The BBC Good Food Show returns to Scotland this Friday and once again the show promises to be a spectacular event for food lovers. Doors open at 10am and Great British Bake off Fans will be delighted to see the very popular Paul Holywood and the lovely Mary Berry declare the show open.
Throughout the weekend several renowned chefs including, James Martin, Scotland’s Tom Kitchin, Masterchef’s JohnTorode, Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood will entertain visitors in the 900 seat Supertheatre, which, this year has been sponsored by Kenwood. New to the Scottish show is the Bakes and Cakes Village and with the the country’s interest in baking at an all time high, it’s sure to be a favourite with visitors.
There’s also a brand new Eat Well Pavillion, dedicated to wholefoods, superfoods, wheat free, dairy free, gluten free and natural ingredients. Nutritional experts will be on hand with advice and there will be opportunities to learn healthy cooking techniques and to sample a selection of delicious and nutritious food and drink.
The ever popular producers village has over 100 food and drink producers, showcasing a range of speciality food and artisan produce. Whether you’re looking for new ingredients to inspire you in the kitchen or a foodie gift for a friend, you’ll find everything you need here. Within the village you’ll find area’s dedicated to Scottish regional producers including this year’s outstanding BBC Good Food Show Bursary Award Winners.
To enable visitors to relax and enjoy a hands free visit to the show there’s a fast and convenient designated Shop and Drop area supported by Guide Dogs. There’s also opportunities to meet the dogs and navigate your way through their sensory tunnel.
With so much to see at this year’s show and with so many good food products available it’s worthwhile planning your visit in advance. I’m part of the official BBC Good Food Show Blogging team and between now and Friday I’ll be telling you about my favourite must have products and who’s who at this years show.
There are four very impressive BBC Good Food Show Bursary Award Winners and each will be bringing a very different range of great products and services to the show. All four companies were successful in the show teams search to find the most outstanding artisan food and drink producers and will be proudly showcasing their businesses for the first time at the show. They include
Scotia Spice with their True Guide to Punjabi Cooking.
Helen’s Herbs with a beautiful range of herbs to fragrance the garden or enhance your cooking.
Plan Bee, the fastest, most natural way to make a positive local impact & support social responsibility through adoption of a beehive.
The Hebridean Food Co, bringing wildly delicious seafood, lamb, beef, game and other delights direct to your door.
My first favourite and a must if you’re looking for an unusual food gift is Bursary Winner Scotia Spice . I predict their True Guide to Punjabi Cooking will be extremely popular with visitors to the show. The beautifully designed box contains all the spices and recipes needed to make 6 dishes, along with ‘Yasmin’s Guide to Tasting Spices’ and ‘Your Guide to True Punjabi Cooking’.
This is a great alternative to a cookery book and ideal for someone learning or starting to experiment with spicy food as the only additional ingredients required as the the meat and vegetables.
Scotia Spice owner,Yasmin McDonagh commented “The True Guide to Punjabi Cooking offers enthusiastic cooks the chance to learn the art of authentic Punjabi cooking. With know-how that’s been passed down the generations, we help people discover how to get the most out of exotic spices and delicious ingredients. One taste of a curry cooked from scratch and you’ll never want a takeaway again”.
There are three boxes to chose from, lamb, chicken and vegetarian. Normally priced at £20, but as a special BBC Good Food Show offer you can buy two for £36. Visit Scotia Spice on stand PB1
I’ll be following up this post with my top picks among the food producers and you can keep up to date with show news by following my twitter feeds, @RachelGillon and @WeePinchofSugar.