The Allergy & Free From Show North 2013

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On the 27th October me and my boyfriend spent the day at The Allergy & Free From Show North. We met a lot of amazing free from companies, sampled a lot of gluten free goodies and came away with a lot of bags!

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DS Gluten Free had a stall full of gluten free biscuits! I found some vegan ones in the form of digestives and the signs behind the boxes with the ingredients on were really useful.

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The Honest Carrot is a company based in London who specialise in vegetarian and vegan gluten free foods. They also deliver throughout the UK so everyone can have a chance to taste their beautiful offerings! Their range includes falafal and burgers made from ingredients such as kale and beetroot. I met the wonderful lady who ran the store and the burgers smelt amazing.

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BFree are one of my favourite companies as their gluten free and vegan wraps are fantastic. They were toasting bagels for people to sample and I was very happy to find out that they were both gluten free and vegan! I came home with two packs and they were gorgeous toasted. After enquiring about where the bagels can be bought though, I found out that they’re not yet available to buy in the UK. I hope they are soon!

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There were free samples galore and I finally got to try Amy’s Kitchen’s Gluten Free and Vegan Macaroni Cheese. It was amazing, you never would have guessed it was vegan or gluten free! This is currently available to buy on Goodness Direct but hopefully it will be more widely available soon.

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I had a wonderful discussion with the two stallholders at the Hale & Hearty stand! Their products are all gluten free and they have lots of new products out which are also vegan including some new shapes of vegan pasta (macaroni and rigatoni) which will give a bigger variety to the range of gluten free pastas out there. Many of their existing products which are already vegan are in the process of having the vegan society logo put on their pack.

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Koko were also at the fair giving out samples of their gorgeous coconut based dairy free milks. I’m addicted to the strawberry flavour which is the closest I’ve tasted to strawberry milkshake!

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My greatest discovery at the fair was the Venice Bakery stall which was selling gluten free and vegan pizza bases with Mozzarisella cheese. I didn’t intend to buy anything but after a sample of their amazing realistic tasting pizza I came away with two bases. I’ve since bought some more of their products so watch this space for a review!

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Last but not least were the amazing Pudology! Their gluten free and vegan puddings are to die for, especially my favourite Banoffee flavour.

I came home loaded up with bags and next year will need to take more money with me! There was a wonderful atmosphere with people chatting and trying foods together and it was definitely a family event. I’ve also discovered lots of new companies so watch this space for reviews!

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