Maddie at the Good Food Show 2009


Today I ventured into the unknown, A foodies dream, a metropolis for Christmas shoppers and a celebrity chef followers heaven. Yes, it could only be the annual Birmingham Good Food Show.

Mash were there with Lavazza and had the best and biggest coffee demonstrating and sampling stand at the show, and it paid off, with the team selling 39 units in the first day!  It was exhausting enough just watching the amount of people crowding around the stand.

24 hours ago I was a GFS virgin, now I am doing the equivalent of a kiss and tell and boring anyone and everyone with what I ate, who I saw and what I bought. Who knew I needed silicone baking trays! Well I do, and my guess is if you were at the stand today, you would have too.

The Good Food Show hit fever point (imagine a Beatlemania type scene) when Jamie Oliver came to his stand for a book signing.  In our herds we thrust credit cards at the till to purchase his latest book (twice the price than in your local books shop I might add) and proceeded to wait in line for 70 minutes to spend a mere 7 seconds while Jamie signed your book. He barely looked up from the page or posed for a picture but still, with £20 less in my pocket and with very tired feet, I left the stand satisfied and triumphant.

I then, in a very organised fashion, did the rounds of the other stands eating cheese, garlic cheese, chilli cheese; Milk chocolate, white chocolate and organic chocolate;  I managed to get a fresh Gordon Ramsey salad made especially for me while I got talked into buying a griddle machine.  I tried four varieties of ginger ale wine?! Four, I didn’t even know there was one! I tried all kinds of sausages: the winner was the Lincolnshire of course.  You get the picture.

I ate and drank until I gave my self stomach ache, my feet were tired and I was growing weary so I popped by the Lavazza stand,  relaxed with a Cremo Coffee, chatted and made new friends, of course I told them I met Jamie, but they trumped me with a kiss from Marco Pierre White.

In the words of Gordon Ramsey: Good Food Show? Done.

Article written by Maddie George.

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