Dear Gluten-free and FreeFrom Bloggers and everyone out there with allergies, food intolerances, coeliac disease and food sensitivities – where do you go when you want to eat out safely? Who do you trust?
The FreeFrom Eating out Awards wants to know which places you love best.
If you haven’t heard about the FreeFrom Eating Out Awards yet this is the first year they’re taking place; great timing for the new Food Information Regulations which will come into place in December 2014. The new law will mean all establishments serving food e.g restaurants, bistros, cafes, school canteens, universities, kiosks etc. will have to know what allergens are present in their food. So if a customer asks whether something contains nuts, milk or wheat, they should know the ingredients and be able to tell the customer which dishes should be safe. There is also then a burden of responsibility for serving areas to be as clean and safe is as reasonably possible to avoid any careless cross contamination.
The Awards aim both to raise awareness of the new allergen regulations which will apply to all food service companies by the end of this year, and to encourage excellence in gluten-free and freefrom catering – in exactly the same way as the FreeFrom Food Awards have done in retail over the last seven years.
Now we get to the bit where they need your help
Michelle Berridale Johnson of Foods Matter is organising the awards and said, “Because this is a new award, we need all the help we can get in letting eateries know about the award – and persuading them to enter.
So, if you have a favourite gluten-free eatery, please email us their contact details and we will invite them to enter the awards. And…if you could encourage your readers and followers to do the same thing, that would be even better!”
There are seven categories (see below) and entry closes at the end of August so we do need to get on with recruiting entrants as soon as possible.
- Individual restaurants and restaurant chains
- Individual pub restaurants and pub restaurant chains
- Cafés, tea shops and takeaways – individual and chains
- Guest houses and B&Bs
- Schools, colleges and universities
- Hospitals, prisons and the military
- Food manufactured for food service
Judging for the awards will take place over the summer (please contact us if you might be interested in being part of one of the judging teams).
We will be publishing a shortlist in September and the presentation of the winners will be at the Food Matters Live event at Excel in London in November.
If you have any queries please call or email Michelle on firstname.lastname@example.org and thank you in advance for your help!
So where is your favourite place to eat out safely with allergies, coeliac disease or food intolerances? Who do you want to win?