The Free From Festival London is the UK’s first gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free food festival. It is a successful food festival which incorporates free from food and live music and makes for an enjoyable day out. The latest Free From Festival was based at Old Spitalfields Market London. It had a large array of dairy free, gluten free, paleo and vegan foods to try, with the odd tea company thrown in for luck. I have been very lucky to attend the previous festivals in my official capacity as a food and tea blogger. So when I was asked if I would like to have press tickets I of course graciously accepted. It was an amazing day out and I had the opportunity to try a range of fantastic foods and tea. So here is a snap shot of my day at the food festival.
What immediately struck me as I arrived was the size of the festival and how it had grown. I had to wait in a queue to get in. In fact the festival had proved to be that successful that it was old out and people were being turned away. I showed my press pass got my goody bag and tried to plan my day. At this stage I to confess to still being a state of surprise as too much it had expanded. So I took it all in did a bit of people watching and listened to the fab entertainment that was on offer. Here’s a snapshot of what I saw during the day.
My first stop was Eat Safe app to see Matt and his girlfriend. She is soya intolerant and has found this to be highly restrictive when eating out. So Matt helped devise the Eat Safe app as part of his masters degree. It is in its beta testing stages and will hopefully be available for all to try later this year. I’m sure that this app will prove to be very successful. Here’s a link to their website http://www.eatsafeapp.co.uk/ Continue reading
On our first full day in New York my body clock was all out of synch I was starving at 5am. I checked on Google and nowhere local was open. I was surprised we were staying on Wall Street, maybe this was why. There was a local bagel shop that did vegan options but it wasn’t open for another 2 hours. So it was breakfast buffet in the hotel for $30! I explained that I had a milk allergy and asked what I could have. The staff were very helpful and knowledgable. It was a no go for all pastries, toast, scrambled eggs and certain cereals. They offered me freshly cooked eggs which I accepted. I asked if I could have fried eggs, which was no problem. I was unable to have the bread and asked instead if I could get my own bread which they were happy for me to do. Thank goodness for my Tesco’s free from bread. They also offered me almond milk as well as the regular soya milk to have in my tea. Of course I politely said no thank you. I ended up with melon and bacon to start. Bread and egg followed by corn flakes and locally made honey. This was of course accompanied by the obligatory earl grey tea. This was a typical holiday breakfast for me that filled me up nicely for the morning. I was just glad that I took my emergency Tesco’s free from bread.
I had been struggling to catch up with an old friend with many obstacles getting in our way. So we decided to catch up On a Saturday morning before carrying with the rest of our weekend plans. We needed somewhere central with easy communitibilty for both of us. We opted for Silvermere Golf Club due to its close proximity to the delightful M25. We sat in their lounge are which overlooks a lake. We had lots to catch up on with so little time. We opted for a cup of tea. I had my usual earl grey, they served Twinings earl grey which came in a nice red tea cup and saucer. The tea went down a treat and time soon flew by.
Whilst gossiping I was getting distracted by both the aroma and sight of breakfasts that others were enjoying. So I made an executive decision that I was going to have a full English breakfast for brunch. I grabbed the menu and it advised the staff if you had a food allergy / intolerance. I hoped that I coud have all of the breakfast but often this is not the case. The server was extremely knowledgable and went through all of the items from the breakfast and explained that I could have them all. He then apologised as they had run out of the dairy free spread for the toast. I explained that I don’t have this on my toast so it was fine. Oh it got better the breakfast came with a buffet style tea or coffee. There was a section were you grab a mug a help yourself to as much tea you wanted. Happy days. The breakfast arrived and it looked a smelled delicious. It was of a good portion without being to big. I started with the sausage which was hot freshly cooked and nice and meaty. The bacon was a good quality again freshly cooked. The hash brown was crunchy to the outside and had soft potato to the centre and wasn’t hard or greasy. The mushrooms and tomato were spot on. I opted for fried eggs these were cooked just as I like them medium runny. I dipped my granary toast into them, perfect. There was one disappointment the baked beans. These were mushy and slightly dry as if they had previously been reheated. A shame as I love my baked beans.
So would I recommend that you visit Silvermere Golf Club for breakfast? Yes definitely the staff are very knowledgeable about food allergies /intolerances. On top this they were very friendly, polite and professional. It was like going back in time as we felt that we were receiving good old fashioned customer service. Oh and as for the breakfast it was of a good quality and delicious. I’m sure that we will be returning soon.