I’m at my parents’ home in the Midlands this weekend to see my mum and celebrate her birthday. Totally by coincidence, the BBC Good Food Show was the same weekend I was up and Barber’s invited me along as their guest (more on them later), so I took Mum along with me as part of her birthday present. And did she enjoy it?
…I think so.
And, of course, so did I.
The BBC Good Food Show is absolutely awesome, a total Mecca for food fans, and I thoroughly recommend it to everyone. I met lots of interesting and lovely traders, who will be popping up on the blog in one form or another in the next few weeks, but today I’m going to simply pull out a few of my favourite foods and sellers that I really recommend to absolutely anyone who enjoys eating.
First up…The Garlic Farm.
I love these guys. I have no idea about their history or their company – all I know is that their products are abso-bloody-lutely gorgeous. I adore strong garlic flavours, and The Garlic Farm nail it every time.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen The Garlic Farm at an event or show without buying from them. This year I bought some Garlic Butter, two lots of Garlic Mayonnaise (mint and chilli – but the original, standard stuff is to die for) and Mum bought some Peach and Mango Chutney. I love them. I thoroughly, thoroughly recommend their products.
Next up – Orchard Pigs.
I spoke to these guys because they’re Welsh, which automatically means I like them a little bit more than I ordinarily would. Then I discovered that their pies have different pastry markings on them to show which is which, and I liked them because that was cute. And then Mum and I shared a pork and apple cider pie, and I liked them because it was delicious. The smooth pork with the tang of the apple, the lovely crumbly pastry, just enough jelly to not make it soggy – it was a masterpiece.
This was our lunch. Our dessert was a Joe Delucci’s Gelato. Like The Garlic Farm, I will have an ice-cream from Joe Delucci’s every time I see it. You can’t beat it for pure deliciousness. As mum described it to a woman who was huffing about the price, it’s the best ice-cream you will ever eat.
We bought four scoops and shared them between us. Here’s Mum with coffee and Tiramisu flavours. I am a massive fan of coffee ice-cream — 9 times out of 10, when asked I will say that it’s my favourite food. This ice-cream was a punch of coffee to the face (in a good way) with ample sweetness so that even my Mum, who isn’t a fan of strong coffee, liked it. And the Tiramisu was rich and heady and smooth and tangy and everything you could possibly want from a Tiramisu ice-cream.
And here’s me with the raspberry and mint choc-chip flavours. Unusual combination, I know, but it worked. The raspberry is simply wonderful – it has the sharp flavour of fresh raspberries whilst still being creamy and smooth. As for the mini choc-chip, I don’t even particularly like mint ice-cream but I was eagerly shoving it in my face and licking the spoon.
I didn’t try any of this woman’s wares, but I was most impressed by her stall – she made an entire house out of Gingerbread. You can check out her wedding/birthday cakes here.
I’ll leave it there for now, because the others will be popping up in other features this month, but like I said – it was a good, good show. We ended up buying so much from the producers village that we had to buy an absolutely gorgeous shopping trolley…
And this was the table with all our products on it when I got home.
Even thought we’d already stuffed our faces, we had to stop and get a hot dog from one of the many hog roasts dotted around the hall…
And altogether had a lovely time.
Thanks, BBC Good Food! See you next year!