I am happy to announce that I’ll be on the San Diego, CA team for the Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo (GFAF)! For someone who loves to spend extra time in the grocery store reading labels and checking out new products, you could just say that expos such as the GFAF really excite me. I’ll be attending Expo West again this year in March, but until then you can find me at the GFAF looking for some new gluten-free products made with ingredients that are low in FODMAPs.
If you are in the Southern California area and would like to attend the GFAF, you may BUY TICKETS HERE and you will definitely have to send me a message so we can meet. Don’t forget to share your social media links with me too. You can also try to WIN tickets via my giveaway on Facebook and Instagram on January 28th!
So what is the GFAF all about? The expo is a combination of exhibitor booths and educational classes related to gluten-free and allergen-friendly living. All foods are gluten-free, plus, each exhibitor booth will be labeled with an allergen card, helping you understand which common allergens may or may not be contained in the products and samples. Vendors will also include companies with health & beauty items, vitamins & supplements and other services for a gluten-free and allergen-friendly lifestyle. Several brands will be exhibiting including the big guns in gluten-free foods like Glutino, Udi’s, Enjoy Life, Daiya, Van’s and Earth Balance.
Another great aspect to the show is the coupons and samples given out by vendors – you will be given a reusable bag to carry a few items back home with you (and they do encourage filling your bags up)! If you are going to grab a sample it’s always nice to talk to the exhibitors and ask questions. If you can’t stop to say hi, be sure to say thanks! I’ve found that by taking the time to ask questions I learn more about the food products than can be expressed on the label or packaging. When I have the time, I also love learning the origin to the brand’s story.
One of my favorite 100% gluten-free restaurants will be there, 2Good2B Bakery and Cafe. I am lucky to live close by to Diane Benedeck’s establishment in Encinitas, CA and I can’t say enough about her menu. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner, baked breads or sweet treats you need, she’s got it. I can’t find many places that are 100% gluten-free (there are only two that I know of in San Diego!). Diane once suffered from fibromyalgia, pain, a defective thyroid (Hashimotos, like me) and fatigued adrenals but has since turned her life around omitting gluten, corn and soy from her diet. You can learn more about Diane here and 2Good2B here.
“How can I win tickets?” Simply go to my Facebook and Instagram page on January 28th for details and please share this blog post with friends!
Some things to consider if you plan on attending:
- The San Diego GFAF will be held on February 20-21, from 10am-4pm
- Parking is $10, cash only
- You will receive a free reusable bag to hold your goodies from the expo
- If you need to bring a stroller the expo asks that you only bring a single stroller
- If you or your guest are in a wheelchair, you may be more comfortable on Sunday since the aisles are less crowded
- You may purchase items while at the show but know that some vendors take credit cards, and some only cash
- All classes are included with your entry ticket. Take a look at the classes offered
If you’re planning on going to the expo please contact me and share your social media links with me so we can connect during the show!
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