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The Allergy & Free From Show 2014

Allergy & Free From Show 2014
bottom left - Me meeting Vicky of Lyonsleaf, middle - Mr Sugarpuffish taking a rest with the trolley, bottom right - my Haul

On Saturday, my Boyfriend (Mr Sugarpuffish) and I made our way up to London to visit The Allergy & Free From Show. Armed with our now infamous trolley, I was full of beans, like a toddler on Christmas morning. Every year the show gets bigger and better and you may remember I mentioned it is now several shows in one, with V Delicious and the new Love Natural, Love Organic Shows running alongside.

I think the negative feedback from last year had been taken on board by the organisers. The venue was bigger, there was more room and I only noticed the crowds in a few corners which felt a little cramped between stands. I ended up spending five and half hours at the venue mainly because I wanted to meet with twitter friends and catch up with my favourite brands. It’s so nice to give everyone a hug and have a good chin wag. Here are the friendly faces I met and links to websites/blogs etc.

Nia (Carrots & Maple Syrup) - she’s an amazing bubbly young lady with a big heart who deals with many allergies, plus an amazing cook so check out her blog.

Nicola N1C79 Eats! - my twitter partner in crime for milk & egg free finds and she now has a blog.

Hailey - Founder of Allergy Adventures and she makes me want to be a kid all over again. Her brilliant company helps children (and parents) tackle allergy education in a fun and colourful way.

Alex Gazzola is deputy editor of Skins Matter, a health writer specialising in allergies and co-ordinator for the FreeFrom Skincare Awards. He does a brilliant job behind the scenes for the awards.

I think the Love Natural, Love Organic show was a great addition because it attracted more skincare companies than I had seen in previous years. It did mean I was surrounded by brands I review and love and some that I judged in the FreeFrom Skincare Awards. I chatted with Odylique, Lyonsleaf, Adore Naturals, TouLou, Dash Skincare, Greenscents, Kris D’Amour, Bathing Beauty and Oh Organics. I bought a bottle of Dash Skincare Sensitive Skin Moisturiser to try but I didn't go crazy buying lots of skincare because I need to use up what I already own. LNLO sparked an interest with many of my fellow green bloggers which means you will see more blog posts floating around but that can only be a good thing.

Rubys of London Vegan Cupcake
I was so wrapped up with skincare that I almost forgot about the food side of the show, that has got to be a first for me. I stocked up on my favourite treats - Nakd, Rebel Kitchen and Ten Acre. I was a little disheartened to not find more 'new to me' treats but that may have been because my attention was distracted. Here is what I did discover -

Rubys of London - a Vegan Patisserie also specialising in wheat, gluten and sugar free. I found this stand late in the day and most of the stock was gone. I bought a Raspberry Coconut cupcake and it was divine (pictured above). If you live in London get yourself down to Greenwich Market.

Nizami Foods - when I was greeted with a warm smile and a plate of delicious samples, I immediately wanted to know some more about this company. Nizami have a range of sauces, chutneys and pickles described as “world cuisine with an Indian twist” I bought three bottles of their Romesco Sauce which is vegetarian, gluten, wheat and dairy free and no artificial ingredients

Freego - an online 'supermarket' for gluten free products but I was informed they offered many products catering for other allergies/intolerances.

Mr Sugarpuffish’s taste buds were tingling for chocolate, every time I turned around he was tucking into samples. I asked him which ones stood out and his vote goes to Pana Chocolate (vegan, gluten, dairy & soy free) and Cocolo (fairtrade & “may contain milk” warning for the dark chocolates).

For me, the Allergy Show will always be a great day out because it fits my lifestyle and ethos. I am always looking forward to the next one as soon as I get home and put my feet up. If you were at Olympia this weekend, leave me a comment below, let me know what you bought and if you wrote a blog post leave a link so we can all go and check it out.

Sarah x