It is very rare that I get excited about things any more, but I was like a kid in a sweet shop as soon as we arrived and made several purchases within the first half hour. In fact, I was so hyper when I got there that I succeeded in bursting a tomato from the first free taster, down my top and over my bag within the first five minutes**. Pillock.
The only downside to buying everything so early on was then having to carry it all around for the rest of the visit: they did have a drop-in section - much like a cloakroom for food - but it was £1 per drop which would have widened the hole in the pocket fairly quickly with everything we bought between us!
Here's a quick pic of all the stuff I finally arrived home with earlier today:
Okay, it doesn't look like a great deal here, but treble this up and you get the idea of how much stuff was there.
So, what was on my list?
- Three bottles of hot sauce from East End Foods: Garlic Chilli, Hot and Sweet Tomato Chilli and Honey Chilli. Anyone see a theme here?!
- One bottle of Levi Roots Jerk/BBQ Reggae Reggae Sauce. I've heard so much about it that I thought it was about time I gave it a shot ... the taster was VERY nice.
- A Cinnamon and Raisin loaf from Irwin's Rankin Selection and a freebie loaf labelled Banofie which I managed to polish off within a couple of hours of getting home tonight. Keep an eye out for this one!
- A collection of three cheeses from the Snowdonia Cheese Company: Ginger Spice, Bouncing Berry and Red Devil (which had a very nice delayed kick to it).
- A little pack of Kellog's Nature's Pleasures, Raspberry and Cherry (no idea what it tastes like, it was being given away at the Good Food magazine stand)
- A pack of Dove's Farm Organic Traditional Butter Flapjacks.
- Two large packs of Tyrrell's crisps: Sweet Chilli & Red Pepper and Honey Roast Ham & Cranberry.
- A bag of White's Wild Fruit Crunch Toasted Oats, which went very nicely with Rachel's Organic yoghurt, of which Tink is a huuuuuge fan.
I guess I should explain who Tink is, as she is very much a new name on here...
Tink is a PA to several of the big bosses at one of our customer sites, who has a very good rapport with us IT bods - despite being on the receiving end of some of our wind-ups!
That rapport was mistaken for marital 'bliss' today by at least four exhibitors, who all commented on us finishing our 'domestic', even when we explained that we weren't together!
They were not domestics ... they were discussions between two like-minded people not wanting the other to be put out in any way, so trying to maintain some kind of balance between paying for things and making sure each saw what they wanted to see.
Okay, they were domestics...
* Yes, short for Tinkerbell, though she is more likely to sprinkle you with punches than fairy dust!
** I was trying to be polite and take sensible bites instead of putting the whole stick of food in my mouth. Failed there then, didn't I?!