On Sunday Daisy and I went to Fare Healthy in London, it was actually our first trip to London together and we had a great day!
I decided to share some photos and thoughts from the day because it was a real eye-opener for me. If you don’t know what Fare Healthy is, it’s basically a fare where lots and lots of healthy food brands, cafes and business come together to share samples, masterclasses, talks and discounts on their products. There were also book signings and exercise classes!
Let me start by saying that I am definitely not the healthiest person in the world. In fact if I’m going to be brutally honest I am pretty overweight, so I was sceptical at first when Daisy asked me to go to Fare Healthy with her. Although I want to get healthier and learn how to prepare foods that are good for me, rather than just grabbing the closest snack, I was worried that I would stick out at the fare because of my weight. That was not the case at all. I felt very welcome when we got there and everyone was lovely, of course lots of people were clearly very health conscious, knew a lot more than I did, and came in their workout clothes so they could take the exercise classes – but it didn’t matter, the atmosphere was great.
We started the day by heading to the 30 Degrees South stall so that Daisy could get her coffee in a cone. This seemed like a very bizarre and slightly unnecessary combination to me but everyone else clearly disagreed as there was already a large queue for them when we got there. Daisy had some slight difficulty drinking from the cone and I’m pretty sure most of the bottom of it landed on my leg, whilst I was sitting next to her, but she’s adamant that it was a great concept and good coffee – so it gets a thumbs up from me too. We did question how healthy it was as there was chocolate in the cone, but even if it wasn’t 100% good for you, everything else was, so balance was restored throughout the day.
The decorations hanging from the ceiling were incredible! I just had to photograph the paper lanterns and jar lights!
We wandered round for a bit to see what all the stalls had to offer – there were a lot of them! Then we headed to the Waterstones pop-up to purchase our copies of Deliciously Ella’s new book, Daisy is a huge fan of hers. I’ve never seen her as starstruck as when we stopped to talk to Ella at her Mae Deli stall!
Once we’d grasped the layout of the venue we ventured over to the workshop area to make our own face-masks. I chose to put coffee, spirulina and maca in mine – which I then named the Java Rejuvinator. Daisy opted for a more elegantly named Meadow Greens combination, which she put green clay, rose seed powder and chlorella in. Despite inhaling most of the powder, I really enjoyed the workshop, because I’ve never made my own face mask before, and it was so easy! All you had to do was put in a tablespoon of the base powder and then a teaspoon of each high performance powder, at the end we got to close the little plastic pots and put them in our bags ready to take them home and use.
Once we’d finished with the face masks we wandered round some more, admiring the displays of all the stalls. Some were really elaborate and bold, whilst others were understated and elegant.
When lunchtime rolled around we purchased a salad box each, (I 100% recommend the mae deli’s sweet potato salad!) then we decided to buy pudding. The great thing about being at a healthy food fare was that there were plenty of mouthwatering desserts that contained none of the bad stuff you would usually be eating! Honestly everything looked so good and knowing that I could pick anything without worrying about the sugar and fat content was a God send. We narrowed our search down to two stalls, Pip&Nut selling pancakes and Pearl&Groove selling slices of cake… we deliberated for a while, before deciding that the choice was too difficult and we would buy one pancake and one slice of cake, then halve them both! I can safely say it was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. The pancake was all natural whilst the cake was sugar, gluten and dairy free, so no guilt!!
After lunch we did another workshop taster class, this time it was decorating healthy cakes and biscuits, which was really fun! I’ll admit I don’t have the best piping bag skills but I didn’t do anything a good old edible flower couldn’t hide!
When we’d finished decorating we packed them up and ran over the the Deliciously Ella book signing. Ella was even kind enough to take a photo with each of us! I cannot wait to try the Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie recipe in her new book, and now every time I open it I’ll get to see her message to me!
More and more people were arriving, and the place was starting to get pretty hectic by this point!
One of my favourite areas of the fare was the flower wall, where there was space to leave your own inspirational message for everyone to see. Daisy and I both left one 🙂
Just before we left we stopped at Elspeth’s Kitchen’s stall and discovered some amazing looking raw desserts. Daisy bought some to share with her family and I was very tempted to get some myself but after all the samples I had tried throughout the day I decided against it. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to order something from her soon!
We sampled various products throughout the day but some that really stood out for their originality and delicious flavours were, the Nakd lemon drizzle bars and some baked vegetable chips by Emily Crisps.
Although I don’t drink tea I couldn’t resist snapping a shot of these cute little teapots.
After a long and not so hard day of eating food and chatting we begrudgingly left to get the tube back to St Pancras to come home! One thing I noticed is that the buildings in London are ridiculously tall compared to the skyscrapers in my city, they dwarfed Daisy and I as we walked along.
I don’t now how, but at St Pancras, Daisy managed to convince me to go into MAC. (Actually I do think I know how, the Costa beforehand was a brilliant bribe)
Overall I the day was a great success, I’m hoping Daisy and I can go to London more often, and definitely attend Fare Healthy next year!
Have you made any of my smoothie recipes yet?
Or tried my banana bread recipe!