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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