A few weeks back I was asked if I would like to join the Community Blogger team for this year’s Good Food Show in Harrogate. I jumped at the chance. It is the show’s third year running in Harrogate and to me, virtually on my doorstep living in North Yorkshire. I have been posting about some of the wonderful local producers that were going to be exhibiting this year and was also looking forward to discovering new things.
The show this year ran from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th April but I chose to go along on the Friday and took my husband along as my guest. He’s never been to the Good Food Show before, I’ve usually gone with friends. I was in a hurry to get to Harrogate for 9am as I wanted to be there to see Tom Kerridge opening the show. Luckily as it was the school holidays traffic into town and along Wetherby Road was fine. Normally it’s a nightmare but parking for us in the Victoria multistorey and a walk down the road to the HIC was fine for us and we got there just in time. Unfortunately I missed taking a photo of Tom Kerridge cutting the ribbon as I was waiting to pick up my pass. Still I managed to sneak a couple of photos of him throughout the day.
Wandering around at 9am was much more pleasurable than fighting off the crowds later. It meant you could go up to stall holders and chat with them. I had a lovely chat with Phil and Helena who run York and Dulgent Fudge who I had discovered through my friend Sharon on her blog Humbug’s House. I was very impressed with the fudge and bought two flavours to try out. Do look out for their Blue Cheese, Apple and Walnut Fudge, which the first time ever that I have come across a savoury fudge and it sounds funny but believe me it works!
By this time hubby had sloped off! He was just answering a phone call so I told him I was going to the fudge stall. When I went to find him, he had gone off. Typical, it’s like when my kids used to wander off in Toys R Us! I phoned him, phone went straight to voicemail saying he was on holiday. No use texting him “Where are you?”, he’d never reply. I left him a message. Then I get a phone call from one of the supply teaching agencies I work for with some work lined up. He phones back while I’m on the phone! I thought well knowing my car mad petrol head husband he will be looking at the Lexus stand as they are the sponsors of the Good Food Show. He was, no surprise there then!
I then went to stock up with my favourites in the Deliciously Yorkshire section: Gordon Rhodes and Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil. It was lovely to chat with everyone on their stands and I came away with products I can’t always find locally. We love the Gordon Rhodes spice rubs and I had run out. They are launching some new ones for the summer so I got some samples to try. More of that to come so watch this space.
We also stocked up on the flavoured Yorkshire Rapeseed Oils we love like chilli and ginger. We also got a garlic one to try as well as another plain oil so I can use it in my baking.
A new company caught my eye at the show. They are called Stoats, who are based in Edinburgh and make porridge oat products. I will be writing a separate post later on but I was very impressed with what I saw. I hadn’t realised that they had in fact been going for over ten years but it was the first time I had seen them.
As part of a Community Blogger perk we got a complimentary seat in the Supertheatre to watch Tom Kerridge’s demo. I’ve seen Tom Kerridge on TV before and enjoy watching him though I’ve never made any of his recipes and I don’t have any of his books. He was very entertaining and demonstrated how to make three dishes Turbot With Toasted Cucumber, Mushrooms and Radishes, Spiced Roast Rump Of Lamb With Celery and Feta, and also how to make Asparagus with a sauce which I cant remember the name of now but it looked delicious. The dishes aren’t really what I’d cook at home, even for a special occasion. I’ve never tried turbot though it was fascinating to see what happened to the cucumber when it cooked. I didn’t think you could cook cucumber. I don’t really like lamb either and never cook it at home as the smell of it cooking makes me feel sick. I did like the sound of the asparagus though, I love asparagus with hollandaise sauce so to have it with the sauce Tom Kerridge used would be a delcious alternative.
We were then met by the sales and press team and given a tour of the show showing selected stands including four very special producers who had been granted a Bursary Award, as well as various producers who were known as Good Food Champions. I’m going to be writing a separate blog post about the Bursary Award winners but here are some highlights of what we saw as we walked around the show.
All too soon it was time to head back home with my purse considerably lighter than it was when I got to the show that morning. I had bought and seen some fantastic things.
I had a lovely day and really enjoyed taking part in the show as a Community Blogger. All opinions and photos are my own.