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BBC Good Food Show Bursary Award Winners 2015/16

After a lovely few months off with my new daughter Lottie I’m slowly getting back into the wonderful world of food… I have to admit, my culinary escapades have been few and far between since she was born! However, over the past few months I’ve been preparing for the BBC Good Food Shows that are currently taking place in Glasgow (last week), London (on now!) and in Birmingham on the 26th November – they are as incredible as always!

I’ve discovered some amazing small producers while managing the BBC Good Food Show Producers Bursary Awards this year – take a peek at pictures from the tasting day and see all the 2015/2016 winners below:

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BBC Good Food Show Scotland, Glasgow SECC 6 – 8 November 2015

  • Aye Love Real Food (Kilwinning, North Ayrshire) – Handmade scotch eggs and sausage rolls
  • Plant and Grow (Edinburgh) – Seed packs to easily grow vegetables, herbs and edible flowers
  • Poporopo Amaizing Popcorn (Stirling) – Gourmet popcorn using local ingredients
  • Tiphereth Trading (Edinburgh) – Social enterprise producing preserves and chutney

BBC Good Food Show London, Kensington Olympia, 13 – 15 November 2015

  • Canesmith & Co (Huntingdon,  Camridgeshire) – Ex city worker turned gourmet sweet maker, range includes soy and sesame caramel
  • Liberty Fields (Halstock, Dorset) – Apple aperitif and balsamic vinegar
  • Somerset Charcuterie (Wrington, Somerset) – Artisan charcuterie including goat, seasonal and local specials
  • The London Marshmallow Company (London) – Gourmet marshmallows inspired by London locations
  • The Urban Cordial Company (Edgeware, London) – Cordials hand-made from foraged and locally sourced fruits and herbs
  • Vicky’s Donuts (London) – Fresh handmade donuts in Hackney, specialises in raised donuts with a variety of toppings and fillings

BBC Good Food Show Winter, Birmingham NEC, 26 – 29 November 2015

  • Berry Da (Gwynedd, Wales) – Range of products made with unique Aronia berries
  • Eponine (Wirral, Merseyside) – Luxury artisan chocolate, confectionery and patisserie
  • Ogilvy Vodka (Angus, Scotland) – Potato farmers turned distillers, making award winning vodka from Maris Piper potatoes
  • Sedgewicks Charcuterie (Toseland, Cambridgeshire) – Mouth-watering selection of charcuterie made on their small-holding in Cambridgeshire
  • Spice Kitchen (Birmingham) – Spice masters creating blends from across the world, chai tea and mulling spices
  • Tipple Tails  (Sheffield, South Yorkshire) – Fruit cakes in a range of flavours and steeped in artisan speciality liqueurs

BBC Good Food Show Spring, Harrogate HIC, 8 – 10 April 2016

  • Amos & Toms Popcorn (Driffield, East Yorkshire) Gourmet popcorn makers
  • Patrick Macarons & Patisserie (Anlaby, East Riding of Yorkshire) Former builder turned ‘macaron man’ making macarons, patisserie and confectionery
  • Sweeteatie Artisan Caramels (Wigan, Lancashire) – Handmade caramel using unusual, natural flavours
  • Wooha Brewing (Nairn, Scotland) – range of bottle conditioned ales and lagers with no force carbonation, filtration or Isinglass

BBC Good Food Show Summer, Birmingham NEC, 16 – 19 June 2016

  • Popcorn Shed (London) – Gourtmet popcorn
  • Sauce Shop (Nottingham) – Range of sauces and condiments
  • Zantiago  (Chalfont St.Peter, Buckinghamshire) – Authentic Spanish tortilla kits
  • Gwynnes Ice Cream (Swansea, Wales) – Handmade ice cream

I hope you’ll be able to visit these fabulous producers at one of the BBC Good Food Shows!

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BBC Good Food Show London – back and better than ever!

