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Attending & Tasting GLUTEN FREE @Country Living Spring Fair (Islington, London) in March 2016…

Another new Show to explore GLUTEN FREE foods and offerings I attended was the Country Living Spring Fair.

Reading Country Living!

Reading Country Living!

I usually see Country Living at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, where they host a whole marquee of bits and pieces but I headed to Islington to attend their Spring Fair and taste the GF offerings. Held at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, this large event is a showcase of craftspeople and small business, all “hand-picked” by the Country Living Magazine.

At the Islington Business Design Center

At the Islington Business Design Center

A lot of the stalls and producers had hand-crafted goodies on show. Lots of them are arty (greetings cards, pictures, toys, clothing), lots of horticultural/ countrified clothing (wellies, gift items) and some for their more mature audience (lavender smellies, hats and brooches) but I found the GLUTEN FREE food offerings:

GLUTEN FREE Pickles: Made by The Truckle Cheese Company: I know Coeliacs can have Barley Malt (in products such as Branston Pickle) but I also know my own body and can only tolerate a tiny amount before it does have an impact on me, so finding a rather sweet but sticky pickle product was exciting. This tasted really rich and I picked some up with a mature Cheddar Cheese.

The Truckle Cheese Company: Onion Marmalade (GF)

The Truckle Cheese Company: Onion Marmalade (GF)

And then I spotted a Strawberry based pickle which also is GLUTEN FREE and had to buy another jar. This I look forward to as I think the mix of spices will really work with the sweetness of the strawberries: This wasn;t available for  tasting at the show as they only had a few jars left (on Day 1) but I’ve got mine!

The Truckle Cheese Company GF pickle

The Truckle Cheese Company GF pickle

GLUTEN FREE SAUSAGES: by HECK. Seen at many Shows (including BBC Good Food), HECK have recently launched a new Zesty Chicken flavoured Sausage. This had a good kick to it and was offered for tasting along with a good offer for 3 packs for £10.

HECK Sausages (GF)

HECK Sausages (GF)

GLUTEN FREE FUDGE: Made by the Yum Yum Tree Fudge they have several different flavoured Fudges (and they were keen for me to try and taste their DAIRY FREE) Coconut Fudge. I tried the chocolate coated one and found it very soft (as a fudge) versus their regular ones. It is made with Coconut Oil rather than MILK /Butter and rather fresh. They also had a pure Coconut Fudge (without the chocolate!)

Yum Yum Tree Fudge (GF and DF)

Yum Yum Tree Fudge (GF and DF)

GLUTEN FREE CHOCOLATES: A good selection of GF Chocolates as I love my Chocolates (whether in Chocolate Bars, in Chocolate Bags and of course Chocolate Boxes):

GOUPIE CHOCOLATES: A new and slightly different product: Chocolate Crunchy pieces with some delicious flavours (not sure it’s a bar but not either a traditional chocolate box) more of a snack-product. I tried the Cherry and Almond one, and this was very nutty:

Goupie GF Chocolates

Goupie GF Chocolates

And a really sweet Lemon Meringue Goupie bites. A tasty snack which I will look out for!

Lemon Meringue GF Goupie

Lemon Meringue GF Goupie

SCIOLTI BOTANICAL CHOCOLATES: Another new Chocolate supplier who make a great selection of GLUTEN FREE Chocolates. These included some interesting flavours that you don’t usually see such as Violet Petals and Rose Petals. All made by hand and available in little chocolate boxes as well as standard regular bars.

GF Chocolates Sciolti Botanical Chocolates

GF Chocolates Sciolti Botanical Chocolates

TROFFLE CHOCOLATES: With beautifully designed Chocolate rounds with a deep flavour and pretty colours, this box of Chocolates would make a lovely gift. They advised that some of the ingredients was from out of their garden (such as the Mint) and the different flavours were really innovative including Sesame Honeycomb, Lime & Basil and Orange & Thyme.

Handmade Troffle GF Chocolates

Handmade Troffle GF Chocolates

GREEN & BLACK: A fairly standard Chocolatier (who I have featured in my Chocolate Bar review, my Chocolate Bag post and my more recent Easter Egg listing. They had a “Tasting Experience” offering samples of their latest range (the “Thins”: Organic Dark Chocolate 70%, Organic Milk Chocolate with 37% Cocoa Solids and Organic Milk Chocolate with Salted Caramel Pieces) along with small mouthfuls of Port:  to experience the intensity of the Chocolate. They also showcased a Chocolate Ganache made with Chilli: I did try this but I found it to be too spicy with a real after-taste of the Chilli.

Green & Black's GF Chocolate Tastings

Green & Black’s GF Chocolate Tastings

And upstairs, I found some cute Lambs, which were on “show”, so it was like stepping into CountryFile and seeing the natural world in Islington!

Mary had a little Lamb...

Mary had a little Lamb…

 


On my blog I have covered Foodie Festival at the Truman Brewery, 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.

 


 

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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. They have also published an Easter listing (although it is not as visually EGG-citing as this posting and excludes many of the included ChocolatiersHigh Street stores and London’s prestigious Department Stores covered in my posts).

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, revealed in 2015 and to be seen again in 2016.


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This information was correct as of March 2016.

But as I am learning, ingredients do change and therefore you should always read the label and check for yourself whether it is GLUTEN FREE or not!

 

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