In this post I will share with you the very best of the London Free From Festival 2019. Don’t tell the other festivals but I think the Free From Festival is my favourite. It is billed as the UK’s first Gluten, Dairy and Refined Sugar-Free Food Festival. First run in London in 2016 and after deserved success now featuring in Bristol, Oxford and London in 2019.
What is special about it?
Friendly & Social! Lots of street food which together with seats and benches and live music makes it a great social event
Foodie Discoveries! It is small enough that some really tiny startups launch here or exhibit really early on in their life so find things here that you find nowhere else. Maybe the next big thing!?
Inspiring! Almost all the stalls are staffed directly by the foodpreneurs behind the brands. You can connect directly with them to discuss their product and offer them welcome feedback. These are special people that are throwing themselves into the many challenges of starting up new brands, running their own company and launching creative new products!
Unlike huge events like the Allergy Show and VegFest it is not a free-sample palooza nor are deep discounts common. However you are more likely to find hidden treasures and new local artisans that simply do not show up elsewhere. Brands not for sale on the high street. Sometimes not even online! In 2018 I counted at least six stalls launching at the Festival.
No further delay, here come my favorite finds from the London Free From Festival 2019 event. Missed it? Follow Free From Festival on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to make sure you know about the next one!
Free From Festival 2019 Top Picks
Hunter & Gather – Mayocado
Why So Good? Mayo makes almost everything better and this is better mayo! Take a veggie. Dip it in mayocado. Voila, an upgraded veggie! Made with avocado and apple cider vinegar. Free of all 14 major allergens but full of flavor. Upgrade your veggies with Mayocado today! Okay fine, maybe tomorrow or the day after allowing for shipping!
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Nourish – Macaroons
Why So Good? If you need to ask I am jealous because it means you still have a wonderful taste testing experience ahead of you! Buy the whole range and sample them all. Find your favourite among the range of delicious gluten free, vegan coconut macaroons. Warning. You might need to eat lots of Macaroons to be sure. You know, really sure. For science.
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Waffleland – Waffles
Why So Good? Waffles. Oh, you need more? Okay, well sure, there are other gluten free waffles from a certain big brand easily available but I find those rather bland. Yorica! offer much better waffles but you gotta go to their magical ice cream shop to eat them. For wonderful waffles at home Waffleland now have your solution!
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Shakey Shakey – Tofish & Chips
Why So Good? Gluten Free VEGAN Fish & Chips? They claim to be a “Traditional British Chippy”. I say no! You are a revolutionary British Chippy!
Where to Buy? No permanent location (yet). Visit their Instagram to see where they are appearing next.
Norah’s Brownies – Brownies
Why So Good? Are you experiencing gluten free vegan brownie fatigue? Know someone else that is? If yes Norah’s Brownies are the cure.They are evidence that our world needs more brownies and not fewer. Other brownies listen up. Observe, admire, tremble in fear just a little bit. This is what a brownie can be if they try really hard. Aspire brownies, aspire!
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Innate – Veggie Squares
Why So Good? Imagine if there was a savoury snack but instead of it being nuts or beans or popcorn or some hyper processed crisps it was basically a vegetable mashed together with coconut and maybe some spices. A genuinely healthy plant powered snack bursting with COLOUR and FLAVOUR! Eat these. Even better, use these to scoop up hummus or a nut cheese. Win. Repeat. Achieve your five per day!
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