The BBC Good Food Show London was back in the Capital last weekend, and although hard work, was a truly awesome Show! Thanks to all that visited, exhibited and worked to make the show brilliant and better than ever before! In this post I’m giving a few sneaky pre show pictures, a few of my shopping highlights and a run through of the areas that I look after at the shows – where you will find all the lovely, speciality artisan producers!

So to begin… the show in choux! Brand new company Choux London impressed us with this gorgeously edible homage to the BBC Good Food Show, along with their fabulous filled choux buns. My favourites were salted caramel and peanut butter flavours.

I often wonder if visitors know how much work goes into putting our shows together… not just the year building up to the show (we’re already working on the 2013 show!) but in the days before the show opens. Below are a few sneaky pre show insights which might surprise you!

Thursday 1130 – MasterChef Demonstration Pod half way to being built.

Thursday 1300 – Getting our (well, show manager Paul Patterson!) hands dirty cleaning a stand roof! As you can see lots of stands still just empty shells at this stage.

Thursday 1730 – meeting with Custom Creams for a liquid nitrogen powered ice cream making demonstration!

I love show opening – we usually have one of our celebrities open the show by cutting ribbon with giant scissors. Below is James Martin on the Saturday, don’t his white trousers make our pink carpet look bright?!

It’s great to see thousands of food lovers all under one roof, and I must admit, Olympia is definitely my favourite venue in terms of how beautiful the structure is. When the sun goes down there are some amazing colours coming in through that huge domed window!

Here is a bit more about the areas of the show that I look after and am very proud of!

The Producers’ Village

This is our collection of nearly 100 small artisan producers, which we have scoured the country to find – from charcuterie to choux, truffles to turkey, fish to fudge there should have been something to please most foodies!  The smell of aromatic coffee wafts from the Jaccs Gourmet Coffee stand, where you could find all sorts of beans and flavours of coffee. Mortons Turkeys came all the way from North Norfolk (very near my home town!) and were sampling their delicately smoked duck and taking orders for Christmas turkeys at the show – I’m planning to visit the farm when I’m back home for Christmas!

I always make sure I buy some Calabrian (Italian region) delicacies from De Calabria before the end of the show. Giuseppe is a real character, “an arteest” as he would put it, and is a wonderful addition to the show – he brings the most deliciously vibrant green olive oils, wild honey and herbs, n’duja, chilli products, sun-dried tomatoes, cheeses, salamis, even chick peas (I bet you didn’t know they grew like this?!)!

Joe and Sephs launched their gourmet popcorn company at our show 2 years ago and they never cease to amaze me. True to their nick name of the Willy Wonka of the popcorn world, their black pepper, chilli and caramel is magical as you get the caramel first, then a black pepper hit, and then seconds later the chilli starts to build… and then you just want more (and more!). Other flavours include madras curry, brandy butter, goats cheese (not for me but others love it), mince pie and vanilla cheese cake. If you haven’t tried before then you must, you won’t regret it!

I shouldn’t have favourites, but Karantania Deli had to be one of the most attractive stands at the show – a tree decorated with chocolate salami twinkled away between piles of irresistible pastries, breads and cakes and bottles of bubbly, chocolate liqueur and other Slovenian delights. I love it when producers make an effort with their stands like this!

I sometimes come across oyster virgins trying their first at the Shows… love ’em or hate ’em literally thousands get shucked and knocked back at the shows!

David here, from Real Organic Foods, created his company through a passion for food and by noticing a gap in the market for organic foods that actually tasted good. Definitely worth a try!

I was sure to take advantage of the bargain olive oil from Candiasoil – beautiful bottles and delicious single estate oils from Crete, the perfect stocking filler for a foodie!

New to the show this year was The Pelagonia Range – Macedonian mezze products like pumpkin jam, roasted peppers and other delicious dips.

Bursary Winners

Our bursary award winners did us proud and every one of them loved using the show as a springboard to put their products in front of thousands of influential food lovers. We had amazing African sauces from Bim’s Kitchen, savoury seaweed seasonings from Mara Seaweed, delicious drinks from Norfolk Cordials, seasonal pestos from Well Seasoned, hand made and indulgent marshmallows from Patchett’s Confectionery and authentic Indian fresh chutney from the Maha Partnership. Take a look at how they got to the show here.

