BBC Good Food Show, Olympia, London
Back in the summer Ryland bought tickets for my birthday to the BBC Good Food Show. It seemed like it was a world away until the event, but as usual the time’s absolutely flown by. Before I knew it I was counting the days down.
To say I was excited is an understatement, I’d never been to the show before and Ryland had bought us front row theatre tickets to see Michel Roux Jr. cook.
We took the train up to London and arrived just after the show opened around 10am, I had wanted to be there when the doors opened but Ryland assured me that would be excessive. 🙂
When we arrived we were still pretty early but the stalls were ready waiting for us. The show is made up of stands with food and drink from all around the world. Plus a huge array of kitchenware. My idea of heaven!
Our first tastes were from a lovely couple of men from Ryland’s home town, Reading. They distribute wonderful Italian products from the Puglia shop online. I tasted, and then had to buy, some beautiful jars of pasta sauce, olive tapenade and marinated artichokes.
We spent the next hour looking around stalls, tasting lots of lovely samples and Ryland sampled lots of interesting whiskies and liquors, I wanted to wait until at least after lunch!
We were ready in good time for our visit to the theatre to see Michel Roux Jr. It was the first show of the day and we sat at the front as people streamed into the theatre all buzzing with excitement.
And Michel didn’t disappoint. He was absolutely lovely and really fun. He made oeuf alexander, I’d never heard of them.. they are savoury choux pasty buns filled with scrambled eggs and Michele topped them with slices of chicken supreme pan fried with a port jus. It looked fantastic, just a shame we didn’t get to do any tasting! After the show we went down and queued to have Michel sign his new cook book for us, The French Kitchen. I was rather star struck and just managed to tell him that we enjoyed watching him in the theatre before giggling back off to Ryland.
We were now really hungry coming out of the theatre and found a stall selling wonderful bread. We bought some pancetta and butternut squash focaccia, needless to say we ate it instantly and it was gorgeous. I will be trying to recreate the recipe soon.
We had a lovely lunch and then we had tickets to the World of Wine experience at the show. It was brilliant! I love red wine, and this was a chance to wander around about 20 tables all full of fantastic wines from around the world trying any you fancy and talking to the wine specialists. We spent a long time with an Italian man tasting his wines and learning about where they had come from. I don’t mind telling you that after an hour of this (and some wine with lunch) we were pretty squiffy. It was in the words of ‘Miranda‘ such fun!
After this we spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around chatting to people and eating more and more delicious food.
What a fantastic way to spend the day. Ryland will be in the good books for a long time now!