BBC Good Food Show – Harrogate.co.uk Review
If like me you’re currently debating on what salad to get for lunch today then you must have been over - indulging at the BBC Good Food Show in Harrogate this weekend. An array of tantalising and exceptionally tasty treats, from fresh fruit and veg boxes to indulgent chocolate tasters, rich mature cheeses, inventive alcohol delights and so much more…and so the day of feasting began.
The event was hosted at the Harrogate Convention Centre over 3 fabulous days of foodie offerings. A selection of celebrity chefs made their appearances from our beloved and highly esteemed Baking Boffin Mary Berry and one half of the Hairy Biker duo Dave Myers. Masterchef marvel John Torode and Saturday Kitchen host and Yorkshire born and bred native James Martin owned the stage.
The venue was teaming with budding food lovers all keen to hear all about what was on offer and the first array of stalls to venture upon were a wonderful and innovative selection of alcoholic treats. Gins from all over the UK, Breakfast Wines, Fruity mixers and my favourite, the Coole Swan Irish Cream Liquor (fewer calories than a glass of wine and all natural ingredients) and needless to say after this stretch of stalls it was time to get some substantial food treats!
From Curries to Chocolate and Cheese to Hog Roast we were spoilt for choice. A devilish enticement from Heck sausages saw them reeling in the custom with samples of their Chorizo Style Sausage, 97% Pork and hearty Pork and Apple. At an offer no one could refuse they sold 4 packs for £10 with a beautiful cool bag to keep them fresh!
As we ventured further into the show, through the next set of double doors we were greeted with the alluring smell of roasted Hog, hot beef and succulent gammon sarnies. A sensation of home baked brownies, hearty Yorkshire sausage rolls and even more alcohol! It’s important to take note of the fabulous distillery display set up by Demijohn based not far away in York. The inventive taste combinations on offer here were innovative and delightful, a worthy product collection for future exploration.
We were continuously greeted by friendly faces and a creatively colourful back drop of beautiful and tasty food. Pink and yellow meringues adorned the displays of The Little Round Cake Company while the Brownie Bar offered an indulgent taste of Oreo Brownies among many other mouth-watering combinations.
After tantalising our taste buds and satisfying our hunger with the biggest hog roast bap you ever seen, we were whisked towards the theatre to take our seats to watch the great James Martin cook up a storm in his home county. A dream menu of Mushroom stuffed Lamb, rich Risotto and something from the other side of the pond, a devilishly naughty dessert called Monkey Bread teamed with equally naughty Snickers Ice Cream. Needless to say I’m sure everyone in the audience was ready to pounce on the stage as he plated up!
All in all I think it’s safe to say we will all welcome the BBC Good Food show back with open arms and grumbling stomachs! A fantastic day of feasting, now…back to the salad?