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For food free from worry the Free From Show and Allergy Shows is the place to go. This Sunday is the final day of this three-day showcase. This is a great way to spend a chilly Sunday. Samples of Allergy Free Food and talks brimming with useful information.
Do you suffer from an allergy? Do you know somebody who does? It seems to be an epidemic nowadays but as all sufferers know the world of allergy and intolerance is one of confusion and disrespect. Trying to live a normal life can range from the awkwardness of making double sure a dish is gluten-free at a restaurant to fearfully ordering your child not go near any other child's lunchbox at school. All the food samples are creatively free from allergens. This is the place to go to be convinced that you don't have to resign yourself to bland and rubbery. Living free from is achievable in a delicious way.
No matter what you are trying to replace you can find an alternative here. From a Baker's Delight gluten-free Cheesymite to Bulla gluten-free and nut-free ice-cream. If you are avoiding sugar there are lollies, treats and chocolates to prove to you you don't have to give up your favourite things. I tried a sugar-free Stevia cookie. It was choc chip and tasty with all the crunch, crumble and melt in your mouth aspects to impress even the most diehard cookie connoisseur.
Many of the treats on offer at this festival were formulated lunchbox fillers. When you are a young kid it can be much harder to be free from. You just want to fit in and not stand out. Sunday's festival is packed with imaginative and thoughtful vendors who have packaged and polished their products to such a degree it will be other kids wanting the free-from option.
There were snack bars, bread, almond and avocado chips and Paleo cereal. You could have your cereal and put yoghurt and milk on it too with a coconut yoghurt alternative and several inspired milk replacements. I quite like the one called Mylk - it had a pleasant mild flavour and a light texture and best of all, a sip wasn't followed with a bloated stomach.
There was plenty of hot food samples on offer as well. Obviously, you don't have to miss out on your favourite takeaway or ready at home meal kit. Sauce was thoroughly covered. The British Salad Cream had a tangy zing and explosive flavour. It is impossible to list how many nice things there were to try. Visit tomorrow and you can find out for yourself.
On the wavelength of finding out, tomorrow's talks will all be on allergy. Hayfever in the morning and asthma in the afternoon. It is reassuring to hear from experts on any issue and the solid and clear info on these exceedingly unpleasant conditions. Today's talks were all on diagnosis and were both elaborative and calming.
So if you are looking for something different to do tomorrow that keeps you warm, then take a tram to Docklands and make the most of the Free From festival's final day.