• Ali

What to Expect at a Freefrom Food Festival


If you missed the outstanding Freefrom Food Festival at Bristol's Passenger Shed this November, let me go through all the reasons why you need to make sure you're there next time.

Delicious gluten-free & vegan brownies from Little Roar

Let's start with Exhibit A, shall we? That'll be these AMAZING brownies from Little Roar. Now I know you may be thinking a gluten-free brownie's about as exciting as a lump of ice to an eskimo, but let me assure you these were no ordinary brownies. Made from raw ingredients, the entire lot were vegan and gluten-free. And before someone tries to make a clever joke about what on earth went into them, the ingredients for the brownie I chose (Dark Matter, if you're wondering) included raw cacoa powder, coconut oil, medjool dates and cashews. It was outstanding.

Gluten-free granola from Primose's Kitchen

Next up is the delicious gluten-free granola from Primrose's Kitchen. Since I can't tolerate gluten-free oats, I chose the Orange & Cashew granola, which is oat-free and utterly delicious. In fact, it's so nice I've hidden it behind some cornflakes so I won't guzzle it in one go.

Was it all snacks?

One of the things I find difficult as a coeliac is I'm often faced with snacks instead of a real meal. There have been countless times where I've been into places stacked with stalls but found there's only crisps on offer that are gluten-free (while normal people can tuck into all sorts of street food).

Not so at this festival!

Eating a bowl of gluten-free chicken noodles from Pho

I headed towards Pho (one of my favourite places in Bristol) for their chicken rice noodles. With a selection of ginger and fresh herbs for me to decorate my dish with, it was exactly what I needed in this wintry weather. Plus, it was definitely enjoyed by my little ones who kept clamouring for more.

Pho gluten-free chicken noodles

It wasn't until afterwards that I spotted Shakey Shakey, a stall that did Tofish & Chips (i.e. a gluten-free battered vegan alternative to fish that looked fab). The line was so long I mistook it for the one leading to the seminar room. But there's only so much a gal can eat in a day.

And for pudding...?

Booja Booja icecream with a gluten-free waffle cone!

I made a beeline for the Booja Booja van where I opted for a chocolate icecream in (wait for it) a gluten-free waffle cone!

Too. Much. Excitement.

Unsurprisingly, the icecream didn't last long.

But was all the food good?