Saturday 3 January 2009

Report: 2008 Irresistible Gluten Free Wheat Free Food Show

The Irresistible Gluten Free Wheat Free Food Show held over two days during October, 2008, no doubt, was a great success for the organiser Sue Shephard and her team. Congratulations Sue!!

We were there and here are some of the items that caught our eye and that we will be on the look out for in our local shops:
  • Lockton Farm Gourmet sausages
    These are a very nice looking range of gluten free and low fat sausages including: Italian Pork and Fennel, Pork Pumpkin and Leak (Not good for fructose malabsorption people), Chicken Spinach and Pinenut, and many more.
    Shop 13 66-74 Brice Terrace
    Mooroolbark, Ph 9727 3200

  • Healthy Feast Pies
    A range of nutritious delicious meals in a pie bursting with tantalising flavours
    Dairy & Egg Free, Gluten & Wheat Free, yeast Free, Preservative & Additive Free.

    • Australian Beef & Vegetable
    • Vegetable Tagine & Chicken Pie
    • Lentil & Potato Curry Pie

    Phone 02 9818 6333
    (Website under construction. Check back)

  • La maison de Patisserie - Gluten Free Pastry Sheets - Delivered!
    This is a business that produces pastry sheets that are gluten free, wheat free, soy free, dairy free, low in fat, preservative free which is delivered directly to your home!
    By the time we visited them they had sold out of stock. Word is that the chocolate pastry is delicious and that the savoury pastry is great for pizza bases.
    More info on their website at
    Haven't tried this yet, but it sounds like something that I need to have in my freezer.....Just in case.

  • Billabong Brewing - Gluten Free Beers
    Its great to see some more gluten free beers hitting the market. Billabong Brewing are based in Western Australia and produce a range of gf beers:
    • Australia's Pale Ale - 5.1% alc/vol
    • Blonde - 4.5% alc/vol
    • Ginger Beer - 4.5% alc/vol
    • Apple Beer - 5% alc/vol (No good for fructose malabsorption people)

    Phone: 08 9317 6099

  • Well and Good - Chocolate Mud Cake Mix
    I shudder to think of how many samples of this one cake we had!! We tasted, then said: "Are you sure this is gluten free and dairy free??" Then we had to try another piece. (Repeat this cycle several times!)
    The mix is:
    • Gluten free
    • Wheat free
    • Dairy free (Apparently this mix was available in the past but did contain dairy)
    • Nut free
    • Soya free
    • Fructose free
    • No Trans fat
    • GMO free
    • No artifical colour
    • No artifical flavour

    This mix was not yet released at the time of the show but I have found some at Sunnybrook Healthfood shop. (December 2008)
    We might get to try some of their other products if we can stop eating this cake for 5 minutes.
    13 Tower Court
    Noble Park, VIC 3174
    Phone 9769 1515

  • Tobie Puttock - Celebrity Cooking Stage
    We really enjoyed watching Tobie cook some great dishes from his latest book: "Italian Local"
    Thanks to Sue Shephard, Tobie is very aware of food allergies/intolerances and it is a joy to watch a professional at work. He made it all look very easy.
Congratulations again to Sue on a great show!

Usual disclaimer, we have no connection with Sue Shephard or any of the producers listed. We look forward to seeing these products on local shelves and to next years show. See you there!