Your Gluten Freedom Expo

1st October 2016Samantha Mattocks

It is almost time… At 10am tomorrow, the doors open once more on Norfolk’s premier gluten-free event – the Your Gluten Freedom Expo. Held at The Forum in Norwich, the Expo follows on from the last two high successful events, and is eagerly anticipated by many.

The first gluten-free Expo was held last October to great success, and founder Sara Matthews, of Sara’s Kitchen, must be applauded for her vision. Since then, the team may have grown but it is still very much Sara at the helm.

It is time – the third Your Gluten Freedom Expo!

In a bid to keep things moving forward, there are a few changes this year including a Ready, Steady, Cook! event between the brilliant Andy Baker from The Feed Inc and Kim Guy from All Saints Antiques & Tea Rooms. This is sure to be a highlight in a day of great cooking demos, a list that also includes the lovely Imogen from Sugar Buttons and Coxford Butchers. The full timetable for the cooking demos is as follows:

  • 11am – Imogen from Sugar Buttons
  • 12pm – Coxfords Butcher, with Andy Baker cooking something with the freshly prepared meat
  • 1pm – Ready, Steady, Cook!
  • 2pm – Andy & The Feed Inc showcase party food
  • 3pm – Guest spot to be announced at the Expo
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Andy at The Feed at the May Expo, with Charlie Hodson compering. 

Andrea Carroll Langan from Health Embrace, Your Gluten Freedom’s registered nutritionist, is offering visitors to the Expo a 15 minute one-to-tone, offering dietary advice including two top tips to improve and help your diet. Appointments are limited so booking is essential. For more information and to book your time slot, please e-mail

Dogface Improv will also be performing three 30 minute shows, offering their unique style of street comedy. Before each show, there will be a half hour workshop, and this offers visitors a chance to have a go at improv comedy, as well as watch the hilarious results. THe shows are at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, with the 30-minute workshop directly before each show.

As for the stands, we once more have a brilliant range of gluten-free offerings for you to enjoy, many of which will offer tastings as well as special offers.

On the outside forecourt, we have the tantalising hot stalls, including the very popular Casa das Bolitas, with her Brazilian hot dough ball offerings that sell out every year. Home Cooked 4 You will be there, with her delicious gluten-free beef pasties and Scotch eggs, among other items, and the Bhaji Man will be selling his super Indian delights as well as, knowing him, a demo or two! The full list for outside stalls is as follows:

  • Casa des Bolitas
  • Thirst Consultants
  • Coeliac UK
  • Sugar Buttons
  • Kind Foods
  • Home Cooked 4 You
  • The Feed
  • The Fudge Company
  • Pickle O Coffee
  • Bhaji Man
  • Artistry in Cocoa
  • Curry with Love
  • Glorious Fodder
  • Pepperells Meats


Looking to the space inside along the cooking stage, we have some more brilliant stands. Macaron Bliss are making their debut at our Expo and having tried her delicious and varied macarons earlier this year, I am excited to that they will be here. Also making their debut are Yum Yum Tree Fudge, a big hit at the Royal Norfolk Show, and their  fantastic fudge is also dairy free. The list for our stands inside reads as follows:

  • Norfolk Hampers
  • Macaron Bliss
  • Marsh Pig
  • The Garden Pantry
  • Ollands Farm Foods
  • Yare Valley Oils
  • Norfolk & Nelson Tea
  • My Secret Kitchen
  • Yum Yum Tree Fudge
  • Thornleys
  • Make it Gluten Free
  • Gluten Free Store
  • Gluten Free Pie Company
  • Voakes
  • Chilli Galore
  • Weddell and Turner
  • Nairns Oatcakes
  • Sole Kitchen
  • Julie Westmacott gluten-free, vegan and raw treats
  • Gusto Nero

No Expo would be complete without our wellbeing zone, adding the holistic element to the way we look at life. Taking part this year we have:

  • Buy Local
  • Health Embrace
  • Arbonne
  • Back care clinic
  • Bone check
  • ASEA
  • Tropic
  • Neals Yard

We will also have stands for Break Charity and Feast Magazine.

I think the key for tomorrow is – come early to get the fresh produce; wear comfortable shoes; bring cool bags; and have fun!

Your Gluten Freedom Expo. See you there tomorrow! 

I am looking forward to seeing you there and will, once more, be announcing the goings on at the cooking stage as well as reminding visitors of events taking place throughout the day.

Let us all have another wonderful day full of gluten-free goodness!

Samantha xx

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