This year’s Allergy and Gluten Free Show was the biggest and best yet. I’ve been going for years and it seems the allergy world is growing fast. It was positively buzzing with activity; loads more exhibitors, hundreds more visitors, broader seminar programme, demonstrations, cookery workshops and a whole lot more.
If you didn’t make it this year, here are my top ten favourite new products and highlights.
- Fria bread, cinnamon buns and chocolate cake are all gluten and dairy free. I have one word to describe these products – WOW! They are just so mouth wateringly amazing, I can’t believe they’re not made with gluten! Visit: www.gffdirect.co.uk to buy online
- Steph’s Free From Cakes and in particular the Lemon Drizzle cake was to die for. Having a dairy and nut allergy and not being much of a kitchen goddess, I haven’t eaten lemon drizzle cake for over 15 years. Steph’s cake is soft, moist, deliciously zesty and the best bit, the sugary lemon crust, is just too tasty. I bought a whole cake to freeze. Visit: www.stephsfreefromcakes for her full range and to buy on-line.
- Garbo gluten free breads were also fresh, moist and really tasty. Great for making sandwiches and they come part-baked in a sealed bag. This is a really innovate idea because it means you can bake the bread, in the bag, anywhere you want and it is safe from cross contamination.
- Alex Gazzola, health journalist, was manning the Foodsmatter stand, so I also managed to get my copy of “Coeliac Disease: What you need to know” signed! Check out free from (gluten)’s review of the book
- The Cake Crusader’s cakes were very very moreish and amazingly gluten, wheat, dairy, egg and sugar free. How do these bakers do it? Visit: www.thecakecrusader.co.uk to find out more.
- Genius Gluten Free bread didn’t fail to impress either. They have brought out a whole new range of seeded bread, rolls and toasted tea cakes. Very yummy and I did find myself passing that stand time and time again. Just on my way to another stand, honestly, but it would have been rude not to stop and try a sample ;o). Find out more about Genius products at www.geniusglutenfree.com
- Simply washing powder, high performance cleaning that doesn’t cost the earth, rinses out better than other non-bio washing powders and is good for the environment too. Look out for it in Tesco and find out more at www.simplywashing.com
- Estrella Daura gluten free beer, a very welcome refreshing beer. I love a pint of beer and have drunk quite a few pints in my time. This beer is really very very good and tastes just like normal beer to me. Visit: www.estrelladamm.com to find out more. You can buy it in Sainsbury’s, Asda and Waitrose.
- Goodnessdirect had loads of their free-from products available to sample and lots of vouchers to use when buying products online. Check out www.goodnessdirect.co.uk next time you want to buy allergy foods and other products direct to your doorstep.
- pai sensitive skin natural moisturisers and lip balms are luxuriously delicate and only contain natural, organic, chemical-free ingredients. For a treat for your skin that won’t irritate visit: www.paiskincare.com to view their whole range and buy on-line.
I really found it hard to pick my top ten, there were so many other fantastic new products and established providers with new ranges and varieties to sample. Marks & Spencer’s new gluten free range of bread, buns and cakes, Nairns new gluten free oat cakes and in particular their chocolate chip cookie variety. Amazing bread flour mixes, chocolates, I could go on; there are too many to mention.
The seminar programme was packed and I only managed to see a few sessions each day, there was just too much to do, too many people to meet, chat to, share experiences with and stands to visit. Top marks to the show organisers for making this year so amazing.
Visit The Allergy and Gluten Free Show website to read the full exhibitor listing.
What were your highlights? Did you discover the most amazing new products or brands? Did you go this year or did you miss it? I’d love to hear from everyone who went. Do you agree this year was the best yet and buzzing with excitement?