This weekend I was lucky enough to attend the BBC Good Food Bakes & Cakes Show absolutely free, thanks to winning tickets in a Lakeland competition! I had an absolutely wonderful time stuffing my face with samples of chocolate, and buying so many exciting edible goodies that I could not face dinner on Sunday evening due to having eyes bigger than my stomach! For anyone who thinks they may be interested in attending in the future, I would thoroughly encourage you to go. It is a fabulous day out for people of any age, with cake decorating masterclasses for children and adults alike. You are also guaranteed to pick up all your baking needs at an incredible discount. I got some wonderful new tins that I will be using when I host my dinner party this week. Actually, I was laden down with bags when leaving Islington’s Business Design Centre, and that was after I’d eaten half the treats I’d purchased at the event! Oops!
After purchasing my tins from the Lakeland concession at the entrance of the Business Design Centre, the first stalls that grabbed my attention were Dimkin’s macaroons and The Marshmallowists’ fabulous flavours of Passionfruit & Ginger, Blackcurrant & Mint, Strawberry & Basil, and Blueberry & Gin. The macaroons were crisp and light, with smooth, creamy centres, and the flavour combinations were absolutely wonderful. I had Banana & Strawberry, Blueberry & Liquorice, Rhubarb & Strawberry, and Rose & Raspberry, but my absolute favourite was the Mint Chocolate. The flavours were strong and fresh, and took me back to my childhood days of eating Mint Chocolate Cornettos at the park.
As well as getting to eat and buy lots of wonderful tasty treats, we also had the chance to watch Paul Hollywood demonstrate how to make a perfect Devonshire Split and a super sweet sugary Eccles Cake for just £5 extra. This was a wonderful treat for any Bake-Off fan, and Louis from this year’s final was in the audience!
(Obviously, this is not Paul Hollywood in the picture, but someone setting everything up for his demonstration!)
After Paul’s hunger-inducing demonstration, we were back on the shopping floor and I seemed to want everything, despite being extremely full from stuffing 4 rather large marshmallows in my face before Paul Hollywood made his way to the stage! The positive side to this was that my beautiful box of meringues that I purchased from the Meringue Girls actually made it home and I could share them with my parents!
They tasted just as beautiful as they looked and were a personal favourite of mine from the show. The Rhubarb & Custard and Gin & Tonic flavours were particularly wonderful, but my absolute favourite was the Watermelon meringue – it was decorated beautifully with the black seeds really adding a special aesthetic touch, and its flavour was just perfect.
All in all this was an extremely good day out, and I have already put next year’s dates in my diary! The show will run from the 24th to the 26th October 2015, so you have lots of time to plan a showstopper of a bake and get everything you need for it at the show!