Free-From Food Awards 2016

Firstly, huge apologies for not blogging for a long while. I changed jobs and life became really, really hectic. But I’m back again!

On Tuesday night, I went to the Free-From Food Awards 2016. It was a brilliant evening – lots of friends from the free-from community, amazing products and truly delicious food to taste. Thank you so much to Michelle, Cressida and Alex for such an enjoyable and successful evening once again!

The FreeFrom Food Awards are the industry’s only award for ‘freefrom food’ – including gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soya-free. The team is headed up by freefrom expert, food/health writer Michelle Berriedale-Johnson. And the FreeFrom Food Awards judges include professional foodies (manufacturers, chefs and cookery writers), medics (dietitians and nutritionists) coeliacs and allergy sufferers and parents of allergic children, a freefrom bloggers as well as some people who aren’t involved in the free-from community, who act as a benchmark for the products against ‘normal’, non-freefrom equivalents. For more information go to www.freefromfoodawards.co.uk

Here below are the winners – and the highly commended within each category… (And I took some pictures last night of the ones I came across and loved) –

WINNER OF THE FAIR TROPHY FOR THE BEST FREE FROM FOOD 2016

Nutribix Gluten Free

‘So very clever – a real Weetabix lookalike! Not easy to make – but crunchy and very satisfying. Excellent ingredients – 96% wholegrain sorghum!!! High protein too. Love the way it has been blended. What a fab idea – it definitely should be the winner!!’

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Runners up..

Booja Booja Hazelnut Chocolate Truffles

‘Rich flavour, great size, delicious to eat. A slightly bitter aftertaste but a very ‘adult’ appeal – love that they are dairy and soya free. Quite delicious: crisp outer, delicate tasting, to-die-for subtle filling….’  

Daura Marzen 

‘Wow! The light colour is deceptive – wonderfully rich – a real treat with rich foods. Deep flavour for a light-coloured beer but not overly robust; well balanced with an accessible depth of flavour and a satisfying finish.’

Gozo Deli Basil Pesto Casheese

‘Tangy, beautifully light, smooth and lovely garlic notes. Wonderful to see a dairy-free cheese with no soya and with such a fresh ingredient list. Very more-ish – wish I wasn’t just tasting – could eat the lot!

Tesco Free From Garlic Baguette

‘WOW – milk, eggs and gluten free!  Very tasty – you would really never tell the difference between this and a standard shop-bought garlic bread – soft crumb with a nice crunchy crust. Looks great – kids would just love this!’

CATEGORY WINNERS –

THE INNOVATION AWARD 

Winner:

Gozo Deli Basil Pesto Casheese

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Highly commended:

Origin Earth Gluten Free Crackers

Sweet Rebellion Dairy Free Chocolate Frozen Dessert

Commended:

Protein Pow All Purpose Pea Protein Cooking Mix

The Pastry Room Gluten Free Scone Mix

RETAILER OF THE YEAR  

Winner: Tesco

START-UPS AND SMALL PRODUCERS

Winner:

Seed & Sage Banana & Flaxseed Power Slice

Highly Commended:

Borough 22 Cinnamon Sugared Doughnuts

Origin Earth Gluten Free Crackers with Caraway

Commended:

Doisy and Dam Coconut & Lucuma Dark Chocolate 40g bar

Rana’s Artisan Bread Nearly Rye – GF Artisan Bread Mix

Seed & Sage Flaxseed, Chia, & Sunflower Seed Crackers

BREAKFAST FOODS 

Winner:

Nutribix Gluten Free

Highly Commended:

Goodness Grains Gluten Free Apple & Cinnamon Danish Pastry

Nutural World Hazelnut & Carob Spread

Rollagranola Spiced Pecan Tonic Granola

Rude Health Sprouted Porridge Oats

Commended:

BFree Multiseed Bagels

Bonsoy Soya Milk

Good Hemp Original (Milk Alternative)

Tesco Free From Fruity Strawberry Soya Fromage Frais Alternative

Rollagranola Healthy Hazelnut Granola

The Coconut Collaborative Coconut Milk Blueberry Yoghurt

BREADS

Winners:

Smart Eats & Treats Seeded Loaf

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Tesco Free From Garlic Baguette

Highly Commended:

BFree Soft White Rolls

BFree Quinoa and Chia Seed Wrap with Teff and Flax Seeds

Commended:

BFree Brown Seeded Loaf

Dr Schar Panini Rolls

STORE CUPBOARD

Winners:

Coconom Coconut Aminos

Origin Earth Gluten Free Crackers with Caraway

Sweetpea Pantry Grainy Brainy Pancake Mix

Highly Commended:

Conserve Della Nonna Green Pesto

Stoffell’s No Added Sugars Tomato Ketchup

Tesco Free From Salad Cream

The Foraging Fox HOT Beetroot Ketchup

Commended:

Granovita Organic Pumpkin Oil

Hale & Hearty 4 Grain Pancake Mix

Nutural World Almond & Coconut Spread

Rana’s Artisan Bread Nearly Rye – GF Artisan Bread Mix

Sweet Freedom Choc Shot Orange Spice

Taste of Goodness Sauces Barbecue Sauce

Tilda Brown Basmati Rice & Quinoa

Tilda Coconut Basmati Rice

PASTA AND PIZZA

Winner:

The White Rabbit Pizza Co – Capricciosa Pizza

Highly Commended:

Rizopia Organic Brown Rice Pasta Fusilli

Rizopia Organic Brown Rice Pasta Spaghetti

Rizopia Organic Brown Rice Pasta Lasagne

Commended:

