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Aug 13

My book launch!

Book Launch

Last Thursday was a bit of a crazy day for me. It was my book launch day, and book launch party in London. What a day it was. Like no other really. I spent most of the day bombarded with lovely messages, calls and flowers, which was so touching, and then I dashed over to Goat Chelsea, the launch venue, to help set up.

It was the most beautiful sunny day and rumoured to be the hottest August day in 10 years. It certainly felt like it as I trekked across town with my bags! My lovely team from the publishers came to meet me at the venue, which was a great opportunity to catch up face to face – there are surprisingly few opportunities to see your publishers in the flesh, despite almost daily email contact in the book writing process.

I was really touched that so many people came along: it’s always scary when organising an event – you hope people will actually turn up! The venue, Goat, was absolutely fantastic and really went out of their way to make every aspect of the event just right. They organised some special cocktails for us on the night; pineapple margaritas and a run and ginger cocktail. Both of which were really fantastic and very popular indeed.

Attending your own book launch is a strange experience. It was so much fun and absolutely wonderful to see my colleagues, friends and family all in one place. The evening seemed to go by in a blur as I tried to speak to everyone. It was so much fun – I’m already looking forward to the next one!

For more detail on the night, please see this report by HELLO! Online.

Feb 12

Free From Food Awards 2012

Here we are again – this year has really flown past!

The shortlist is out for the Free From Food Awards and I am delighted to say that we have been shortlisted for the second year running, although last year, we were delighted to have won our category!

Free From Food Awards 2012

The Free From Food Awards are run by the very wonderful Michelle and Cressida who run Foods Matter, an excellent online resource; a collection of websites which contain a wealth of information on all manner of information on allergies, intolerances and health.

I was thrilled to have been asked to be a judge this year, too. I spent a fascinating day at Foods Matter HQ trying all sorts of exciting free from foods. As we know from experience (Tony my boyfriend has numerous food intolerances) great freefrom foods provide a lifeline to so many people and this is a market which is rapidly expanding. Winning a Free From Food Award 2011 for our chocolate brownies was a very proud moment, and we got a lot of business on the back of winning the award, so it was very interesting for me to be part of the awards from the other side this year. Following an early start, I travelled up to London from Dorset for the day to the Foods Matter HQ in Hampstead. One of the highlights of the day was meeting the other judges, some of whom I knew already and some I had been tweeting for a while. As is the case for many of these events, you often end up introducing yourself as @gofreecakes! Some of my fellow judges for the day were: Caleigh @Glutenfreek, Alex Gazzola @healthjourno, Siân @glutenfreemrsd, Christine Bailey, Rosemary Moon, Sue Cane and Lucy FreeFrom.charl

It was most fascinating sampling the products entered into the awards as many of them are only available online, it is a great opportunity to try foods I haven’t tried before. It really did serve as a fantastic reminder for me, as to how far freefrom foods have come in recent years.

Here is a link to the Free From Food Awards 2012 Shortlist with information  on all the suppliers. As you will see, there are plenty of new names entering this year.

And, because we are so proud of our win last year for our chocolate brownies at Go Free Foods, here are the judge’s comments from last year, and a photo of me proudly collecting our certificate from AWT!

Watch this space to catch the lowdown on the party and find out who wins in 2012.

Anthony Worrall Thomson & me!

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