Yesterday I headed to the Liverpool Exhibition Centre for the annual Allergy and Freefrom show. If you haven’t already heard of the Allergy and Freefrom show, it is Europe’s largest festival specialising in freefrom food, drink and lifestyle products. There are 4 shows each year, located in London, Liverpool, Glasgow and Berlin and after visiting the London show earlier this year (click here for my London allergy and freefrom show blog), I was very excited to head to Liverpool to see what they had to offer.
Firstly, I have to say that it is definitely a lot smaller than London, with less freefrom brands, however I still had a brilliant day and got to meet with plenty of amazing companies, even if I did have to battle my way through to the front of the stands due to the large amount of people at the event. Scroll down for my top tips if you are heading to the Allergy and Freefrom show next year, as well as my haul from the Liverpool show.
My top tips for visiting the Allergy and Freefrom show:
In preparation for the Allergy and Freefrom show in London next year, I have put together my 6 top tips.
- Arrive early! This may seem like an obvious one, but as the day goes on the show gets more and more busy, meaning its very difficult to get to some of the big stands. Therefore my first tip would be to arrive as the show opens and head to the bigger brands first such as Schar, Tesco, Newburn Bakehouse and Genius, as these are the ones that tend to get the busiest.
- Eat a small breakfast beforehand. The majority of the stands at the event have samples to try and there are also plenty of freefrom food stands to buy lunch. Having a small breakfast is essential in order to fit in vast amount of samples!
- Be careful with allergens. Different freefrom brands specialise in different allergy requirements, meaning that not everything at the event will be suitable for your needs. Make sure to double check the ingredients before trying any samples, because there is nothing worse than eating something that is going to make you poorly!
- Make the most of the amazing prices. As you all know, freefrom food can be very expensive in supermarkets, so this show is great for stocking up on some bargains! Most of the brands will have great deals to purchase for example, Genius were selling 8 gluten free products (including all the bread) for £10! – Now thats a bargain.
- Speak to all of the amazing brand reps. Having all of these amazing and knowledgable brands in one place is great! Make sure that you speak to the people behind the stalls as they have great knowledge about the freefrom world!
- Park at the event! My final top tip would be to drive and park at the event, so you can go back to the car with all of your goodies midway through the show. I made this mistake with the London show and ended up getting the train, leaving me with ridiculously achey arms and no where to put all my bags on the train! I drove to the Liverpool event meaning I could pop back to the car with my bags during the show.
My top find from yesterdays show:
If you follow me on Instagram, you will probably have already seen how excited I was by this next freefrom find, curtesy of Tesco. Tesco have recently released many different amazing freefrom products, (click here to see my recent haul) and the show yesterday brought with it another amazing new product which is hitting the shelves tomorrow! – Gluten, wheat and milk free lemon meringue pie!
My freefrom haul:
Now for all of the amazing goodies I picked up at the show. Keep an eye on my blog over the next couple of weeks for more detailed product reviews for all of the below products and how I used them.
I firstly picked up some of the Nutribrex 5 ways granola which comes in 2 different flavours; hazelnut, coconut and quinoa and honey, almonds and seeds. This granola is super versatile and as you can see from the name, can be used in many different ways, and I can’t wait to incorporate this into some of my baking! As well as the granola, I picked up the coconut and crispy rice gluten free ‘weetabix’ alternative which I’m very excited to try for breakfast.
Isabel’s Kitchen specialise in gluten free products that help to make cooking and baking that bit quicker and easier. I picked up an amazing goodie bag filled with various mixes including dough balls, yorkshire puddings, donuts, pancakes, batter and chocolate pudding as well as baking powder, gravy granules, pizza bases and flour!
I was very lucky to get to meet the amazing Lucinda, who created the Genius brand when her son was diagnosed with Coeliac disease. Lucinda very kindly gave me one of her signed cook books which I’m very excited to try. Genius is now one of the biggest freefrom brands in the UK and I had to take advantage of the great prices at the show by picking up some pitta breads, cinnamon and raisin bagels, honey and raisin breakfast bakes and my favourite scotch pancakes.
Lovemore specialise in gluten and milk free cakes, pies and biscuits with a range of amazing goodies! As you can see from below, I picked up nearly the whole range including jam tarts, jammy wheels, mince pies and chocolate cookies which I’m very excited to try. So far, I have been loving the gluten and milk free Oreo style cookies.
My all time favourite granola is this amazing Nice and Nobbly granola by Natures path, filled with pumpkin seeds, almonds, raisins and cinnamon. I couldn’t resist picking up 3 bags which were on offer at the show.
As well as all of the above, the show were also giving away goodie bags to everyone which included the new Schar Deli style seeded bread, Schar crackers, sweet freedom chocpot and cactus water, along with plenty of vouchers!
Overall, I had a great time at the Allergy and Freefrom show in Liverpool, and I’m already looking forward to the London show next year. If you are planning to head to the event, make sure to pick up your free tickets before hand by clicking here.