Product Reviews, Restaurant Reviews and Recipes: All GLUTEN FREE!

Looking forward to the Allergy & Free From Scotland Fair (in GLASGOW). FOR A FREE TICKET….

In just a few weeks time (Saturday 19/03/16- Sunday 20/03/16), the Allergy & Free From Show heads “North of the Border” into Scotland. After starting in London in 2009, the show has grown with a version up North in Liverpool in 2012, and an International version last year in Berlin, Germany. The most recent London, Liverpool and Berlin editions attracted a collective audience in excess of 52,000 visitors who are living free from ingredients such as gluten, wheat, eggs, nuts or dairy, as well as those needing to avoid dust mites, latex or other materials. Doors open at 10am at the Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre (SECC: Exhibition Way Glasgow G3 8YW Scotland)…

Attendees will discover the greatest selection of free-from food, drink and lifestyle products ever seen north of the border, as well as attend cooking classes, gain expert advice and enjoy kids’ activities.  A fun-packed family day out, designed to educate and entertain. If you’re not sure, you can check out my previous posts on Allergy & Free-From Shows I’ve attended including:

A look at the trends at the London 2015 Free From & Allergy Show (See below):

Tasting GLUTEN FREE Savoury Treats and Bakery Items at Liverpool 2014 Free From & Allergy Show.

Tasting GLUTEN FREE Sweet Treats at Liverpool 2014 Free From & Allergy Show.

Tasting GLUTEN FREE Sweet Treats & Bakery Items at London 2014 Free From & Allergy Show.

Talking to GLUTEN FREE Chocolatiers, Supermarkets & Meal Providers at London 2014 Free From & Allergy Show.


On my blog I have covered Europe’s largest Allergy & Free From Show  in London and it’s sister show in Liverpool, as well as BBC Good Food , the Salon Du Chocolat, the Speciality & Fine Food ShowFood Matters LIVEIdeal Christmas Show, Foodie Festival, as well as local events such as the London South Coeliac Support Group Food Fair, and Internationally, I attended the Gluten Free Food & Allergy Fest in CT, the USA.


For a FREE TICKET: Click Here And save £7.50 (on door entry fee). 

From last year, I reflected on the trends and tasty treats that I tried at Europe’s largest Allergy & Free-From Show, held in London (July 2015)…

Held at the Olympia Exhibition site in West London, Allergy & Free From Show, sits with the Just Vegan Show and the Love Natural Love Organic Show although it is only noticeable if you look down on the floor and see which “zone” you’re in! The show ran for the weekend starting on Friday 3rd July 2015 until last Sunday 5th July 2015.


Rather than do a review of who I saw, what I ate and my visit to the fair, from walking around the hall and viewing the exhibitors, stands and their offerings (like I have done for the Liverpool Show and the previous London Show), there are noticeable “trends” and “fashions” which all visitors may spot.

“Free-From Snacking is bar-my”…

There seems to be an explosion of “bars” for Allergy suffers, usually GLUTEN FREE, DAIRY FREE, WHEAT FREE, EGG FREE and I would suggest TASTE FREE. A lot of them “sell” the flavours but ignore that they are largely made up of dried fruit with a hint of the stated “flavour” and are very high in calories.

 “New consolidators have entered the market…”

Perhaps as the Free-from market has expanded with lots of individual small businesses, it was only natural that over time, there would be an increase in business consolidators who offer several different brands and products from different sources. In reality, these will only take-off if we (allergy sufferers) use these websites rather than visiting individual websites and ordering direct from suppliers. Living in the Great city of London, with a Whole Foods on my door, I will continue to purchase some products online whilst others I will hand pick.

“Coconuts are everywhere…”

Felt like coconut water, coconut drinks, coconut products were everywhere at the fair and very much in vogue! Even a margarine made out of coconuts was a new product just released onto the markets. It’s as if a new discovery has been made and I wonder what’s next for coconuts!

“Bread remains the “Holy Grail” for Free-From customers…”

Surprised and disappointed that “bread” and “bread-products” are still such a required stable for so many people. Really enjoyed tasting new Bread Sticks from Link to Nature’s Store. I confess, I still enjoy sandwiches with GF bread and hot buttered toast but the ultimate “loaf” is still out there…

So what did I try at the Allergy & Free From Fair:

Apart from lots of biscuits, crisps, bread and cake products, some of my unusual tastings included:

  • New GF Oat biscuits by Angelic. These included Honey & Oats, Cranberry & Sunflower Seed and Chocolate Chip Oat Biscuits. I tried their new Chocolate Chip oat biscuit with some trepidation as I am nervous about oats- even if they are stated as GF. It was chocolatey and had a really strong bite to the biscuit.
  • New Banana & Vanilla ice Cream by Na Na which was very creamy and tasted very much of bananas. They also offered tastings of their Chocolate and Strawberry ice.
  • New recipe Zaatar Chicken made by Ilumi. This was too spicy for me to enjoy but a well flavoured savoury dish. Unfortunately, I am not convinced by the “pre-packaged” meals which do not need to be stored in a fridge but they probably suit some allergy sufferers.
  • New Buckwheat wafer crackers by Orgran. Again, I was nervous about trying this as it stated the ingredient “buckwheat” but the staff at Orgran were quick to point out thatBuckwheatt is seed related to Rhubarb! These crackers were great and I could imagine using these with Ice Cream in the Summer.

And a word of warning. It might be a Allergy & Free From Fair, but be careful about helping yourself…

In order to try the Dairy Free Cheese or Sheeze as they call it, made by Bute Island Foods, they had it on crackers which contain GLUTEN. Good to have the warning but I am sure they could have sourced a GF biscuit given the audience at the fair. They did have small samples in the fridge which you could help yourself which didn’t contain GLUTEN so how did it taste? Well, I wont be buying Sheeze any time soon. Despite my Lactose Intolerance, I am able to eat hard cheeses and so thankfully will not need to have this dairy free alternative which I found to have a terrible aftertaste.

So lots to see and do at the Allergy & Free-From Fair, so check out GLASGOW’s first event and GET YOUR FREE TICKET!

If you are a member of Coeliac UK, they produce a comprehensive directory which covers over 16,000 food and drink items (including GLUTEN FREE Chocolate Bars). This is available in a paper-based Manual and online FREE to members of Coeliac UK.

One of the hard-hitting posters from Coeliac UK for Awareness Week.

One of the hard-hitting posters (featuring Yours Truly) from Coeliac UK launched for Awareness Week, launched in 2015 and to be seen again in 2016.

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