Liverpool

The Allergy & Free From Show Liverpool 2017

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On Sunday 5th November I took my boys who both have dairy allergies to the Allergy and Free From Show. We went to the 2016 Allergy and Free From Show and they both enjoyed it.
Busylazymum visits Allergy and Free From Show in Liverpool November 2017
When we entered the show it looked much bigger than last year and had a different layout. One of the first stands we came across was Pizza Express.. Now if you follow me on social media you will have seen I shared their post a few weeks ago regarding making pizzas with dairy-free cheese which I would have expected them to be sampling but they weren’t. They were only offering gluten free brownies which I was quite disappointed by.

We walked past the GOSH! stand and I was shocked when the boys wanted to try them as they usually prefer to try ‘snacky’ items. The women on this stand were lovely and they chatted with the boys & giving them lots of tasters. They were offering 4 packets for £5 which is a great deal and I’m gutted now that I chose not to buy them at the time as these retail for around £2-£2.50 per pack.

We continued through the stalls and there was a lot on offer. The majority of stands were aimed at those that are Gluten free and there were quite a few Skincare stalls including Eczema UK who had a dermatologist available to talk to. Schar held a café in the middle of the room, which was very busy.

I was a bit disappointed to find that Tesco were the only supermarket that had attended this year. Last year I remember there was both Tesco, Asda and if I remember correctly Morrison’s as well. It came as a bit of a shock that these supermarkets weren’t there as the choice in Free-From options has increased massively in their stores. The Tesco stand was very busy and as soon as a taster would be laid out they would be gone. Luckily I was able to get the boys a chocolate cake taster each and they were so pleased. I have promised them a dairy free chocolate cake from Tesco to share over the Christmas Period.

As we made our way through the stalls we came across the Naked stall, now I know Tristan loves their bars as he had them for a snack at school. The man on this stall was very chatty and the boys were made up when he gave them a packet of raisins each which he said tasted like cola bottles. (They have both taken these to school today as a snack so I’m sure they’ll be raving about these later). The man also gave them a packet of Naked nibbles which he recommended adding to porridge to give it some flavour.

We spoke to The Happy Snack Company stall several times around the Allergy and Free From Show and were given lots of their Nut Free Roasted Fav-va beans which the boys loved. We stopped by the Kirsty’s ready meals stall and the boys shared a spicy meatball kids meal and tried a Spanish chicken sample each as well. Kirsty’s stall offered 4 ready meals for £5 which again is a good deal as the kids meals retail at just below £2 and the adult portions are t below £3 each. Unfortunately they only had 1 type of the Kirsty’s Kids meal available.

Busylazymum visits Kirsty's Stand Allergy and Free From Show in Liverpool November 2017

The boys loved the free tasters they were allowed to try. When they approached a stall they were asked about their allergies before being offered to try something. I know how disappointed they are when we’re in the supermarket and we walk past a samples stand and they’re not allowed. They tried KOKO milk and their butter on some crackers, the butter was on offer 2 for £2.50 and the woman on the stall said they retail for just under £2 each, so again a great saving.

Tucked away at the back of the Allergy and Free From Show was the goody bag queue, it was quite a long queue but it was worth the wait. They gave out not 1 but 2 bags per person and were full of free full sized packets, sample sized snacks, coupons and leaflets. Our Goody bag and free tasters we collected from the Allergy and Free From Show have filled the boys snack box. They both excitedly went into school and told their teachers all about the food they had tried and showed them their snacks.

Busylazymum visits Allergy and Free From Show in Liverpool November 2017

There are 4 Allergy and Free From Show’s each year. Upcoming Events are as follows:

3-4 March 2018 SECC, Glasgow
2-3 June 2018, STATION, Berlin
6-8th July 2018 Olympia, London
3-4th November 2018 Exhibition Centre, Liverpool

More information can be found at http://www.allergyshow.co.uk

You can read more about our experience with Allergies in my previous post here.

Blogmas Day 7: The Coca Cola Truck

Last night after school we travelled to Liverpool to see the iconic ‘Holidays are coming’ Coca Cola Truck which was situated next to Liverpool One’s 30 metre Christmas tree on Paradise Street.

We arrived at around 4pm expecting the queue to be unbelievably long we were pleasantly surprised when we went from the end of the queue to having our photos taken within 15 minutes. *This may of had something to do with the rain. Or the fact we got there at a good time. Previous years we have arrived later and have had to queue for up to an hour and a half.

Whilst we were waiting in the queue we were given vouchers for a bottle of Coca Cola from a supermarket. As we got closer we were offered a small can of coca cola – all varieties were available. We took 3 cans of coca cola. I don’t often let the boys have fizzy drinks but as a treat on this occasion I did. The assistant wasn’t allowed to hand the drink to the children which is great as it shows that Coca Cola are taking social responsibility. I had previously read in the Liverpool Echo that there were calls to ban the coca cola truck coming to Liverpool One due to an ‘obesity epidemic’. I think Coca Cola have been very responsible in this situation as they have passed that responsibility onto the parents.

We approached the truck where there were 3 podiums which we could choose one to pose for a photo on and an assistant would take your camera/phone and take a photo for you. Previous years they would take the photo for you and also take one with their professional camera which you could download or buy a copy of online.

 

We had our photo taken and moved along to the area near the front of the truck and finished our drinks before putting the cans in the recycling bin provided.

At the front of the Coca Cola Truck there was a photo frame so it would have been rude not to.

As we walked around the other side of the Coca Cola Truck Tristan spotted an assistant and he went over to ask her some questions about the truck. She was lovely and told him that it wasn’t just a normal truck and that Santa was in there resting for the big day. She the offered for the boys to go behind the barrier for a photo against the very front of the Coca Cola Truck, so we took a few more photos.

Well done to all the Coca Cola Team at Liverpool One this year, you were all friendly and helpful even though you were getting soaked and no doubt were freezing. Also the security guards who were on top form asking Lewis if he’d lost his mum or dad and turning around to check when he appeared next to them at the barrier hoping for a closer look at the Coca Cola Truck. (I was stood at the other side of the barrier within arms reach).

I was a little disappointed to find out that a short time after we left, images were projected onto the side of the Coca Cola Truck would of been nice to see our face on it. But never mind we’ll see you again next Christmas.

You can see the Coca Cola Truck at the following locations:

  • 7th December (Today) Watford – Asda.
  • 7th December (Today) Telford Shopping Centre.
  • 8th December Wembley – London Designer Outlet.
  • 8th December Nottingham – Victoria Retail Park.
  • 9th December London – O2 Arena.
  • 9th December Birmingham – Edgbaston Street.
  • 10th December London – O2 Arena.
  • 10th December Birmingham – Edgbaston Street.
  • 11th December Coventry – Broadgate.
  • 13th December Reading – Riverside Shopping Centre.
  • 14th December Rushden – Waitrose.
  • 15th December Milton Keynes – Xscape.
  • 16th December Essex – Lakeside.
  • 17th December Essex – Lakeside.

.Tour dates are usually released at the beginning of November, we’ll be sure to let you know when we know.