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Ivybridge Christmas ‘Free From’ Food Fair – 07/12/2013

26 Nov

I am pleased to be able to bring you further news of the Christmas ‘Free From’ Food Fair at Ivybridge Community Market on December 7th, running from 9:30am until 2pm.  The event promises to be fantastic, and will be a great opportunity to stock up on some sweet and savoury ‘free from’ products from some amazing local producers.  As well as fellow organisers Simply Moorish, Love Free From and Plymouth Greengrocer there will be a host of other Gluten Free by the Sea friends with stalls.  These include Traditional Puddings, St Maurice Bakery and Let Them Eat who have featured on this blog, and Kay’s Cakes who I had the pleasure of meeting at the recent Torbay Gluten Free Food Fair.

You can find the event at Unit 3, Glanvilles Mill, Ivybridge, PL21 9PS.  Parking is available in the adjacent Glanvilles Mill Car Park.  If you are a ‘free from’ trader there is still time to book a spot, see here for more information.

One quick disclaimer from me; the event is a ‘free from’ food fair and not a ‘gluten free’ food fair, so when buying and tasting products please please do ensure that they are free from your specific dietary restriction.  For example some items may be dairy free rather than gluten free.  There will of course be lots of choice for the coeliac and gluten free folk like myself.  So a big thank you to Helen Jones and the Ivybridge Community Hub for hosting this event, it really is a great opportunity for us.  I hope there is a great turn out, so please share this post to all your free from friends and make sure you come along on the day.  If this fair is successful then hopefully it will be the first of many!

Hope to see you there,

Kevin, Gluten Free by the Sea

Free From Food Fair Poster

Full press release:

The Home from Home Community Hub in Glanvilles Mill, Ivybridge. who also run Ivybridge Community Market with a network of volunteers, are proud to announce their collaboration of free from producers to bring you a ‘Free From’ Food Fair on Saturday 7th December 2013 9.30 – 2pm at Glanvilles Mill.

Helen Jones of Simply Moorish, Kevin Gollop of Gluten Free by The Sea and Secretary for Coeliac UK Plymouth Group, Emma Louise Hutchinson of Love Free From and Julie Petvin of Plymouth Greengrocer all recognise and pioneer to ensure a wide variety of produce is made available to those with food intolerances and sensitivities.

This unique collaboration has enabled a ‘Free From’ Food Fair to be coordinated for all to enjoy with free tasters and samples, homemade and local produce available for the run up to Christmas.

All coordinators have been able to bring together a great range of traders to provide a variety of products to suit all palettes and dietary requirements, including gluten and dairy free.

Traders, as well as the coordinators and their products are as follows:-

Love Free From
Simply Moorish
Plymouth Greengrocer
Bake Eat Love Treats
Clares’ Gluten Free
Nice ‘n’ Seedy
Kay’s Cakes
St Maurice Bakery
The Ivybridge Fish Company
The Good Health Clinic – offering dietary advice
Let Them Eat Cake
Traditional Puddings

There will also be a raffle taking place with great ‘free from’ products and gifts from local traders, and prizes from national brands such as ilumi and Honeybuns Bakery. The proceeds of which will be split between Allergy UK and Home from Home Community Hub (a not for profit organisation).

Glanvilles Mill is a retail unit nestled in the heart of Ivybridge town centre easily accessible within a very short walk from several car parks, providing convenience and variety only minutes from the A38 Devon Expressway. The atmosphere is unhurried, friendly and you’ll receive great personal service within its shops.

For more information on what the Hub can offer please email katie.littleacorns@gmail.com and traders or market enquiries email simplymoorish@yahoo.co.uk


‘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

Deli Divine Review

1 Aug

Deli Divine have recently celebrated a year of selling a wide range of gluten free products on-line at http://www.delidivine.co.uk.  What better way to celebrate than by opening a gluten free shop!  I was invited to the opening of the shop in Netley, near Southampton, but was unfortunately unable to attend.  Fortunately for me I was very kindly offered a sample box of products.


There were some fantastic products amongst the samples.  CELIA Lager and Frank bars were familiar to me along with Foodamentalists pork pie, a Sconeybun from Honeybuns bakery and some cookies from Knead bakery.  Also included were a ham and cheese panini from Freedom Deli, and a gourmet lasagne from Lifestyle Cuisine, both of which were great.

Some of the stand put products for me included the extremely tasty Hotch Potch Eggs, which were scotch eggs with no egg!  Instead of egg they were stuffed with things such as roasted pepper, apricot and olive.  Really different and it worked really well.  My first taste of Glamour Puds was a positive one, the hot chocolate fudge pud was extremely moist and delicious.  Le Pain des fleurs chestnut crispbread was by the far the best gluten free crispbread I’ve tasted, and topped with lashings of Nutella it was something else!


Deli Divine aim to be a place where you can buy all the best gluten free products in one place.  Judging by the samples they seem to be doing a great job at this.  I also note they sell my favourite pasties and pies from Baked to Taste.  Although I was unable to make the shop in person, fellow coeliac Elizabeth Sargent who lives in Southampton kindly agreed to do a write up for Gluten Free by the Sea.  Many thanks to Elizabeth.  It seems the people who live near the shop are very lucky, and I am extremely jealous.  I am sure I will be ordering on-line in future though.

Elizabeth’s Review:

Shop_FrontLast week I had the pleasure of checking out the newly opened Deli Divine store in Netley. The name may sound familiar to some of you as the online shop http://www.delidivine.co.uk has been open for over a year now.

My first thought upon entrance was: “Wow, treasure trove!”  The shelves were stacked with gluten free sauces, mixes, crackers, and chocolates, and 3 chest freezers were full to bursting with savoury and sweet delights.


I recognised some of the brand names, but many items were completely new to me. Debra, the founder of Deli Divine, explained that many of her items are locally sourced. I was excited to see so much selection from in and around Hampshire!

I’m a sucker for sauces, so I spent the first little while browsing jars of mustard, marinade, and hot sauce. I’m always nervous when purchasing these items in bigger stores, with ambiguous “starch” ingredients popping up all over the place, but Debra assured me that every single item in her shop (except one jar of mustard) is gluten free.


As you might imagine, I made out with quite a good haul!


I’ve only made it through a handful of my items so far, but I whole-heartedly can recommend what I have had.  If you’re someone who likes spice, the South Devon Chili Farm range is amazing. I loved their chilli chocolate, and the habanero hot sauce went perfect with nachos at the weekend.  My favourite item so far has been MAN•MEAT•FIRE®’s hot ginger sauce. It is delightfully spicy sweet. Debra mentioned that it is great on ice cream, but I have yet to try that. The Les Pains des Fluers quinoa crispbread is also pretty amazing and went well with the Smoked Godminster I picked up.

The only negative I could possibly think of is that the shop is a bit hard to get to if you don’t have a car. Fortunately everything is available to order for delivery anyways, so it’s not much of a setback!

My only regret is not bringing along a cool box. I was leaving straight from the shop for a weekend away, so had to woefully leave behind all the frozen goodies. I’ll certainly be stocking up on those during future trips.

Also, if you haven’t yet tried Glamour Puds, do so! They were so good, I couldn’t even allow myself enough time to snap a photo before digging in. Gluten free delight!


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