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A feast of goodies to suit all tastes
There's a tasty menu of attractions at this year's BBC Good Food Show Summer. The show runs alongside BBC Gardeners' World Live at Birmingham NEC from June 16 19, 2016.

BBC Good Food Show Summer, Mary Berry, BBC Gardeners' World Live, Birmingham NEC
Celebrity: Mary Berry is one of the guests at BBC Good Food Show Summer

Visitors can look forward to seeing top chefs and celebs, including Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, The Hairy Bikers, Tom Kerridge, Michel Roux Jr and James Martin in the show's Supertheatre. In a BBC Good Food Show first, Alan Titchmarsh will join Mary Berry in the Supertheatre on Friday June 17 for a home-grown extravaganza.

Visitors can watch live demonstrations, take home the recipes in an exclusive showguide and see the chefs showcasing a selection of knives supplied by Zwilling. Afterwards, they can get the latest cookbooks signed by their favourites.

BBC Good Food Show Summer, BBC Gardeners' World Live, Birmingham NEC
Demonstration: Belinda Yip introducing new Lee Kum Kee dishes at 2014's BBC Good Food Show

A new feature at the show is the BBC Good Food Stage, sponsored by Lakeland and hosted by Barney Desmazery and Cassie Best from the BBC Good Food cookery team. The stage features a combination of celebrity interviews and recipe demos. Visitors can hear from celebrity chefs and experts, discover their culinary secrets, hear top tips for summer food and get recipe ideas from live demonstrations.

Another exciting attraction is Discover and Learn by Lexus, an interactive feature consisting of three themed masterclasses which focus on different foodie areas - cupcake decorating with Marcus Bean, sushi making with Yo Sushi and taste sensation with Flavour Sense Nation. The experts will share their knowledge in 30-40 minute step by step masterclasses, for all ages and abilities.

Also new this year is the Lindt Excellence Tasting Experience, which advises participants on pairing wines from across the globe with their favourite chocolate, guided by wine expert Tom Forrest.

BBC Good Food Show Summer, BBC Gardeners' World Live, Birmingham NEC
Speciality: Michelle and Kevin Waugh with their artisan Fortune Cookies

The Producers' Village is a huge speciality food market at the heart of the show, packed with small artisan producers. Look out for BBC Good Food Champions and Bursary Award Winners who pride themselves in the quality and provenance of their produce. Plus, after all that shopping, visitors can take a well-earned break in the Summertime Lounge.

The Ludlow area is famed for its connections with food so the Ludlow Producers Market section of the show is unmissable as it brings together a collection of producers from Ludlow and the Marches. With an emphasis on local independent food and drink producers this is a great opportunity to pick up some interesting products that visitors won't find in the supermarkets.

BBC Good Food Show Summer, BBC Gardeners' World Live, Birmingham NEC
Further afield: Raymond Java and Adib Rahim on the Malaysia Kitchen stand

Looking further afield, in the Chinese Pavilion you can discover Far Eastern flavours, including teas, wines and spirits.

At lunchtime, head for the BBC Good Food Kitchen for dishes inspired by seasonal recipes.

A ticket for BBC Good Food Show Summer will also give you entry to BBC Gardeners' World Live, taking place at Birmingham NEC at the same time.

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Why? Food lovers paradise
When: June 16 - 19, 2016
Phone: 0844 581 1340
Where: NEC, Birmingham
Cost: Buy a ticket to BBC Gardeners' World Live (from 22.50 plus fees) and entry to BBC Good Food Show is free
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