Good Food Champions!

A brand new addition to the show this year, my way of highlighting some of the most outstanding producers at the shows. This year at London, visitors will have been able to try 2 of the top 50 best foods which were from The Exquisite Range and Momo Cha Fine Teas. I was delighted that Gelupo were there, the gelato sister of famous Italian restaurant Bocca di Lupo – I tried their fresh mint choc chip and dark chocolate sorbets, which were incredible! Pistachio Rosebrought their beautiful range of Indian inspired baked goods. Olive Branch sold their olive oils and intriguing olive oil jam, while next door the Artisan Smokehouse presented their range of smoked fish, meat, cheeses, oils, herbs and spices! Joanna from Edible Ornamentals, another one of our Good Food Champions, giving an interview for the BBC You Tube team:

Now, there are so many other things I could write about here… but I could go on forever! Look out for my highlights of the BBC Good Food Show Winter, which opens at the NEC next week on the 28th November, or perhaps I will see you there?!

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Producers Bursary Awards – The Winners!

I’m so excited to announce the winners of the Producers Bursary Awards! They have been through a rigorous application process and will soon be appearing at at BBC Good Food Show near you!

And the winners are…

BBC Good Food Show Scotland, SECC, Glasgow, 19 – 21 Oct

Gusto – handmade dressings, marinades, sauces, spice blends, oils and infused vinegars made in Edinburgh less than 1 year old.

Twitter- @gusto_info

Website- www.gusto-catering.com

Mo’s Cookie Dough – all natural fresh cookie dough ready to slice and cook – made in Glasgow, less than 1 year old.

Website- www.moscookiedough.co.uk

The Chilli Chutney Company/ Muckrach Lodge Hotel – all natural restaurant quality sauces and condiments. Based in Grantown on Spey and only just launching as retail brand.

Website- www.muckrach.com

The Ochil Fudge Company – hand made fudge, Scottish tablet, macaroon and honeycomb made in Alva, Clackmannanshire just over 1 year old.

Twitter- @ochilfudge

Website- www.ochilfudgepantry.co.uk

BBC Good Food Show London. Olympia, 09 – 11 Nov

Bim’s Kitchen Ltd – African sauces and condiments using ingredients such as Baobab fruit, alligator pepper and melon seeds, along with fresh local produce. Made in Palmers Green, 1 ½ years old.

Twitter – @bimskitchen

Website- www.bimskitchen.com

Maha Partnership Ltd – fresh chutneys made to authentic Pakistan and Indian recipes, based in Slough and 8 months old.

Twitter- @mahachutney

Website- www.mahapartnership.com

Norfolk Cordial – all natural, locally sourced fruit based cordials and juices, based in Matlaske, North Norfolk and 1 ½ years old.

Twitter- @norfolkcordial

Website- www.norfolkcordial.com

Patchett’s Confectionery Ltd – all natural, handmade marshmallows, salted caramels and honeycomb – made in Islington and 1 ½ years old.

Twitter- @patchettssweets

Website- www.patchettsconfectionery.co.uk

The Celtic Sea-spice Co – seasonings made from hand-harvested natural seaweeds, produced in Edinburgh under 1 year old.

Twitter- @seaspicegirls

Website- www.seaspice.co.uk

Well Seasoned Ltd – British seasonal pestos made from UK grown produce that change with the seasons, made in Park Royal, London and less than one year old.

Twitter – @seasonalfood

Website – www.wellseasoned.co.uk

BBC Good Food Show Winter – NEC, Birmingham, 28 Nov – 2 Dec.

Bendylegs – granola made with local, all natural Welsh ingredients in Swansea, Wales – 2 years old.

Twitter- @bendylegsjo

Website- www.lovebendylegs.co.uk

CNWD – smoked meat and fish along with pates and terrines produced using traditional production methods and from local, natural ingredients. Produced in Llanelli, Wales and 1 year old.

