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‘Free From’ Traders Required for Christmas Food Fair

16 Sep

I am excited to announce that Gluten Free by the Sea is collaborating with Helen Jones of Simply Moorish, who will be holding a Christmas ‘Free From’ Food Fair at Ivybridge Community Market on Saturday 7th December.  Fellow collaborators Love Lactose Free Life and Plymouth Greengrocer will be selling their ranges of gluten and dairy free products as well as Helen on the day.

Helen is now working hard to attract more ‘free from’ exhibitors to the event and the communication below has gone out to potential traders today.  I hope to see lots of friends of Gluten Free by the Sea at the event, both buying and selling!  Please pass this on to anyone who you think would be interested in having a pitch at the event.  More details to come as they are finalised.

Kevin, Gluten Free by the Sea


Information from Helen Jones:

Dear All,

Ivybridge Community Market are pleased to announce that we shall be holding a Free From Food Fair on Saturday 7th December 9.30 – 2pm and take this opportunity of inviting you to attend to trade at this great event. With keen support and collaboration with Gluten Free by The Sea, Love Lactose Free Life & Plymouth Greengrocers.

With the build up to Christmas, this will be a great opportunity for the sale of your usual products, themed products and free from gifts.

This is a great opportunity for all ‘Free From’ food producers to showcase their products in Ivybridge and its surrounding community and we welcome you to invite additional traders that are not on list whom you may feel appropriate to trade at this event.

Please find attached a copy of the poster being used to advertise this event and wherever possible kindly use such to advertise the event in your local area, online or via social media.

We have a visible presence on Twitter @ivycommarket and Facebook please feel free to link this into any social networking you may use to promote the event.

Please also find attached a copy of the terms and conditions for trading with a booking form for you to complete. Kindly return this via email to simplymoorish@yahoo.co.uk or via post to FAO. Ivybridge Community Market Management Team, Home from Home Community Hub, Unit 3 Glanvilles Mill, Ivybridge, PL21 9TH.

The price per pitch is £15.00 with an additional £5 per pitch should you require power. There are electrical points however, you will need to supply your own extensions and rubber matting if needed.

The main area for use for the market is outdoors and we hold ten 3 x 3 gazebos which will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Additional cover can be provided under the walkway. If you do have your own gazebo cover please feel free to utilise this.

We would greatly appreciate your prompt response in booking your trade spots. The cut off date for bookings is Saturday 30th November 2013.

If you have any questions, which are not covered within the attached documentation, please do not hesitate to make contact with me email.

I look forward to receiving your booking forms and hope that you will embrace and reap the rewards of bringing your products into the local community.

Terms and conditions and booking
Poster download

Helen Jones

Simply Moorish

A Merry Gluten Free Christmas!

24 Dec

I still can’t believe it is Christmas Eve already, this year has absolutely flown by.  I just wanted to take the chance to wish all of my readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Thank you so much to everyone who has supported the blog since it was born in August.  There have been well over 8000 page views in that short time and I am absolutely thrilled with that.  I hope some of you have found it useful.


I have had some great gluten free discoveries in Plymouth this year.  It has been brilliant to meet the people behind Plymouth Greengrocer, Sweet Devotion and A Piece of Cake Bakery and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know people who contribute to the local gluten free community.  I’ve found some brilliant local independent restaurants such as Bistro One and Chambers who have been very accommodating.  There has of course been lots of pizza too!  I’ve been to some fantastic Tweet-ups and met some really great people this year, and I thank everyone who has given me coeliac support through Twitter, Facebook and their blogs over the last 12 months.

I really hope 2013 brings as much great gluten free progress as 2012, and I’ve already got a few posts to bring you about my latest finds.  I really hope everyone has a fantastic Christmas, with lots of delicious gluten free treats.  As always I’d love to hear about your success stories so please comment.  I’ll leave 2012 in reflective style, with a list of the 10 most viewed posts on the blog this year.  Merry Christmas!

1.  Domino’s Gluten Free Pizza Review
2.  A Gluten Free Christmas
3.  My Coeliac Journey – One Year On
4.  Warning, Tetley Green Tea!
5.  A Gluten Free Grumble, Terry’s Chocolate Orange
6.  Gluten Free Labelling Removed from Seabrook’s Crisps
7.  Annie’s Larder Christmas Hampers
8.  At Last, Coeliacs Get a Pizza the Action!
9.  Supperclub Tweet-up and Gluten free tour of London!
10. Gluten Free Hidden Treasure

A Gluten Free Christmas

13 Dec

This will be my second gluten free Christmas, and it can be a difficult time for us coeliacs.  There seem to be mince pies and Christmas Cake everywhere you look, and you’re constantly having to say no to treats that are on offer.  In addition to this there are those awkward Christmas meals, with very few (if any) gluten free options to try and navigate.  I’ve looked on in horror over the past few weeks at some of the poor Christmas meal offerings that have been tweeted about.  Carly Talbot’s #FruitIsNotAPudding hash tag has been particularly prevalent!


But Christmas doesn’t have to be a bad time, and there are plenty of options out there for us gluten free folk.  Last year for my first gluten free Christmas Marks & Spencer turned out to be the big hero for me.  For Christmas dinner the turkey was stuffed with gluten free sausage meat, there were stuffing balls, pigs in blankets and a pot of delicious pre-made gravy.  All gluten free and all from M&S.

This year I’ve managed to find a local gluten free sausage meat at Plymouth Greengrocer, and they are also stocking a range of Christmas Cake and mince pies.  If you are Plymouth based, it’s well worth a trip out to stock up for Christmas.  You can of course grab all your Christmas fruit and veg while you are there too.  Annoyingly for me I don’t like mince pies or fruit cake, but I have ordered a Chocolate Yule Log from Annie’s Larder, and I’m really looking forward to tucking in to this one!

I am also a big fan of the Mrs Crimble’s Stuffing Mix if you want an alternative to the M&S version.  For an alternative gravy I usually use the Antony Worrall Thompson gravy, though I’ve heard a few people say they find this too salty.  Personally I like it.  Cadbury’s have been my advent calendar and tree chocolate of choice this year and last, though shock horror I’ve got no advent calendar this year.  That’s the first time ever, I must be getting old!  There’s also a great list of suitable Christmas products from Coeliac UK which will give you some further tips.

Good news is that Quality Street and Cadbury’s Roses are both gluten free.  I am not a fan of giving Christmas cards to work colleagues, and for the last few years I’ve taken in a tin of Quality Street instead.  My colleagues seem to enjoy this more than a card, I help save some trees and there are always some gluten free treats on hand.  Everyone is a winner!  Lucky for me I’ve managed to convince my work colleagues that a curry is a good choice for a Christmas meal this year, so hopefully no awkward choices for me.  My pudding may well be a fruit, well cider is made from apples anyway.  On the subject of cider I’m trying to track down some Rekorderlig winter cider, I managed to try some in London and it’s lovely.

Some of my blogging friends have been busy at work providing their gluten free tips, so I will leave you with some pointers to  more great info from them.  If you have tips of your own please leave a comment!

Have a Gluten Free Christmas (Part One) – Wuthering Bites
Have a Gluten Free Christmas (Part two) – Wuthering Bites
My gluten free Christmas – Gluten free cake lover
Bread to Bread: Mince Pies – gluten free b
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! – Coeliac.me.uk
Festive post #1 – gluten free mince pies – Gluten Free Blogger
Kevin, Gluten Free by the Sea
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