Free From Food Awards 2011

Antony Worrall Thompson presenting the FAIR trophy to Clare Marriage of Doves Farm


I had a really great time last night at the Foods Matter Free From Food Awards.

It was held at the Kew Bridge Steam Museum which is a great place to visit, very impressive pistons and such but it was pretty boiling in the downstairs room where the ceremony was held!

I stationed myself next to the gluten free beer table so I could quench my thirst.

A very nice group of people told me which ones I should try as there were 11 to choose from! My favourites were Estrella's Daura beer (available in selected supermarkets) and St. Peter's G-Free beer (available in selected outlets.) This one has a gorgeous hint of ginger and I would quite happily finish off a few bottles of it.

The winning beer was Green's Blonde Ale which was a huge surprise to the gang tucking into the beers as we found it to have the most awful smell, yet an acceptable taste once you held your breath.

After this was announced I enquired about the judging process and it turned out that most of the judges didn't have food allergies or intolerances so this is perhaps something they should look into for the future.

The overall winner of the event was Dove's Farm Gluten Free Self-Raising flour which the judges said was indistinguishable from non free from flour and gave perfect results. So I am definitely going to give that a go.

In fact, I thought a few of the winners sounded great and I will definitely make purchases quite soon (so these award things definitely work!)
They were;
Booja Booja Dairy Free Ice Cream and

Big thanks to Foods Matter for inviting me for this lovely event - long may it continue :)

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