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.
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.
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.
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?