The BBC Summer Good Food Show – an invitation (Part 1)

by Sunita on June 16, 2009

Hope all of you had a very good weekend. I definitely did and it was food all the way.

Nearly a month ago, I received an invitation from Steph (Miele-forever better) for the BBC Summer Good Food Show  at The National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham. I was also invited to an earlier event which I had to turn down. But, this time, it was too ”good” to let the opportunity slip by. I mean, a sponsored day out among foodies and food – who can resist? Miele, the home appliances , were one of the sponsors of the show.

”The event brings together the very best in irresistible cuisine, magnificent wines, beers and spirits, top celebrity chefs and fantastic shopping. The show caters for all businesses in the food and drink sectors, companies ranging from small producers to big brands and retailers exhibit to promote their products and target the discerning food loving audience.”

I accepted the invitation, and though Birmingham is a bit far from where we live, we went as a family for a long due weekend break. We left on the night of Friday and on Saturday, Dinesh dropped me off at the NEC and returned to the hotel with the kids. Of course, the kids got their treat on Sunday, but that will require another post.

But, I must mention that I haven’t been stuck in such long queues for a very long time. The traffic towards The NEC moved at a snail’s pace, and I just made it to the first show on time. Thousands of people descended on the NEC, Birmingham to get a taste of the numerous food brands, gadgets, and most importantly to get a sneak peek at their favourite celebrity chefs giving demonstrations of yummy dishes for the enthusiastic crowds.

I was greeted by Steph and ushered in to join the other lovely fellow bloggers ( lovely ladies, it was great to meet all of you )

From left- Nic, Anne, Jules, myself, Jan and Sylvie strike a pose!

…to watch chef Simon Rimmer in the Summer Kitchen giving a demonstration.

We got some of the best seats in the theatre and it was a pleasure to watch him cook and gage the audience’s attention at the same time.

After Rimmer’s show, we were ushered to the backstage dining area for some light refreshments,

and, on the other side of the room, some of the celebrity chefs were taking a breather too.

Simon King ( with the bandana), Gino D’Acampo ( with his back turned), Simon Rimmer ( shaved head), David Myers (beard and long hair)

Gino D’Acampo and Simon Rimmer have a serious chat!

Gino D’Acampo and David Myers posing for us

We also received our show guides….

After spending some time in that area, we were  taken for more food as some of the bloggers had to start from home quite early and were famished.

Our tummies full, we were given free reign to  explore the show on our own for the next hour and a half. Our group quickly dispersed and I just caught up with Naomi and Celine ( not in the group picture). The three of us started to explore, and mark my words, there was quite a lot to look at. The sheer number of people who had turned up for the show was overwhelming.

I haven’t been elbowed so much for quite a while.  We , sort of, went with the flow. But, of course, the bloggers that we are, pictures had to be taken, and it was really tricky, trying to click a decent one through a gap between someones arms, or while someone was giving you an amused, and at times an impatient look. Click, click, click, was all that we did, for there was no setting the stage here. The glare from the lights made it worse, but, hey ho, we were there, taking in the smells and sights, and tastes, of what else, but food. And there was so much of it too. From oils, to fresh vegetables, nuts, to chutneys, cheeses, meat, curries, spices, cookware, dips, beverages, chocolates…it was a foodies haven.

Here’s a photo feature of some of the food stands…not sure how good they are though, considering they had to be clicked in a matter of seconds through the bustling crowd!.



Chutneys/sauces etc-





Chocolate/sweet treats-




Med food-

Hot food/ meals/snacks-




Phew! That should be enough for today. Stay tuned for the next part…for more photos of stalls, demonstrations from other chefs, and especially the hands on Miele Cookery Experience ,that our group of bloggers were a part of !

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa June 16, 2009 at 2:14 pm

That must have been great! Wow, awesome! Thanks for sharing.




2 Happy Cook June 16, 2009 at 2:17 pm

I hate you sunita :-)
I would have love to be there too, and i see all my favourite BBC chefs there. And Gino the italian stud, wowwwwww :-)
Here Shyama’s favourite chef is david myers, i think he like him for his silliness.
Looks like you had a wonderful time.
I am glad you didn’t miss this show, how can one miss the bbb food show.
I will be there in a jiffy :-)
Hating part was just kidding :-)


3 Soma June 16, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Oh ! my goodness! must have been quite an experience!


4 pavithra June 16, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Wow thats so nice of you , shared the pictures.. SO interesting and hope u too have enjoyed..lovely lovely snaps


5 sra June 16, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Phew indeed! What fun, wish I’d been there. Nice to see you, nice haircut!


6 rachel June 16, 2009 at 3:45 pm

A visual treat!


7 prathibha June 16, 2009 at 4:56 pm

That is surely a visual treat..OMG everything at one place..I love it..


8 Jules June 16, 2009 at 4:59 pm

Fantastic photos and lovely report.


9 Kalai June 16, 2009 at 5:31 pm

OMG! Talk about being like a kid in a candy store! You are so lucky to have gone and thanks so much for sharing the goodies with us. :)


10 Lakshmi June 16, 2009 at 6:21 pm

woow..its an honor to attend such an event. thx for the visual tour…Im happy with that for now ;)


11 Sylvie June 16, 2009 at 8:35 pm

Sunita, it was lovely to meet you. You’ve taken some great pictures. I wish I had taken more, but I was too busy enjoying myself.


12 Nags June 17, 2009 at 2:30 am

That is some event! awesome!!


13 Cynthia June 17, 2009 at 6:03 am

You are so thorough. Wow is all I can say.


14 Meeta June 17, 2009 at 6:49 am

oh this is awesome! it’s like dying and going to heaven and living the life i’ve always wanted to hahaha! lovely sunita and thanks for sharing!


15 Indrani June 17, 2009 at 9:02 am

What a lovely visual treat..thanks for sharing with us….love the med. utensils and the goodies, off course..waiting for the next round


16 Jan June 17, 2009 at 10:59 am

Great post Sunita – you have some great pictures.
I didn’t take half as many – me and Sylvie were too busy sampling the wine LOL
Really nice to have met you – Jan x


17 Nicisme June 17, 2009 at 2:08 pm

It as wonderful to get to meet you Sunita! Wish we could have spent more time together though.
Great post – I think you took more photos than me (and I took a lot!!!)


18 Bong Mom June 17, 2009 at 3:36 pm

How lucky and please tell me how you maintain such a perfect figure with of those delicious cakes and brownies you make :)


19 Miri June 17, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Thanks so much for sharing the experience with us – must have been totally awesome , all that food and then those chefs at such close quarters!!! I wouldnt have moved away from the cheese stand! :) The only thing I brought back from London last year just for myself, was cheese!!



20 Hélène June 17, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Sounds too good to be thru. I wish I was there.


21 Rosie June 17, 2009 at 8:21 pm

This looks such a brilliant day out and it is so lovely to meet up with fellow bloggers. Gorgeous photos of all the yummy food on offer wow wish I had been there too..


22 RedChillies June 18, 2009 at 2:59 pm

What a great event and treat to just see the pictures. I can imagine the fun you had. Good to see you as well Sunita.


23 celine June 20, 2009 at 11:52 am

i agree with cynthia :) wonderful post. The pictures are lovely – don’t know about you but they sure satisfy my sweet tooth


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