Saturday, 30 October 2010

Woohooo!!!! We have a Designer Handbag Winner!!!

Woohoo we have a winner, its second time lucky for the winner, the first random comment picked  was called anonymous, thats fine but they left no contact and  are not following either. .
 Such a shame  but to  leave a contact and be a follower were the terms.

So its congratulations to M
who is following, her follower details give the name @maisietoo


Bounty is giving you the designer handbag worth £250 I am sooooh jealous!!

Congratulations, I have emailed you and will tweet you too. 

Lots more giveaways still running.

Friday, 29 October 2010

‘No Hat for Fluzzy’ and the Book Byte initiative

Enjoy a bedtime story with your little ones thanks to ‘No Hat for Fluzzy’ and the Book Byte initiative

Every little one loves a bed time story, and thanks to the Radisson Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel, kids and ‘big kids’ can watch and listen to celebrated actress and author Lucy-Ann Holmes as she reads aloud from the hilarious Judy Bloom tale ‘No hats for Fluzzy.

You can curl up with your little one and enjoy a truly heart warming few minutes listening to a brilliant bed time story.

The Book Byte films are available to view on the hotel’s website ( and on YouTube (

Book Byte Biography

A year after the launch of The Book Club, the Radisson Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel launched their second literary initiative – Book Bytes.

A collection of eight five minute films, the Book Byte series presents actress and author Lucy-Ann Holmes curled up in the hotel’s stylish wicker wooden egg chair reading extracts from a wide variety of literary genres including horror and children’s tales.

Considered the hotel of choice for London’s Literati – with Sarah Waters, Dave Boling and Nick Hornby all recently spotted at the hotel.

The 174-bedroom Radisson Edwardian Bloomsbury Street, launched in January 2009 following a 25 million transformation, has dedicated an entire wall to one of Bloomsbury’s most famous exports; Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway. The striking art installation, made up of pages from the celebrated novel, dominates the hotel’s spacious reception area. The immense Folio Room boasts some of the most innovative technology in the capital whilst the hotels luxurious bar is perfect for entertaining clients around the clock.

A tranquil haven from the busy capital the spacious Radisson Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel includes:
36 Standard double rooms
50 Superior Twin & Queen bedrooms
85 Deluxe rooms with King Beds
3 Luxury Suites
All rooms feature sleek flat screen TVs and complimentary high-speed wireless come as standard.
Always keen to stay ahead of the technology curve, the Book Byte initiative incorporates the fast paced world of technology with the traditional world of literature – creating a book project that is perfect for 2010.

Radisson Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel,
9-13 Bloomsbury Street, London, WC1B 3QD
For reservations please call: +44 (0)20 7636 5601


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Thursday, 28 October 2010

Crips Review

Any new snack is a welcome sight and one that's low fat means good news for people watching their calorie intake or wanting to lead a healthier lifestyle but still enjoy a snack in front of the TV or in their lunch box.

Crips are wheat and potato which is a new snack experience for me.
They are small almost cracker like to look at, they are a lovely baked colour.

When you bite into them its an instant cracker taste and feel, but still tastes like a crisp. My brain is still trying to work it out. My taste buds however have sussed them and are more than happy.

My personal favourites are the sea salt and balsamic vinegar, I love the sweetness of balsamic, less sour that malt vinegar. They are delicately salted.

Chris loves Cheese and Onion, again he said they look like small crackers and he said he got crisp as the texture and taste first, before he got cracker. paige said crackers, Conor very clever said they are Crips!!

So as well as tasting good, being a healthy snack they will have you debating the taste too. Crisp then cracker? Cracker then crisp? Who is right we still have not worked it out, the name works brilliantly though.  

Crunchy new lower fat snack Crips 99Cals has made its debut in Tesco stores in the East Midlands and beyond.

The oven-baked wheat and potato snack created by East Midlands snack producer Crips has 70% less fat than traditional fried potato crisps and only 99 calories per pack.

The product was unveiled on the healthy snacking aisles at 39 Tesco stores from Brackley to Barnsley in July.