Twitter- @cnwdfood

Website- www.cnwd.co.uk

Forage Fine Foods – uses seasonal, foraged ingredients to make products such as herb and spice mixes, preserves, jellies, syrups and cakes. 20 months old, based in Walterstone, Herefordshire.

Twitter- @foragefinefoods

Website www.foragefinefoods.co.uk

Meadowsweet Flowers –  crystallised fresh edible flowers, along with chocolates topped with crystallised flowers – based in South Molton, Devon and 2 years old.

Twitter- @meadowsweet01

Website- www.meadowsweetflowers.co.uk

Pig & Co – Sausages, bacon and hams made from free range, rare breed pigs – based in Goostrey, Cheshire and 6 months old.

Twitter- @pigandco

Website- www.pigandco.com

Shropshire Chocolates by Toot Sweets – handmade chocolates made using local Shropshire ingredients. Made in Shrewsbury making her own chocolates for the past 3 years.

Twitter- @tootsweetsshrew & @shropshirechocs

Website- www.tootsweetsconfectionery.wordpress.com

BBC Good Food Show Summer – NEC, Birmingham, 12th – 16th June 2013.

Ooomeringues – handmade meringues in allsorts of shapes, colours, flavours and sizes. Made in Newtown, Powys, Wales and 6 months old.

Twitter- @ooomeringues

Website- www.ooomeringues.co.uk

Pepper and Stew Ltd – traditional handmade, all natural African cooking sauces made in Northolt, London 1 ½ years old.

Twitter- @pepperandstew

Website- www.pepperandstew.co.uk

Saison! – seasoning salts, peppers and sugars made in Dorchester, Dorset 6 months old.

Twitter- @saisonforcooks

Website- www.saison.co.uk

Slamseys Drinks Ltd – fruit liqueurs and gins made from fruit picked from her farm and hedgerows – made in Braintree, Essex and 6 months old.

Twitter- @slamseysdrinks

Website- www.slamseysdrinks.co.uk

I do hope you love them as much as we did and show your support by visiting them at the BBC Good Food Shows!

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BBC Good Food Show Scotland – Highlights

I am recovering today from a particularly brilliant BBC Good Food Show Scotland – I worked hard and played hard and hope that anyone that either visited, demonstrated or exhibited had as good a time as I did! From kippers to karaoke this blog is going to cover my personal highlights – please do add your own to the comments section.

The Port of Lancaster Smokehouse brought their traditional kipper smokers, and mounds of kippers and smoked meat, fish and game. You can order ‘kippers by post’ on their website.

We don’t do stand awards… but if we did my winner would be Crabbies, it was magical!

Although I don’t like whisky, I think one of the most innovative products we have at all our shows is the Whisky Tasting Company‘s tasting sets – perfect if you want to try whisky but not buy full bottles of each (especially the expensive ones!).

Really good smoked salmon from Rennie’s Smokehouse.
Mojito Jelly from Trotter’s Independent Condiments – tangy and tasty.
The Commonwealth Orchard‘s beautiful apple display.
Just Slate‘s gorgeous slate cake stand.
The Truckle Cheese Company‘s range seems to grow every time I see them! Make sure you try their chocolate cheese if you see them!
 
Luponde Tea‘s delicious teas ready to sample. 
Super shiny knives from Hammer Stahl Cutlery.
Gorgeous cupcakes from Truly Scrumptious.
Iron Brew Sorbet from S. Luca Ice Cream. 

Miss Tunnocks (Caramel Wafers) took a tour of the show – that dress is made out of wafer wrappers!
The Rachel’s Organic team enjoying a few drinks at our exhibitor party.
The team went to a lovely Italian restaurant on the Saturday night – Fratelli Sarti, on Bath Street. From there it went downhill with a rather fun karaoke session! We were all very proud of the show this year and hope all our visitors enjoyed!
 
So, countdown now begins for our next show – MasterChef Live, hope to see you there!

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