Friday, 24 October 2014

The Big Food Show Exeter

We were lucky enough to get press passes for The Big Food Show at Westpoint Arena in Exeter today.
We decided to get there for when the doors opened at 9.30am, when we got there it was still quite quiet which made looking around easy but it did get busier as the day went on.

The Big Food Show Exeter
 After collecting our passes we went into the arena and immediately got talking with a lady from Simply Naturals, she gave us a sample of each of the three mineral drinks. She had rose, ginger & green tea, our favourite was the rose one. She told us all about the benefits of minerals and was very informative.

We then came across a stall selling lots of different flapjacks, they even had savoury ones like pizza jack :)

At The Cherry Tree stand Angela sampled some of the chutneys and loved them. I don't really like chutney so I was more interested in the jam and ended up buying the starwberry extra jam with champagne which was £3.50
The Big Food Show Exeter
 There were quite a few stalls selling fudge and this was the first one we came across. Although we didn't buy anything the fudge was lovely, they even had a marmite fudge!!

Next was Dimkins, they had lots of different flavour macaroons including bubblegum. I bought a champagne flavoured one which was 95p

The Big Food Show Exeter
Next was the AMAZING Get Cupcaked, they were both really friendly and had really good prices. Angela and I both bought a small gingerbread man that was only £1.50, even though they are the small ones they are still giant compared to normal gingerbread men. I also bought an Oreo brownie for £2 as I bought the gingerbread man for my sister.

Then we went to cottage confectionery who were really friendly. After trying a few different flavours I bought 3 100g bags for £5.

We tried quite a few different flavours at Sugar and Crumbs and I ended up buying strawberry milkshake and tropical fruits. I'll definitely be buying more flavours once I have used these two. 
The Big Food Show Exeter
The first demonstration we watched was with a chef from Deer Park & Glen Cosby. They were demonstrating how to cook venison, parsnip purée and a few other things.

After lunch we decided to watch John Torode from Masterchef, he was talking about cooking steaks and also made a Spanish meatballs with clams, chorizo and squid. After he did a quick Q&A and then was signing copies of his book. 
The Big Food Show Exeter
 Tea People was our favourite stand, they give 50% of their profits to educational development work in tea growing regions. They were really nice people and told us about their tea. We tried the Desi Masala Chai and Vanilla Rooibos teas.
I bought the Vanilla Rooibos, Desi Masala Chai & Ceylon Green loose tea taster packs, they were £2 each or 3 for £5 and apparently have enough in each pack for 5 cups.
Angela bought the Desi Masala Chai loose tea taster pack and a tea infuser. We were also given a leaflet with a discount code for our first onlide order with them.
The Big Food Show Exeter
Here are some of the things I bought :)


We both had a really good time and would definitely consider going again.
Tickets cost £14 if you buy them online and the show is still on tomorrow and Sunday.


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