It’s almost July and that means that our favourite Italian food and drink exhibition is back in London very soon!
We can’t believe that it’s a whole year since we teamed up with Bellavita, hosts of the biggest made-in-Italy food and beverage trade show in the UK. During our stay in Padua we spent over a month visiting various Italian artisan food and drink producers in the beautiful Veneto region of Italy.
Several of last year’s exhibitors allowed our family – 2 parents and 11 of our 13 children, to take a privileged glimpse behind the scenes of their products in the making. If you followed our journey you will remember our mouthwatering visit to Pasticceria Lorenzetti, creators of the best panettone in the world ever…
We also had a terrific visit behind the scenes of Gastronomia Il Ceppo not only to take a look at how their delicious, high quality frozen meals are created in their factory in Venezia…
…but also to taste their tantalisingly fabulous foods at their own restaurant tucked away in the wine cellar of their store!
And we will never forget the wonderful day we spent at organic salad producer Barduca Bio. Another family run business as all the ones we visited were, we not only took back fabulous memories of our day, learnt a LOT about farming and growing food ethically and organically, but also left having made some marvellous friends too.
Oh yes, and we made the Italian newspapers too…
Having gone behind the scenes of these wonderful products, only one day after returning from Italy Mike and I continued to hit the road running and made our way over to the very event itself.
We already knew the commitment and quality of the producers was extremely high but we realised that this was the rule – no exception at all was made. Each and every exhibitor we spoke to was highly knowledgeable about their product, its production and its history. One thing that struck us that we absolutely loved was how many of these businesses were family run, moving on from generation to generation, each of which held onto the beliefs and goals of their founders and ancestors.
The Bellavita Expo is back at the Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, N1 0QH. Taking just minutes to walk to from Kings Cross St Pancras International and The Angel Tube station, it’s easy to get to wherever you’re coming from.
Primarily a business-to-business exhibition, Bellavita Expo enables these talented producers to widen their business network with the aim of bringing their superbly divine range of goods to the UK market. However, members of the public keen to try out delicious samples of the best food and drink that Italy has to offer can do so buy booking tickets for Bellavita Expo for Sunday 17th July when it’s also open to the public. The tickets normally retail at £15 each but because those guys at Bellavita are such a great bunch they’ve given us 50 tickets to give away to our readers! Just click here to book your free tickets to Bellavita Expo using the code FREEBELLAVITA. Remember, you must enter the code first and then proceed with placing your order so that your discount can be applied.
Can’t make the exhibition but don’t want to miss out on Italy’s finest fare? Fear not! Treat yourself to any of a range of sublime delicacies from the Bellavita Shop which has launched this year. Not only is there so much to choose from, from luxurious truffles to rustic handmade pasta to cases of wine, you can also get £10 off your first shop of £30 or over. These are not your everyday, run-of-the-mill groceries but the absolute optimum in food and drink that this beautiful country has to offer. Trust us, you really want to try it!
So don’t forget to click here for your free tickets. We’ll be there visiting too so come along, look out for us and come and say hello! And if you want to read more about what we got up to and see some videos of our visits in action click over here and take a look through our posts.