It is the first time that the new-look Crips 99Cals packs have gone on sale – offering a tasty, deliciously different snack to health-conscious crisp lovers with an appetite for something special.

Created by a team based at Ingleby near Derby, the Crips 99Cals range is available in three different flavours – Thai Sweet Chilli, Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar and Mature Cheddar Cheese & Spring Onion.
Crips have been voted number one in independent tests…beating five leading-brand healthy option snacks on taste, texture and appearance.

“We are delighted that our new Crips 99Cals range has been unveiled in Tesco stores in the East Midlands area from Northampton right up to Barnsley,” said Crips managing director Gareth Smith.

“We hope the new packs will go down a treat with customers who appreciate their snacks but who are looking for something low in calories and fat, and who don’t want to sacrifice the crunch, taste and eating experience of more traditional snacks.”

Crips 99Cals have no GM ingredients, no monosodium glutamate, are trans-fat free, have no artificial colours or preservatives, contain heaps of natural flavour, and are suitable for vegetarians.

Crips 99Cals are on sale at the Tesco stores listed overleaf at £0.49 per 22.5g pack.

Caroline Bartrop, regional marketing manager for local sourcing in north & east of England for Tesco, said: "We are delighted to be the first retailer to be stocking the new Crips 99cal range in Tesco stores. Crips is a really innovative concept and we think the packaging will have great stand out on shelf."


Its Diwali and  another good reason to remember, remember the 5th of November as that is this years festival date.

We love Indian food, both cooked from scratch, I have a large basket jam packed with spices and its regularly used.
I also love the joy of a takeaway every now and then, just so I can try new dishes and then experiment at home.

Patak's is something in between the two of these, at certain times its the best of both worlds. Its got the authentic taste of homemade Indian food without the cost of spices and effort of lengthy cooking and its tastier than a takeaway and has as many dishes as your local favourite.

So this Saturday I was able to make a small banquet that was as tasty as homemade and way cheaper than a takeout.

The best benefit about Patak's for me is the ease in which I can make several dishes for the family and not be in the kitchen slaving all day.
I was sent the new Onion Bhaji Mix (Pictured above) for Two, Easy Korma for two and Easy Balti for Two. I decided to treat everybody and make all three together.

They were a breeze to make, I used both of the Easy pastes for two as I wanted the meal to seem like a takeaway, where a few dishes were available, the portions are extremely generous.
Easy instructions meant there was no faffing and I did not have to keep referring to the packet.
Basically frying onions adding meat, then paste, liquid or tomatoes and simmering.

The bhajis were real fun to make, again very simple, adding water to one paste, mixing with the powder and adding onions. Frying off and done in 3 minutes.
These were the favourite of the evening. They look a bit indistinct here but they were really good looking and so tasty.

The best thing after the taste, was the fact we had a large special occasion meal, with hardly any fuss, quickly done and I was still smiling as I finished. This is not always the case if it takes too long nor did I look frazzled as sometimes is the case  cooking a lot of dishes.

With Diwali coming up and any excuse to eat Indian food, we will be stocking up on Patak's and celebrating Bonfire night and The Festival of light.

Our Indian feast Pataks Easy Balti with chicken, Patak's Easy Korma also with chicken, Patak's Onion Bhaji, my channa dhal, rice and chapatis, with sour cream.

Delicious Diwali Recipes from Anjali Pathak

“Diwali, the Indian Festival of Light, is the biggest event on the Hindu calendar and it’s also my favourite time of the year!

“This year’s festivities will be on the November 5th, and on this date, my family and I will come together to enjoy an authentic Indian banquet surrounded by the bright lights and colours of a traditional Diwali celebration.

