6-8 November 2015
Reviewed by Dawn Watson
I was delighted to be chosen to review The Good Food Show at the SECC in Glasgow this year. The Good Food Show has been running for over 20 years and travels across the country to various venues throughout the year. The show is a platform for many celebrity chefs to showcase their favourite recipes and allows us fans to get up close and see them in action. As well as the celebrity chefs there are also many companies taking a stand to showcase their products, whether it be a new gorgeous cake to a brand new silicon colander! Throughout the day you could pay extra on top of your ticket price to get a seat within the ‘Supertheatre’ – this was a half hour show with each celebrity chef showing us their cooking talents giving hints and tips throughout. We were lucky to get tickets for both Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood’s stint and it was thoroughly enjoyable watching them in action and to see them so close up. If you wanted to hear even more about them you could visit the ‘Interview’ stage which was more informal with no additional cost. Here we could see them being interviewed in a light-hearted manner and a chance to ask a question. Both myself and my girls really enjoyed this area of the show. It was lovely to see the likes of Michele Roux Jnr so close and hear his thoughts and learn some cooking tips.
Another very popular area was the book signing. Unfortunately the queue as you would imagine was very long and we didn’t get our book signed.
The stands throughout the show had everything from locally produced gin to macaroons to gorgeous and very tasty cider from East Lothian. There was a large variety in both foodie things but also kitchen gadgets. I would have liked to have seen less alcohol based stands and more foods.
There were plenty of places to eat throughout the show and also at the venue itself. We spent most of the day there wandering around the stands and taking in a few of the shows with the chefs which was good.
My only big disappointment was how expensive the goods on sale were – and to find afterwards that the Mary Berry book we purchased at the WH Smith stand was actually much cheaper in their shop was upsetting. Some of the stands for some reason were charging more than what you can buy their goods for in a shop? I had hoped you would get show prices and had hoped to buy presents but it wasn’t worth it as too expensive.
We did enjoy the show but I am not sure if I would go again due to the ticket prices and products prices it would make it a very costly day.
The SECC is conveniently situated off the M8 at junction 19 and you can park close by.
The Good Food Show comes to London from 13-15 November 2015. For more information or to book tickets visit www.bbcgoodfoodshow.com.