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My experience at the BBC Good Food Show

My experience at the BBC Good Food Show

On Saturday I went to the BBC Good Food Show. I booked ages before when my classmate spoke to me about the show when we were thinking about a presentation for the Public Health assignment. We were trying to figure out how to convince people to participate in that hypothetical campaign (our idea was to attract people to our campaign with a free BBC Good Food Show ticket included in the membership). I was curious, and I googled the show, but nobody wanted to book with me, except for her, because it was too early to book, and “I don’t even know if I will be alive tomorrow”. I didn’t know either, but I suspect that I wouldn’t have minded the money spent on that if I was dead.

On the image: random healthy food (Photo by Ella Olsson on Pexels)

Finally, the day arrived, and I didn’t know what to expect. I’ll tell you: snow! The first day of snow! My bus was late, my friend’s bus was late, and instead of meeting at 9.30, we met one hour later or so. And the station is a freezing place!

The only interesting thing was that while waiting, I bought a copy of the National Geographic about the blue zones in the world and the researches in this field. If you don’t know what a Blue Zone is, it’s a place in the world where the percentage of people over 100 years old is very high, and it happens that my Island, Sardinia, is one of those 5 places.

But let’s go back to my main subject. We finally entered, and there was the same crowd in the Frankfurt Christmas Market these days. I tried not to spend much money, but I am inquisitive about food, so I decided that my shopping would have been limited to:

A) Food that is for me unknown
B) Food I can’t prepare myself at home
C) Food I can’t easily buy in every supermarket.

I don’t know how, but I stuck to this plan.

At first, we just explored, and we calculated that, if we had tried every sample of alcoholic beverage, in the end, we would have been crawling or fainting, or both. I bought some chin chin (as the label says, “A traditional West African pastry snack”) that I already knew because I was introduced to that food by a woman from Nigeria. Just to keep you informed, they’re addictive, as with everything that is fried.

Should I stop eating them?

I tried samples of coffee, chips, and another sauce from the same place where I bought the chin chin (not my cup of… sauce…).

I even tried some Indian curry, but I think I’ll ask for some recipes from my Indian friend who is a chef instead of buying jars.

Neither my classmate nor I have a sweet tooth, so I wasn’t particularly attracted by the kiosks of fudge, macaroons, cheesecakes and every kind of sweet you can imagine. I was attracted instead by cheese! More than one stand was dedicated to cheese, but this one had cheese from different countries. I bought some smoked goat cheese and caciotta with truffles. I still haven’t decided if I’ll do a mushroom and cheese risotto or I’ll eat it like it is.

I even found something that I was craving: authentic artisanal salami from Italy. I am afraid to open the packet as, knowing myself, I know I won’t be happy until I see the end of it. I even bought a Cornish pastry with steak and Stilton from another stand, but it didn’t finish in my mouth. Instead, I had some artisanal biltong – it was the first time I tried it, and I finished it yesterday while cooking my dinner.

New British food for me: biltong (Photo by Jeff Siepman on Unsplash)

I even found the time to argue with the people on a stand, speaking about the properties of a superfood containing 99 “essential” minerals. Still, I’ll talk about it in another post because there is really too much to say about it, and mainly not in a positive way.

I left, in the end, the thing I enjoyed more: the intervention of the nutritionist Eva Humphries in the Festive Kitchen (one of the events at BBC Good Food). She has been cooking a quick recipe with eggs. The most exciting thing is that she added a lot of updated information that I’m actually studying at university. For example, she spoke about the importance of calorie counting (which is not that important in the end), the difference between the white and the yolk of the egg, how to add nutrition and cook balanced food and many other things. I suggest you look at her website.

The thing that excited me was what she was able to do with her studies and her website. She is not one of those improvised nutritionists you can find trying to sell you certain foods telling you that they can detox you and heal you from cancer and every kind of sickness in the world, but a serious one. I even spoke to her, and she has given me some ideas about my future as a nutritionist.

Unfortunately, I could not see every event of the day, but there is another BBC Good Food Show in the summer and, if I pass my exams, I’ll buy the VIP ticket as my prize!

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