Dear Readers on the other side of the pond (England), I’m posting today about an exciting food festival going on in London this weekend, November 25th-27th. If any of you go to this fabulous festival, please let me know how it is. I really wish I could be there too! Here are the details. Please note that I am skipping Allergy Friendly Friday this week, and extending last week’s which will now go through next Friday, so keep adding recipes if you like. They are all great for the winter holidays too.
FREE FROM FOOD FESTIVAL
Friday 25 – Sunday 27 November 2011
Southbank Centre Square, Southbank CentreBelvedere Road, SE1 8XX
FIRST EVER FOOD FESTIVAL DEDICATED TO ‘FREE FROM’ PRODUCTSLAUNCHES AT SOUTHBANK CENTRE
An exciting new food festival, focusing on “Free From” foods is launching on Friday 25th November for three days at Southbank Centre.The inaugural Free From Food Festival, taking place at Southbank Centre Square from Friday 25th – Sunday 27th November 2011, will bring together many “Free From” food specialists and the growing number of artisan producers who create a range of gluten, wheat, dairy, sugar and/or egg free goods. The festival will be of interest to all food lovers, as well as those who are genuinely affected by the foods around them. It will appeal not only to coeliacs, but to those with other food intolerances (dairy in particular) through to anyone curious about or wanting to make lifestyle changes to their diet.Demonstrations & Tastings: Check out what will be there!
The festival promises to have a variety of companies and individuals showcasing their unique, high quality products as well as a schedule of demonstrations, talks and tutored tastings, given by the exhibiting producers themselves, as well as visiting chefs and authorities from the “Free From” world.
Exhibitors will be on hand to educate, offer samples, sell and display their goods, thereby creating an environment where people can learn about, shop, eat and gain further confidence about “Free From” foods as alternative substitutes.
Organiser Caroline Aherne explains “I’m really pleased to be bringing together a diverse range of producers where visitors can learn about and try the artisan “free from” foods and drink on offer and meet many of the passionate people behind them. There’s definitely an interest in alternative grains and dairy substitutes for mainstream products as well as people wanting knowledge about how to cook and use these. The Free From Food Festival will set the scene for learning more as well as being able to get a wide range of products under one roof.”
As it’s close to Christmas, many producers will have gluten-free, wheat-free and dairy-free seasonal produce that visitors to the festival can purchase there or order for themselves, friends or family, thereby making Christmas and the holidays an occasion that everyone can enjoy. Companies such as Wag Free will be selling their latest range of gluten free savoury and Christmas products, Inspiralled and Conscious Food will showcase their more healthy Christmas food gift options and Jaz and Jules will be showcasing their delicious Organic Hot Chocolate.
Hi Everyone! Thanks for entering the Allerbling Food Allergy Awareness Bracelet Giveaway. I’ve picked the three winners. They are…. Betsy, Christine, and ATM! Congratulations!
To watch the drawing, watch the video below. Also, I need your full names and mailing addresses, so please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for entering. And if anyone feels like voting for this blog, well, just because, you can still vote today and tomorrow to keep it in the Circle of Moms Top 25 Food Allergy Mom blogs! Just click the badge below and scroll down, because no, I’m not at the top. However, my friend Sarah (Sarah M. Boudreau-Romano, MD) is, and I’m very happy for her! Also, Sarah is writing the foreword to my new cookbook, so you’ll be hearing a lot more from her soon!
Watch me pick the winners, in my highly mathematical way!
A couple months ago, Jodie Hommer, founder of the Spokane Food Allergy Support Network, gave me one of these amazing bracelets for my son Lennon. Lennon absolutely loved it, and had the best time popping in his allergen indicators. One of the coolest things about this bracelet is its flexibility, and I don’t mean just the stretchy rubber band. I mean, that it lets you change the allergen indicators, based upon the ever shifting landscape of food allergies. For example, in the old days, Lennon had life threatening food allergies to dairy and soy. He outgrew both those allergies by the time he was six, but then developed new allergies to tree nuts and shellfish. (there was also a brief period of wheat allergy and supposedly egg). This bracelet lets you customize your medi alert, over and over again. (hopefully one day, your child will just get to wear the cool orange band, with nothing inserted into it!).
Allerbling has kindly offered to give away THREE of these Food Allergy Awareness Bracelets to three of you readers. All you have to do to enter the drawing is vote for this blog by clicking:
where it’s been nominated as a Top 25 Food Allergy Blog by Circle of Moms, and then leave me a comment below, letting me know you did so. The more you vote, the more times you’ll be entered into the drawing. I really do hope this blog is valuable to you as a Food Allergy Blog. I’m always happy to hear feedback, so let me know what you’d like to see more of, less of, the same of….
Here’s a little more info on Allerbling:
The AllerblingTM wristband is a unique medical ID bracelet, which is customizable by you, at any time, based on your child’s changing food allergic conditions.
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AllerblingTM… raising awareness of children’s food allergies…one wrist at a time.
The Full AllerblingTM Kit includes 1 small and 1 large band, 8 food allergy charms, and 1 medical cross charm.
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I will announce the winners 1 week from today!