Bristols First Free From Foodie Fest!

29th October 2017

Hey everyone!

So this is a new thing for the blog, I’ve never written about food or an event before but I was lucky enough to attend Bristols first “Free From” food festival as press yesterday and wanted to share my experience on here!

I’ve recently adjusted my diet to gluten and dairy free as advised by a nutritionist, also swapping coffee for green tea and fizzy drinks for… well, water. I thought this festival would be the perfect opportunity to indulge myself in all things healthy, get some great ideas for recipes and find some brands that cater to this kind of diet and lifestyle.

The event was held at The Passengers Shed next to Temple Meads Station and was open from 10:30am – 6:30pm but we decided to head down for around 1:30pm. I couldn’t believe how busy it was! The queue was coming out of the door and round the corner although it did move swiftly. I found the opportunity to attend this event on a Bristol bloggers page I’m a part of so managed to get in for free with a press pass and a +1 so I took my mum with me but the entrance tickets were £10 each for general admission with a drink. We both got fabulous complimentary goodie bags with our press passes too which I will go into more detail about.

On entry we got a free refreshment of either some tangerine and mango flavoured “Nuva” water or a gluten free beer called “Daura”, I opted for the water and mum for the beer, both of which were super tasty. We then headed into the heaving rows of stalls and found all sorts of tasty treats to try.

I can honestly say I had the best falafel I’ve ever tasted from these two different stalls, I can’t say which I prefer as they were both amazing! We came away buying 3 items from “Naked Kitchen” and then 2 items to take home and 2 scrumptious wraps for lunch from “Sharaf Natural Food”.

Sharaf Natural Food

Naked Kitchen

They did have the odd couple of vegan and cruelty-free beauty stalls too but they seemed to be mostly pretty quiet from what we could see which is unfortunate as they seemed to have some lovely products on offer but as it was marketed as a food festival I think most people came solely for that reason.

There were also many scrumptious sweet-thing stalls filled with vegan and gluten free cakes, chocolate, tarts, ice cream and much more which we also may have taken advantage of… We came away with some beautiful organic raspberry, orange and salted caramel dark chocolate.

We sampled roasted chickpeas, pesto pasta, lemon biscottis, organic ketchup, banana cake, nut butters and all sorts more that I’ll never be able to remember. There were also talks going on throughout the whole day about staying healthy, keeping food diaries, vegan energy boosters, allergens, making your own gluten free food and much more including some wonderful live music too. We caught a bit of “how to make gluten free bread” by Deborah Thackeray but were too engrossed and excited in all the food to stay for the entire talk.

Here are the super yummy bits and bobs we got in our lovely complimentary goodie bags:

Daura beer, Hippeas sweet & smokin’ chickpea puffs, The Protein Ball Co. lemon and pistachio protein balls, Sweet Freedom choc pot chocolate spread, Emily Fruit Crisps banana crisps, Spiced Nutrition herb and spice blend, Lifebox moroccan mint green tea and lots of vouchers for some fabulous free from brands to try in the future.

These are all the goodies we ended up buying and I’m so unbelievably excited to get stuck in and start cooking some insanely tasty and healthy food!

A whole lot of falafel, red pepper hummus, chocolate, biscuits, quinoa and chickpea pastas and bbq sauce.

So that was the first event I’ve attended as a blogger, how exciting! We had such a wonderful time and will definitely be back when it returns again. A big thank you to Margarita for welcoming us and organising such a brilliant and thriving event with so much variety! It’s so wonderful to see so many people living and eating well. You can find them on Twitter here or Instagram here for more pictures and updates too 🙂

Have you ever attended a free from event or would you want to in the future?

’Til next time,

40 responses to “Bristols First Free From Foodie Fest!”

  1. I remember seeing The Naked Kitchen on your Instagram Stories yesterday and thought it looked super exciting, some really delicious flavours! ? The chocolate sounds delicious too, I love absolutely anything salter caramel! I’m glad you had such a fun time, and I hope you enjoy all the goodies you can away with.. ?

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      We had their falafel for dinner tonight and it was TO DIE FOR, soo yummy! Salted caramel is my favourite too!! Thank you 🙂 X

  2. Gemma says:

    Ahhh this sounds incredible!! All that food sounds like it was to die for, so jealous x

  3. Selena says:

    I love the free from section of Tesco’s myself and I love trying dairy free food! I wish I could of gone, this sounds great xx

  4. Alice says:

    I love events like this, they’re so wholesome and heartwarming! I definitely want to get to something like this before Autumn is over x

  5. Heather says:

    It sounds like it was a great first event! x

  6. Gemma says:

    This sounds amazing! I’m not vegan or vegetarian but I think I would still go along to this because there’s still some really nice food. Sounds like you had a great time and your goodie bag sounds amazing, some lovely things in there. I think I might have to see if there’s anything like this happening around me! Food festivals are always fun.

