Low FODMAP at the "Good Food and Wine Show"
1 June 2018
“Good Food and Wine Show” is a fun exhibition for all foodies out there. In Melbourne, the show runs annually just before winter takes over. The “Good Food and Wine Show” is also held in Sydney, Perth and Brisbane.
It was our first time at the show, held in Melbourne at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. The show includes over 200 stalls, lots of free food and wine tasting, live cooking demonstrations, book signing by celebrity chefs and more.
We arrived to the show early on its first day. The show is running from Friday to Sunday 1-3 June 2018.
I was hoping to find some nice Low FODMAP food – and we sure did!
The FODMAP Diet, which aims to reduce and manage symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), can be often challenging. According to estimations, 1 in 7 people suffer from IBS worldwide. IBS symptoms include abdominal bloating or pain, excess wind, nausea, diarrhoea and constipation (or a combination of both). According to research, the FODMAP Diet, which was created by Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, can help 75% of IBS patients. That is 3 of 4 people who suffer from IBS! In fact, the FODMAP Diet is recognised internationally by leading medical professionals as the best dietary treatment for the management of symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
One of the stalls at the “Good Food and Wine Show” was “Nogo”. Nogo offers a large variety of Low FODMAP sauces. All of their products are Fructose Friendly, Gluten-Free, Preservative-Free, and of course have no garlic or onion.
It was so great to see a Low FODMAP company at a show like this! In addition, as part of the show, companies usually offer special discounts on their products. Nogo was no different.
We had a chance to taste quite a lot of their products at the stall – and it was delicious. I especially loved their “Zingy Ginger Sauce”.
Currently, Nogo products are only available in Victoria, Australia. The lovely owner Meg told us they are working to start selling their products in other parts of Australia.
Another interesting Low FODMAP product we spotted at the “Good Food and Wine Show” in Melbourne was the “Hazelnut & Cocoa Spread” by “Local.Craft”. This spread is lactose free and vegan. It was so delicious and creamy that we had to get it.
There were also many cheese and Greek Yogurts stalls – which are Low FODMAP. We enjoyed sampling many kinds of hard cheeses. Some made locally in Victoria and some imported from overseas – like The Netherlands.
As a huge coffee lover / addict, it was nice to visit the Nescafe stall. They sold their coffee range at a special price and also offered free coffee. I was so happy to discover they also had almond milk. It was a good chance for me to sample their products, and I tried their weakest flavour (number 3).
Nescafe offered a chance to engrave your name on the coffee tin and get a special box with a coffee cup. I couldn’t resist and got myself a coffee with the word FODMAP engraved on it.
In summary: “Good Food and Wine Show” in Melbourne was a fun and delicious experience. We got to taste lovely Low FODMAP food and get some products to take home at special prices.