FreeFrom Food Awards 2015

The Free From Food Awards started in 2008, run by Free From Foods Matter with the aim of encouraging innovation and celebrate excellent products in the free-from food industry.

This year’s categories include bread, breakfast, store cupboard, pasta and pizza, raw foods and superfoods, ‘food to go’, down the pub and bar, meaty and fishy ready meals, veggie ready meals, foods suitable for tree-nut and peanut allergies, foods designed for children, tea time, desserts and puddings, confectionary and chocolate, and bars.

We attended the event along with almost 300 other free-from enthusiasts at the Royal College of Physicians in Regents Park, to discover who the winners were of each category (and try out all the winner’s delicious products at the post-speech buffet). Well done to all who were mentioned and commended for their fabulous free-from products!

The night began with the breakfast category…with two winners! Genius Pains au Chocolat & Primal Joy Foods Maple & Pecan Nut Crunch.

Then it was onto the all important bread category. Again two joint winners…Smart Eats & Treats and Tesco Free From.

Then the store cupboard category…two winners: Quinola Mothergrain and Fria Gluten Free!  

Then onto the Pizza and Pasta category…the two winners were Explore Asian Edamame & Mung Bean Fettuccine and Rizopia Organic Brown Rice Spaghetti!  

The raw foods and superfoods category (which will next year be divided into two separate categories) was sponsored by Tiana Fair Trade Organics, and the winner was Marvellous Superfood with their Super Protein.

‘Food to go’ and vending category, sponsored by The Food and Drink Innovation Network. The winner is…Voakes Free From Traditional Pork Pie.

Next it was the Down the pub and the bar category – sponsored by Udi’sWinners: Stringer’s Beer Outlook Amber Ale and Tesco Free From Savoury Party Pack Selection!

Then we moved onto the Meaty and Fishy Ready Meals category, which was Sponsored by Genon Laboratories. The winner… Tesco Free From Smoked Haddock Fishcakes with a Melting Middle.

Then we had the Veggie Ready Meals, sponsored by Goodness Direct. To a very loud cheer, the winner was… Amy’s Kitchen GF Chinese Noodles & Veggies.

Foods suitable for nut and peanut allergies – sponsored by the Wellaby’s. The winner, defending their title…ilumi Chicken Za’tar!

Children’s food category was sponsored by Georgia’s Choice Chicken Grills!

Tea Time! Sponsored by Mrs Crimbles. Two wonderful winners: FEEL FREE for Gluten Free Donuts AND The Free From Bakehouse Rosemary & Raisin Cookies.

Then onto the much loved category…Desserts and Puddings. Sponsored by Romer Labs UK. Two winners: The Coconut Collaborative DF Mango & Passionfruit Coconut Milk Yoghurt and Glamour Puds Raspberry Bakewell Tart. Yum!

We sponsored the next category…and it was a good one: Confectionery and Chocolate. Again we had two winners: Doisy & Dam Maca, Vanilla & Cacao Nibs AND Kinnerton Confectionery DF Hollow Santa.   

Then the final category  was Bars – cereal, fruit, superfood, grain-free… Sponsored by Holland & Barrett. The winner: Get Fruity Moist Mixed Berry Bar!

The Innovation Award went to Kirsty’s gluten and dairy free lasagne!

And Retailer of the Year was awarded to…Tesco!

Then the only thing left to do was announce the winner of the FAIR trophy for overall best free-from product…and it went to Voakes! For their Traditional Pork pie. An all-round winner.  

Voakes FF and AWT

What a night! Congratulations to all the brands shortlisted and of course all of the winners.

Well done!