The BBC Good Food Show Scotland kicked off in sensational style yesterday with Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry doing the honours of cutting the ribbon. I for one was very excited for another year of the best food and drink being showcased in all its glory.
After a hectic first day of doing the circuit around 6 times, feet feeling like they were on fire and wanting my bed by 8pm, I’ve highlighted the best things to do and see throughout the show for the rest of the weekend.
You don’t go to a food show without wanting to eat, do you? This year, the ultimate celebration of Glasgow’s vibrant dining scene brings one of the City’s top restaurants along to the show each day. Yesterday, one of my favourite restaurants, The Gannet was showcasing their restaurant and it did not disappoint. I first tried the cheek of Scotch beef slow cooked in port and red wine with parsnip puree and crisp. It was so soft that I didn’t need a fork to cut through the meat. It was absolutely delicious but left me wanting so much more! I then tried the Chocolate feuilletine with salted peanut brittle and whipped crème fraîche. No words. It was sublime.
Today (Saturday) one of the newer editions to the Glasgow dining scene, Porter & Rye will be showcasing dry-aged meats and molecular cooking with dishes such as 55 day sirloin with bone marrow or how about the shoulder and neck of lamb with liver parfait? I’m going to make a beeline for the sirloin myself. I cannot resist a good steak!
Sunday brings Red Onion and Head Chef/Owner John Quigley and their contemporary casual dining with a menu that suits everyone. Some dishes being showcased are bang bang chicken salad, Innis and Gunn braised blade of beef with Ramsay’s of Carluke black pudding hash and a Chocolate banoffee tart. All three sound delicious.
Dishes are between £4-7 and ideally you really want 3-4 dishes between 2 people.
Glasgow’s Best Independent Food Shop Winner
Being one of the BBC Good Food Show Official Bloggers meant that I was one of the judges that helped pick the winner of Glasgow’s Best Independent Food Shop. The well deserved winner for 2015 was Roots Fruits and Flowers. They offer a well-priced range of high quality international and local produce. Their deli provides fresh whole food and organic seasonal food.
At the show, they are selling fresh fruit, vegetables and products in their own little mini shop, similar to what you can buy in their stores on Great Western Road and Argyle Street. It’s not to be missed!
Michel Roux Jr
The culinary god himself will be making his debut at the show today at the Supertheatre, Interview Stage and signing books. I aim to be at all three and shall be making it my mission to get my photograph with him. I cannot wait to see what he’ll be cooking on stage and see if it is something I can recreate myself easily at home.
My Top Exhibitors
I carefully highlighted and mapped out where my favourite stalls were so I knew where I wanted to go back to after my initial walk around. It is like a maze so get yourself a show guide book to help you get around.
Banana Leaf Glasgow
My favourite restaurant in Glasgow is at the show for the first time this year showcasing their Malay Chinese food. Head to their stall and say hello to super friendly Desmond and Wing; brothers in this family run restaurant. They are handing out samples of some of the best food in the restaurant such as chicken satay, beef curry and achar salad. Definitely not to be missed!
Sicilian Pistachio Cream. Need I say more? This stuff is like crack. After one taste you just want more and more. It’s a pistachio lovers dream. They also sell white and black truffles but I’m only interested in the pistachios if I’m honest!
Charlie & Ivy’s
Mayonnaise, Oils and Dips. If you love Garlic and Mustard, head to this stand. The Garlic and Mustard Mayo is sensational. I actually want past their stand a few times to get my fix. Which reminds me, I need to go back later today to purchase some!
A stall I didn’t actually go to but plan to today. Based in London, they are selling duck, lamb and halloumi wraps which looked sensational. Sadly I was too full yesterday but I’m making a beeline for them today (after Banana Leaf!).
GoCoco Drinks & Nudie Snacks
Ross is obsessed with this local Glasgow company which sells 100% natural coconut water and coconut chips. So obsessed that he bought a 12 pack box of coconut water yesterday at the show. The coconut chips are great as well- healthy and nutritious.
Macarons seem to be the “in-thing” at the show this year. Edinburgh based Mademoiselle Macaron are the stand out stall for me. Pistachio macarons a-hoy!
Carbs galore. All the bread are made traditionally by hand, using flour milled in Scotland, and without preservatives. The popular range of artisan breads includes black olive and rosemary, red onion and poppy-seed, cheese and onion, multi-grain, and fennel and carraway seed. Delicious!
Bursary Award Winners for 2015, Poporopo is the first Gourmet popcorn company in Scotland, combining popcorn kernels with the finest quality ingredients. Flavours such as Peanut Butter, Isle of Skype Sea salt and Caramel and Sweet Ginger are sure to get your taste buds going!
Ramsay of Carluke
The best black pudding and bacon around. No more explanation is needed.
St Andrews Brewing Company
One of the friendliest stalls I’ve seen showcasing their beers which are brewed in St Andrews. Ross picked up a few bottles (at great prices!) after sampling quite a few. It’s a good thing I was driving.
The Brownie Bar
Rich gooey chocolate brownies, blondies and bombs. Based in Newcastle (unfortunately), these are THE best I have ever tried. I really do thing they put crack in them as after one bite, you are addicted. I couldn’t resist buying A LOT.
Three Sisters Bake
Situated in the Farmer’s Market, the Three Sisters, an idyllic countryside cafe are selling delicious cakes, brownies and the best frittata I’ve ever had. I love their cafe in Quarriers Village and have it on good authority, they do a mean breakfast. I’m just all about the cake really!
Chefs and Celebrities
You may bump into someone familiar from the TV like I did with Luis Trojan from 2014 Great British Bake Off. He was an absolutely lovely person and I kept bumping into him throughout the day which gave us both a chuckle. I watched him in the Interview Stage later on in the Afternoon which was very insightful as well. His book is great too!
Saturday is all about Michel Roux Jr (as stated above) for me. Tomorrow James Martin and Tom Kitchen will be gracing the Supertheatre and Interview Stage which is not to be missed. James should be opening the show tomorrow as well which is a great photographic opportunity!
If you are heading to the show this weekend, bring a big bag (or someone to carry them all for you!) and wear some comfortable shoes because you are going to need them! I still have so much to see and do myself, I cannot wait!
Have you been to the show already? Want were your top picks? What are you looking forward to the most? Let me know in the comment box