Yellow Korma Lentils

Serves: 4-6

Preparation time: 40 mins

Cooking time: 60 mins


350g yellow lentils (can use red lentils)

900ml water

2 medium onions-finely diced

2 tomatoes –de-seeded & finely diced

3-4 fresh or dried curry leaves

1-2 tbsp Patak’s korma curry paste

2-3 tbsp vegetable oil

½ tsp asafoetida

½ tsp black mustard seeds

½ tsp cumin seeds

Juice of half lemon

Salt to taste


1.Rinse and soak lentils in cold water for 30 minutes

2.Drain the lentils and add to a large pan with water, simmer
gently for 45-50 minutes or until lentils are well cooked. skim off any starch foam that rises to the surface with a ladle.

3.In a separate pan, heat the oil over a gentle heat, add the cumin seeds and mustard seeds. once they start to pop add the curry leaves and asafoetida. Take care not to burn the mixture.

4.Add the diced onions and cook for 4-5 minutes until golden

5.Add Patak’s Korma paste and tomatoes and cook for a further 4-5 minutes.

6. Add cooked lentils and season according to taste

7. Squeeze in the lemon juice.

8. Serve with toasted naan sticks.

 “The intensity of the colours and flavours of Diwali also provide us with a fantastic source of inspiration for creating our Patak’s authentic pastes, sauces and pickles. With this in mind, we’ve created a selection of mouth-watering recipes which will hopefully inspire you to host your very own Diwali celebration at home.

“Whether you want to create a modern day Diwali spread or a more traditional Indian banquet, the recipe selection has been designed to feature something for everyone. I’ll be making the trio of starters which includes Jumbo Tandoori Prawns, followed by Lamb Rogan Josh, Yellow Korma Lentils, and Creamy Paneer & Peas Balti which is a family favourite.

“As well as a celebration with food, Diwali is also about spending time with loved ones, so to help you avoid spending hours slaving away in the kitchen, we’ve created our New Easy Onion Bhaji to compliment our range of Easy Side Dishes. The scrumptious spiced and crispy deep-fried onions can now easily be recreated from the comfort of your own kitchen.

”So why not join me, and create a Diwali feast for your friends and family. There really is no better time to start your journey of exploring Indian cuisine. Happy Diwali!”

Seriously Good autumn recipes for a Seriously Good cause!

I am reviewing the sauces so look out for my verdict of Gordon Ramsays sauces soon, no swearing involved!!!

Feel Seriously Good this autumn with new recipes from Gordon Ramsay for Comic Relief. Cook up one of these simple dishes for a tasty midweek treat and raise money for a Seriously Good cause at the same time.

With at least ten pence from the sale of every jar of Seriously Good sauce going to Comic Relief you can help make a difference every time you make one of these delicious meals. The money raised goes towards transforming the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the UK and some of the poorest countries in the world (and Gordon doesn’t get a penny).

The Seriously Good range consists of five great sauces including Spicy Red Pepper & Spianata Sausage; Bolognese & Red Wine; Tomato, Black Olive & Mixed Herb; Wild Mushrooms & Mascarpone; and Cherry Tomato & Balsamic - so pick your favourite and create a delicious recipe such as the one below to feel Seriously Good this autumn.

Mushroom lasagne

1 jar Seriously Good Bolognese & Red Wine Sauce
400g mixed mushrooms (such as ceps, girolles, chestnut mushrooms), cleaned
4 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely crushed Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Splash of Marsala or dry white wine
Small handful of flat-leaf parsley, chopped
Small handful of chives, chopped
Leaves from a few sprigs of thyme
8 sheets of dried lasagne
250g fresh buffalo mozzarella, thinly sliced
2-3 tbsp grated parmesan

Trim off the hard ends of the mushrooms and chop any large ones into smaller pieces. Heat a wide frying pan with the oil and add the onion and garlic. Sweat over a medium heat for 4-5 minutes until the onions are soft. Add the mushrooms and season well with salt and pepper. Fry over a high heat until any liquid released from the mushrooms has cooked off and they are lightly browned.

Add a splash of Marsala or dry white wine and let it simmer for about 5 minutes until it has almost all evaporated. Remove the pan from the heat, mix in the Seriously Good Bolognese & Red Wine sauce and stir in the chopped herbs.

