The highlight of every food allergics calendar is The FreeFrom Food Awards and this year was no exception. Actually being allowed to attend the awards as a judge and also even being trusted to help out on the night all made experience richer and more exciting.
And now, so you can watch a snippet of the awards, here is the video. If you look very closely, who is that lady standing behind Antony Worral Thomspon, looking also in there, on camera, talking about my hopes and dreams for a freefrom world…
A huge amount of hard work, planning and effort goes into these awards so I was glad to help out, even if it was just inexpertly aiding with the hanging a few carefully un-lined up banners from the balcony and handing out the right certificates to the ever supportive celebrity chef Antony Worral Thompson.
This year’s Awards took place at the Grade 1 listed Royal College of Physicians in Regent’s Park on April 16th 2013 and because I can’t contain my excitment any longer, I have to share that my totally, all time favourite new product of the century actually WON the FAIR trophy for the Best FreeFrom Food 2013
Bessant & Drury wins the FreeFrom Food Awards 2013
Their Lemon Dairy Free Frozen Dessert is free from dairy, soya and gluten and is incredible.
This product was one of my ‘discoveries’ during judging and I have had to keep quiet and not spill the beans about how much we all loved it until now.
My only complaint is that so far I have only managed to find it online where I would have to buy six tubs. Please, please, supermarkets – hear our plea. Can you stock this immensely innovative and pudding-changing dessert please? Pretty, pretty please?
Highlights of this year’s awards were the winners buffet where guests got to see, touch and taste all the winners food and Pig and Co’s reaction to winning with their gluten free sausages. If everyone got as excited and bowled over by these awards, word would soon spread faster about how important they are to small independent producers and large companies alike.
There was also a large selection of low sulphite wines and gluten free beer on offer and I reckon this was the most popular part of the awards judging by the amount being sampled, the rosy faces, raised voices and happy smiles around the room.
It was a time to celebrate everything that’s great about freefrom food and how far we’ve come since the awards began six years ago. It was a party where you didn’t feel like the odd one out but just one of the crowd, a chance to put faces to bloggers and meet up with old friends and fellow judges and also shake hands with the people who make your favourite freefrom foods.
So thank you, to Michelle and Cressida and the Foods Matter team for creating and organising these great awards, the ONLY awards of their kind, and thank you to everyone who helped to make it happen and who came along and made the FreeFrom Food Awards and the evening rock!
To see all the categories of winners, read event reviews and browse professional photographs of the awards ceremony, including one of me wearing that hat, visit: http://www.freefromfoodawards.co.uk/