The Allergy + FreeFrom Show North 2012
FreeFrom activities are all too often accused, with some justification, of being London-centric so it is really great that the Allergy+FreeFrom Show has taken the bull by the horns and staged their second show of 2012 in the north – in Liverpool to be precise. And a jolly good show it promises to be too.
Seminars and workshops
As always, the show is heavily supported by all of the allergy charities which means that they are able to field an excellent collection of speakers with really helpful advice for allergy sufferers.
On Saturday morning the National Eczema Society will be giving their tops tips for managing you eczema (11am), Coeliac UK's dietitian Lorna Gardner will be asking 'Do you have a problem with wheat? (midday) and at 1pm Dr Aideen Byrne from the NHS NW Allergy & Immunology Network will tell you the 'Top 30 things you need to know about your child's allergy.'
On Saturday afternoon, starting a 2pm, Dr Vijayadurai Pavaladurai, also from the NHS NW Allergy & Immunology Network will talk on Allergies; not just for kids! followed by Carey Ledford from the Anaphylaxis Campaign on how the campaign can help people with severe allergies live their lives.
Saturday finishes off with a presentation, at 4pm, from Dr Nick Read of the IBS Network - Food, mood and feeling good; how to care for your own IBS
Sunday's programme is just as interesting looking – but more food centric:
It kicks of with Lorna Gardner from Coeliac UK again but this time on Cooking, eating and living gluten free at 11am, followed by specialist dietitian Anne Holdoway on I have IBS – what can I eat? at midday.
At 1pm Dr Vibha Sharma from the NHS NW Allergy & Immunology Network focuses on children: To eat or not to eat? Learn why your child's symptoms may not be due to food allergy.
Then at 2pm Sue Hunter from Asthma UK runs an asthma workshop, followed at 3pm by Donna Dwyer, a pediatric nurse from Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust on Eczema – top tips for better management.
Meanwhile, Asthma UK, the National Eczema Society and the IBS Network will all be offering show visitors the chance to speak privately to experts on their stands.
This is a really cookie idea! All show visitors are invited to join the show's Recipe Exchange where they can submit their 'free from' recipes and tasty food ideas. The show will post the recipes for all to see giving everyone the opportunity to swap recipes with others, to expand meal time choices and culinary skills. If you have some favourite freefrom recipes that you would like to contribute send them to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Meanwhile, out on the floor of the show........ Loads of exciting foody exhibitors:
Learn all about A2 milk on Stand 27 (if you want a primer check out our article here) - or go straight for the exotic and taste Afia's delicious gluten-free samosas on Stand 66 (we just did – see here). Alternatively check out Panjaban's everything-free curry bases on Stand 12 or FreeFrom Authentic Foods from India on Stand 82.
You can sample some of Amy's Kitchen's ace freefrom frozen ready meals – both gluten free and soem of them dairy free too! (We were lucky enough to taste a number of them last year - see our reviews here and here.) Stand 6.
And then there are Cornito - gluten, wheat, milk/casein, egg, soy, nut cholesterol and sugar free pastas and cracker from Hungary..... - on Stand 98.
You could check out Deli Divine's range 'Specialising in Premium gluten-free foods on Stand 62 – or see what's new in the DS / Dr Schar ranges on Stand number 3. And if you are on the trail of gluten-free breads and baked goods, go visit Warburtons on Stand 29, Wellfoods on Stand 22 and Yes! You Can on Stand 50.
More excellent gluten-free ready meals from Freedom Deli will be up for tasting on Stand 28 (well worth trying - we loved them - read our review here), and at Kirsty's on Stand 47 (see our review here). You can also try some of Stevan Taylor's new products at the FreeFrom Food Awards winner, Foodamentalist's Stand (118) or check out the wide range of gluten, dairy and nut-free foods imported by Eskal on Stand 32.
Then, of course, there are the wonderful gluten-free Swedish Fria, winners of the bread category in the
GoodnessDirect, the leading on-line freefrom store,
From further afield, Isabel's FreeFrom, freefrom foods with a Brazilian flavour, on Stand 33, and Kara Dairy Free coconut milk on Stand 56, Bob's Red Mill flours from the US of A on the Lavida stand, number 45, or the wonderful Sweet Mandarin Sauces from China – via Manchester (see our review here) on Stand 100. Natures' Path too, makers of excellent cereals and former winners of a Freefrom Food Award, although now well established in the UK, originally hailed from the USA – and you will find them on Stand 31
Also do check out Project Monkey Moo on Stand 96, MedicAlert (vital support for anyone with a life-threatening allergy) on Stand 34