Christmas tunes, family presents, winter walks and fairy lights. These things make Christmas. But if we had to choose just one thing from the holiday season, we love more than most, it’s got to be the food. Mince pies, roast potatoes, Christmas pudding, even sprouts, we can’t get enough. So of course we’re excited about the festive return of the BBC Good Food Show Winter.
Heading to NEC Birmingham from November 23 to 26, the UK’s biggest food festival promises a four-day winter wonderland for foodies and families. With everything from interactive cooking sessions to celebrity chef meet-ups and a diverse array of food stalls, it’s going to be a festive treat this winter. Whether you’re a seasoned chef, a simple home cook, or just love eating, there’s something for everyone.
Try and buy (ideal presents for those tricky relatives) from hundreds of hand-selected food stalls. You’ll find artisanal food and drink from local and international producers, like alcohol-free aperitifs from High Point, Cookie Do’s ready-to-bake cookies, Cornish Cheese Co. with the most divine blue cheese, and tikka-inspired dipping sauces from Dipp’d. You’ll also find plenty of cooking essentials at the Good Food market, from hi-tech pans to handmade chopping boards.
Want to pick up a bit of kitchen knowledge? A host of celebrity chefs and food experts will share their favourite cooking secrets, tips, and festive recipes on the live cooking stages, as well as speak at more insightful Q&A sessions. Just some of the BBC Good Food Show Winter attendees include award-winning chefs like Michel Roux, James Martin, The Hairy Bikers and Paul Ainsworth.
The Big Kitchen is back this year, where chefs serve up delicious demos of seasonally themed recipes – perfect if you’re stuck feeding the five thousand this winter. Meanwhile, The Wild Kitchen will be focussing on the niche but no less festive, wild game – hopefully inspiring you to push the boat out with your Christmas lunch.
New this year, the Christmas Kitchen will be wholly dedicated to all things Christmas! Hosted by Ruby Bhogal, get your festive fix with sweet and savoury recipes created live by the likes of Becky Excell, Calum Harris, Suzy Pelta, Nathan Anthony, and Suzie Lee. Laithwaites Wine is hosting the Wine Club Tasting Theatre, providing tastings of English sparkling wines, Prosecco, Champagne, and classic wines for some seasonal pairings.
This barely even scratches the surface of what’s available at the BBC Good Food Show Winter event. You’ll find cheese tastings, coffee samplings, cake decorating, cocktail making, and so much more. After taking in all the show has to offer, take a break and dine in style at the BBC Good Food Restaurant – with a menu inspired by the best BBC Good Food Christmas recipes.
Tickets for BBC Good Food Show Winter start from £25, but Big Kitchen sessions, workshops and tasting theatres are all sold separately. For more information and to book your tickets head here.