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Here is a poem that I wrote about the amazing, the incredible, the life changing, the most excellent, FreeFrom Food Awards 2014.
FreeFrom Food Awards 2014
I stopped after the winner and four runners up. It would have been about a hundred verses long…

The official review has just been submitted, fingernails bitten to the quick… waiting with baited breathe to see it on the awards website.

You’ll just have to wait to see that later and also a blog I plan to write about my favourite bits but I have rather run out of steam because this poem on top of all that just about finished me off…

You try rhyming with tutti!

So here it is, my very cheesey (dairy and soya free cheese obviously) poem…

An ode to the FreeFrom Food Awards 2014

The FreeFrom Food Awards, now in their seventh year,
The reason so many freefromers are solemnly gathered here.
At The Royal College of Physicians in beautiful Regents Park.
To discover who will make their freefrom mark.

Amy’s Kitchen broccoli and cheddar bake was ‘visually appealing’.
‘A very, very good product.’ The judges said with heartfelt feeling.
Bessant & Drury’s frozen raspberry swirl coconut yogurt dessert,
‘The best coconut product I have tasted’ the judges did assert.

Tesco’s freefrom seeded bread; ‘better ingredients list than most!’
‘Perfect for sandwiches.’ So close to the victorious post.
Waitrose GF egg, watercress and chicken salad roll.
Their ‘Faultless innovation.’ Almost got them the winning goal.

If only everyone could have gone home with a prize.
All entrants were brilliant for recognising freefrom in our eyes.
Especially during the gluten free beer tasting category.
After tasting four or five we all lost our memory.

The winner of the coveted Marble Mo was Foccaccia per tutti.
All the judges voted their Mediterranean Foccaccia a beauty!
With runners-up, highly commended and commended too.
The praise for freefrom goodies just grew and grew.

The winner of the FAIR Trophy (Marble Mo) for the best free-from food 2014

The winner of the FAIR Trophy (Marble Mo) for the best free-from food 2014

Just look at that foccacia. Don’t it make your mouth water? I so want some of that.

So did you go the awards? Did you win an award? What do you think of my little poem? It doesn’t scan quite like I wanted it to but it’s the best I could do.

More on the awards to follow soon… but if you want to see the full list of winners visit The FreeFrom Food Awards website.



An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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