The FreeFrom Eating Out Awards were launched in 2014 to raise awareness of the opportunities for 'freefrom' food within the food service sector once the new allergen regulations came into force in December 2014. These require all food service outlets to be able to identify any of the 14 major allergens that may appear in their food.
The FFEOA were set up by the organisers of the annual FreeFrom Food Awards. They are designed to help the food service industry understand more about food allergy and to learn to cater for the rapidly growing numbers of those who either have to, or choose to, live on a diet free of gluten/wheat, milk, nuts, eggs and other allergens.
FFEOA open for entry in June. They are open to restaurants, pubs, cafés, coffee shops and tea shops, fish and chip shops, street food outlets, guest houses and B&Bs. In the not for profit sector, there will be categories for schools, college and universities. Entries come from all sectors of the food service industry from nationwide chains of coffee shop chains and pizza restaurants to one man/woman vegan and gluten-free coffee shops.
Judging for the awards takes place during September and early October. A shortlist is published in mid October and the winners are announced and presented at Food Matters Live.
Visitors to Food Matters Live are invited to attend the awards presentation, and places are available on a first come first served basis.