And the best ‘free from’ products are…

From pies to beers, here’s the full list of winners from the Free From Food Awards 2012 – and details of where to buy ’em:

Best Pie, Flan or Ready Meal

The Gluten Free Kitchen’s Ovencrust Chicken & Bacon Pie (gluten, wheat, dairy free) “Crisp, golden pastry with a succulent, tasty chicken filling.” £2.50 from The Gluten Free Kitchen

Best Ingredients (joint winners)

Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour (gluten, wheat free) “Extremely versatile while being protein and fibre rich.” £4.79 from Healthy Supplies

Anila’s Sauces Goan Green Sauce (gluten, nut, dairy free, vegan, no added sugar) “Fresh and pure ingredients in such a perfect balance. Deep green flavour.” £4.50 from Anila’s

Best Gluten Free Beer

Daas – Ambre Beer (gluten free) “Deep amber colour with a yellow head, fruity aroma, fruity flavour. An excellent, well-balanced beer.” £9.29 for four-pack from Gluten-Free Shop

Best Raw Food

InSpiral Raw Dehydrated Kale Chips: Cheesie Purple Corn (dairy, gluten, wheat free, vegan, raw) “Lovely innovative product – totally freefrom and so salt-ily tasty without any salt!” £5.99 from Planet Organic

Innovation Award

Bessant & Drury Fine Ice Cream Company Lemon Flavour (dairy, egg, gluten, soya free, vegan) “Lovely dairy-free ice creamy substitute – would never have known it was dairy-free – Good clean ingredients list, nice zingy fresh taste.” For details and stockists see Bessant & Drury

Best Dairy Free Animal Milk, Butter or Yoghurt

Woodlands Dairy Gooseberry & Elderflower with Natural Sheep Milk Yoghurt (dairy free) “Very nice unusual flavour, lovely elder and gooseberry notes, mild and thickly good.” From £2.12, call 0845 467 9894 for stockists or see Woodlands Dairy’s website

Best Dairy Free Plant ‘Milk’, Spread or Cheese (joint winners)

CoYo Natural yoghurt (dairy, gluten, wheat, egg, sesame, lupin, nut, mustard, soy free, vegan) “Looks thick and creamy, yummy aroma – very tasty and great that it is both soya free and probiotic. Brilliant.” £4.99 from Planet Organic

Vegusto Mild Aromatic Dairy Free Cheese (dairy, casein, soy, gluten, sugar free, vegan) “Brilliant! So difficult to do both soya and dairy free. Looks like cheese and really cheddary aroma and taste. Really impressed with its cleverness.” £4.95 from Vegusto

Best Free From Breakfast Cereals

Sainsbury’s – FreeFrom Oaty Granola (gluten, wheat, dairy free) “Looks lovely and great healthy oat taste with occasional nut. Sweetened with apple juice – no sugar – and could fill a gap in the market for pure oat based cereals without added sugar.” £2.99 from Sainsbury’s

Best Gluten Free Breads and Bread Mixes

Fria Grova Dark Seeded Sliced Loaf (dairy, gluten, egg free *not wheat free) “Lovely nutty texture and malty flavour – a good alternative to granary.” £1.50 from GFF Direct

Best Gluten Free Pasta and Pizza Bases/Mixes

Farabella Acini di Pepe/Pasta Grains (gluten free) “Nice separate grains, good bite, great taste. Excellent as couscous or bulgar wheat  substitute, or in a salad.” £4.25 from Drossa Ltd

Best Foods Manufactured for Food Service (joint winners)

Red House Foods Gluten Free Chicken Bites (gluten, wheat free) “Excellent alternative to chicken nugget; light, crisp and quite tasty and you wouldn’t taste the difference.” £2.98 from Asda

Sauces for Kids Tikka Sauce (gluten, wheat, dairy free) “Very mild but the correct flavour so excellent for kids; both gluten and dairy free and has a really healthy ingredients list.” £2.95 from Sauces of Choice

Best Gluten Free Savoury Snacks (joint winners)

Darling Spuds Tomato, Olive & Oregano (gluten free, vegetarian) “Great to have such a good quality, genuinely gluten-free crisp – very successful combination of flavours.” £13.27 for 30 x 40g bags from Chiltern Snacks

Juvela Crostini Bites (wheat, gluten, milk, soya free) “Look good, smell good, lots of taste and crunch. Useful convenience product.” £2.39 from Juvela

Best Gluten Free Scones, Sweet tarts etc

Sugargrain Almond, Apricot and Tahini Flapjack (gluten, wheat free) “Really good flavours, great quality ingredients.” For details and stockists see the Sugargrain website 

Sweetcheeks Almond Biscotti (gluten, wheat free) “Very soft and chewy and lots of almond – fab for morning coffee.” For details and stockists see Sweetcheeks Ltd

Best Gluten Free Cakes and Mixes (joint winners)

Sweetcheeks Maple & Pecan Cupcakes (gluten, wheat, dairy free) “Delicate, pretty, light and moist.” For details and stockists see Sweetcheeks Ltd

The Cake Crusader Carrot Cake (Gluten, wheat, dairy free) “Authentic carrot cake icing – great for dairy free; not oversweet, pleasant carrot texture with hint of cinnamon. Tastes very home-made.” £14 from The Cake Crusader

Best Gluten Free Puddings, Desserts & Cheesecakes

Food Heaven Sicilian Lemon Cheesecake (Gluten, wheat, dairy, egg free) “An amazingly good dessert – tangy lemon flavour.” £2.70 from Goodness Direct

Best Dairy/Gluten Free Chocolate and Snack Bars

Booja Booja Rum Sozzled Sultana Chocolate Truffles (dairy, egg, gluten, wheat free, vegan) “Gourmet luxury chocolate – the bitter cocoa powder dusting makes the inside all the more rich and delicious – very boozy!” £7 from Goodness Direct

For more on the Free From Food Awards see www.freefromfoodawards.co.uk

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