On Saturday 17th June 2017, myself and my Boyfriend headed off to Birmingham NEC for the BBC Good Food Show and Gardner’s World Live. I would like to thank River Street Events once again for the free Press Pass for me and my plus 1. We had a great time!
BBC Good Food Show
The first thing that was apparent as soon as I turned up at the event was that the Good Food Show section was a lot smaller than the Winter Good Food Show. Compared to the big two halls in the NEC like Christmas, there was one for the Good Food Show and one for the Gardner’s World section.
Like last time, there were lots to see a do though. The stalls were very varied with anything from vegan & vegetarian stalls to meat stalls, and anything from frozen yoghurt to alcohol.
Throughout the hall, there were live demonstrations taking place which was free and open to attend to everyone. There were also masterclasses taking place where they were participating in wine tasting and also cooking a recipe along with the chef on the stage. These have to be pre-booked and paid for, but as they are in the main hall; you can always stand and observe which I found very interesting while eating my breakfast.
As I attending the event as Press, I was very lucky to also receive tickets to the Supertheatre shows of my choice. As I was more interested in the food area I opted to see a cooking demonstration. This time I got to see Michel Roux Jr and his daughter Emily Roux. The show once again was stolen by Tony the camera guy. He’s very funny with his antics on the stage like dancing with the chefs and zooming in on the food and faces too close.
BBC Gardner’s World Live
Once we explored The Good Food Show section, we then moved around into the Gardner’s World Hall. It was full of amazing flowers as well as water features, hot tubs, decorations for the garden and even caravan holiday homes for sale.
Immediately outside the halls outside, there was a long row of caravans selling Prosecco, Pimms, street food and an ice cream van. This was lovely and obviously, I had to treat myself to an ice cream in the sun. It had to be a waffle 99. Yummy!
Gardner’s World Live as a whole was much bigger than I thought it was going to be. When we entered the outdoors area, we realised how big the show was. It has live music outdoors in the beautiful sunshine, set ups of vintage gardens as well as a mini with petrol pumps and also lots of stalls selling Scarecrows, plant pots, decorations and so much more.
Outside there was lots of room with a large grassed area, so if you wanted a picnic; there was plenty of room for that. Also as we were having the heatwave in the UK, many people were sitting outside chatting, laughing and drinking; soaking up the rays. It was lovely to see!
The next section in the Gardner’s World Live was a Flower Marquee. It was full to the brim with flowers, succulents, cactus’ and beautiful displays work. The were all judged and awarded prizes. It was just lovely inside the Markee – but it was super hot and humid due to the weather outside. There was one display which was breathtaking though – literally – it was a massive display of lilies, which I have recently realised I’m allergic too! Oops! It was stunning though, I had to stay around and appreciate the hard work which went into it.
There were also tickets to the Gardner’s World Supertheatre shows as well as live demonstrations on ‘rose cutting’ and ‘flower arranging’. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to see one of these shows on this day, but I would be sure to go next time.
Other things to note…
Parking at the NEC cost us £12 for the day. There are numerous car parks, all signposted and with people guiding you where to park.
Transport to NEC from Car Park
There is a free shuttle bus which runs from every car park to the NEC which comes every few minutes.
Have you been?
Did you manage to grab tickets to visit the BBC Good Food Show and Gardner’s World Live Summer 2017 shows? If so, what did you think and what was your favourite part?