The shortlist for the 2013 FreeFrom Food Awards - celebrating the best in gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free and all freefrom foods - is now out...
From 'activated' walnuts to 'sea waves' pasta; cappuccino' soya milk to sulphite-free wine and alcohol-free, gluten-free beer.
After two weeks of sipping and supping (not to mention some heated discussions) the 50+ FreeFrom Food Awards judges have chosen nearly 220 products to go on the shortlist for this year's FreeFrom Food Awards.
Not only did we have a 34% increase in the number of products entered into the awards but the range of products has widened enormously. Gluten-free samosas and panninis, fresh chick pea pasta, lots of children's products, a massive entry into the 'store cupboard' category, the usual wonderful selection of 'free-from-everything' cakes and biscuits and, for the first time, sulphite-free wines and a gluten-free beer that was also alcohol free!Michelle Berriedale-Johnson, editor of FoodsMatter
As always, the judges included professional foodies (manufacturers, chefs and cookery writers), medics (dietitians and nutritionists) coeliacs and allergy sufferers, a dozen or so keen freefrom bloggers and a good sprinkling of 'outsiders' to benchmark the products against 'normal', non-freefrom equivalents.
The winners of the 2013 FreeFrom Food Awards, including the winner of the FAIR trophy for the Best FreeFrom Food 2013 (won last year by Vegusto for their dairy-free, soya-free 'cheese') will be announced and presented with their certificates by Antony Worrall Thompson at an invitation-only party in central London on April 16th 2013.