Today began the GF/AF Expo in Schaumburg, IL. This was my first time going and wow! I arrived at 9:15 am for the bloggers breakfast. The show did not open until 10am, and there was already a long line forming. This expo is extremely popular and for good reason. The amazing companies developing gluten-free and allergy-friendly products have lots to share. I tried many different, delicious samples. There are names you may recognize, like EnjoyLife, Udi’s, glutino, and Ronzoni. There are also smaller companies with great products to offer, such as Don’t go Nuts (nut free granola bars) and The New Primal (grass-fed jerky).
I also saw three great speakers. Heather Wisniewski talked about Food Allergy and Gluten Sensitivity testing. This was very interesting and reminded me how gluten can treat different people differently. Dr. Paul Green from the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University spoke on the gluten-free diet. I liked his presentation and learned some new information regarding diagnosis and treatment. Lastly, Kim Koeller spoke on travelling with food allergies. She has excellent tips for travel and especially for eating out.
If you did not go today, you still have time to stop in tomorrow from 10-3. I highly recommend making the trip, there are great products and speakers. You will not be disappointed!