The Allergy and Free From Show hits London on 8-10 July and I’m really looking forward to it, especially as I am speaking on the Saturday. I was heavily pregnant with baby A last year so didn’t make it and can’t wait to get back.
It’s the best place to go to learn more about allergies, discover new free from brands and be surrounded by people who are knowledgable and passionate about making the most of restricted diets. So I have rounded up the 5 things not to miss at this year’s Allergy Show:
Food, food, glorious food! There’s a lot of it on offer and something to cater for every allergy. It’s amazing to see all the different brands and products in the free from market and you will be sure to find some great new items for your shopping list. Here are some of my top picks not to miss:
Cocoa Libre – Beautiful chocolates free from dairy, nuts and gluten.This family run company make delicious treats in lovely packaging that are great for gifts.
Free From Fairy Flour – The brilliant Vicki from Free From Fairy is launching the first ever wholegrain gluten free, rice free flour blend at this year’s show.
Coyo – If you haven’t tried Coyo’s cocoonut yoghurts then you really need to!
Plamil – We recently reviewed the Plamil Organic Chocolate range and loved the variety of flavours available.
A2 Milk – This milk is really interesting as it cuts out the protein that causes most intolerances (you can learn more at their talk on sunday at 14:00)
2. MEET THE EXPERTS
The Allergy UK Meet the experts event gives you access to two of the country’s leading Paediatric Allergy Consultants – Dr George Du Toit and Dr Lauri-Ann Van Der Poel. It is a really great opportunity to learn about the latest allergy research and developments directly from the experts as well as having the chance to personally ask them questions. It takes place on Saturday 9th July 9.30-1.30 and costs £10.
OK, I am a little biased on this one as I am speaking at the Allergy Show on Saturday! I really hope I can offer a bit of insight and reassurance to other parents starting out on their allergy journey. I’m also looking forward to listening to some other great speakers too and here are the ones I won’t be missing:
Active management of food allergy
Dr Adam Fox, Consultant in Paediatric Allergy
Friday 8 July 14:00
Is all lactose intolerance the same?
Professor Sun, lead researcher in A2 milk’s recent ground breaking research
Fridat 8 July 15:00
Helping your child face up to allergies
Dr Polly James, Clinical pshychologist in children’s allergy
Saturday 9 July 13:00
Your child has been diagnosed with a food allergy – now what?
Emma Amoscato, Free From Farmhouse
Saturday 9 July 14:00
5 things you need to know about food blogging
Becky Excell, Gluten Free Cuppa Tea
Sunday 10 July 14:45
Frequently asked question in the allergy clinic – and some answers
Eleanor Minshall, Paedeatric allergist
Sunday 10 July 16:00
4. ALLERGY ADVENTURES
Allergy Adventures are a great company that offer fun, educational workshops to children aged 5-11. They will be running story time every day at 11am, 1pm & 3pm and also have a treasure hunt available to take round the show. Visit their stand for free crafts and activities as well as to learn about the workshops they run in schools.
5. COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS
Who doesn’t love a good cooking show?! It’s even better to see them live and these demonstrations show you can still cook delicious food when dealing with allergies. It’s great to be able to taste the dishes, ask questions and meet some of your favourite cookbook authors. Here are my top picks:
The Gluten Free Cookbook For Kids
Friday 8 July 15:30
Food allergy Mums’ Tea-Time Treats
Fiona Heggie + Ellie Lux, The Allergy Free Family Cookbook
Saturday 9 July 12:30
Healthy Gluten Free and Vegan Treats
Sunday 10 July 15:30
Leave me a message or tweet me if you are going to be at The Allergy Show, especially if you are coming to my talk. What are your top picks?