About the Event

Shropshire's Free-From and Allergy-Free Show


Frestival takes place on the West Midlands Showground - a 52 acre site in Shrewsbury, the county town of Shropshire.

An opportunity for people to gain information about free-from - as a result of allergies, conditions and intolerances and give visitors the chance to learn more about coping in their day to day lives with chefs cooking free-from recipes on stage and speakers talking about their own experiences and how they can help.

The event also showcases ‘Free From’ products - whether that be food, drink cosmetics or clothing, as well as being able to grab a drink from the bar and a bite to eat without worrying about what hidden ingredients there are!

You will be able to chat to 'free-from' producers and exhibitors, listen to speakers and watch chefs in action.

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Event Schedule

18th May, 2019

Ben Calder

Ben Calder

Allergies and Kinesiology

Ben Calder has been involved in the holistic health movement for more than 25 years.

He will be talking to people about allergies, how they are developed, why people have more, what you can do about them and how epigenetics plays a role in health and the creation of disease.

Claire Lui

Claire Lui

Free-from Food as Medicine

Claire McDonnell Liu, Founder and Nutrition Advisor at Leicestershire-based Leafie.org, will be talking on using food as medicine.

Both Claires children suffered from chronic health conditions as young children but improved remarkably after switching to a real food lifestyle.

Robin Nugent

Robin Nugent

Vegan Wine and its benefits for all

Robin Nugent, of Iron & Rose in Shrewsburys Market Hall, and speciality winemaker Thomas Holt, of Paso Primero, will be with us discussing vegan wine and the role of sulphur in wine.

They will also look at the history of natural wine-making and its renaissance in Europe and across the world.

Laura Butler

Laura Butler

Reducing Your Sugar Intake

Laura Butler, Founder of the welLBe Health & Transformation Systems and a Health Coach to entrepreneurial mums in business will be talking about health and wellness and the role of sugar in modern lifestyles.

Action on Plastic in Shropshire

We hope to have a speaker from the Green Shropshire Xchange talking on its work to promote community action to conserve, protect and enhance the environment and the action on plastic movement in Shropshire.

Rhea Alton

Rhea Alton

Food and Fibromyalgia

Rhea Alton will be chairing an open group discussion on Fibromyalgia here at Frestival, encouraging those who suffer from the illness to share their thoughts on what helps to relieve symptoms in certain cases.

18th May, 2019

Lajina Leal

Lajina Leal

Gluten-Free Goodness

Chef and founder of Masala Magic Lajina Leal will be cooking up some gluten-free goodness to kickstart our Cookery Theatre.

Lajina, founder of Masala Magic, makes lots of gluten free and dairy free dishes for her family and her clients.

Chris Burt

Chris Burt


British chef and author of cookbook Momo-No-Ki, Chris Burt will be taking to the stage to inspire visitors with some paleo-inspired recipes.

With over 30 years experience in the industry the Mytton & Mermaid Executive Chef, grew up in the kitchens of his mothers restaurant in Yengama, Sierra Leone where he gained his love for food.

Richard Fletcher

Richard Fletcher

Dairy-free Dishes

Chef Richard Fletcher is a keen advocate of using seasonal locally sourced foods , using home grown ingredients where possible, fresh herbs , greengages, apples and foraged wild garlic his menu always moves with the seasons.

He will be showcasing dairy-free cooking for us at Frestival.

Lajina Leal

Lajina Leal


Lajina will be back on stage to bring you a new take on Vegan recipes that can be enjoyed by all the family.

Event Speakers & Chefs

Listen, Learn, Get inspired

Chris Burt - British chef and author of cookbook Momo-No-Ki

Chris Burt

British chef and author of cookbook Momo-No-Ki

Richard Fletcher - Chef/Proprietor of The Pheasant Inn at Admaston

Richard Fletcher

Chef/Proprietor of The Pheasant Inn at Admaston

Ben Calder - Kinesiology & Epigenetics

Ben Calder

Kinesiology & Epigenetics

Sponsors & Exhibitors

They're helping us make this event possible.

Early Bird Ticket


  • Children under 16 Free
  • Full Access to Lecture Theatre
  • Full Access to Cookery Theatre
  • Free Parking
  • Gates Open 10am - 5pm
  • Book early to get a pre-sale saving on the gate price!

Venue Information

Where to find us


The Greenhous West Mid Showground occupies a perfect setting in the heart of Shrewsbury, within a 15 minute walk of the town centre.

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The showground is a short walk from Shrewsbury train station and bus station, as well having extensive free car parking onsite.

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There are a variety of independent B&Bs and hotels in Shrewsbury, as well as a Premier Inn a short walk from the showground.

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