April 15, 2009

Upcoming Gluten Free Event in Chicago!

The Thrive Allergy Expo is the only allergy and gluten free expo in North America and it’s going to be in Chicago this weekend! Woo! Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19, McCormick Place will be transformed into a gluten free mecca. Product booths galore, a handful of expert speakers, a cooking stage, and even BORDERS will have an exclusive bookstore set up. This is definitely a “can’t miss” event for anyone suffering from allergies or celiac.

Familiar names like Glutino, Enjoy Life, and Pamela’s will exhibit their products, as well as many others. Carol Shilson, the executive director at the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center will be speaking about diagnosing and understanding celiac. Author of The Gluten-free Passport, Kim Koeller, will be giving tips of how to safely eat out and travel with celiac and food allergies. Jules Shepard, author and chef, will be at the cooking stage doing cooking demonstrations and sharing the 7 essentials of a gluten-free kitchen. Loads of other experts on allergies will also be in the forums.

Besides all the free goodies at the exhibitor booths, attendees can win cool stuff like an allergy-free dinner for 6, a gift basket from Eucerin, an iPod, and even a Wii (unfortunately only the kids can enter the Wii giveaway)! Oh, can’t forget RockO, the peanut sniffing dog will be there!

I definitely can’t wait for this expo. If you’re in Chicago this weekend, try and make it out. More info can be found here!

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