No, I am not bringing goodies to the market (maybe next year…). I am going to Dallas, baby!
Blondie and I are heading out there October 1st for the Gluten & Allergy Free Expo. I am really quite excited to go!
I went to my first one in 2010 in Chicago, after a friend of mine had told me she had found this amazing cupcake joint in Chicago because of the previous year’s GFAF Expo.
This year it was huge compared to last year. There was so much more food to sample and more things to learn. Heck, I even got to meet the Pamela.
So, what exactly is it? There are a bazillion brands of foods and items you never knew you were missing, and there will be over 70 booths from manufacturers, restaurants, support groups and authors. The fair is completely gluten free. And many products are free of other allergens. My dad found breakfast cereal, chocolate chips, a peanut butter replacement, better pasta and even frozen pretzles to eat (his food allergy list is a mile long, so just one of these things would have made the trip worth it for him). My mom and I found a new hard cider to enjoy. Oh yeah, and gummy bears and sour worms.
The vendor fair includes all that plus a kids arts & crafts area and a stage with presentations. I will be there. Talking about how to approach allergy friendly baking with reckless abandon. No? How about just making it less scary.
[box type=”info”]October 1 & 2, 2011
$20 at the door ($5 for children under 12)[/box]
There are also cooking classes taught by top gluten free bloggers and other food industry pros. Think Amy from Simply Sugar & Gluten Free, Brittany from Real Sustenance (I might have a blog crush on her – go make some of her food!), Silvana Nardone who wrote cooking for Isaiah, and Cybele Pascal. (I can’t wait to meet all of them myself)
Now, go buy your ticket or your cooking class, and I will see you in Dallas!