The BBC Good Food Show Scotland opened yesterday and as an official show blogger I was was there, talking to producers and finding out more about their great products. If you’re visiting the show, there’s so much to enjoy. The Supertheatre sponsored by Kenwood features a host of well know celebrity chefs cooking up some amazing dishes. Today, you’ll find Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry and John Torode on stage and tomorrow James Martin and Tom Kitchin take over the reigns for the final day.
After watching the lovely Paul Hollywood on stage I was lucky enough to catch up with him backstage for a quick chat and photograph. He had just finished a demo in the Supertheatre where he cooked up the most delicious strawberry & pistachio shortcakes. You’ll find the recipe for these and so many other great recipes in the show guide.
This year’s show has over 100 stands with a great variety of products to choose from; you’ll find cheeses, confectionery, meat & game, fish & seafood, cookware, oils & vinegars, preserves & chutneys to liquers & spirits and regional specialty’s. Definitely spoilt for choice.
Here’s some more of my favourite products and producers at the show.
Flying the flag for Scottish salmon with some fantastic smoked salmon, gravadlax and smoked salmon pate is Dunkeld Smoked Salmom Dunkeld are a small producer and have over 30 years experience in smoking some of Scotland’s finest salmon at their Springwells smokehouse on the banks of Perthshire’s River Tay. Visit them on stand B92 to sample some of their great smoked salmon products.
Lynn Mann of Supernature oils is on stand B50 with a super collection of Scottish rapeseed oils. Produced on the family farm in the beautiful Midlothian countryside, Supernature now produce and sell a range of original and infused oils. The flavoured oils are exceptionally good and can be used in different ways when cooking. Visit Lynn at the stand for more information and to sample some of delicious flavours including, orange, lime, coriander or basil infused oils or the original Supernature rapeseed oil.
Waulkmill Cider on stand G21 with Scottish Fruit Trees is my favourite apple cider vinegar producer. Owner Chris has a range of cider products on the stand including his Spiced Apple Punch and mixed cider gift boxes. He’s also about to market a new gift box of flavoured cider vinegars and they are available on stand for sampling.
No food show would be complete with good biscuits and there are several companies at this years show. One of Scotland’s oldest is Tunnocks and I had a great chat with the young Mr Tunnock, grandson of the founder Thomas Tunnock. Very few people need an introduction to Tunnocks as they are one of the nations great favourites. They’re on stand G20 You’ll find all your favourites, teacakes, caramel logs, caramel wafers and the great favourite, Tunnock’s snowballs.
The Gift of Oil on stand C22 are they’re always on my shopping list at BBC Good Food Shows. I love their first class range of olive oils and vinegars and it’s great to see that they’ve added new additions to the range. There’s a new rosemary & garlic infused olive oil and a new zingy grapefruit infused balsamic vinegar. My top favourite in the infused balsamics is the pomegranate & fig and I also picked up a bottle of the deliciously sweet raspberry infused. You’ll find this seasons Puglian, Alentejan and Sicilian olive oils along with some outstanding maturevinegars and the full range of infused balsamics. Definitely worth a visit.
This is just a few of the outstanding producers you’ll find at this years show. I’ll be back at the show tomorrow to bring you some more of my favourite food & drink and also to keep you posted on twitter & facebook with live show updates.