My first trip to the Gluten and Allergen Free Expo was an inspiring and fun experience, to say the least. From a Blogger and Dietetic Technician’s standpoint, it was fascinating to see how far products for people with food allergies have come. The gluten-free cupcakes, breads, cakes, and brownies that were available would knock any seasoned pastry lover’s socks off. I sampled the amazingly tasty Lemon Poppy-Seed cake from Outrageous Baking, which I am still having food fantasies about. I also tasted the BBQ sauce over at the Two Fat Guys booth. Their BBQ sauce is a clean eater’s dream come true. Not only is it gluten-free, but there is also NO high fructose corn syrup, soy or MSG. I sampled their spicy BBQ sauce which had a nice amount of tang and sweetness as well as a little kick. I will be stocking up on their sauces for grilling season without a doubt! The Gluten Free Mama’s booth is where I met two of the youngest representatives at the expo. They shared with me a brochure showcasing all of Mama’s gluten free goods from pancake mixes to pizza crusts!
The Expo also showcased some great non-food vendors, which I thought made for a truly well rounded experience. There was makeup and body product vendors like Red Apple Lipstick and NYR Organic Skincare. I also came across Door to Door Organics which is “Part grocery delivery, part co-op” as Colin, one of the representatives told me. They offer fresh local organic produce in a variety of sizes that is delivered to your door. You can also purchase grass-fed beef and dairy. I had the pleasure of meeting Susan Nelson of Kemnitz Family Kitchen. Her business offers a wide array of gluten-free labels for your kitchen and any food that may pose a threat to those with gluten sensitivities. These labels are extremely handy to have if you are cooking for a large group or especially if you have young ones with food allergies.
One of my favorite things about the expo was the amount of classes that were available to the public. Just outside the expo, were seminars on topics from “Traveling Gluten and Allergy Free” to “Eating Away Inflammation.” I was very impressed with the amount of education going on at the Gluten and Allergen Free Expo.