It's traditional for me and my mum to attend the show together (although my bestie Vicky has been known to fill her place on occasion). For one day only, twice a year, she renames herself 'Mummy Bites' and we set off with empty bags and full purses for a full day of shopping, eating and drinking.
It doesn't need to be a military operation but a bit of planning will help and may even be the difference between meeting your favourite chef or cook. Grab a show programme on your way in and keep hold of it!
If you want to see the demos on the smaller stages, you will need to be there at least ten mins prior to get a seat! And if you've got tickets for the supertheatre (lucky you!) make sure you have your bearings about you. Waking from one side of the show to the other can take time when it's busy and once they get started, the lights go own and you'll have missed the boat!This year, the supertheatre has some really great demos on - including ones from Tom Kerridge and Michel Roux Jr!
EquipmentFirstly you need comfy shoes, a trolley or big shopping bag (or you can buy them there!). Mummy Bites opts for her very jazzy trolley.. bought especially for the show we might add! I would also suggest short sleeves. Even in November, it gets warm in there so you don't want to be lugging coats and jumpers around.
Ahhh shopping! I always spend more than I plan to at the show! And for me, I like to check out the producers village. You'll find lots of lovely artisan and small scale companies selling really excellent products and usually things you won't find in the supermarket at home. Spend time chatting to the stall holders and you'll find that the provenance and passion behind their brands make them all the more appealing!
*Some content on this post has appeared on Gingey Bites previously.