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!

Send Me Gluten Free {Review + Giveaway}

Send Me Gluten Free

As one of the official bloggers for the upcoming Gluten Free & Allergy Friendly Expo in Secaucs, NJ next month, the lovely group of individuals behind the Gluten Free Media Group have kindly sent me a box from their Send Me Gluten Free mail subscription to review and share with all of you, plus one of you will get to win a box as well!

The Send Me Gluten Free monthly subscription boxes are loaded with tons of great gluten-free products and coupons! Every month, subscribers will get to try between 8-12 new gluten free products (some are full size and others are sample sized, but all are awesome). Items in the box consist of food, personal care items, supplements, and household products that support a gluten free lifestyle. The Send Me Gluten Free subscription boxes are perfect for

  • A college student carepackage, or gift for someone gluten free
  • Newly diagnosed Celiacs or individuals new to gluten free living
  • People who want to experience new products and brands
  • Individuals who are unable to attend the Gluten & Allergen Free Expos
  • Or even a present for yourself!

I love these boxes – however the September one was a bit limited for myself (Celiac and Dairy Allergy) so Bryan lucked out and got most of the box for himself (he didn’t complain at all!). Below is a picture of what came in this month’s box…loads of awesome stuff:

IMG_7742My September box featured: One bag of Free for All Kitchen’s Double Chocolate Gluten Free Brownie Thins, two packs of Massel 7’s Vegetable Bouillon, Cubes, two 2 Degrees Chocolate Bananan Mini Snack Bar (100 calories), one Bag of Barbecue ips chips with protein, one Bags of Biena Chickpea Snacks- Cinnamon Crunch, one Bag of Cheddar Qwakers- gluten free crackers (let me just rave about these for a quick second, when I could eat dairy, these became my favorite little treat…soooooooooo good and I miss them dearly), and 3 Sample Packs of Kimmie Candy Company’s products, including Salted Caramel Chocorocks, Sunbursts, and Chocorocks (nut free). Like I said, lots of awesome stuff in this box.

You can subscribe by doing Month-to-Month, 3 Month, 6 Month, or 12 Months at a time!

SMGF giveaway

Have you tried Send Me Gluten Free yet? Do you want to? Read below for how to enter and if you do not win the giveaway, you can still receive 20% off by using the code BLOG20 boxes are currently shipped to the continental US only (hope to expand soon!) and we CAN ship to PO boxes if needed!

Giveaway ends on Wednesday September 30th at 11:59 pm, winner will be chosen by random and will have 48 hours to respond (Winner will receive the November box!).

How to enter :

Leave a comment on this post or on my giveaway post on Instagram (@CreativeCookingGF) telling me why you want to win the Send Me Gluten Free (one month) subscription box…do you have celiac disease? Newly Diagnosed? Wanting to share with a friend/family member? Want to try new items?

*This is a sponsored post, I was sent the September box to review – all comments and opinions are 100% my own.

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 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!).


  • 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

GFAF Expo: Official Blogger {Ticket Giveaway: Secaucus, NJ 9/6 & 9/7}


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I am very excited and honored to be part of this years Gluten-Free, Allergen-Free Expo (GFAF Expo) Blogger Team in Secaucus, NJ September 6 & 7th. I was selected last year as one of their Official Bloggers and loved every minute of the expo. The GFAF Expo is a two-day event that is held in several cities around the US. Getting to meet the other bloggers and to meet so many of the gluten-free and allergen-free vendors that I have worked with over the years was amazing. I loved finally getting the chance to put a face names and e-mail addresses.

blogger badgeEach of the two days is filled with classes and presenters on various topics of Celiac Disease, Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, and Food Allergies. Last year I sat in on several classes and gained so much information from them. Last year was the first time that GFAF Expo made an appearance on the East Coast, and I am so happy that not only are they back again but have included more cities! This year the GFAF Expo will be in the following cities: Secaucus, NJ (9/6 & 9/7), Springfield, MA (10/25 & 10/26), and Dallas, TX (11/15 & 11/16).

