Very early Friday morning I boarded a train to Birmingham International Station, heading for the NEC and the BBC Gardeners world and Good Food Shows
I had never been to a BBC Good Food Show or BBC Gardeners World Live show before, so I didn’t really know what to expect, except that I knew James Martin and Paul Hollywood were going to be there.
I especially didn’t expect the show to be so big taking up 5 halls and the outdoor atrium.
I collected a free show guide when I arrived and also brought the Gardeners world goodie Bag, then I headed into hall 17 where James Martin and Lisa Faulkner were due to open the show.
After the speeches I decided to check the show times and see which shows in the ‘Super Theatre’ I would be interested in seeing, the tickets to these shows cost £2 each, I thought that I would quite like to see both James Martin & Paul Hollywood Cook so I got tickets for the early afternoon shows.
Then I had a walk around the exhibitors, I quite liked the wine stalls which were offering samples as were some of the cake stalls.
I quickly realised that the food on offer was a higher quality that I am used to, with a special show price for cheese on one stand 2 small blocks for £5. However after tasting a sample I my certain that it would have been worth it.
I then headed outside to the gardens, where I met Mr M&TTT would had caught up with me after taking JR to school.
We made the most of the glorious sunshine and had a walk around the stunning garden displays. One which particularly caught my eye was the reconstruction of a world war 1 trench, and another which told the story of a brave carrier pigeon who delivered her message despite losing a leg and being shot through the chest and wing, and survived.
It was then time for the shows, we first of all watched James Martin, who was very funny and had every one in stitches. He cooked a 3 course meal in just 30 minutes.
His starter was a Tuna dish
His main was a Duck dish
And for pudding he created a pavlova.
He was very funny and entertaining, whilst at the same time being informative.
After seeing James Martin, I helped Mr M&TTT find the parents room for him and the kids to rest and eat dinner in whilst I watched Paul Hollywood bake bread, again Paul was funny, entertaining and informative. I don’t bake in fact I can’t bake but after watch Paul make baking bread look so easy I might have to give it a go.
I then met back up with the family to once again browse the stands, it was during this walk around we found the KoKo milk stand, where all the drinks were dairy free, LA was able to have chocolate and strawberry milk shakes just like her brother. It was here we purchased a large quantity of strawberry milk for LA as that seemed like it was her favourite.
By now TP was starting to complain that his legs were hurting and that he was tired so we decided to make our way home after a truly delightful day.
If you like food or gardening I definitely recommend this show for a great day out, but I would recommend that you book your super theatre tickets in advance as both shows I saw were sell outs, as were the shows in the garden theatre.
Disclosure: I received 2 press passes for this event and free entry into the super theatre for the purposes of this review however all words and opinions are my own .