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  • 30 Apr 2015

    And the winner is...? Find out why I've been getting glammed up this month!

    Posted: 30 Apr 2015

    It has been awards month here at Allergy Adventures HQ. First up was the Free From Food Awards 2015, held at the Royal College of Physicians in London. And then from food to digital as I hotfooted it across town to the Essex Digital Awards at Colchester Football Club.

    But let's start with the food. I'd been a food judge for the Free From Food Awards earlier this year, and therefore I was chuffed to be invited to the awards ceremony that was held on the 22nd April. So out came my glad rags (kind of), on went the Louboutins (really not) and off I trotted.

    It was brilliant to see so many free from products in the running for awards this year, and I've picked out a few that were particularly impressive. (You can see a full list of winners and runners up on the FFFA website.)

    As in recent years, there was a glut of gluten free options; this section of the Free From Market just keeps going from strength to strength. Even better - depending on your viewpoint obviously - was the increase in entrants to the 'Food suitable for treenut and peanut allergics' category. A deserved winner of this section was ilumi's Chicken Za'atar in a super handy ready meal pouch. How easy will this make your life when you're away on a family holiday or with friends for a weekend, on a camping trip, travelling for business, etc? Get details of the winner and runners up here.

    Next up, who ate all the pies? Voakes did. Or at least they made them. Gluten and dairy free pie makers, Voakes Free From, swept the board this year with their hearty, just-like-mum-used-to-make pies. Their traditional pork pie won the 'foods to go' category, and their Steak and Ale pie received highly commended in the 'meaty ready meals' category. And if that wasn't enough? Their gluten and dairy free pork pie was also voted overall winner of the 2015 Free From Food Awards. See Voakes' pies.

    If you're a regular reader, you'll have realised that I'm very good at channelling my inner kid. So the confectionery and chocolate section was always going to get me excited. The beautifully-packaged dairy free Maca, Vanilla and Cocoa Nibs chocolate bar from Doisy & Dam was one of the winners, along with Kinnerton's dairy free hollow Santa. The Santa is a great addition to the festive free from market; kids and big kids will no doubt become fans! See the Confectionery and Chocolate winners and runners up.

    Finally, in the breakfast section, my fave was the Genius gluten and dairy free pain au chocolat. Knocking up one of these bad boys is definitely a culinary achievement, genius, if you will!  See the breakfast category winners and runners up.

    After the food awards, it was time to change outifts and head to the Essex Digital Awards where I was potentially up for an award. Very exciting. I was encouraged to enter these awards by a parent who's been following my adventures since the start (@myitchyboy on Twitter) and I sort of did it on a wing and prayer. Anyway, Mum and I set off to Colchester Football Ground and I was totally gobsmacked to receive TWO awards.

    In the Best Blog Entertainment category I won the gold award *mum goes wild* and I also won Silver in the Best use of video for business category. Joking aside I was seriously shocked when my name was called out and it was amazing to get recognition for my work. I love what I do, particularly making the fun recipe videos (*cough* subscribe now and never miss one!) but getting the awards was an added bonus.

    And now, dear readers, brace yourselves coz I'm about to get a little sentimental...

    I honestly couldn't do this whole Allergy Adventures thing without the support and encouragement that you give me, both here, and on Facebook and Twitter. Even though the last few months have been properly hard, your cyber lurve has kept me going. So I'm dedicating these awards to you, with a great big THANK YOU. Here's to plenty more adventures!

    Read about the Essex Digital Awards. Can you spot me in the photo?!

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