This is the 3rd year I've been to the Allergy & Free From Show in London. I enjoyed the previous shows so I ordered my free entry tickets and booked a train to the big smoke. With my sister in tow off we went...
This year it was held in the Grand Hall of the Olympia. This to me was a great change as the previous years it was in the smaller halls which were very tightly packed with stalls and quite warm with bustling people. There was a nice amount of space between stalls and a lot more stalls. It was a great atmosphere with no pushing or shoving (that I saw). Thumbs up!
I had a shopping list in my head of the items I really wanted to get and the stalls I wanted to visit, anything else I came across was a bonus! It also helped that I took a pull along bag with me and a small cool bag with an ice pack for refrigerated finds.
My first stop was BFree. If you've seen my tweets recently you will be aware that I am a big fan of their bagels. They are Dairy, Gluten and Egg Free which is great as I get fed up of seeing bread that contains egg. They are also very very realistic. They were a bargain at 3 for £5 so I got two of the seeded and one of the plain which I'd not tried. I did later go back for another 3 packs as it will save me driving 25mins to the nearest Tesco that sells them. They freeze great.
Next stop was Venice Bakery, I'm also a big fan of their pizza bases. I'd not brought any in a while as I thought I'd stock up at the show. I got the small seasoned bases and some flat breads. This year you could also buy MozzaRisella from the stall so I got two of the SmokeyRisella.
I stopped at the Plamil stall. My favourite egg free mayonnaise is their garlic one so I picked up a jar. I also got a chocolate orange spread and a big bag of chocolate chips as I like to use them in my cakes.
I'd seen the Feel Free brand floating around on twitter recently so I took advantage of their 4 for £5 offer on their pasta. Can't wait to try the alphabet shapes (yes they are aimed at children as my sister pointed out...I'm a big kid). I also got a pack of their Choc Chip Granola bars. I did test one of these when I got home and I love them. More of a rice crispy bar with chocolate. Winner!
Whilst browsing the flour collection on the Bobs Red Mill stall a lady asked if I would like to meet Bob for a free signed copy of his book. Why not! If it wasn't for this man I would never have eaten the Waffles and Beignets they make with his flour at Disney. He was very friendly bless him. I stocked up on his pizza mix (to make beignets) and a few flours that my Babycakes recipes use.
|My Sister, Bob & Me|
I found a stall with a lovely display of cakes. I like cake. I had to buy. It was Ruby's of London. She had a great selection of Vegan and also Gluten Free cakes, donuts and brownies. I chose the hazelnut donut and my sister had a rocky road brownie. We both thought they were delicious.
I very nearly forgot that Clive's Pies were on my list. I have a limited selection in my local Holland & Barrett so I wanted to try some of their other flavours. There was a 5 for £10 offer so I chose two French Cassoulet, two Vegetable Chilli and the Lentil & Olive. Looking forward to trying them.
We received some free samples of the Slendier Organic Konjac rice and pasta. I'd not heard of these before so interested to try.
We spent a couple of hours browsing round the stalls. I still managed to get home and realise I'd missed some of them. To be honest we couldn't carry anymore. Thank goodness for the pull along trolley. I would have liked to have investigated the beauty and back pain area a bit more but my main priority was food.
Overall I had a lovely day. Their were some fantastic companies at the show who were very friendly and helpful. I met my lovely twitter friends Nia (@ChubbaNia) and Sarah (@Sugarpuffish) for a chat. Check out their blogs in my favourites list. I was sad to miss Dairy Free Baby & Me (@dairyfree) but next time!
Hope everyone else enjoyed it as much as me.
To quote my sister " How your reacting to this show is like me being at a theme park"
(she really really likes theme parks)
(she really really likes theme parks)