Hi and welcome back.
I hope you have had a lovely week so far and enjoying the summer weather in the UK. It has definitely been a crazy week for me, between work and putting our house on the market. Last weekend, was also the Allergy and Free From Show in London Olympia and it was my first time visiting. It is a 3 day event with a range of gluten free brands, talks from gluten free bloggers and medical professionals and a lot of amazing gluten free food. The show also has a vegan section and advice on dealing with other allergies (such as asthma which I found very informative). It was an unforgettable experience and I wanted to share my experience for you. If you are free for the next show, I would highly recommend going. I hope you enjoy. C. -x-
Gluten free Food Options
The first thing that struck me when I walked into the Allergy and Free From Show was the large number of gluten free options you could sample. eebies available. Almost every stand had a sample of their product for you to try. Please do check with each individual stand with regards to allergens as not every stand had gluten free items. I loved wandering from stand to stand trying new gluten free foods and learning about new brands. It was a place to discover new foods and enjoy old classics (I mean it can’t be just me who LOVES the Warburtons gluten free Tiger Loaf). You could purchase favourite products at discounted prices too. For the first time in what felt like such a long time, I could enjoy free samples of food and not worry. The staff handing out food were so helpful in checking ingredients and helping against cross contamination. Here are my top favourites. Stay tuned for Sunday blog where I review the Fodlicious gluten free Cookie Buttons.
I had planned my day to have breakfast at the show and then get lunch later in the day but within 5 minutes of entering the show, Shär were handing out warmed gluten free waffles with icing sugar. Instantly, I felt like I was in the right place. I mean, what better way to start the day off then a toasted waffle? They also had a pop up stand where you could try their new Delishios gluten free maltesers. They have the same incredible tasting chocolate but almost a crunchy/wafer texture compared to the gluten containing malt extract I remember from childhood. Having said that, I find it improves the malteser and I will definitely be going out to Asda to purchase these as soon as possible. Gluten free Malteser cheesecake anyone?
This gluten free brand of crisps have been my go-to ever since I first discovered them last year in Aldi. I just can not seem to get enough of the Sour Cream and Chive Hummus Chips with guacomole. At the stand, they had a range of options to try including the classic salted lentil chips and veggie straws. However, what I loved the most where the White Chedddar flavour Quinoa corn puffs. These taste just like the Wotsits but have the added bonus of not getting dried cheese all over your fingers. (Please don’t say I am the only one who gets a bit weirded out by that feeling).
Raw Treats Boutique
This brand was a new find for me when I was wandering around and why I loved the Free From and Allergy Show so much. I can sometimes feel I stick to the same gluten free brands all the time and often feel a bit daunted trying something new. The team on the stand were so lovely and helpful and when I spotted the Salted Caramel flavour Raw Treats Boutique, I knew I had to try them. It was a heavenly sweet treat that didn’t taste as though it was a typical energy ball. The texture is light and crumbly and reminds me of freshly cooked cookie dough. A must treat for anyone.
Gluten free, vegan options
I thought I would mention some of my favourite gluten free, vegan options I found at the show. I have written a few blog posts on the subject such as my No Meat May update but I find it very difficult to find gluten free options that are also vegetarian or vegan as well. I was very excited to see Hellmann’s at the show and got to sample their gluten free and Vegan Mayonnaise. It tasted incredible and you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. Another brand I loved meeting were HolyMoly with their vegan and gluten free guacomole; perfect with chips, crisps or vegetable sticks.
Talks and demonstrations
One thing I loved about the show was the chance to sit down and learn more about living a gluten free lifestyle or finding a new recipe. In the centre of the show is the Learning Centre where medical professionals give talks on how to live a gluten free life from: where to find information about Eating Out as a Coeliac to travelling abroad and much more. I found these talks helpful and gives you a chance to ask any questions you may have. They also have a demonstration area where gluten free bloggers cook gluten free recipes; from mug cakes to fish and chips, there were tips for everyone. They also had a family area to help kids learn about allergies. This was an area I didn’t explore this year but will find very beneficial when I hopefully have a family in the future.
My tips for next year
Overall the show was an incredible day out and something I will be repeating next year. Having now visited the show, I thought I would share my tips for next year that may help you out too.
- Take a friend who also suffers from allergies – it is nice to enjoy the experience with someone in the same position as you.
- Make sure you have empty cupboards and freezers – there are so many products you can buy at a lower rate.
- Bring reusable bags – means you waste less plastic and have ways to bring all the amazing goodies home with you.
- Don’t eat a big meal first – there are so many products to sample that you will get full quickly.
- HAVE FUN 🙂
There you go! My first thoughts and views on the Allergy and Free From Show in London 2019. I hope this blog helped you and inspired you to go next year too. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below. Don’t miss Sunday blog post where I review the Fodlicious Cookie Buttons.