September 12, 2011

Free-From-Foods at the RDS Rude Health Show

So I hope that everyone, who could, got out to the RDS Rude Health Show on the weekend. I ventured out on Saturday afternoon and had a really great day! There were SO many stalls and although it was shockingly warm and packed to the brim with people I braced the closeness and managed to make my way around all the stalls at least twice as well as listen to Patrick Holford’s lecture which, although being un-surprisingly heavy on supplements and brand dropping, still had some very interesting and valuable information.

There were so, so, so many gluten free and dairy free foods, not to mention egg free, vegetarian, vegan, raw and even sugar free ones too. Susan Jane White demonstrated how to make raw brownies which were amazingly sweet and tasty as well as being sugar free (seriously lovely!) and everywhere had samples to try, and great deals to be had. The best deal for me was at the Meridian stand which was selling their nut butters 3 for €5.00!

There were loads of familiar brands as well as some new ones. Some were launching new lines or flavours such as Provamel’s new Apple yoghurt and Lemon Balm yoghurt finally coming to Ireland or a whole line of flavoured Manuka Honey. Probably the best way to describe everything is to just show you some pictures from the different food stalls so you can keep you eye out when you are roaming Ireland looking for some tasty free from food!

The Foods of Athenry
The Galway based bakery selling gluten free, dairy free, egg free and sugar free baked goods. Unfortunately the company recently had a fire in the bakery so they are only beginning to start suppling again. Look out for them in and around Galway for now.

Healthy Habits Café & Store
A Café and store selling Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Vegan foods. I'm SO excited to get down to Wicklow town to review this place!

The Happy Pear
Greystones' Happy Pear were selling all sorts of lovely hummus, bread, snacks and salads.

The Happy Pear Living Foods
The folks at The Happy Pear were also juicing Wheat Grass Juice for free samples. I was really surprised to find that it was actually quite sweet by nature as well as smelling very like a lawn! I also tried a sunflower seed sprout which had a hint of the seed to the taste - quite nice.

Natasha’s Living Foods
The local food fare resident selling a range of raw sweets and snacks

Pukka Ayurveda
Selling herbs, foods and teas as well as launching a new skincare line. Pukka's packaging is famously covetable!

The Soul Food Co.
Caterers and Teachers, offering cooking classes in a range of topics such as 'Low GI', 'Gluten Free', '20 Meals in 20 Minutes' and 'Food For Your Mood'

Seed & Bean Chocolate Co
Sampling a whole range of unusual top quality chocolate flavours from Pumpkin Seeds to Great Taste winning Lavender

And that was a severely condensed taster of the 2011 Rude Health Show!!
Until next time, Happy Hunting!

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