BBC Good Food Show Winter, London, Glasgow and Birmingham
Twice a year, readers of the BBC Good Food Magazine and fans of the BBC’s cookery programmes, flock to this 3 day event showcasing top chefs, live cookery demonstrations and more than 280 food and drink exhibitors.
Visit the BBC Good Food Show Winter at Olympia in London
With shows in London, Birmingham and Glasgow in both the Spring and the Autumn, this is an accessible show for all. The winter show at London’s Olympia venue is the ideal place to start Christmas shopping. It’s packed to the brim with stalls and things to taste. Wear your comfy shoes, arrive with an empty stomach and bring lots of shopping bags so you can go home laden with goodies. It’s an event that’s proved so popular, an additional Summer show was launched in May 2016.The Foodie Travel Guide
- See the BBC food stars in action
- Sign up for a masterclass or tasting session
- Eat lunch in the BBC Good Food Kitchen
- Shop for foodie gifts and delicious produce
See the BBC’s Food Stars in the Supertheatre
Here’s your chance to see your favourite celebrity chefs cook mouth-watering dishes live on stage. Pick up excellent tips by watching food stars in action such as Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry, Michel Roux, Tom Kerridge and James Martin. The theatre can accommodate a large audience so if you want to be sure of a seat at the front, opt to pay for an upgrade.
Watch Celebrity Chefs Being Interviewed
Ask your favourite celebrity chefs a question on the interview stage. Discover that Mary Berry likes pink gin and that her guilty pleasure is ‘good bread, toasted and spread with unsalted butter and marmalade’. Learn that Michel Roux loves ‘really good dark chocolate’ and that the best piece of advice he was ever given was to ‘Take tasting notes’.
Go to a Celebrity Book Signing
There’s always a bookshop at the show and celebrities do book signings. Why not start your Christmas shopping early and buy one as a special gift for a foodie friend?
Participate in a Tasting Session
For wine-lovers there are usually several ways to explore the world of wine from workshops to the Tasting Theatre where you can participate in sessions such how to pair wine with chocolate or macarons. The 2015 winter show also included cocktail-making classes and a beer tasting session.
Visit the Producers’ Village
Pick up a bottle of English sparkling wine from an award-winning English vineyard or buy artisan chocolates and cheese. For stir-up Sunday, make sure you purchase a bottle of Buckfast Tonic Wine to stir into your Christmas cake and give it an extra kick courtesy of the monks at Buckfast Abbey in Devon.
Shop ’til You Drop
Fans of the Great British Bake-Off will love stands like the huge Lakeland shop with its handy accessories and kits. Who can resist creating a chocolate train? If you want to get more hands on, drop in to the cake-decorating workshop on the Cake Craft World stand. Join their popular Cake Craft World Club and learn cake decorating in the comfort of your own home.
- Visit on a Friday when the show is quieter
- Plan your day in advance so you don’t miss out on all the fun. Some events are ticketed
- Stop off at the BBC Good Food Kitchen and Bar for a tasty lunch
- In recent years, the World Cheese Awards has been hosted at both the London and Birmingham show. Visitors can sign up for a special tour
- Don’t forget to pick up your free goody bag containing samples of new products and discount vouchers
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They tell me that guide, assistance and hearing dogs are admitted into the show.