Review of The Free From Festival London

The Free From Festival London is the UK’s first gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free food festival. The latest Free From Festival was based at Old Spitalfields Market London. It had a large array of dairy free, gluten free, refined sugar free foods to try. I have been very lucky to attend the previous festivals in my official capacity as a blogger. So when I was asked if I would like to have press tickets this year I of course said yes. It was another amazing day out and I had the opportunity to try a range of fantastic foods and tea.

Here’s a snapshot of what I saw during the day. I had to pop over and see the guys at Eat Safe App. The app uses up to date allergen information from restaurants, cafes and  pop-ups across London. It was lovely to listen to people telling stories of how they had found the app helpful. It was great to see that it is proving to be very successful. Oh and of course to pick up a few crafty allergy friendly biscuits, which were very delicious.

One thing I like to enjoy is bread. I discovered Promise Gluten Free They had a variety of breads to sample all were gluten with some also being dairy free. I headed straight for the brioche loaf because this is  generally not an option when you are dairy free. I was suitably impressed it passed my sniff test. It smelt like fresh bread with a subtle hint of butter combined with an aroma of eggy bread. The bread was light and springy and airy in texture. Its flavour reminded me slightly of a croissant and eggy bread combined, just the right combination of sweetness, butter and eggy bread all mixed into together. I then watched with a tad of jealously whilst my mum enjoyed sampling their chocolate brioche, which may I add she thoroughly enjoyed. The good news is that they should be becoming dairy free in the near future so I will be able to share and enjoy a packet with my mum. In the mean time I shall be hunting for a packet of the brioche bread at my local supermarket.

The next company that caught my attention was the Shores of Africa who produce snacks, food, spices blends, marinades and other forms of delicacies with an African heritage. At the festival they were exhibiting their handmade coconut thins which contain no refined sugar are gluten free and suitable for a vegan diet. To be honest I was drawn to the packaging which had the wording snacks with attitude. My favourite was the banana with a hint of chilli. The snacks reminded me of very thin cracker, they were dry and non greasy to touch. Their aroma was subtle without being too overpowering with the coconut and banana taking centre stage. On biting into the thins I got a nice crisp crunch. My taste buds soon got hit by the sweetness from the coconut and banana followed by a crafty after kick from the chilli. The combination of the sweetness and savoury was perfectly balanced. I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised by these snacks and will definitely buy them to have as alternative to my regular morning snack.

No trip the festival is complete without sampling a variety of cakes. The Bakemeister grabbed my attention with their selection of cakes. They produce a select range of handmade free from baked goods which are gluten free, dairy free, and egg free and vegan. I tried their mini banana loaf cake. On my famous close up sniff test he cake had a subtle yet sweet banana aroma. On biting into the cake the top was slightly sticky and moist underneath was light and airy and a little fluffy. It was  just as a nice banana loaf should be. I may have accidentally purchased one  to take home with me, which I reluctantly shared. It was the perfect accompaniment to a nice cup of afternoon tea.

Of course I had to seek out the tea stalls. I also popped along to see the guys at Sweet Revolution I sampled their instant match latte which is a blend of matcha green tea powder with unrefined coconut nectar, coconut milk and vanilla. What struck about this drink was the sweetness of the latte in terms both aroma and flavour. The coconut definitely took centre stage. On sipping the latte my taste buds initially got hit by the sweetness from the coconut this was followed by grassy undertones from the matcha. I personally don’t have a very sweet tooth so I would only need a small cup. However, if you have a sweet tooth it is a great way to cure your sweet cravings. Or like several of my friends you add sugar to your lattes this could be a great alternative to try.

Before leaving I collected my free goodie bag which press ticket holders were lucky to receive. It was jam packed with lots of sweet and savoury treats which I can not wait to try to share with both my mum and nephew.

I had another fantastic day at the Free From Food Festival and would recommend it to everyone. So thank you Free From Events for my press tickets I really appreciate it. I can’t wait for the next food festival.

Disclaimer: I received free press tickets to this event. All of the opinions in this post are honest and my own.
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  1. June 8, 2018 / 5:06 pm

    What a fab sounding festival of discovery and we love visiting Old Spitalfields Market. Sounds like a great trip! #TwinklyTuesday #ThatFridayLinky x

    • Pinkiebag
      June 16, 2018 / 9:28 am

      It sure was s fab festival and well worth visiting next year.