The GFAF Expos are the largest expos that emphasizing on special diets. Over 150 vendors participate in these expos across the country providing attendees with information, coupons, samples, demos, and more. Each attendee will receive a free reusable to carry all of the great goodies that you will receive. In addition to companies there will also be authors and of course, bloggers like myself!

Tickets are limited for each day so be sure to snag one early by clicking the image below and receiving 20% off your ticket!! In addition to this great discount, thanks to the lovely folks over at GFAF Expo I am also giving four lucky winners one (1) ticket to either Saturday or Sunday of the Expo in Secaucus, NJ!! Read how to enter below.

Check out the Class Schedule ♦ Learn about the Presenters ♦ Vendors, Vendors, and More Vendors!

  • Giveaway will begin on Monday August 11, 2014 and end on Friday August 22, 2014 at 11:59pm.
  • Please leave a separate comment for each entry – this will allow you to receive the maximum number of entries.
  • Four (4) winners will be chosen using
  • Winners will be notified via e-mail and will have 48 hours to respond with required information.
  • Good luck to all who enter and remember if you are not chosen, please take full advantage of the 20% off deal by clicking the image above!


  1. Why do you want to attend? Have you recently been diagnosed or know someone who has? Share below
  2. Click the Class Schedule link above and let me know which class(es) you would like to attend…remember there are two days
  3. Which day would you attend?
  4. Share this post on your social media sites and be sure to come back here to leave the link. Don’t forget to mention @Creatively_GF (twitter), Creative Cooking Gluten Free (Facebook), @GFAFExpo (twitter), and use the hash-tag #GFAFEXPO —–> This can be done daily!
  5. Who would you take with you?

Gluten Free Allergen Free Expo {GFAF Expo – Official Blogger – Secaucus, NJ}


Words can not begin to express how excited I am to have been chosen as an Official Blogger for the Gluten Free Allergen Free Expo (GFAF Expo) in Secaucus, NJ on September 7 & 8, but I am going to try anyway.

I was diagnosed five years ago with celiac disease and what a journey it has been. There have been some great moments and some really horrible ones, but it is all a part of it and you have to learn to adapt and move forward. Over these five years I have managed to miss all of the amazing gluten-free and allergy-free events around the country mostly because I couldn’t afford them, even if I was given a “scholarship” to one I would not have been able to afford the plane ticket or hotel. However, when Jenn mentioned that the GFAF Expo was coming to the East Coast I knew I had to be there. I have been waiting for an opportunity for five years. I was so thrilled to see one come this way and was even happier when I found out it was in NJ. Bryan’s family lives there so I knew I would have a free place to stay and the trip to the expo was only a train ride away – talk about perfect!

Over the years I have heard so many wonderful things about events such as this but, to me this one just sticks out. Not only is everything gluten-free but is about allergy-free as well. I may only have celiac disease however, I plan to focus my studies and future career in the allergy field. I have been working at a natural foods store that I absolutely love and I also volunteer with one of my professors at an allergy clinic at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence. I have learned so much not just in my studies but also at work and in the clinic when it comes to helping individuals and families with celiac disease and or multiple food allergies.

What I am looking forward to the most…

  • Meeting all of the vendors and sample some of the delicious products – especially the ones that I have had the privilege of working with over the years and meeting new ones.
  • Meeting some of the most amazing bloggers and authors – those who have been “mentors” to me (they probably don’t even know it). I admire what they do and when I first started this journey they answered my countless questions.
  • Meeting and getting to know the fellow bloggers that will be there!
  • Sitting in on the classes
  • Bringing back samples to share with the Sans Gluten group at Johnson & Wales!
  • So much more…

Will you be attending? If so be on the look out for me…can’t wait to meet everyone and experience this wonderful opportunity.

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