As a subscriber to Good Food Magazine, I see ads throughout the year for the upcoming Good Food shows that are shown throughout the country: Birmingham, London and Glasgow were the main three for some time. Then this year, they decided to add a new one at the Glow Theatre at Bluewater Shopping Mall near Greenhithe in Kent. Woo hoo! Finally, one near to us.
I booked the tickets at the end of February and made sure we got the Gold Seats for the MasterChef Live show. As a subscriber, I got a great deal; not only a discount on the ticket price, but I also didn’t have to pay the booking fee. So two tickets for the exhibition and the Live show was a mere £27. I couldn’t wait and was counting down the days.
We took the train as it was much easier than driving there. The train took us right to Ebbsfleet station and from there we were able to hop on a bus which took us directly to Bluewater. We had to walk through Marks & Spencers and out into the main area of the mall to get to Glow. We showed our tickets and went into the exhibition hall and started looking around. I don’t know what it was, but I felt disappointed from the moment I stepped inside…call it a gut feeling.
There were too many stands selling wine/alcohol, cheeses, preserves or spices. Now mind you, I have no problem with any of those foodie items but I would have liked to see some stands selling things like loose tea, coffee, herbs, honey, chocolates, game meats or other unusual meats, hot pepper sauces or quirky kitchen gadgets/signs, etc. We did not see one stand selling any of those things 😦 although we did get to taste several samples 🙂
We did buy some things. Got seven different dried sausages for £10, five blocks of cheese with a free bottle of wine for £12 and three jars of condiments (1 horseradish cream, 1 beer mustard and 1 spiced honey mustard) for £6.50 and when you bought 3 jars or more, you got a free jute tote bag.
The MasterChef Live show was at noon so we headed downstairs to that. We were about 10 rows back as I had ordered the Gold seats.
We really enjoyed the show with John Torrode and Greg Wallace and they had a cook-off with the MasterChef champions from the past two years.
(Sorry, I took some video of the show but I’m having trouble posting them on here.)
Also wish I knew about the book signing BEFORE I got there…would have brought my MasterChef Bible for John and Greg to sign!
Don’t get me wrong, the exhibition was enjoyable, just a tad disappointing.
Maybe next year will be better…if we decide to go again.