A celebration of living fit, healthy and happy
Balance Festival is a three-day celebration of healthy food, fitness, wellbeing and travel, in The Old Truman Brewery, London.
The festival took place for the first time this May, and it showcased 150+ brands, promoted 200+ workouts and 50+ live cooking demos, inspirational talks and workshops.
I got healthier just by reading the event description!
You can check out the event in more detail here – Balance Festival.
On the day
We arrived at The Old Truman just at the right time, as 1 minute later we would have had to queue in the rain. After the security checks, we were offered a tote bag and a flyer with the description of what’s happening and where.
All sorted! We were well equipped to start our discovery.
We began by exploring The Market area where all brands were showcasing and selling their products and services. This was the place where you could taste nuts in all their possible forms from spreads to milk, try all sort of drinks from smoothies to fermented probiotic fizzy drinks and taste good treats in all possible ‘free-from’ combinations (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg free, etc.). They were all there, you name it and you could taste it.
It was great to see brands that are already part of our daily lives. Here are the usual suspects are our home:
We sprinkle Arctic Power Berries on literally every food from smoothies, cakes, yoghurts. I admit, I am a berry addict.
Deliciously Ella energy balls keep me always recharged.
Zeo drinks are our healthy fizzy drink of choice.
Heck Food range is simply delicious. Our favourite is the HECK Smoky Paprika Chicken sausages; they really nailed it.
Oppo ice creams are smooth, tasty and guilt free… 40 calories a scoop. What else can we want in life?
Let me just say that we have a huge (1Kg) bucket of Pip&Nut almond and coconut butter in our kitchen. Yes, we are nuts for Pip&Nut.
We also had the opportunity to explore new products, my top ones are:
Kinomi – To be honest, when I tried Kimoni nuts, I was expecting the usual taste, but I was surprised for the best reasons. These nuts are nuts! 🙂 Kinomi combines perfectly different spices and herbs with a Japanese soy glaze signature comprised of gluten-free soy sauce, kombu and sake. What is surprising is that the spices do no overwhelm the nuts’ flavour, which is just to die for.
Abakus Foods – The crunchy jujube (red date) sprinkles will be the new addition to my yogurt breakfast. Jujube has a natural sweet flavor and not only does it taste good, but this superfood has 20x more vitamin C than citrus fruits. It is also dense in manganese and iron, and boasts 18 out of the 24 important amino acids that are essential to the formation of more than 50,000 proteins found in the human body. I will start my days Jujubiiiiiing!
Bella Kinesis – Gorgeous sportswear brand driven by a core ethical mission. For each item sold, Bella Kinesis funds a business education for a woman in rural India in partnership with the Mann Deshi Foundation. It’s a perfect combination, Empowering Women’s Action in sports and entrepreneurship.
Snact – Have you heard of Snactivism? It uncovers an uncomfortable truth that Britain throws out a third of all the food we grow. The latest figures conservatively estimate that, every year, the UK bins £12.5 billion worth of food – much of which could be eaten. Snact aims to address this pressing issue by buying ugly and unwanted fruit from British farmers to act on food waste. The fruit is blended into a smoothie then dried into fruit jerky on a family farm in Kent. I can assure you, Snact tastes gooooood. So snact it.
True Nopal – It’s a cactus water. Yes, you heard right, water from a cactus. Don’t worry, there are no spikes involved! The taste was surprisingly fruity and naturally sweet. It is also a bomb of betalains, antioxidants and electrolytes. It’s hard to imagine how such a refreshing drink could come from a spiky cactus in an arid dessert.
Yog2me – This app offers an interesting service. You can book a class with a Yoga teacher at any location covered by the app. It gives you the flexibility to organize a Yoga session at the office, home, or even the park. I will have a Yoga to go, please.
Nibble Protein – I love to nibble so I always try to make the right choices. These nibbles are dairy-free, gluten-free and date-free but not flavour-free, and they are high in protein and fibre. I will definitely start carrying these ones in my bag.
After tasting products in The Market for 1h we stopped, I was concerned I would get a vitamins and antioxidants overdose. So we headed to the Live Cooking Theatre just in time for the ‘Fitness Feast’ session with Zanna Van Dijk, Clean Eating Alice, Dr Hazel Wallace and Healthy Chef Steph. It was an excellent session, where each one cooked a healthy & easy-to-cook dish we all can prepare at home while sharing their experiences on their wellness journey.
As you can imagine, the venue was packed! See for yourself in the photos below.
Sitting on the floor for 40 min was not very comfortable as you can imagine, but I really enjoyed the vibe around me.
We continued our ‘Balance’ exploration and made our way to the Athleisure Village to browse and get some inspiration from the hand-picked brands on the latest trends in fitness outfits. Then we stopped by the Lab to attend some sessions. I will not summarise them all, but I found the session from Hari Kalymnios quite interesting. It was about “The surprise key to superhuman health & longevity” and the leadership B.E.A.T model that explains how you can access your SUPERHUMAN powers by nurturing your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual elements equally. Indeed, wellness is not only good physics…
The B.E.A.T model was a good way to end our ‘Balance’ expedition.
Good range of brands present.
Quite packed, but what’s good in London that’s not packed?
Tickets were not paper free. I would rather prefer to save the tickets on my iPhone wallet, it’s practical and saves trees.