Last month I organised a gluten free blogger meet up. It was about time.
It’s always great to get fellow bloggers together, and after the success of our #fdbloggersmeet in summer last year, it was about time we had a gluten free meet. I follow so many fabulous accounts on Instagram, learning more and more each day about gluten free food and great places to eat. It’s always nice to put a face to a handle, so when Zoe from Camden Market dropped me an email about their gluten free festival Against the Grain, it seemed like the perfect time.
Having visited on numerous occasions, Camden Market perfectly combines bustling street food stalls with a cool, calm and relaxed vibe, making it an ideal spot to grab some grub at the weekends. More and more of their stalls offer gluten free options, not to mention favourites Honest Burger and Cookies & Scream, where there are gf options a plenty.
That sunny Saturday afternoon I met fellow gf blogger Cristina from Refrain From The Grain, and we wandered through the packed streets of Camden to make our way to The Lock where the market is situated. Greeted by Zoe with big hugs, we soon met fellow bloggers – Kitty, Becki, Aisling, Lucy, Maria, Gemma.
These are accounts I’ve followed for some time but have never met! Proof that the internet can be a great place to make great friends.
As soon as we arrived, of course as bloggers, it was prime time to get some photos. Cristina and I were in hysterics as Risotto2Go’s chalkboard, which basically sums up gluten free life! Mob Barley – you know it.
Soon after a demo from Lisa from My Relationship With Food on how to make her delicious brownies (which resembled Bounty bars i.e. pure joy!), we headed off to around the market were a long row of stalls were offering solely gluten free food for the weekend. It really is great to see more and more markets and restaurants putting in so much effort into offering gluten free food. Everyone at the stalls were fully knowledgeable, and some more popular ones saw huge queues of eager visitors.
Luckily Cristina and I can prepared with our stretchy pants as we well and truly ate out way around the festival. I mean, it seems a shame not to make the most of it. Here she is, doing what she does best – snappy and eating 😉
From the huge range of stalls offering gluten free, here’s what we tried:
Serving: Delicious hot bowls of risotto. We went for the mushroom & parmesan. Mmm.
What: Spice Kitchen
Serving: Fresh spices, perfect for curries. Spice Kitchen are the loveliest family owned company that know a thing or two about good flavours. My colleague was so blown away when a parcel arrived by them once, (the smell is incredible), he bought a kit straight away online!
What: Hola Paella
Serving: The best and biggest portions of paella I’ve ever seen in my whole entire life! Love how they have this on the go in the middle of the market right in front of your eyes. In one pot you see the finished product, and in the other, the beginning process where the rice and seafood swims, absorbing the broth. They sit directly in the middle of the yard, with seating available to pop by at any time.
What: Lola’s Cupcakes
Serving: Cupcakes, of course! So pleased to see these guys expanding their range. Lola’s label these ‘wheat free’ as they are made in a kitchen where gluten is present. Whenever I’ve had them they’ve been perfectly fine, and super light and creamy.
What: Cupcakes n Shhht
Serving: These guys are a firm favourite at Camden Market, and have always spotted them whenever I’ve been. Think sweet treats, but without the gluten.
What: Feast (wraps)
Serving: From what I’m aware, these guys made their dishes gluten free for the festival. You’d never have pointed these out as gluten free wraps – perfectly soft and not a element of dryness in sight. I went for hummus and falafel with sweet pomegranate seeds, my first PROPER wrap in what felt like years!
What: From the Earth
Serving: Vegan and gluten free salads, along with a pretty moreish looking vegan and gluten free avocado torte. Just look at that portion!
As we waddled round the final stalls, we had just enough room to squeeze in some (more) pudding from Cookies and Scream, the well known vegan and gluten free bakery on-site at Camden Market. I opted for a sugar and raspberry donut, while Cristina had a bowl of creamy peanut butter cake.
All in all, a cracking day of great food and the perfect company. Camden, I’ll be back!
A huge thank you to Zoe and the team at Camden for inviting us down, and for the super lovely goodie bag. (HUGE fan of Half Hitch gin ;)) We had a blast! Find them on Twitter, here.