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FreeFrom Food Awards 2017: Winners announced and celebrated (Part 1: Individual Category GOLD Winners)…

Excited to attend the FreeFrom Food Awards 2017 Winners Announcement and Celebration Party held at the Royal College of Physicians (in Regent’s Park, London). It is a grand affair with the many attending from the Industry and world of Free From Foods and the highlight has to be the Winner’s Buffet which is both an entertaining and tasty treat! In it’s tenth year, this award continues to grow and expand as the allergen complexities continue to be raised in the mind of modern consumers and innovated by the Industry. It has expanded into Germany and Ireland who now run their own awards and instead of awarding Highly Commended and Commended, they categories have evolved into GOLD, SILVER and BRONZE so theoretically, we could have a class of all GOLD (as they’re deserving of the accolade!) New categories announced for 2018 including a FODMAP friendly food class and a FreeFrom Food for Export reflecting changes. (And importantly links to Manufacturers and stock availability can be found at the FreeFrom Food Awards Website).

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Amazing to see over 500 entries from some 208 companies of which some 94 where new to the awards and Michelle Berriedale-Johnson (Director of FreeFrom Food Awards and Editor of FoodMatter) lead the proceedings emphasizing the new focus from staples (such as bread and pasta) to lifestyle categories including Food to Go and Down the Pub. As followers will know, I support the  FreeFrom Food Awards as well as judging the FreeFrom Eating Out Awards (the UK’s only industry awards by FoodsMatter set up to encourage innovation and celebrate excellence in the FreeFrom food industry ) I am actively involved in judging the Confectionery class, Desserts and Puddings, Meaty Ready Meals and Tea Time which has been so much fun. It is great to try different products, new innovations and exciting twists which you might not find in your shops! It is a delight!

Breakfast Class GOLD Winner: Coldpress Pumpkin Power Cold Pressure Juice

Bread Class GOLD Winner: BFree Stone Baked Pitta Bread

Storecupboard Class: GOLD Winners: Isabel’s Yorkshire Pudding Mix, Stoffell’s No Added Sugar Brown Sauce and Free & Easy Gluten & Dairy Free Carrot Cake Mix

Store Cupboard Class: GOLD Winners: Isabel’s Yorkshire Pudding Mix, Stoffell’s No Added Sugar Brown Sauce and Free & Easy Gluten & Dairy Free Carrot Cake Mix

And whilst there I met Isabel who was very pleased to have won in the Store Cupboard Class for her Yorkshire Puddings Mix:

With Isabel

And more GOLD Winning products in other categories including:

Pizza & Pasta with GOLD awarded to Evexia Thrive Spinach & Ricotta Tortelloni and Liberto Edamame Fettuccine

Superfoods & Sports Supplements with GOLD awards to James White Drinks Turmeric Juice Zinger and Muscle Candy’s Chocolate Whey Protein

Food to Go and Vending: GOLD awarded to amazing MiiRO SalteD Caramel Ice Cream and West Cornwall Pasty Gluten & Dairy Free Traditional Everybody Pasty

Down the Pub Class with GOLD to Most Marvellously Muchable Multiseed Crackers

One of the categories that I judged was Meaty and Fishy Ready Meals:

Meaty & Fishy Ready Meals: GOLD awarded to Tesco Free From Beef Casserole & Dumplings

I think it was the dumplings that we all loved. These were light and tasty and refreshing to be GLUTEN FREE and MILK FREE and EGG FREE!

Veggie Ready Meals: GOLD awarded to Pure Free From Dairy and Gluten Free Butternut Squash Risotto

Food for Peanut & Tree Nut Allergy: GOLD awarded to Yau’s Thai Style Satay Sauce

Foods designed for Children with GOLD awarded to Asda Free From Chocolate Party Cake, Rule of Crumb Chicken Goujons and Tesco Pulled Beef Ragu Pasta

And another category that I judged was the Tea Time class:

Tea Time Class: With GOLD awarded to Kelkin Glulten Free Tea Cakes, Prewett’s Chocoful and Free From Bakehouse Banana and Chocolate Chip Loaf

Tea Time GOLD Winners

The Tea Cakes are so traditional as a sweet treat and of course, look and taste (I believe) like a regular product: so much so that non-allergen suffers enjoyed them as much as we did during our judging session. And the Banana and Chocolate Loaf cake was great and really rich and tasty for someone who doesn’t love that much cake: and we had to eat a lot of cake! I also loved judging the Desserts and Puddings:

Dessert and Puddings: GOLD awarded to Asda Free From Cream Filled Profiteroles and Naturally Coconuts Mint Choc Chips

The Profiteroles had a great sweet filling and the mint ice cream was amazingly crisp and minty with a strong menthol flavour. My final class that I judged in was Confectionery & Chocolate! One that I love and enjoy so much!

Bronze Awards in Confectionery & Chocolate

GOLD Winners in Confectionery and Chocolate awarded to Biona Organic Mini Fruit Bears and Booja Booja Almond & Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Truffles

The Mini Fruit Bears were a real winner with all the judges as these sweets had natural flavourings and you could taste a difference with each of the different colours as well. The Truffles were delightful and so rich and lush as a little box of luxury chocolates. And a special mention to the D&D Dairy Free Mint Chocolate Holly Leaves which had a great menthol taste with thick dark chocolate and did I mention DAIRY FREE.

Best Product from a Start Up included MiiRO SalteD CarameL and Rana’s Artisan Bakery New Italian Sourdough Bread Mix

Top 14 Class with GOLD Awarded to Tesco Free From Garlic Bread and Essy & Bella Peppermint & Cacao Nib Alternative to Milk Chocolate

Innovation Award to BFree Sweet Potato Wraps

Retailer of the Year to Tescos closely followed by Asda

And then it was time for two special awards: The FreeFrom Super Hero Award  recognising achievement in this field (sponsored by Lucy Bee) and Ultimate FreeFrom Food Award: Marble Mo. Full details of these will be commented upon in  Part 2: Appearing soon on my blog as well as a full run down of the Winner’s Buffet (with award winning foods to try and taste!).

Links to Manufacturers and stock availability can be found at the FreeFrom Food Awards Website.

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This information was correct as of March 2017.

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!

5 comments on “FreeFrom Food Awards 2017: Winners announced and celebrated (Part 1: Individual Category GOLD Winners)…

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