Looking forward to The Allergy & Free From Show North 2013…

I’m excited to be attending the Allergy & Free From Show North for the first time this year!

The event is taking place at the BT Convention Centre, Liverpool on the weekend of 26-27 October 2013. For more details, see here. Free tickets are currently available here.

I’m looking forward to learning about some new nut free food brands for D (and I will add any discoveries to my list of nut free foods). I’ll blog after the event about my top finds (both for eating in and eating out) for nut allergy parents. Watch this space!

From browsing the exhibitor profiles on the Allergy & Free From Show website, I will be stopping by the following stands:

Food & Drink

  • Allergy Bakes (stand E60) – Allergy Bakes make biscuits, bakes and cakes which are dairy, egg and nut free… and what’s more that includes Christmas cakes and Christmas puddings!
  • Amy’s Kitchen (stand G25) – Their website states that “Amy’s uses no peanuts or peanut-based products as ingredients”, however “every product is produced in a plant that processes foods containing … tree nuts”. I’m looking forward to chatting to Amy’s about this – as it would be great to be able to try out, for example, their pizzas on D.
  • Doves Farm (stand C10) – We buy their pasta regularly and it will be great to see their full range of products.
  • Eskal Foods (stand G45) –  For now, I don’t think we would ever give D a peanut butter substitute (on the basis of “what you’ve never had, you don’t miss”). Saying that, when he’s older, he might decide for himself that he wants to try a nut-free butter. If Eskal have samples of their “FreeNut Butter”, I would be curious to know how close it tastes to the real thing.
  • Free From Awards (stand C35) – The Free From Foods Matter website has some great resources for nut allergy sufferers, including a list of food companies which use dedicated nut-free facilities for all their products, plus product directories for different allergies. The Free From Food Awards 2014 will include a category for “Products manufactured in a nut free environment”.
  • The Frank Food Company Limited (F35) – I’m looking forward to sampling FRANK Bars, which are “gluten, nut and dairy free”. See here for their photos from the London show.
  • Goodness Direct (stand G5) – Goodness Direct are an online health food store. The product descriptions on their site list what each food is “free from”. You can scan the search results for “Nut free” (in brown), or if you enter “nut free” in the search box, then a selection of products come up from brands such as Doves Farm, Free & Easy, Orgran and Plamil (to name but a few).
  • Ilumi – there has certainly been a buzz on Twitter about Ilumi since the Allergy & Free From Show in London back in June. I’m hoping they will be at the Liverpool show too – looks like that is there intention judging from this article on their website!

Sources of help and advice on allergies

As well as the food and drink exhibitors, the following organisations will also have stands:

Especially for children…

I’ve not yet decided whether to go alone or with the children in tow. However, for anyone taking their children along, the Allergy Adventures zone definitely looks worth a visit!

Seminars by allergy experts

There are seminars taking place on both days. However, I’m planning to visit on the Saturday and so will unfortunately miss out on the “Food allergy in infants and young children” and “Anaphylaxis: ask the experts” talks which are taking place on the Sunday.

Any other “nut free” recommendations?

If anyone has any recommendations for other “nut free” exhibitors who will be at the show, please do post a comment below!

2 comments

  1. Hi Louise,
    I went to the show in london and it was fab! I would say if you take kids, depending on age, you probably wont get a proper chance to chat to the companies. Having said that, they will love Allergy Adventures and the free tasters! I guess it depends on what you want to get out of the day! Have fun! Wish I was coming but it is bad timing for us and clashes with half term when we are away…

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