Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Exp {Highlights}

Earlier this month was the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo in Secaucus, NJ. It was an honor to be part of the blogging team again this year and to spend the weekend with so many passionate advocates for the gluten-free community. Below are photos from the GFAF Expo which feature some of my favorite brands, products, and highlights (put your cursor over the photo to read more!).

If you haven’t attended one of these expos just yet, check out the GFAF Expo site to see if one is coming to your area. It is such an amazing opportunity to safely enjoy samples from companies and learn about new products and companies that suit your dietary needs.

Thank you for allowing me to be part of this again, looking forward to next year!

Gluten-Free & Allergen Friendly Expo Official Blogger {Ticket Giveaway: Secacus, NJ}

unnamedIt’s that time of year again…the Gluten-Free and Allergen Friendly Expo is coming back to Secacus, NJ.  I am  excited to be invited back as one of the Official Bloggers for the event. Being an official blogger allows me to attend the event (for free), tweet/post/and share all of the awesome products and companies, but it also gives me the opportunity to give some lucky readers a FREE TICKET to one day of the expo. The expo is October 3-4th this year and I hope to see you all there!  Entry will be easy, but there are a few things I want to share about the expo before we get to the giveaway part so keep reading.

Not familiar with the Gluten-Free and Allergy Friendly Expo? Learn more by visiting their website, facebook, twitter, and instagram pages and be sure to follow me on faceook, twitter, and instagram to get live posts from the event!

Here is what you get when you come to the GFAF Expo:

  • Entry into the vendor fair with over 100 brands
  • Valuable coupons at the vendor booths
  • FREE samples from the vendors
  • Discounted products available for purchase
  • Informative classes related to the gluten free and allergen-friendly lifestyle
  • Free reusable bag to carry your goodies
  • Meet your favorite vendors, authors and bloggers

gfaf expo 2This is the third year that the GFAF Expo will be at the Meadowlands in Secacus, NJ and this is my third year attending as official blogger. Below are some of the shots from last year. I promise you, you do not want to miss this! Its fun, the people are great, you get to try many of your favorite products and even try some new items that haven’t hit the shelves just yet. Its a celiac’s (gluten intolerant) dream.

In addition to incredible food and treats the GFAF Expo also offers some great classes…check out the class schedule below for more information on the topics to be discussed but also the presenters.

Class Schedule

Saturday October 3, 2015

11:00-12:00 Jenna Drew

“Essential Oils for Digestive Wellness” Join a fellow Celiac to discover the six most effective essential oils to support digestive wellness and boost immunity – and how to use them!

12:30-1:30 Silvana Nardone

“I’m Gluten-Free, But I Still Don’t Feel Great. Now, What?!” After cooking—and baking—gluten-free for her son, Isaiah, since his diagnosis eight years ago and writing her best-selling cookbooks, Cooking for Isaiah and Silvana’s Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Kitchen, Silvana received email after email from readers who even after going gluten-free were still tired and bloated. Other readers couldn’t eat rice or potato. She decided it was time to get back in the kitchen and experiment. Her new mission? To develop a grain-free flour blend and mixes that could deliver great texture and flavor—just like her wildly popular gluten-free flour blend. Silvana will share her insanely addictive grain-free, refined sugar-free chocolate chip cookies along with revealing the powerful health benefits of eating both gluten-free and grain-free.

2:00-3:00 Jen Cafferty

“Gluten Free 101: Get All Your Questions Answered” If you have been gluten free for less than a year, this is the class for you! You will learn all the tips and tricks to having a successful gluten free and allergen friendly life.

Sunday October 4, 2015
 11:00-12:00 Peter Green, MD

“Gluten Related Disorders” Discussion of celiac disease as well as the newly emerging entity of non-celiac gluten sensitivity. What causes these conditions and management issues.

12:30-1:30 Amy Fothergill

“Gluten-Free Pastas and Sauces” If you think making fresh gluten-free pasta or creamy dairy-free sauces is impossible, think again. Amy Fothergill, author of The Warm Kitchen gluten-free cookbook, will share her best tips and tricks for cooking perfect gluten-free pasta. She will provide recipes to teach you how to make gluten-free pasta and gnocchi. She will also discuss how to make super simple and delicious sauces. It will all be “molto bene” (very good)!

2:00-3:00 Carol Kicinski

“Learn how to successfully live gluten free wherever you are!” Carol Kicinski, founder of Simply Gluten Free, will share her tips and tricks to living gluten free at home, on the road, out to dinner and at parties with friends.

gfaf expo 1As I mentioned above, I will be giving away tickets to three lucky readers – tickets are good for ONE day only of the expo.To enter the giveaway please leave a SEPARATE comment for each item you complete below. Giveaway will end on Wednesday September 13th – each winner will be selected using random.org and will be notified via e-mail. Winners will have 48 hrs to respond and will be sent an online code to claim their tickets (each code can only be used one time!).

GIVEAWAY

  • Why do you want to attend? Have you recently been diagnosed or know someone who has? Share below
  • Read the Class Schedule above and let me know which class(es) you would like to attend…remember there are two days
  • Which day would you attend?
  • Share this post on your social media sites and be sure to come back here to leave the link. When sharing on social media sites please don’t forget to mention/tag both CCGF and the GFAF Expo using these:
    • @Creatively_GF (twitter)
    • Creative Cooking Gluten Free (facebook)
    • @CreativCookingGF (Instagram)
    • @GFAFExpo (twitter)
    • @GFAFExpo (Instagram)
    • @GFAFExpo (facebook)
    • Use the hash-tag #GFAFEXPO
    • Social media posts can be done daily, just be sure to come back and comment saying you did so and include a link.
  • Who would you take with you?

If you are not one of the lucky winners we can still help you get there by offering you 20% off your tickets simply use this click on the image below and enter the promo code: ADVANCEgfaf expo 20

Business Cards – A Great Resource

Yes I am that weird annoying person who takes photos of my food…all the time! At first Bryan would shake his head about me but he has gotten used to it. Not only do I bring my little point and shoot camera with me to the restaurants, I also bring one of my favorite little note books…the moleskines! So whenever we are traveling we are constantly on the search for new places to try, especially cupcakes places.  In the past month or so we’ve been to quite a few places and several of the waiters have seen me writing in my notebooks and hearing Bryan and I talk about the different dishes we’ve ordered etc.  They asked what I plan to do with these notes, and I simply explain that I have my own Gluten-Free blog that not only has recipes on there but when I try new places I write about them.  That last part seems to get their attention real good!  Once they hear that they ask if I have a business card…which I didn’t but now I do!

Bryan helped design these for me and I think it is a great resource for all gluten-free, allergy-free bloggers to have! Now I carry them with me and hand them to the waiter if they ask or leave it with our signed check.  We also looked up facts about Celiac Disease on The National Foundation For Celiac Awareness’ website to include on the reverse side of the card along with their website.  So here they are:

Front Side

Reverse Side