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/Fan 160ºC/Gas 4. Spread about a third of the mushroom and sauce mixture over the base of a lightly greased ovenproof dish. Cover with a layer of lasagne sheets, followed by the mushroom mixture, and then add a layer of mozzarella. Repeat layering process twice, finishing with a layer of sauce. Top with any remaining cheese, and sprinkle over the grated parmesan.

Cover the dish with a piece of foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and return to the oven for another 10 minutes or until the topping is golden-brown and bubbling. Let the lasagne stand for a few minutes before slicing and serving with a green salad.

Baked haddock with tomato and balsamic sauce

1 jar Seriously Good Cherry Tomato & Balsamic sauce

4 haddock fillets (approx 500g in total)
Olive oil, to drizzle
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Handful of mixed herbs (such as basil, tarragon and chervil), roughly chopped

Preheat the oven to 220ºC/Fan 200ºC/Gas 7.
Rub the fillets with olive oil and season well with salt and pepper. Spoon a thin layer of the Seriously Good Cherry Tomato & Balsamic sauce over the base of a roasting tray. Arrange the haddock fillets on top, leaving a bit of space between each one. Spoon over the remaining sauce and scatter over the chopped herbs.
Bake for 10-12 minutes in the hot oven until the fish is firm and just cooked through. It should flake easily when prodded with a fork.
Using a fish slice or large spoon, gently lift the haddock onto a large plate and dress with the warm sauce. Serve with sautéed potatoes and steamed green beans.

Autumnal addition: For a more autumnal dish, serve with mashed sweet potato and curly kale.

Comic Relief receives proceeds of a least 10p from the sale of every jar of sauce. Gordon Ramsay does not get a penny from the sauces.
Comic Relief works year round in the UK and overseas to help people living the toughest of lives.

The money received by Comic Relief will be used to transform lives in the UK and some of the poorest countries in the world.
Just some of the ways Comic Relief cash has made a difference in Africa includes educating people about HIV and AIDS, teaching women to read, immunising children and helping people rebuild their communities after conflict.

Across the UK, examples include supporting older people in their fight to get their rights recognised, offering counselling and fun activities to give young carers a much needed break, and providing escape routes for women living with domestic violence.

Available in selected major retailers including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and the Co-operative.

RRP £1.89 for 350g jar.

Little Dish Review

Most busy mums at some point rely on quick foods to feed their family, maybe when in from work and having to be out again in the evening.
Maybe at the weekend when you just cannot be bothered to cook, so a lot of us reach for the fridge and freezer for a convenient meal solution.
Tasty easy and ok not  going to win you a Good Housekeeping award but then nor is the two hours slaving over a hot stove making a roast.

I am a firm believer in most of the dietary advice given to mums for their children, no salt, no sugar. I am proud that we got to my children's first birthday and chocolate had not touched their lips.
Bit taken aback I was actually accused of being a mean mother for this not by my children, they were too young then, but another mum.

It is hard when time is tight to stick to your healthy pledges when all the family can eat a ready meal, but you still have to make toddler meals from scratch and you are needing a break.
So when Little Dish first appeared in the ready meal section of the supermarket, hundreds of mums could tear off their aprons, breathe a sigh of relief, not be guilt wracked that they were rubbish at parenting and feed their little ones a healthy ready meal.

 I can tell you the taste and quality are superior to other kids meals and there are a few now but they just dont put the same consideration in, it pains me Little Dish are better than some of the toddler dishes I have made, but then children's meals is their business.

Dishes include new Chicken Risotto packed with British chicken and lots of nutritious vegetables, mixed together with risotto rice and cheese.
Salmon and Broccoli pasta Bake which won a Bizzie Baby Gold Award
this year.
One that I would not have touched as a child, Chicken and Butternut Squash Pie I was a fussy kid, but now even I have to say its tasty, little ones definitely love it.

