I love me a food show. And when I was fortunate enough to get a free pass to the BBC Good Food Show London in Olympia for this weekend, I jumped at the chance to go.
I headed there on Saturday in hopes of seeing the Queen of Baking herself, Mary Berry but alas tickets to her live show with Paul Hollywood in the venue’s Supertheatre were sold out. Still, there was plenty to see and do and taste and try and buy!
Given that I mostly attend exclusively vegan and vegetarian food events, I was curious about the amount of choice for us vegos. Thankfully, I was not disappointed. I grabbed my lunch (a leek, squash and butter bean pie) from vegetarian and vegan street food stall The Honest Carrot (and enjoyed the exclamations of fellow festival goers around me – “Oh, it’s vegan…” in hushed, wary tones); and I bought up big from veggie-friendly stalls like Spoon Cereals who have mastered the art of gourmet granola and muesli, Rebel Kitchen who offer flavoured coconut “mylk” drinks, and Fox’s Spices who sell everything from your staple spices to chilli sauce to dried beetroot powder (which I obviously bought!).
I also got talked into signing up to Abel & Cole‘s organic vegetable delivery service. I ordered the Small Veg Box for £10.50 but as the minimum spend is £13, and they offer plenty of other items aside from fruit and veg, I added some olive oil to my box. I am going to try it out for a few deliveries and see how it goes.
There was a range of events all day even for those who, like me, missed out on tickets to the Supertheatre shows. There was cake decorating, wine tastings, celebrity chef interviews, book signings, and several live demo stands.
Although I kept it vegan on the day, I did go and check out the World Cheese Awards hall, which was a room filled with around 3000 cheeses! It was pretty impressive, if slightly smelly.
Overall, it was a great event, pretty much summed up as a Foodie Heaven. BBC Good Food do several events throughout the year so I definitely recommend heading along to any in your area.