FreeFrom Food Awards hit a 10 year high!
Ten years ago long-time Guild member and past chair Michelle Berriedale-Johnson started the FreeFrom Food Awards to help raise the profile of the new ‘freefrom’ foods designed for those with food allergies and coeliac disease (gluten free, dairy free, nut free etc).
Thanks partly to the very significant growth in the numbers of people suffering from these conditions, but also to the increased focus on healthy, ‘clean’ and ‘natural’ foods, what started with a few one-man (or woman!) gluten-free bakers selling cakes at their local market is now a multi-million pound industry covering every food from gluten-free, dairy and egg-free pork pies to freefrom protein shakes, and gourmet coconut ice creams.
The awards have grown with the sector and the 10th anniversary party and presentation on Tuesday 28 March welcomed nearly 350 guests at the Royal College of Physicians in Regent's Park for a celebration of freefrom and a buffet of the 10th anniversary winning foods from over 20 categories.
For more information about the awards and the winners contact Michelle: email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 7722 2866.
Field & Fork School
Committee member Charlotte Pike writes “Field & Fork School is a food education social enterprise established to provide food education to a wider audience. We currently offer a small number of cookery classes on a pop-up basis in the Oxford area, which we hope to expand soon. In April, we are running a 'Cooking for Babies and Young Children' Class for just £5 a head, and a 'Fast Fresh and Healthy' class priced at £10 a head.
I have also launched a campaign to raise financial backing to open a permanent centre: field-fork.co.uk/help-us-1/
We are on Twitter @fieldforkfarm and Instagram @fieldforkfarm and our website is: field-fork.co.uk
We'd really appreciate any help in spreading the word about our work.”
Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
Food Worth Fighting for: From Food Riots to Food Banks by Guild member Josh Sutton has won the national award in the Culinary History Category of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards.
The Kitchen Café
Guild member Sumayya Usmani is now one of the presenters of BBC Radio Scotland's weekly food show The Kitchen Café, which is also available on the BBC iPlayer and as a podcast.
Borough Talks 2017 at Borough Market
Guild members are well represented in Borough Market's third annual Borough Talks series taking place across five Tuesday evenings between April and September.
Tuesday 4 April – Read, cook, live: the ingredients of a cookbook
Angela Clutton leads a panel including Felicity Cloake in considering the nature and purpose of cookbooks.
Tuesday 16 May – How the media can help your food business
Sybil Kapoor and a diverse panel including Pete Lawrence and encompassing academia, broadcasting and food brands discuss the power of the media on how and what we eat; and how that can be used to benefit those working in different parts of the food industry.
Tuesday 13 June – Parent trap: the challenges of children's food
Jenny Chandler discusses with a panel including Stefan Gates, Claire Thomson and Amanda Ursell (and the Guild's 2016 Inspiration Award winner, Carmel McConnell) the social and political issues associated with children's food and considers what a 'healthy' diet for children looks like.
Tuesday 11 July – How to join the drinks revolution
Sybil Kapoor leads a panel of drinks professionals and writers reflecting on the ever-evolving world of British drinks.
Tuesday 12 September – Sustainable sustenance: reducing the impact of food production
Professor Tim Lang will lead a broad-ranging discussion on the true cost of the food we eat from the state of our soil, to food waste, and whether a modern city can develop the infrastructure to feed itself.
For more information on all of these events please go to boroughmarket.org.uk/events/borough-talks-2017
What are you doing?
The Guild always welcomes the opportunity to boast about members’ achievements, whether in print, broadcasting, commercial ventures, awards, etc. Too often, we learn about these things long after the fact – and from other sources, not the members themselves.
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