    Gemma |

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      I still eat meat just not dairy or gluten so I’m not veggie or vegan either! It was such a fabulous event! X

  7. Courtney says:

    This sounds so awesome! So cool you got to try it out- I’d love to go to a festival like this!

  8. Chessie says:

    This looks great! I’m trying to eat super healthy lately as I’ve had an awful month of binge eating rubbish! x

    Chessie | ?

  9. Alice says:

    This has made me feel so hungry! I love falafel, that wrap looks sooo good. I really wanna try out the different chocolate flavours as I’ve only tried one vegan dark chocolate and I didn’t like it but I reckon other flavours might be better. Loving the different hummus flavours too, I’d love to try those out. Spotted Hippeas too and they’re one of my fave snacks, you got my favourite flavour too! x


    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Haha sorry! The wrap was incredible, I am well and truly a falafel lover now! The key is finding the right one, I’m not too keen on anything darker than like 70% cocoa as it’s too bitter! They were really yum 🙂 X

  10. Anu says:

    This looks and sounds like an amazing event! Although I’m not vegan or anything I love trying out foods like this. I’m actually a Sourcedbox subscriber and love receiving all kinds of healthy snacks every month :)x

    Anu | Based On blog | Bloglovin

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      It’s actually insane how nice these foods are, I never would’ve bothered with it before but it’s well and truly opened my eyes! Ooh i’ll have to check that out! X

  11. I think I remember hearing about this somewhere on Facebook, but then I completely forgot about it! It sounds like a great food festival and all of the food looks super yummy xo

    Char |

  12. All of this food looks so amazing! I love lifestyle changes because when I turn veggie I found that I discovered more foods and more meals so many fantastic foods out there! X

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      I have literally been thinking the same thing, I used to stick my nose up at so many meals/foods or there was no way I’d EVER order a vegan option on a menu but now I’m absolutely loving all these new tastes and foods I’m trying I feel silly that I was so ignorant! X

  13. Free from festival is the best! I am so jealous of your goodie bag, and now really want to try those falafel! These events re so good for helping you find free from food <3

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      I was soo excited for the goodie bag and the falafel was honestly to die for! We are having it for dinner tonight I am buzzing X

  14. Emma says:

    This is such a good idea for an event! My sister has coeliacs disease so can’t eat gluten/wheat and she manages really well having had it since she was a toddler but I think it’s great how mainstream it is now and that she is able to have more and more foods! I’ll have to tell her about this X

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      It can be such a massive pain in the bum having an intolerance but I’m glad to hear she manages it well! Definitely, I think she’d love an event like this! It’s brilliant to see so many people getting onboard x

  15. Eli cole says:

    This is great! Also what a change to have to mo ve to gluten free. I believe there’s much need of product free of gluten, at least here where I live dairy free is easier than gluten free! ?

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      I’ve found the dairy free personally harder but when eating out in restaurants and trying to be both gluten and dairy free, it seems literally near impossible to be offered more than one (if that) option! 🙁

  16. Pinar says:

    Wow this event looked great! I love anything to do with food and would love to go to an event like this! Glad you had a great time!

    Pinar |

  17. Leslie says:

    That looks like a really fun event! And all of those goodies look amazing!

  18. Taylor Jane says:

    This would be such a fun event to go along too! I’m such a foodie so I’d be totally in my element! I’m heading down to Bristol soon, and they do have their little food stalls – can’t wait to visit them again xx

    Taylor Jane ox |

  19. Robyn Evans says:

    Oh my gosh this looks gorgeous ! It’s just before dinner right now and you’ve made me so hungry !

    Robyn |

  20. Julia says:

    You’re making me so hungry! Everything looks absolutely amazing. My mum can’t eat gluten so she would have amazing time there! Now, I’m off to eat something because, man, did that falafel look good.

    Julia xx

  21. Lily says:

    My mouth is literally watering reading this! The wrap looks amazing. I really wanted to go to a Vegan Festival during the summer but couldn’t make it. I keep verging on the vegan lifestyle, just because I know its 10x healthier for you. But ya know, McDonalds and KFC call my name weekly now 🙁

  22. Alicia says:

    Ooo this sounds like such a yummy day out! The falafel wrap sounds like my cup of tea, I love falafel. This festival sounds like so much fun and they tickets aren’t too pricey either! Sounds great to me xx

  23. It’s tricky finding gluten free but after a few weeks you can certainly get used to such a life style.

  24. Joyce Lau says:

    This looks inredible!

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