The Fresh Natural Pouches are simply beautiful, both to look at and for the taste, the fruit varieties, Strawberry and Apple, Mango and Bananas and Blueberries,Apple and Bananas. Ingredients are 100% fruit.
These make great snacks for when you are trailing your toddler around town or just an in between mealtime snack.
The savoury ones great as a snack and also as an addition to a meal. Butternut Squash, Carrots and Apple.Sweet potato, Parsnips and Leek and strange but tasty Peas, Pears and Apples.

Many mums have reviewed Little Dish, what I want to review as much is the company themselves.
Little Dish are tireless in their efforts to feed your children well. The website not only promotes the dishes but they really are approachable too. Got a question, a suggestion, a worry, email THe Little Dish Team

They are there to talk to if you have any questions, this includes Katie is the Little Dish Paediatric Dietician who helps makes sure the recipes are tasty and nutritious and Dr.Shilpee who is the Little Dish nutritionist. She makes sure the tasty recipes are packed full of goodness and keeps us up to date on nutrition guidelines.

The chief tasters are two toddlers Monty and Ridley and their friends, not some fusty scientist in a white coat.
Just everything is right about Little Dish starting at the company right down to the plate.

Little Dish say "Everyone here at Little Dish has one simple, abiding wish to cook up fresh food that's healthy and good and tastes absolutely delish"

I think they can safely say they have achieved that.


Little Dish recipes are up for grabs in Tesco and Sainsbury's at two for £4 until the 2nd of November.

Here's what they say.

At Little Dish we know it’s not easy making good nutritious meals for your little ones day in and day out. So that’s what we do. There’s nothing in our food that you wouldn’t find in your own kitchen.

We only use 100% natural ingredients and never add salt or sugar. We create every recipe in partnership with our nutritionist, and each Little Dish is taste tested by a team of tiny tasters before we let it out of the kitchen.

We work with the best suppliers we can find so you can feel good about what you're feeding your children. Our chicken and beef is free from antibiotics and growth hormones and comes from select British farms where the animals are well cared for, and all of our vegetables are tested for pesticides. In fact, Little Dish is so fresh and tasty even grown-ups have been known to tuck in!

You can buy Little Dish at Tesco, Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Waitrose Deliver and

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Zyliss Review - Nifty Tools for Roasting the Christmas Turkey

I love Christmas, I grew up as a child not being able to celebrate it as it was against my mum's religion. I escaped as a teenager and now Christmas is a happy and special time for me and my family.
Something I missed most not the  presents but the gathering together of family and sharing food.
So we have a traditional Christmas, real tree, turkey, stockings and more turkey.

A great big turkey dinner is the mainstay of our Christmas, I buy the biggest one I can get into my oven, it is a mammoth event just defrosting, preparing, cooking and then best of all eating. So any help I can get with this marathon is greatly appreciated.

Chris now shares the making of Christmas dinner, we both love working out what to cook, no sprouts they are banned and how best to manage the turkey, getting it as moist as we can for a large generally dry meat.

I pack the skin with butter, more goes into the cavity along with onions that steam inside. Then onions, celery and carrots make a trivet to further aid  moist meat.
Bacon rashers over the buttered breast foil packed then several hours of basting .

This year Zyliss will be helping me with this.
I usually use a ladle or spoon and this is a pain, trying to get between bird and tin to reach the juices is tricky, manoeuvring carefully with spoon without breaking the foil. The steam scalds and the fat splatters are just par for the course usually.

This year I have the Zyliss Turkey baster, RRP £14 all you spam bots looking for dodgy fertility methods, move along please and purlease stop sniggering in the cheap seats.

I always have passed them in the home ware department and sniggered, I had IVF  treatment so came across this homemade solution for pregnancy and as a result it kind of puts you off basters.
However my turkey needs are greater than childish smirks so here goes. We put it to the test on Sunday with a small chicken and its just brilliant, does what it should and being large will draw up lots of good juices come Christmas.

The interchangeable tips allow you to easily baste and inject marinades into meats, guaranteed to get your turkey succulent and bursting with flavour. With measurement markings and a uniquely designed cleaning brush, everything about this baster makes getting that golden turkey an effortless job. A unique stand also keeps the Baster level on your worktop surface.

