I haven't been healthy enough to travel to any gluten-free events since 2011, and I've honestly missed finding out more about the growing gluten-free community.
There are so many changes in gluten-free foods since I was first diagnosed with Celiac disease in 2007. As I approach my anniversary, I'm thankful for events like this. There is something absolutely THRILLING about going to an exhibition hall full of food and knowing you can safely enjoy it all!
I hope I'll see many friends at the expo! This event is going to be awesome! Check out this press release from the organizers!
Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event
Many of the hottest and newest gluten-free foods, including products from more than 25 metro Atlanta vendors, will fill the exhibit hall at the Gwinnett Center on Sunday, May 5, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event.
Organized by ECHO Event Solutions (ECHO), the event is sponsored by Udi’s Gluten Free, Glutino Food Group, Enjoy Life Foods, Ingles Markets, and Penta Water. This is the first event in Atlanta organized by ECHO, but it marks the sixth time Atlanta has hosted a gluten-free event.
The event is open to the community, and it caters to those who avoid multiple allergens, such as gluten, dairy, soy, nuts, grains, etc. The event features an Allergen Free Zone sponsored by Enjoy Life Foods, where all products will be free of nuts. Companies with Kosher/gluten-free products will also be in attendance as this is the first year the event is being held on Sunday.
Admission is $10 per adult; kids 13 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased online. Those who purchase their tickets in advance are automatically entered into a drawing for a gift basket from one of the event’s sponsors.
Sampling of gluten-free/allergen-free foods begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. with guest speakers and cooking demonstrations rounding out the day. Products will also be available for sale, so attendees should come prepared to take advantage of show prices.
The event features lectures from Dr. Cynthia Rudert M.D., F.A.C.P., a Board Certified Gastroenterologist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of celiac disease, Carol Kicinski, American’s Gluten Free Voice, and Founder & Editor in Chief of Simply Gluten Free Magazine, Leah McGrath, Ingles Markets dietitian, and Brandy Wendler, Mrs. Northwest.
Cooking demonstrations are being taught by Jules Shepard of Jules Gluten Free, Charles and Julie Mayfield of Paleo Comfort Foods, Chef Sue Snape of Café Jonah, Chef Tracey Bloom of FreeCuisine.com, and Roben Ryberg, noted food writer.
2013 vendors from metro Atlanta include but are not limited to: American Gra-Frutti, Camp Weekaneatit, Ethan & Collier Popcorn, Frannie’s Gluten Free, Front Porch Sweets, Gluten Free Cutie, Good Grub Subs, Mama Bakes Safe Cakes, Mina’s Purely Divine, Pure Knead, Premade Paleo, Sally’s Gluten Free Bakery, and Taste of Gluten Free.
National vendors attending the event include but are not limited to: Against the Grain Gourmet, Bakery on Main, Blue Diamond Growers, Delight Gluten Free Magazine, Earth Balance, Kinnikinnick Foods, Living Without Magazine, New Planet Beer, Nogii, Rudi’s Gluten Free Bakery, Simply Gluten Free Magazine, and Surf Sweets. A complete list of participating vendors can be found on their website.
A percentage of the proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to local gluten and allergen-free support efforts. The 2013 Atlanta Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event will be held at the Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA. 30097. For more information visit the website at http://www.echoglutenfreeinfo.blogspot.com/, or for directions to the event contact the Gwinnett Center at 770-813-7500.
ECHO Event Solutions plans and executes Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Events across the United States to support and connect communities with the best options available and to build brand awareness for businesses. Nikki Everett is the Directing Coordinator of ECHO Event Solutions. Nikki has been organizing gluten/allergen-free expos and educational events in the southeast for the last five years. Jennifer Harris is the Co-Directing Coordinator of ECHO Event Solutions. Jennifer has been organizing gluten-free expos and educational events in the Atlanta market for the last five years and she has experience as a gluten-free buyer, product specialist, and consultant. The combination of both of their years of experience results in professionally organized events that put companies face-to-face with their target audience.
A complete list of participating vendors and show sponsors can be located on the event website at: http://atlantaglutenfreeexpo.blogspot.com/ Other info on Twitter is at @GFAFWellness
I'll be there -- I hope you will be, too!