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Visiting the BBC Good Food Show

Sarah Dickinson

Sarah (left) with chef, James Martin (right) at the BBC Good Food Show

Sarah Dickinson receives outreach support from Scottish Autism and recently she went for a weekend away to Glasgow and visited the BBC Good Food Show with support from our staff. Sarah has written about her weekend away and also a little review of her day at the show…

On Saturday 7th November I travelled by bus from Edinburgh to Glasgow. We checked into the Glasgow City Hotel and went for a swim, steam room and sauna. It was really nice. We went to Café Andaluz for dinner. I ordered croquettes with cheese and ham and the Spanish omelette. I also tried cod in batter which I didn't like but I was happy I tried. I had a tropical Mocktail as well. On the walk back to the hotel we went to the Hard Rock Café for another Mocktail. I gave the Glasgow City Hotel 9/10, Café Andaluz 8/10 and the Hard Rock Café 10/10.

On Sunday 8th November I had a big breakfast in the hotel, it was good. After that we checked out and headed to the SECC for the Good Food Show.

When we arrived I handed my VIP tickets to the steward who scanned them. He showed us where the VIP lounge was and we dropped off our bags so we didn't have to carry them around the show. Then we collected our show bags which contained the show guide and collected our glass of bubbly in the VIP lounge. After our bubbly we had a look around all the stalls and tried some samples of food - I tried mature cheddar cheese with caramelised red onion, it was really good. It was very sweet and similar to cheese savoury.

Then I went and bought James Martin's book at the WHSmith stall, ready for him to sign! I waited in the queue and told another steward my name for James to sign my book. When I met James he said 'How are you?' and I said 'Fine, thank you'. Jacqui (Autism Practitioner) took a photo of me and James.  

After that I went back to the VIP lounge for a cup of tea before James' cooking demo started. We managed to get seats in the second row, which was for VIP's only. During the demo James made coconut cake and raspberry and pistachio millefeuille. I thought the demo was really good and quite funny. After the demo finished I ate my lunch in the VIP lounge and relaxed with a cup of tea.

At the end of the day we collected our VIP goodie bags which had a free Mary Berry cookbook, popcorn, free samples of sauces and some risotto rice plus some fancy kitchen roll! We headed for the bus to catch the train back to Edinburgh.

I gave breakfast at the Glasgow City Hotel 9.5/10, the BBC Good Food Show 10/10 and James Martin 10/10!

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