This past weekend was packed to the brim with all things food allergy and it’s just what our community needed. We kicked off the weekend with our annual FARE Walk for Food Allergies at the White River State Park. Despite the heat and humidity (90 degrees), we had a great turnout! The walk is designed to not only raise awareness, but also money to fund food allergy research. We raised right around $24,000! WOOHOO! Way to go Indy!
Do you have a FARE Walk for Food Allergies in your community? If so, you should go!! Click here to find a walk near you. It’s lots of fun and a great way to meet other food allergy families. Plus, it’s so fun to see your food allergic children making friends with other kids just like them. Our event also had a bounce house for the kids and lots of lawn games. We had a tent set up with allergy-friendly vendors (Enjoy Life Foods, SunButter, Isabella’s Best Baked Goods), local support groups (Indy PoCHA & MFAAS), local author, Dr. Catherine Hagerman Pangan (“No Peanuts For Me!“), local allergist Dr. Vitalpur, and representatives from Mylan (makers of EpiPen) and Sanofi (makers of Auvi-Q). There was lots of information for newly diagnosed families and veteran families alike. The event takes place every year and one of my most favorite things to participate in.
By the way, you can still give to our Indy FARE Walk for Food Allergies, click here! Or if you love Jamberry Nails as much as I do then you can order these fun Food Allergy Awareness Nail Wraps. A portion of the proceeds will go back to FARE! Just follow the directions in the Facebook post.
After the walk ended, I headed to the Indiana State Fairgrounds for Living Without’s Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest.
It was an honor to have been asked to be a part of the blogger team. This was a wonderful event featuring 79 gluten-free (some free of other things) vendors, 6 speakers, and 5 cooking demonstrators. Something the Indianapolis food allergy community desperately needed – and the attendance demonstrated just that.
For those who weren’t able to attend, here are some of my favorite vendors who were at the event…
- Enjoy Life Foods – I’ve posted about them many times before, they are a go-to for our family! Top 8 Free.
- Bakery On Main – Delicious granola! Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Casein-free & non-GMO. Contains nuts.
- BeeFree Gluten Free – Cookies & more made in Noblesville. Gluten-free, Casein-Free, Vegan. Contains nuts.
- Bloomfield Farms – Baking mixes are gluten-free and nut-free. Many can also be made with dairy and egg substitutions.
- Chebe – Bread mixes and frozen dough. All mixes are gluten-free, yeast-free, corn-free, soy-free, egg-free, nut-free and free of lots more. Mixes require eggs but can be made with an egg substitute.
- Taste Guru – This is a fabulous gluten-free box of the month club. If you are ONLY gluten-free then this would be a fun thing to do! Each month you’ll receive a box of gluten-free goodies!
- Kinnikinnick Foods – All products are gluten-free, nut-free and dairy-free. Many are also free of other allergens. I love their cookies and doughnuts!
- Freedom Foods – We LOVE their cereal! They are gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, and non-GMO.
- Free From Foods: Power Pasta – I loved loved loved their pasta. It’s a lentil pasta and delicious! You MUST try it!
- Green Bean Delivery – I’ve posted about Green Bean Delivery before but we love them. Who doesn’t like organic produce and groceries delivered to your door?
- Dr. Lucy’s – These cookies are a must-have! They are gluten-free, vegan, peanut-free, tree nut-free, and non-GMO.
- gfJules – AWESOME gluten-free flour mix. It’s not only free of the top 8 allergens but also made in a dedicated “top 8 free” facility!
If you came to see me at the MyLifeWithFoodAllergies.com Blogger booth, then you probably also met my fellow bloggers and partners in crime, Pam, Cindy and Jen . They are incredibly knowledgeable on all things gluten-free! Check them out and follow along! Cindy blogs at Vegetarian Mamma, Pam blogs at I’m A Celiac, and Jen blogs at The Gluten & Grain Free Gourmet.
I want to thank Living Without and MyLifeWithFoodAllergies.com for bringing such a fabulous event to Indianapolis. If you don’t subscribe to the Living Without magazine – you should! It’s chock-full of food allergy articles and recipes! I also want to thank everyone who came out to the event. I loved meeting so many of you and hearing about your food allergy journey. I hope you found some wonderful new “safe” products.