Oh my goodness, we’ve only gone and won an award, and 'Allergy Blog of the Year' at that!!
The Allergy Blog Awards UK which were held at the end of February, were set up to champion bloggers in the allergy and free-from world, with an event held at the stunning Malmaison Manchester.
Thanks to all of you who nominated and voted for us, we reached the finalists stage for 2 categories, ‘Free From Recipes’ and also ‘Allergy Blog of the Year’, where expert judges determined which blog had gone above and beyond and had helped people with advice and support when it came to allergies and dietary requirements.
The judges included:
Dr Adam Fox - clinical lead of Allergy at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals, London
Christopher James Clark - award winning author of Nutritional Grail
Henry Ehrlich - editor of asthmaallergieschildren.com
Jolene Beatson - founder of The Children’s Allergy Foundation, a small UK charity run by parents, for parents of babies and children with food allergies and intolerances
Kim Koeller – founder of glutenfreepassport.com
Allie Bahn - freelance writer, blogger, allergy awareness advocate, and lifestyle coach
Dr Aleksej Heinze - Senior Lecturer at University of Salford, Co-Director of the Centre for Digital Business, and Social Media Champion at Salford Business School
Jackie Nevard - founder of My Food Allergy Friends
John Burke - founder and chairperson of the FreeFrom Food Awards in Ireland
Caroline Oldham - founder of the very popular biteappy app and biteappy blog
Bal Cummins - Head of Marketing and Design for FoodMaestro
Jon and I made our way to Manchester for the awards, and met up with some of our favourite blogger friends, including Emma (Free From Farmhouse), Chloe (The Adventures of an Allergy Mummy), Kate (Gluten Free Alchemist), Becca (Glutarama), Ruth (What Allergy), Laura (Dairy Free Kids) and Nina (Eat Allergy Safe) ahead of the main event.
It was so lovely to see the allergy world being championed in such a positive way. Many blog awards exist, but none focused exclusively on allergies and free-from, so a big thank you must go to Lyndsay (Living with CMPA) for setting up these fab awards!
After a lovely drinks reception, and a chance to network with the attendees, it was time for the main event, which was sponsored by Asda Free From.
(photo credit: Anthony Booth Photography)
The winners were:
Allergy Blog Of The Year - The Intolerant Gourmand
Best Newcomer - Nutritiously Naughty
Most Informative - Allergy UK
Parent Allergy Blog - Dairy Free Kids
Free From Recipes - Life With My Little Duck
Eating Out / Food Shopping - Gluten Free Cuppa Tea
Most Innovative - Allergy Lifestyle
Nutrition Advice - My Nutri Counter
Environmental - Le Coin De Mel
(Photo credit: Anthony Booth Photography)
I am so proud and honoured to confirm that Intolerant Gourmand won ‘Allergy Blog of the Year’ – it’s just incredible!!
As I mentioned in my acceptance speech, Callum was adamant that if I won, the award was actually his, as the blog and Intolerant Gourmand exists because of him and for him! He’s not wrong!
But it’s also for all of you, our lovely readers and supporters!
Everything we do, is to help you and all the people out there with allergies and intolerances. To offer a helping and guiding hand to those that need it most. And to continue to work hard with industry influencers, medical professionals and more to ensure that the allergy world continues to improve and evolve.
Thank you so much!!
Thank you to all of you for believing in us, trusting us, and following our journey with us!
We have so many plans in the pipeline, and some really exciting projects that we’re working on at the moment, so keep a look out as we start to share them!
Please show your support for these wonderful awards. We really need and want them to continue for many years to come, and for that to happen, they need your support!!
We're giving you the chance to win your very own goodie bag, containing:
- Gingerbread Men
- Chocolate Cookies
- Chocolate Buttons
- Chocolate Brownie Mix
- Slightly Salted Rice Cakes
- Koko Dairy-Free Milk Carton
- Linwood's Spicy Tomato Snackettes
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to answer this simple question by commenting on this blog post:
Question: What is your favourite free-from food and why?
How to enter?
This competition can be found on Loquax, SuperLucky Me, The Prize Finder and Competition Database
I love free from chocolate, so I can still be naughty like everyone else :) x