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Round-up of the Allergy & Free From Show

There's a buzzy mood down at Olympia in London at the moment - it's the weekend not only of the Allergy & Free from Show, but also its sister shows V Delicious, Love Natural Love Organic and the Back Pain Show. The show is open until July 6.



As always, people are super friendly, eager to chat and passionate about their products. Among them were Tomas Mesa and David Ventura (pictured above) from Free'd - they'd put careers in finance to one side to start up a gluten-free artisanal cracker business with a variety of flavours include chia and sesame (vegan) and cheddar and pumpkin seeds. Definitely one to watch.

Also selling crackers was the Lawless Family Bakery and its Foods of Athenry range of delicious biscuits, GF scones, cookies and - my favourite- Gourmet Sodabread Toasts (gluten-free though made with buttermilk). The multiseed variety went straight into my shopping bag.

I was particularly excited by Garbo's GF, vegan sourdough breads - especially a frozen one that comes part baked and all you need to do is oven bake it in the bag (a particularly genius idea because it means you don't get cross-contamination from eg. a restaurant's oven) so you get a warm and freshly-baked loaf. They're looking for UK distributors - let's hope they find one soon: see more here (there's an English section, see the LH side of the page)

On the breakfast front there were several new arrivals, including Big Oz, which has just launched a cereal variety pack (woo-hoo!), while Alara offers GF muesli, porridge and granola made with GF oats in a variety of flavours, free from added sugar and salt; while Rebelicious Foods from Ireland offers a whole range of flakes and granolas from a GF facility.

For kids, Natama is a French range that offers a range of GF frozen products for children or adults (25 for toddlers), free of a whole host of allergens. Check it out online for more details.

If you're a pie person, there was something for you in the form of Clive's Pies (dairy free, gluten free with vegetarian options), while GF sausages sizzled at debbie&andrew's. For cheese lovers who can no longer eat cheese, Vegusto was there with tasters of its comprehensive and award-winning range of vegan 'cheeses' - the mild aromatic was my favourite.

Finally, I have to say hi to Leslie, Paul and Nigel (below) from Fun Foods 4 All. On their stand they were also selling a range of authentically Italian free-from pasta and sauces (including dairy-free pesto) and a selection of snack bars under the Frank brand. That's my supper tonight sorted!