I also received a Basting Brush its extra long so when dealing with a weighty Turkey there is no need to lift it out of the oven, you can baste where it is. The silicon bristles capture more marinade or fat to make for easier coating. When done the head is removable  so washes out much easier. RRP £9

The other fab Christmas dinner aid is the gravy  separator. RRP £13.50
Its a really good quality jug, lightweight plastic, lovely handle, a lid for storing any liquid in the fridge.
Extra feature is a strainer great for getting rid of large pieces of turkey meat,or skin. The fat separator works really well, plus its removable for easy cleaning.
All three Zyliss gadgets are really going to help with the festive fayre.


Ease the culinary load this Christmas and add a splash of stylish colour to the kitchen with Zyliss’ wide range of functional and innovative food preparation tools.

Guaranteed to offer a much needed helping hand over the festive season, the Zyliss range of reliable kitchen utensils has a tool for every job meaning there’s less time needed in the kitchen and more time to enjoy the festive celebrations.

Let Zyliss lighten the festive load with its range of nifty preparation tools that are guaranteed to help make the perfect Christmas roast, with all the trimmings.
For stockists visit
Or telephone
0870 160 1319

Shloer Review - Christmas Sparkle

Don't you just love the picture above, my table is very similar minus the tree, no room in my kitchen, unless one of us sat in it, also minus the hated  Brussel Sprouts, ewwwww. 

Its why my children love me as much as they do, sprouts are banned at Christmas. 

I gave them to them as babies as I did not want to pass my food hates on, I even had the offending green things on my plate. Like me and their Dad, Paige and Conor detested them.

The turkey is the centre stage, we do have a good Cava for drinks, occasionally Champagne if budget permits or Sainsbury's do a super deal. But I as usual have detoured form the point of this feature.

I drink Shloer over the festive period as an alternative to wine, just for the refreshing taste.

Its great to offer to guests who don't drink alcohol.
Shloer has also been on every Christmas table in our house.
We as a family plan our day and menu, make the lists together and Shloer is always near the top. Paige when very small would say "Can we have Shlurp please?"
It made us laugh then and is still affectionately named as such.

Shloer sent a few bottles to try, old favourites and some new additions to the range.

We all love the original White grape, its got a good taste, very distinctive, no other grape drink like it. Its light, perfectly sweetened and just so moreish!

The Red Grape is a deeper flavour, almost like red wine in that it has an almost heavy full flavour, richer in taste.

The newer varieties are just delicious the White Grape, Raspberry and Cranberry is a lovely mix of fruit, the raspberry making this a sweet taste, little children will love this one, perfect for the Christmas table. The cranberry a traditional Christmas fruit and taste.

My wow award has to go to the White Grape and Elderflower, what a perfect combination and I think a favourite now. I love elderflower drinks and combined with Shloer White grape its delightful sweet, fizzy and light. 

Before you read Shloer info below, let me tell you about their Facebook page, its fun entertaining, you have a real chance to interact with them and other fans. For me its good to know where I can buy it on offer, keep up to date with new flavours, I believe there is a Rosé now too. Also great to try and win something nice with all the little competitions they run.

Make Christmas Sparkle with Shloer

The natural wine alternative

Shloer uses only the best ingredients to create a delicious non-alcoholic sparkling drink. All varieties make a tasty grape-based alternative to wine, suitable for all the family - especially those who don’t want to indulge in alcohol while enjoying the festive season’s social circuit. Shloer contains no preservatives, artificial colours, sweeteners or flavours and is available from all major supermarkets.

Best served shared

If you’re looking for a little more sparkle for your Christmas entertaining, Shloer is on hand with some mouth-watering ideas to keep the food flowing and the family happy – whether that’s a traditional roast, or a lighter alternative. 

Simply visit the official Shloer Facebook page at to find recipes, shopping lists and information on the latest promotions. You can also pick up some tips on how to roast the perfect potato from one of the many Shloer fans.

