In November, my sister and I were lucky enough to attend the BBC Good Food Show in Olympia London. We got the chance to speak to so many amazing brands, taste a sample or two (or three, if you count the three days worth of pasta samples) & got to meet some famous faces, too. As it was my first time going to Olympia and I knew it was a huge, famous, extremely popular place I was definitely excited to go. I mean, I was more excited for the show, but you’ll find that out once you start reading below.
Day 1 – Friday
Those of you that watch the Apprentice will probably know Alana Spencer, who has a baking business herself which, at the time, was called Narna’s. Her stall was at the very front & was one of the first I went to. I bought a chocolate brownie, which tasted gooey and chocolatey and delicious, and I got a mandatory selfie, of course. Little did I know that she would go on to win the Apprentice, congratulations to her! When I asked her who’d won, she told me she couldn’t tell me – she hid it very well.
Another of the brands I got chatting to was Heartsease Farm who have the absolute best blackcurrant crush. I’m not even exaggerating, it was so good, man, I need that back in my life. It’s just like black currant juice but is fizzy – ok, you know what a crush is, but I can’t say enough about this, I love it. I bought a bottle but looking back, I should have bought a full supply…I guess there’s still time.
I also got to arrange flowers with Bloomon, which really excited me – I’ve never done flower arranging before, and it just seems like a fun thing to do. I think I did quite well, even if I do say so myself.
I tasted a sample of the Moorish hummus, too, and there’s only one thing I have to say about it: it changed me. I wasn’t really sure about hummus before, but the Moorish garlic one – oh my days, it was gorgeous. It’s healthy, too, and they had a cute little display of hummus for the kids’ lunch boxes, as it’s a great lunch time snack. However, like the idiot that I am, I forgot to go back and buy some. I’m going to have to do that ASAP, because I want it. Now.
Okay, so once I was done with the first few rows of exhibitors, there I was, wandering by, seeing who I should go to next when all of a sudden I saw it. It was a cheese tower which, if you know anything about me, you’ll know about my cheese obsession. Seeing this made my day – when I tell you that I dream about cheese, let me tell you that I genuinely do. It’s just amazing, I can’t even tell you.
There were fruit from Adventures in Fruit on offer, too, and I tasted a couple of their pears which were so incredibly juicy I just couldn’t handle it.
Cue pear photo shoot:
I had to, okay.
Seeds of Change were serving up pasta samples, and that tasted delicious, too. I know I’m banging on about everything tasting gorgeous, but it genuinely did. I think the show did very well choosing their exhibitors.
The well known chocolate brand Lindt had some of their flavoured chocolate on show, and the lime one was a lot nicer than I thought it would be; it tasted like chocolate orange, weirdly enough.
Day 2 – Saturday
My sister came along and she also got to meet Alana – she absolutely loves the Apprentice, so that was just it for her. There was more cheese (of course there was, it follows me around) from Beemsters which made me so happy as it tasted delicious, but I refrained from buying a big block because I know it’d be gone within minu – seconds (I’m being honest, okay).
We found some vegan chocolate from Cocoafeliz, delicious ice cream from Oppo, which you can enjoy guilt-free, as it’s actually healthy *gasp* I know, right?! It’s made from natural ingredients and contains only 40 calories. You are so welcome. Colgate were also there, and they had a challenge for all those with sensitive teeth which involved toothpaste and ice cream and eating both. Okay, maybe not eating the toothpaste…well, if that’s your thing then go for it!
By Sunday, the final day, we’d seen pretty much everything, but Sunday was the day that Nadia Hussain, the queen of British Bake Off was having her book signing. My mum, my sister & I love her (my sister the most, definitely), so of course we had to go and meet her. She’s so inspiring & I told her that what with everything that’s going on, especially now, we’re grateful to have her. The fact that she’s a Muslim woman & also wears a headscarf & is still loved by so many people makes me really happy. She’s so inspiring & has the cutest family. We didn’t do much else on Sunday, as we’d seen everything, but it was definitely worth going.
All in all, we had a great time and got to meet so many lovely brands and taste delicious food. What’s not to enjoy about a weekend filled with food? Especially where cheese is involved. And ice cream. But mostly cheese.
Thank you to the BBC Good Food Show for the invitations, we had a great time! For a full list of exhibitors and maybe even a ticket to a future event if you fancy, check out the BBC Good Food show website.
Thank you for reading! Which part made your mouth water?
1 Week Mary x
Disclaimer: I received a free ticket for the event and attended as a member of the press team, however I have not received any bursaries to write about any products and all opinions are my own.