So, after spending the day soaking it all up, here is my round up of some of the brands which caught my eye and perhaps, the new ones to watch! There is so much to see and do at the show that I would always recommend that you plan in advance to make the most of it all, otherwise you can end up wandering aimlessly for hours. There are several stages now to see - the Supertheatre, Magimix stage, Great British Bake Off and Saturday Kitchen and more.. so if you want to watch demo's, have a look in advance to ensure you know where you need to be and when!
Anyway, With just one day left for this years show, here's my round up of all the great things there. Perhaps I can tempt you to go to the Summer show next year.
Yorkshire Rapeseed Oils
We were drawn to the stand because of all the gorgeous yellow/green bottles lined up and soon got chatting to the guy. Yorkshire Rapeseed Oils are taste award winners and a family run company. They do a range of flavoured oils and dressings including zingy balsamic and mint which would be perfect with lamb.
All I can say is wow - what amazing sauces - intense and with up to 97% vegetable content, they are well worth investing in. I tried the olive, asparagus and artichoke sauces and all of them were utterly divine. Soralina is a UK based family run business working with small artisan producers in the Abruzzo region of Italy to produce incredible olive oils, pastas and sauces.
I was lucky enough to meet Edward and listen to his inspiring story. One of this years food show producers bursary winners, his brand is less than 1 year old and started with just one flavour of cordial made in his own kitchen. Now he has a whole range available and sources all of his ingredients from his local area. The flavours are fresh and unique and include Lavender and Rhubarb, Blackcurrant and Basil and Strawberry and Mint. I have a bottle of the Blackcurrant and Basil and have to admit, since Wednesday, its almost all gone!
Bake at Home
The stand caught our eye as it was beautiful - lots of vintage chic furniture piled up with artisan baking gift sets and cake mixes for the baker in your life. So on trend and totally cute, the kits would make great gifts for children and adults alike. I particularly liked the flowerpot bread making kits! Definitely ones to watch.
Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company
The Beach Food guys have a great back story - they started back in 2010 with a small cafe on the beach serving fresh seafood and locally foraged ingredients. They then went on to become award winning street food heroes, touring the country visiting festivals and markets. They now have a range of products all close to their roots such as lavabread pesto and seaweed flavoured butters. I was totally impressed and have some products here with me at home to try! Blog post to follow :-)