The Food Show at the ASB Showgrounds in Auckland started today. It kind of snuck up on me this year. I guess hibernating over winter does that.
I really enjoy the Food Show and unlike other foodie events, this one is aimed more at the every day consumer rather than the gourmet. We are lucky that we have two big foodie expos here in Auckland and I like to think of The Food Show as the supermarket and home cook expo, whereas Taste is the restaurant and gourmet expo.
The Food Show a mega space and walking through the maze of exhibitors will tire you out. Take breaks when you can. Seating is pretty rare at the expo, but there are many seated food demonstrations in the makeshift theatre if you want a reprieve from meandering the halls.
If you are heading that way this weekend, here are some tips I’ve compiled from years of experience…
Food Show top tips:
- Avoid queues and buy your tickets online.
- Bring cash (notes and coins) as there is a long queue to use the ATM. Bring coins because many businesses ask for a gold coin donation. Wine is often $1 a glass and you get may get a full glass rather than a free mouthful. Bring your old glass if you don’t fancy buying yet another Food Show branded glass. (I have quite a collection).
- Bring a pen. Preferably, in your pocket.
- Wear flat shoes.
- The day is thirsty work. Keep hydrated with BYO water.
- Leave your jacket in the car. It’s hot inside and just another thing to lug around.
- Bring a comfortable, roomy bag.
- Bring a camera if you are a Food Show geek like me!
- Bring an open mind and an appetite.
More information on the event and tickets can be purchased at their website www.foodshow.co.nz.
View photos and thoughts of past events here.