  2. June 10, 2018 / 9:02 pm

    That looks like a great time. Thanks for sharing. #thatfridaylinky

    • Pinkiebag
      June 16, 2018 / 9:30 am

      It certainly was.

  3. mummyhereandthere
    June 11, 2018 / 8:12 am

    I have never heard of this festival, looks fantastic for tea lovers to come together X #mmbc

    • Pinkiebag
      June 16, 2018 / 9:31 am

      Hi, sure is a great festival to attend and enjoy.

  4. June 11, 2018 / 10:49 am

    What a fab day out….I didn’t know there was a festival like this. It is such a great idea.
    It looks like you discovered some fantastic products. #MMBC

    • Pinkiebag
      June 16, 2018 / 9:32 am

      I certainly did and a fab day out for all.

  5. June 11, 2018 / 12:14 pm

    What a nice event to go to. Those coconut thins look interesting. #LGRTStumble

    • Pinkiebag
      June 16, 2018 / 9:33 am

      Hi, yes it’s a great day out to attend. The coconut thins certainly were nice.

  6. June 12, 2018 / 9:28 am

    Isn’t it great that there is a festival for this kind of food now. It just goes to show how far we have come. I am sop pleased you had a lovely time. Thanks for linking up with #TriumphantTales.

    • Pinkiebag
      June 16, 2018 / 9:37 am

      I know it’s great let’s hope that there a lots more in the future.

  7. June 13, 2018 / 10:07 am

    Yum! Rev T has recently gone yeast and dairy free and it’s much easier than I was expecting. There’s a lot more awareness and options available for dairy. Yeast is a little more challenging!

    • Pinkiebag
      June 16, 2018 / 9:38 am

      Hi, yes I can imagine yeast would be tricky.

  8. June 14, 2018 / 9:02 am

    What a great festival – so god they are doing free from food festivals! I love Spitalfields too – not been in years! #FabFridayPost

    • Pinkiebag
      June 16, 2018 / 9:40 am

      Hi, we love Spitalfields as well. To have a food festival as well makes for a perfect day out.

  9. June 15, 2018 / 10:30 am

    You know how much I love food. And Oh! This is the festival I’d love to go to. It looks fantastic! (& a tad jealous that I didn’t get the invite! 😉 lol! xx

    • Pinkiebag
      June 16, 2018 / 9:42 am

      This is defintley a festival to attend. The venue just adds to the experience. You should Keto s look out for next years date.

  10. June 17, 2018 / 3:47 pm

    Yay! A food festival! I didn’t realise this was happening in London. All those goodies look super tasty, especially the banana bread. What a treat. Did you get to try out many of the teas? Thanks for joining us for the #DreamTeam xx

    • Pinkiebag
      October 20, 2018 / 8:27 pm

      Hi, I tried lots of food but little tea but made up for it on the way home.

  11. mummyhereandthere
    June 20, 2018 / 5:21 pm

    Sha big community now isn’tit. Looks like fun looking around X #bloggersbest

    • Pinkiebag
      August 18, 2018 / 6:03 pm

      It certainly was ?.

  12. June 20, 2018 / 8:41 pm

    Ohh wow looks fab!! Thanks for linking up #BloggersBests

    • Pinkiebag
      August 18, 2018 / 6:02 pm

      No problem hope to link up again soon.

  13. RaisieBay
    June 25, 2018 / 9:14 am

    Oh Yum what a fabulous festival. I’m certainly going to check a few of these out, first up Sweet Revolution…there goes my budget! Thanks for sharing your day out x

  14. June 25, 2018 / 8:02 pm

    What a great festival. It’s fab that there are events like this to cater for different dietary needs.
    That Chocolate brioche! Yummy. ?
    Thanks for sharing with #MMBC. x

    • Pinkiebag
      August 18, 2018 / 5:59 pm

      It sure was a fab day out, my mum loved the brioche.

  15. gut_instinct
    June 29, 2018 / 4:13 pm

    Wow! This looks amazing! I need to see if we have something like this in Canada!

    • Pinkiebag
      October 20, 2018 / 8:12 pm

      Hi, I’m sure there must be something similar. If not you may just have to visit the UK.

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