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Friday, 14 July 2017


In my last post, I was looking forward to going to the Allergy & Free From Show at the Olympia in London.

I went along on Saturday as planned.  On arriving, I enjoyed the Bloggers Meet-up in the Learning Centre, organized by Robbyn Snow, the Head of Marketing for the shows.  It was good to meet Robbyn and all the enthusiastic bloggers and some of the exhibitors too, who came to see us to promote their food and drink products. Amongst those brands were:-

Schar, who sponsored the show.  They are well known for their Gluten Free bakery products, including their Choc Chip Buns and Viennese Biscuits;

Freaks of Nature, who offer little puddings in enticing flavours - Cocoa Loco (chocolate ganache topped with hazlenuts), Mango Fandango (vanilla posset with mango and passion fruit), Zingy Thingy (lemon posset and raspberry coulis).  These puddings are free from gluten, dairy, eggs and soya;

B-Tempted, who make Luxury Gluten Free cakes, including their Flourless Brownies with Sea Salt.  (I was given a sample bag of these and they are yummy!)

angels and cookies, for Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough that's free from wheat, gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts;

Wadworth Beer, who produce a Gluten Free ale at their brewery - 6X Gold.

After that, I visited the Wadworth stand and sampled their 6X Gold Gluten Free Ale. A golden ale with sweet malt and spicy notes, it was so refreshing on a hot day.  As a blogger, I had been given a sample bottle to take home (in the photograph below) and I'm really looking forward to opening it!  An interesting point to note - Wadworth offer tours of their Brewery in Wiltshire.  www.wadworthvisitorcentre.co.uk

Wadworth 6X Gold Ale, B-Tempted Brownies, Neal's Yard Remedies Sample Sachets

Walking around looking at the different stands and tasting some of the many lovely foods on display, I almost forgot my real reason for going to the show.  As a fashion and beauty blogger, I wanted to find some good hypoallergenic cosmetics and skincare products to write about for my readers who suffer from allergies.

Bath & Shower Gel and Body Lotion, in either English Lavender or Rose & Geranium from Neal's Yard Remedies, have long been my favourites.  I took a look at their stand and their consultant gave me some sample sachets of their facial skin-care products to try. Now that's going to be one little summer project for me during the quiet spell until the Autumn clothes and makeup hit the shops.

I also noticed an interesting and attractive little stand called Bo-ho Green Make-up.  They carry a selection of natural cosmetics for eyes, lips, complexion and nails, which I definitely intend to investigate further.

I really enjoyed my visit to the show. 

The next Allergy & Free From Show is on 4-5 November 2017 at the Exhibition Centre, Liverpool.  For full details of future shows, please see link:-