Last weekend I went to the Gluten Free Allergy Expo presented by Enjoy Life Foods. It was a little different activity than you normally would go to on a weekend, but after being recently diagnosed with Celiac, I couldn’t help but be a little too excited for this. I mean, an entire convention on just gluten free and allergy friendly foods? How could I resist!
It’s been a while since I’ve been down to our local convention center, and was wondering if they would really fill up the space… but I was honestly surprised at how many people turned out the day we went!
It was actually quite humbling, to say the least. All these people ether had some sort of gluten intolerance, food allergy, or something else that required them to be on a strict food diet. Whichever it was, I probably felt the most comfortable with my condition that I have since my diagnosis several months ago.
Now, let’s get to the event. There were tons of booths set up with vendors varying from gluten free cookies and desserts, to grocery stores with allergy-friendly items, and even a gluten free food truck. There were so many new companies that I was introduced to, and I struck up such great conversations with some of the vendors. It was really nice to finally be able to freely talk about ups and down with others who actually understand or who have gone through the same thing.
There were also a lot of presenters and speakers who touched on major topics or gave gluten free cooking demonstrations. I didn’t end up sitting down for those… I got too caught up in the samples. And boy, did I get TONS of samples. Food, desserts, and even magazines. I ate so much while I was there, it was like eating my way through Costco samples again on a weekend… you know what I mean, when you go to Costco for “free lunch” just to walk around and eat all the samples. That’s how I felt. Like a kid in a candy store.
I also got to talk with the vendors from Nima Sensor. It’s the first device of it’s kind, where you can insert a small sample of food into a capsule to determine if it’s really gluten free based on your specifications. I was truly surprised at how small the device really was, and how convenient it could be when eating out at restaurants. It could also make traveling out of the country a lot more comfortable too. It is definitely something I am considering getting in the future.
Overall, I thought the expo was definitely a lot of fun. It exposed me to a lot of new food and company options, especially ones I would not have considered trying before. If it comes back here in the future, I will definitely go again!