Last spring, I had the privilege and honor to attend the Gluten Free Allergen Free Expo in Chicago as an official blogger. It was loads of fun getting to meet other bloggers but the best part was getting to watch cooking demonstrations and try out new gluten-free food. I walked around from booth to booth trying samples and chatting with the each representative. As a food allergy mom, I’m not only concerned with whether or not the food is “free” of the allergen but also how it’s manufactured. Is it made in a gluten-free facility? Could there be a chance of cross contamination? I was able to ask all of these questions while I was there without having to make a phone call and then be placed on hold for lengths of time. Not only did I come home with tons of SWAG, but I came home with new products that I couldn’t wait to track down at my local stores. I wish that every major city had an expo like this because it is so beneficial to those on special diets.
Well for those of you who live in the Indianapolis area, or close to, I couldn’t be more excited to share with you that this Saturday, October 5th will be the 3rd annual Gluten Free Living Now Expo in Carmel, Indiana. The expo will feature over 100 gluten-free vendors, cooking demonstrations, a Kid’s Corner with snacks and gluten-free play dough, a gluten-free beer garden and some fabulous speakers lecturing on topics ranging from Celiac disease to living the gluten-free lifestyle. On a personal note, I must say that I’m SUPER excited to see that Dr. Ellen Antoine is speaking about the leaky gut and the role of gluten. A year ago, Dr. Antoine did wonders for my health and I’m glad that others get to learn from her expertise.
For more information about the event visit the Gluten Free Living Now website.
Saturday, October 5th
10am – 6pm Open to the public
$10 for adults
Children 12 & under are free
10:15 – 11:15 Leaky Gut and the Role of Gluten by Dr. Ellen Antoine, DO, FACEP
11:20 – 12:20 Healthy Gluten-Free Options on a Budget by Anne Roland Lee, MSEd, RD, LD
12:25-1:25 Gluten Ever After by Dr. Charles P.B. Vanderpool, MD
1:30-3:00 Heart Health and the Gluten-Free Diet by Brandy M.H. Wendler, RN, MSN, ACNP-BC
3:05-3:55 Gluten-Free 101 by Anne Roland Lee, MSEd, RD, LD
4:00-5:00 Living with Allergies and Loving It! by Jaquay Yngvason
5:05-6:00 Identifying Gluten in Common Asian Ingredients by Laura Byrne Russell
Cooking Demo Schedule:
10:45-11:15 Greek Islands own Angela Stergiopoulos
11:25-11:55 Jean-Rene Renusson of Gluten-Free Licious by Savory Foods
12:05-12:55 Tasty Freedom’s own Jaquy Yngvason
1:40-2:10 Joseph Anthony Camerieri of GF Joe Brans and GF Joe Gluten Free Bakery, LLC
2:15-3:15 Dana Grau of Tada Fitness and Nutrition, LLC
3:20-3:50 Laura Noble of Cousin Mary Jane
3:55-4:40 Jenny Cleave of Simple Taste
4:45-5:20 Chef Gregg McKinstry of Mitchells Fish Market
For a full list of vendors, visit the Gluten Free Living Now website.
I’d love to meet you in person. So…if you’re planning to attend the Gluten Free Living Now Expo, leave me a comment below, email me or connect with me via social media so I can be on the look out for you. I’ll have a table at the event. Please stop by and say “hi!”