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

Tasting GLUTEN FREE @Natural & Organic Food Fair at London’s Excel: Part 2: Special & Strange…

At this year’s Natural & Organic Products Europe trade show there were some odd products which were GLUTEN FREE but I found either a little unusual and /or a bit off the wall so on my blog ( welcome to the second review of the show: Part 2: Strange & Special (which covers the weird and wonderful products which I’m not so sure about!). This follows Part 1: Perfect Products (which includes NEW GLUTEN FREE Chocolate Bars and Sweet Treats that I tried and tasted) and will be followed finally by Part 3: Delightful Drinks (which includes all the drinks that I tried and tasted).

 is one of the leading European shows for Natural and Organic products (including health, food and beauty) and the 2017 event was the 21st edition attracting its biggest attendance yet. My focus was on the Food and Drinks including some foreign exhibitors seeking representation and sales opportunities and there was plenty of SPECIAL and STRANGE Product to try, indulge and avoid(!?):

BIOTTA Vegetable Juice: Yes they were offering Vegetable Juices which looked very colourful and correctly smelt and then tasted like their respective vegetables. I tried the Potato Juice which was powerful stuff with a real whiff of my allotment but wrongly in a liquid form. The purple carrot juice tasted the most “normal” but I couldn’t imagine this will be something I shall be buying:

  •  MICRODELICES:  As included in Part 1 (under Chocolate) this French Chocolate is made with additional protein (insects). It seems strange as a concept until you realise that most of the world does eat insects and we’re actually in the minority. Not an everyday treat and a great talking point for parties and/or an unusual birthday gift?

SEAMORE: See this sounded amazing: making Seaweed into Bacon but it looked wrong: thin crisp slithers of seaweed and when tasted, it had a saltyness which didn’t really match to the meatiness of real bacon. What a shame as this could have been a transformational product.

FOLLOW YOUR HEART: “Vegenaise” and “Sriracha Vegenaise” were tried at the show and they were very creamy and tasted like regular mayonnaise. However, the Sriracha had a real chilli kick to it which I didn’t enjoy!

COCAVO: Using a blended mix of Avocados and coconut oil, they’ve created a Ghee which can be used for cooking. It looks like coloured gunge from New Zealand:

ORGRAN: Two products shown incluug GLUTEN FREE Fruit filled biscuits which were a little dry for my liking. I also think it was odd that the fruit filling was mushed up so it was not really tasting of any fruit but just pure sweetness is a thick biscuit /cake-like structure.

The other ORGRAN product was an Egg Replacement which would be useful for me as I avoid EGG YOLKS. They didn’t have it made up in any samples or foods but stated that their product was very flexible and useful for supporting egg-based products with no strange flavour.

HEY YUM: Organic Vegan candies were on show and available in three flavours: “Love Spring” (red berries), “Magic Forest” (honey sweetened) and “Triassic Garden” (made with honey). My favourite sweet was the Love Spring which had a really fruity flavour and lasted quite a long time (if you didn’t chewy them!):

DR ORGANIC: Skincare cream made with Snail Gel! Yes this was cream to take home and try (not that I have yet!) which is actually made from the mucus secretion of specially farmed snails. This is filtered and concentrated by vacuum evaporation to reduce its water content, before a mild preservative is added:

Check out my other blog posts on: Part 1: Perfect Products (which includes NEW GLUTEN FREE Chocolate Bars and Sweet Treats that I tried and tasted) and finally, Part 3: Delightful Drinks (which includes all the drinks that I tried and tasted).

Food Shows on my blog include  Hotelympia @Excel Centre, Country Living Spring Fair@Islington’s Design Center,  Foodie Festival @Truman Brewery, Europe’s largest Allergy & Free From Show  in London and it’s sister show inLiverpool, 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. And in 2017, a new show appeared at Olympia, London called Top Drawer.

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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 my posts and excludes many Chocolatiers and High Street 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, held in 2015 and to seen in The Netherlands last year in 2016.

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This information was correct as of April 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!


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