corker. These are so unbelievably good, a moist, chewy lump of brownie encased in a cookie shell. I did have to share half with Rich, and he agreed with me that they are the best dessert hybrid in the world. Possibly even better than slutty brownies!

I didn't learn my lesson from the last time I visited though and I forgot to take a bottle of water with me. All the sampling is thirsty work, and you soon wind up dying of thirst. Samples of drinks were very welcome though, but luckily there were free water machines near the loos so that helped Rich and I re-hydrate ready for our next round of sampling.

When our legs began to hurt from all the wandering around, we took a pit stop at the Interview Stage and watched Jenny from Bettys be interviewed. Bettys is a Yorkshire institution so it was really interesting to hear about the history of Bettys and more about their cookery school.

At the same time as the interview Michel Roux Jr was doing a book signing just behind the seating area, so I snuck a quick photo of him signing away. I love being so tall!

Once the interview was over it was time to queue up for the Hairy Bikers in the Supertheatre. I didn't know the Hairy Bikers at all before I saw them live, and they were brilliant, really funny with relatable easy to follow recipes, they totally converted me to their ways!

We'd left buying the bulk of the things we wanted to take home until after the theatre show was over, so we wouldn't have to carry them around for as long. We bought so much, from new saucepans to some of these amazing chutneys from Le Mesurier. Having seen so many cheese stalls and sampled so much nice cheese, Rich and I decided to have a cheese and cracker supper with lots of chutney and wine. I chose the curried courgette and mustard relish, which is incredible, and Rich chose their piccalilli. Both went very well with the spicy cheese we bought and I'm actually kind of sad that we only got one jar each.

Brownies were a must to take home with us, and these from the Brownie Bar were awesome. They are the amazing creators of the corker I went on about earlier, and their lemon meringue blondie and peanut butter and nutella brownies are just as good.

One of my favourite finds of the day was Patrick the Macaron Man. He's based in Hull and makes some of the most delicious macarons I've ever tasted in my life. I've tasted many, and these beat the likes of Bettys hands down. My personal favourite was the black forest flavour, but the tonka bean came a close second. I only wish I'd bought more whilst there. We had a little chat with him as well and he proudly showed off his chefs whites signed by Michel Roux Jr. How awesome! I've given Rich some strong hints to get me some more of these for my birthday in a couple of months, but there's no guarantee I'll share!

Just before we headed home we headed to the Heck stand to fill up on their yummy sausages. They do some gorgeous chicken sausages flavoured with various things, and also some pretty great pork sausages. Their sausages are always very high quality, so we got 5 packs of them, which should keep us going for a while.

With very heavy bags we picked up our goody bags and made our way home to finish the day of eating by doing yet more eating.

It was a brilliant day out, and I'll definitely be going to another Good Food Show again. Have you ever been to one? Or are there any other similar ones in Yorkshire you could tell me about?

I'm so hungry now...

Rachel x

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