More exciting information has been released about the show which takes place in April 2016.
The BBC Good Food Show Spring is returning to the Harrogate International Centre once again from 8 – 10 April for it’s third year running.
There will be an array of famous faces and hundreds of exhibitors. Some of the nations’ favourite celebrity chefs including Paul Hollywood, Michel Roux Jr., The Hairy Bikers and Tom Kerridge will be cooking live in the beautiful adjoining Royal Hall which will be transformed into the SuperTheatre for the event.
Yorkshire will be showcasing its own local food larder, as some of the best local food producers from the area will be exhibiting at the Show.
Local Yorkshire producers can be found throughout Show, as well as in the speciality food areas including; The Producers Village, The BBC Good Food Show Champions area, The Producers Bursary Award Winners and The Drinks Cabinet. The Show is the perfect place for thousands of visitors to meet local exhibitors who pride themselves on the quality and provenance of their produce, with the chance to sample and buy their wares.
Here is just a small selection of some of the Yorkshire exhibitors I remember from previous years and whose products I have enjoyed buying on a regular basis over the last couple of years.
Gordon Rhodes was the name of a traveller who loved exploring the globe. It is now the name of a local Yorkshire company which produces a mouthwatering range of gourmet cooking sauces, spice rubs, gluten free stuffings and bread sauce. I first discovered these wonderful products at the very first Spring Good Food Show back in April 2014 and haven’t got enough of them ever since. The range of gourmet cooking sauces are a life saver for me because I am a teacher. If I have a busy day and know that I’m going to be late in from work, I pop my trusty slow cooker on with meat, veg and a Gordon Rhodes sauce and I know I’ll have a delicious, mouthwatering dinner to come back to that night. From Chicken Curry to Chilli and my family’s favourite the Pulled Pork sauce there is something that everyone will enjoy. In the summer the spice rubs are a huge favourite on top of chicken breasts with new potatoes and salad.
Mason’s Small batch, handcrafted Gin.
Mason’s Yorkshire Gin is my absolute favourite drink of all time. I first discovered it two years ago when having a meal in a local pub and enjoyed its unique flavour so much. I’m hoping to stock up when I visit the show as both my husband and I are running low! Mason’s Gin, based in Bedale is distilled on a small and traditional scale using the London Dry Gin method. It is distilled in small batches of 200 litres and each bottle has its own hand written batch and bottle number. Mason’s use Harrogate Spring Water as part of their distillation process and even grow their own juniper bushes for their gin. Along with their original gin they now produce flavoured gins reminiscent of Yorkshire, such as Yorkshire Tea and Lavender. They have also recently produced a vodka range which I am looking forward to trying.
Mercers Of Yorkshire
Paul and Lizzie Mercer produce the most delicious range of jams/ conserves, marmalades, curds, dessert sauces and savoury chutneys and sauces. I am so pleased that the Mercers are coming back to the Spring Good Food Show this year as their lemon curd is the nicest I have ever tasted. Not only is it perfect on toast but it works beautifully as a filling in a lemon cake. My family also love the marmalade and Mercer’s Caramel Sauce was ideal for adding to some Salted Caramel Brownies. If you don’t have a sweet tooth, there are plenty of savoury options. I bought a delicious jar of Caramelised Onion Chutney which my husband enjoyed with sausages and with some pork pie.
I’ve loved buying Heck Sausages since I discovered them at the first Spring Good Food Show back in 2014. Heck make their sausages in small batches which brings out the better flavour and with the finest ingredients. Their sausages come in different varieties with a flavour combination to suit all members of the family. More recent additions to their product range include their burgers and meatballs.
Shepherd’s Purse Cheese.
The award-winning Shepherd’s Purse cheeses are another favourite of mine. Started up in the late 1980’s the company still makes their cheeses by hand on a small scale. I adore the Yorkshire Blue Cheese on crackers and prefer it to French blue cheeses, such as Roquefort or even the more well known Stilton! I will be looking forward to tasting and sampling other varieties when I get to the show this year.
The Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil Company
Finally, I would like to sing the praises of another local company which I discovered when my aunt and uncle made up a Christmas hamper about three years ago. It contained
The Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil Company products. The hamper contained a bottle of their original rapeseed oil, some garlic mayonnaise and a very delicious salad dressing. The bottles didn’t last long and it was fantastic to see the company exhibiting at the show the very next year. They started producing their cold pressed oil back in 2008 at local farmers markets and their rapeseed is grown on their farm on the edge of the picturesque Yorkshire Wolds. The Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil company now produce a wide range of flavoured oils, dressings and continue to make their lovely mayonnaise. I will be featuring more about Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil in a future blog post, so watch this space!
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Please note: All producers’ images courtesy of Google Images. I am writing this post to highlight some of my own tried and tested favourites of local producers. I am not being paid for this post.