Last weekend I attended the very first BBC Good Food Show at the Waterfront Hall.
With big names such as Paul Hollywood (Great British Bake Off), James Martin (Saturday Kitchen), John Torode (Masterchef) and the Hairy Bikers on the bill, there were plenty of star attractions for all things food!
The three-day event was a mixture of the Supertheatre (where the celebrity chefs were doing live cookery demos), a tasting theatre, Producers Village, Food NI Food Pavilion, and a huge selections of stands showcasing local food, drink and cooking accessories.
Some of the producers in attendance were Tayto Group, The Curry Sauce Co, Genesis Crafty, Linwoods, Broughgammon Farm, Mash Direct and The Country Kitchen (amongst so many, many more!)
I headed down at lunchtime on Friday where I immediately saw Paul Hollywood so that set the tone for the rest of the afternoon!
For the next few hours, I walked around and talked to producers, tasted countless amount of samples (yum!) and purchased some of my favourite goodies, including Mallons Sausages, a chocolate cake from Knotts and some sweet potato crisps from Glens of Antrim potatoes.
During my time there I also got to interview two local drinks producers, Shortcross Gin and Long Meadow Cider from Armagh. (Interviews to follow in the next blogs.)
It was a brilliantly planned event for food and drink lovers, so thanks to Tourism NI for the invitation!