A flavour for everyone

Shloer is available in White Grape, Red Grape, Rose, Apple and White Grape, White Grape, Raspberry and Cranberry Grape and Elderflower - RRP £1.97

Wind-down on Boxing Day

Christmas can be a whirlwind of frenetic activity and it’s often only on Boxing Day that we truly get chance to relax and enjoy the company of friends and family. It falls on a Sunday this year so make sure you kick back, relax, and enjoy one of the simple recipes Shloer has created - they need little preparation time and offer a delicious alternative to turkey leftovers.

Christmas is only a short time, for a summer drink, try Grand Esprit, a lovely summer drink recipe.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Closed Win Wine Show plus Free Entry to Masterchef Live 5 Pairs 02/11 Giveaway #10

We are delighted to announce that The Wine Show will this year be taking place at it’s new home alongside MasterChef Live at Olympia. The UK’s dedicated consumer wine show will give visitors the chance to learn about, discuss and buy a whole range of wines from around the world. Plus with our home delivery service there will be no worries about taking cases of wine home on the tube!

For the first time at Olympia experts including Oz Clarke, Tim Atkin, Susy Atkins and Rob Buckhaven will be hosting tutored tastings in The Drinks Tasting Theatre sponsored by Liebherr giving visitors the opportunity to learn how to select the perfect wines for the winter season.

The Wine Market

Visitors can take a stroll through The Wine Market where they will find boutique wines from vineyards across the world at affordable prices. With the chance to meet small wine producers and retailers, visitors can really get an insight into unique wines. Plus superb Rose wines from specialist online supplier, Rosé Meet the experts and experience a full range of fabulous dry and refreshing Rosés.

The Drinks Tasting Theatre sponsored by Liebherr

Book a place in the theatre to meet some of the best wine experts in the industry – Oz Clarke, Tim Atkin, Rob Buckhaven and Susy Atkins will all be hosting wine tasting sessions. Visitors will benefit from their knowledge and experience in trying 4 different wines with lots of advice on vintage, grapes and even foods to complement the flavour! Sessions will include a selection of wines from Campo Viejo, and French Quality Wines and other ports and wines from exhibitors at the Show.


There are hundreds of wines to choose from on the Show floor from a selection of Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference wines to wines from countries spanning Chile, New Zealand, France, Spain and also local varieties. The Show offers the opportunity to not only taste and buy new and existing wines, but for visitors to be educated on how to match your food to your wine at home and in a restaurant. Plus stock up your cellar with the perfect wines for the festive season.

Tapas Time with Campo Viejo

Gone are the days of formal dinner parties with hours of planning. Today, entertaining friends at home has never been easier with the arrival of ‘Tapas Time’. Join MasterChef winner Steven Wallis in his Campo Viejo feature where you can gather round and watch him create delicious tapas dishes as he explains how to match them with your favourite Campo Viejo wines. Every hour Campo Viejo will show you just how simple tapas dishes are to make plus the opportunity to taste them for yourself. Steven will be available to answer your questions, allowing you to become a real in-home tapas expert! Wine experts will also be on hand to answer your questions, while serving and discussing the wide variety of Campo Viejo wines available. Exclusive show offers will also be running.


Firm up the wrist, raise the elbow up high and swing! This year, visitors to The Wine Show will be able to learn the art of Sabrage - opening a bottle of Champagne with a sword - with specialist wine-tour operator Grape Escapes. Swashbuckling wine-lovers will get the chance to try Napoleon’s favourite way of opening a champagne bottle. And in the process, they will be inducted into the Confrérie du Sabre d’Or – the society of Sabreurs.

**Great value as Tickets also include free entry to MasterChef Live**

Back for its second year, MasterChef Live showcases fantastic shopping, the capital’s finest restaurants, inspiring entertainment, celebrity chefs and interactive features from the hit BBC series. A whole host of MasterChef celebrities will be taking part including John Torode, Gregg Wallace, Dhruv Baker and this year’s Celebrity MasterChef winner Lisa Faulkner.
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Ends 02/11
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Competition tickets are general admission only. Excluding Saturdays, they are non transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash.