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Attending & Tasting GLUTEN FREE at Ideal Home Christmas Olympia, London (Winter 2015)…

Another Christmas Show where there was plenty of GLUTEN FREE options to try, taste and enjoy. Held at Olympia, London: The Ideal Home Show at Christmas feels like a real shopping festival with plenty of stalls to see, food to try out, gifts to purchase and drinks to try. Even a few “room sets” which is perhaps the more traditional side of this show are decorated for the festive season and for a change, both large halls of Olympia were dedicated to this show: making it one of the biggest ones I’ve been to this year.

Lots to see and do at the Ideal Christmas Show including seeing Martin Lewis (addressing the crowds) in the middle of one of the Halls: talking about how to save money on your bills. And the Gregg Wallace Restaurant were offering a Christmas Lunch as well as an Afternoon Menu (both with GLUTEN FREE options!). And for a change, inline with the season, there were lots of Christmas Trees and decorations around the Halls. Indeed, outside by the Tube entrance, it was snowing and various “picture-postcard” scenes laid out for the visitors!

Ideal Home Christmas room sets

Ideal Home Christmas room sets

Gregg Wallace Restaurant

Gregg Wallace Restaurant

Festive Stage (with Martin Lewis)

Festive Stage (with Martin Lewis)

And of course, Father Christmas was seen at the show: I “skype”d him whilst at the show and spotted him wandering but was anything GLUTEN FREE?

BB Afternoon Tea Bus: with GF options!

BB Afternoon Tea Bus: with GF options!

Black & White Pudding (GF!)

Black & White Pudding (GF!)

  • Clonakilty are based in Ireland and make a GLUTEN FREE Black Pudding and a GLUTEN FREE White Pudding, as well as GLUTEN FREE Sausages. It was a shame that those for tasting at the show were with GLUTEN!
Thai Sauces (with 2 GF options)

Thai Sauces (with 2 GF options)

  • Mai Siam Sauces offer two GLUTEN FREE sauces at the Show: the Green Curry Paste and the Chilli Sauce.
Indian Cooking Sauces (all GF)

Indian Cooking Sauces (all GF)

  • And a GLUTEN FREE, WHEAT FREE and NUT FREE Indian Sauce company was on display with hot sauces available for tasting. These were very spicy and “hot”. These Punjaban sauces had a good depth of flavour, although they were too hot for me!
Pop Rice Snacks (GF)

Pop Rice Snacks (GF)

  • A new snack (although similar products are already on the market) was on show for tasting at the show: Pop Rice (which is made of popped rice with fruit) tasted crunchy although the tasting portions were very small bits!
Chocolate Tools (by Choco Passion) mostly GF

Chocolate Tools (by Choco Passion) mostly GF

  • And this is a supplier ChocoPassion which I have seen in many locations (including several Christmas Markets) and good to find out that most of the Chocolate sculptures are GLUTEN FREE. There were three which were on display at the Ideal Christmas Show which may contain GLUTEN but the vast majority of shapes were GLUTEN FREE.
More GF Offerings at Ideal Christmas

More GF Offerings at Ideal Christmas

  • Nims Fruit Crisps: these are a healthy snack made up of dried fruit in new refreshed packaging.
  • Munchy Seeds: With lots of different “seed” combinations for  trying and tasting
  • HECK Sausages: although nothing for tasting but a good on-site offer for three-packs, which proved very popular.

And finally, after my focus upon Advent Calendars, I was excited to see a (largely) GLUTEN FREE Advent Calendar for Dogs.

Dog Advent Calendar

Dog Advent Calendar

As you can see, I don’t have a Dog apart from my Snowy: but if I did, I guess this is one option for them!

Some GLUTEN FREE Snacks and some with WHEAT!

Some GLUTEN FREE Snacks and some with WHEAT!

Some contain WHEAT!

Some GF and contain WHEAT!


Whilst it’s the festive period, check out my blog posts on Chocolate Bars, Chocolate Boxes & Bags (including Selection Boxes), and Chocolate Coins, Santas and Figurines (December 2015),

Chocolate Boxes & Sweet treats (all GF)

Chocolate Boxes & Sweet treats (all GF)

Chocolate Coins, Chocolate Santas & Chocolate Figurines (all GF)

Chocolate Coins, Chocolate Santas & Chocolate Figurines (all GF)


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Other Food Shows on my blog include: Europe’s largest Allergy & Free From Show  in London and it’s sister show in Liverpool, as well as BBC Good Food and the Salon Du Chocolat, and even the Speciality & Fine Food Show, Food Matters LIVE. Overseas Shows include the Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest in Stamford, CT, USA.


 

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