Dr Schar Pizza Margherita Lactose Free

Farabella Pasta Fresh (stabilised) Strozzapreti

Hale & Hearty Organic Corn & Rice Rigatoni

RAW FOODS

Winner:

Iswari Buddha’s Awakening Maca & Vanilla

Highly Commended:

Good Hemp Good Oil (Culinary Oil)

Commended:

Decadently Pure Sniickerz Bites

SUPERFOODS & SPORTS SUPPLEMENTS

Winner:

Gourmet Spirulina Raw Spirulina Nibs

Highly Commended:

CHOC Chick Organic Raw Cacao Powder

Good Hemp Pure Protein Supplement

Marvellous Superfood Radiant Health Breakfast Topper

Squeeze Wheatgrass Wheatgrass with Beetroot Juice

Commended:

Granovita Organic Beetroot Juice

Linwoods Milled Flax, Chia Seed, Apple & Cinnamon

FOOD TO GO & VENDING

Winner:

Oast to Host Leek & Onion Quongo (Quiche on the Go)

Simply 7 Lentil Crisps Sea Salt Flavoured

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Highly Commended:

Coco Indulgence Mango & Banana

Voakes Free From Sausage Roll

Waitrose Chargrilled Chicken, Tomato, Mayonnaise, Slow Roasted Tomatoes, Pesto & Rocket in a Gluten Free Wrap

Commended:

Coco Indulgence Passionfruit and Pineapple

Doves Farm GF Organic Chocolate Chip Flapjack

Simply 7 Hummus Crisps Roasted Red Pepper Flavoured

DOWN THE PUB & THE BAR

Winners:

Laura Marzen

Mrs Crimble’s Cheese Straws

Highly Commended:

Stringers Beer Outlook Amber

Kent & Fraser Cherry, Pecan & Poppy Seed Toast

Tesco Free From Onion Rings

Commended:

CELIA Dark Czech Lager

St Peter’s Brewery G-Free

Organico Realfoods Luke’s Organic Kale, Multigrain & Seed Chips

MEATY & FISHY READY MEALS

Winner:

Hotch Potch Bacon, Leek & Cheesy Pie

BigFish Brand Salmon Fillets Marinated in Garden Mint

Highly Commended:

Debbie & Andrew’s Perfect Pork Sausages

Tesco Breaded Scampi

Commended:

Better Than Rice Chicken Massaman Curry

The Black Farmer Pork Chipolatas

Yorkshire Provender Roast Chicken Soup with Traditional Vegetables

VEGGIE READY MEALS

Winner:

Georgia’s Choice Mexican Bean Bake

Highly commended:

GLORIOUS! Soups Mumbai Lentil & Chickpea

Commended:

Bannisters’ Farm Fully Loaded Jacket with Broccoli & Cauliflower Cheese

Kirsty’s Malaysian Butternut Squash Curry with Brown Basmati Rice

Voakes Free From Sweet Roasted Root Vegetable Pie

FOODS SUITABLE FOR NUT & PEANUT ALLERGICS

Winner:

BFree Multiseed Bagels

Highly Commended:

BFree Soft White Rolls

Conserve Della Nonna Green Pesto

D&D Chocolates Dairy Free Chocolate Drops

Commended:

Smart Eats & Treats Seeded Loaf

Truly Chocolates Lego Chocolates

CHILDREN’S FOOD

Winners:

Perfect World Carrot Cake Ice Cream

Tesco Free From Southern Fried Mini Chicken Fillets

Highly Commended:

Georgia’s Choice Chicken Bites

Nothing But Freeze Dried Strawberry & Banana Snack

Tesco Free From Carl the Caterpillar

Tesco Free From 9 Garlic Doughballs

Commended:

Casa de Bolitas Cheddar Bolitas

Tilda Kids Sunshine Vegetable Rice

Udi’s Milk Chocolate Caramel Clusters

TEA TIME!

Winners:

Seed & Sage Banana & Flaxseed Power Slice

Highly Commended:

Borough 22 Cinnamon Sugared Doughnuts

Mummy Bakes Awesome Almond Biscotti

Mummy Bakes Fiery Gingers

Twice as Nice Bakery Hello Sunshine

Commended:

Auchtermuchty Cake Company Creole Fruit Cake

Mummy Bakes Ginger Zingers Biscotti

DESSERTS & PUDDINGS

Winners:

The Coconut Collaborative Little Choc Pots Chocolate Ganache

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Highly Commended:

CocoNuts Raw Chocolate Nice Cream

Hale & Hearty Traditional Christmas Pudding

Tesco Free From Cream Filled Profiteroles

Tesco Free From Strawberry & Vanilla Cones

Commended:

CocoNuts Sumptuous Strawberry Nice Cream

Go Get Morello Cherry Streusel

CONFECTIONERY & CHOCOLATE

Winner:

Booja Booja Hazelnut Chocolate Truffles

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Highly Commended:

Cocoa Libre 3 Mini Slab Bars

D&D Chocolates Dairy-Free Chocolate Drops

Eskal Gluten Free Wafer Rolls

Commended:

Eat Allergy Safe Handcrafted Vegan Gluten Free Dark Chocolate Truffles

Solkiki Balinese Coconut / White Chocolate

BARS – CEREAL, FRUIT, SUPERFOOD, GRAIN-FREE

Winner:

Get Fruity Moist Mixed Berry Bar

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Highly commended:

Dr Schar Chocolix

Kind Snacks Caramel Almond & Sea Salt

Commended:

Roo’Bar Chia Coconut Raw Bar

Wild Thing Organic Paleo Raw Bar – Coconut & Chia

 

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