Gluten & Allergen Free Expo, Here We Come!

Gluten Free goodness awaits all GF New Englanders this weekend. Why? Because it’s the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo in Springfield, MA! And that means lots of gluten free samples, new products and like-minded folks all under one great big happy gluten-free roof.

Free safe gluten free goodies?? As our 10-year-old says, “Awwwwww, yea, baby…!!!blogger badge  copy

I attended the Orlando GIG Expo a few years back and it was amazing. It was so large and had great speakers and classes. I learned so much, met so many amazing people and, of course, ate some great safe gluten-free foods. It was amazing to see how many people were dealing with exactly what I was going through. That was the first time I felt like I wasn’t alone in my gluten free journey.

I’m even more excited for the Springfield Gluten & Allergen Free Expo. Last year we learned that our son inherited my Celiac, so we’re excited to keep abreast of all the new gluten-free developments. Things have changed so much in the past few years – and are still constantly changing – so I’m sure that I’ll learn a TON of new GF stuff at the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo!

So this weekend I’m bringing the whole family so we can all benefit. Even though the whole house has been gluten-free for nearly five years, we can all learn about and find new gluten free things at the Expo. I can’t wait to share with our son that realization I had the first time I attended a gluten-free convention: there are lots of gluten-free people out there! Yay!

I’m really looking forward to a couple of the classes, especially Dr. Giammarino’s “Healing the Gut from Food Allergies and Sensitivities.” My Celiac coupled with my dairy, yeast and egg allergies and 63 additional ALCAT food sensitivities means my gut – well, needless to say, it needs some healin’! So first thing Saturday morning, while my 10-year-old son and husband go to out sampling goods from the 150+ vendors on the show floor, I’ll be hopefully learning some new things from Dr. Giammarino.

The Springfield Gluten & Allergen Free Expo is being held at MassMutual Center this coming Saturday and Sunday, Oct 25-26, from 9am to 3pm. Oh! And if you buy tickets before the Expo begins, you can save some $$! Click here to save on tickets to the Gluten & Allergen Free Expo

And if you’re planning on going, let me know and maybe we can arrange a meetup! Email me and let me know when you’re going and a number I can text you at during the show (I’ve tried the email only meetings and they never work… It seems like it’s text or nothing for me during any kind of big shows.) I hope to see you there!!

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2 Responses to “Gluten & Allergen Free Expo, Here We Come!”

  1. Dolly 10/23/2014 at 7:04 AM #

    Hi. I’m going for the first time myself and I appreciate your comments.
    I also have dairy, eggs, yeast and a few other sensitivities. I find it hard not to eat those things, except for gluten.. And I’m getting better at avoiding yeast.
    Any chance you could help me by telling me how you do this?
    Thank you,
    Dolly

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    • noi 10/23/2014 at 10:34 AM #

      Hi Dolly
      Thanks for stopping by and saying hi!
      I know, it’s really not easy to avoid gluten AND dairy AND egg (I call ’em the Big Three). It’s like you can pick any two of the three and get away with a decent version of a food. But when you exclude all three, most of the time it turns into a hard, vegan brick :(
      There are certain things I’ve found that make it easier (I’ll list a few below), but honestly, completely avoiding the Big Three is really difficult.
      • Instead of bread, most of the time for lunch I use rice crackers (I subscribe to case delivery of Hot Kid Original Crackers on Amazon)
      • I’ve found that my milk Casein Allergy isn’t so bad if I eat raw milk, hard, very aged cheeses (I get them at farmer’s markets or Whole Foods). My local Stop’n’Shop also carries a raw aged cheddar from Grafton Vermont (the older the better for me – so about once a month a splurge and get the 4-year-old cheddar, but the 2 year can also be okay sometimes)
      •  Pasta without the Big Three and all my other sensitivities is also hard to find. But I found that the Schar Tagliatelle Pasta is the only one that doesn’t make me swell (others have pea protein, which I can’t have) so I buy that by the case on Amazon or watch my local Stop’n’Shop for specials (they seem to go on sale for $1 off about every other month, so then I stock up).
      • Bread free of the Big Three is also difficult to find, and not that great when you do. But sometimes you just want a burger ON a bun or a sandwich instead of a Chef Salad. For those times, I get the Schar White Rolls (I’ve tried all the versions of their bread and I find these are the best. But don’t eat them straight from the package; grill them in some Safflower oil [so no butter] or use a panini press on a sandwich to grill it)

      I hope this helps!!
      :) Noi

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