March 20, 2013

It's Almost Time for the Chicago Gluten Free & Allergen Free Expo

While the temperature is anything but spring-like in Chicago this week, today is the first day of spring and the beginning of some great gluten free events in Chicago. The big University of Chicago Celiac Center Spring Flours event is right around the corner, as is the ever popular Gluten Free & Allergen Free Expo.

If you've been a long time reader of my blog, you've heard about the GFAF Expo for the past four years. (whoa...have I seriously been blogging that long?!)  When I first went in 2009, it was in its second year and mainly focused on cooking classes.  I attended the vendor fair portion in a conference room of the hotel with about twenty vendors. I was still thrilled about finding a few new products, meeting Bruce Zarlengo from Dining Out Gluten Free With Bruce, and of course seeing the infamous Marion from Pamela's Products.

Each year the GFAF Expo got bigger and better. It's since moved up from a conference room to a ballroom to two ballrooms. In 2011, I got to take in the expo from a different perspective as an assistant at the Udi's Gluten Free table. Last year's expo kicked off with Nourished, A Food Blogger's Conference, which was so much fun and a great way to start the weekend.

This year I'm an official blogger for the Chicago Gluten Free & Allergen Free Expo, and I can't wait to bring you the scoop on what's happening. For starters, the expo no longer has the prepaid cooking classes in the expo. Instead there will be more demonstrations and speakers included in the admission price and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Classes are also scheduled throughout the day in rooms off of the vendor fair hall. Again seating is first-come, first-serve.

Representatives from your favorite gluten free products will be there. You'll leave with a bag of goodies, coupons, and a smile on your face. Here's all the info you need to know:

The 2013 Chicago Gluten Free & Allergen Free Expo

Saturday and Sunday
April 20 - 21, 2013

9am Early Bird Admission ($35 per adult, $10 per child ages 3-12)
10am-4pm Open to the Public ($20 per adult, $5 per child ages 3-12)

The Schaumburg Renaissance Convention Center
1551 Thoreau Drive North
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Avoid lines and purchase tickets online.

Don't forget to follow me on Facebook for up to the date news. I'm on Twitter too! Join the conversation using #GFAFExpo and don't forget to stop by the blogger lounge to say hello; you know I love meeting all of you!

1 comment:

Liz said...

So cool! It makes me wish I was living in Illinois still. I can't wait to hear what you see (and taste) there.