Last Sunday was the Gluten and Allergen Free Expo (GFAF) in Chicago. There has been a little bit of a brief delay in getting this article out because of life getting in the away. Now I am more than ready to share the love and my second experience at the GFAF expo with some information on gluten-free products.
I attended the expo with a fellow ChicagoNow blogger on the second day of the expo (and the better day to attend in my opinion). We spent almost 4 1/2 hours walking through all of the aisles of food, health products, personal care products, and beverages. I ended up leaving with a huge happy sugar high from all of the gluten-free treats I sampled. One lesson that I need to remind myself when I attend the expo is carry water to keep the sugar moving quickly out of my system. Lesson learned! Carry on!
Anyway, here's the list of my favorite products from the GFAF expo and enjoy!
- Cosmos Creations - Coconut Creations: BEST addicting gluten-free snack food EVER! I am so glad that I received three small bags of this product in my red GFAF bag. I was sad to eat the last one though. My husband even found the snack to totally addicting. Sadly, I could not find one store in my area that carries in. **enter sad face** But thankfully, Amazon carries the product and you can order it online. **enter happy face**
- Bard's Gluten-Free Beer: This is one of my three favorite gluten-free beers that are on the list. I love using St. Germain liquor to this beer to make a nice beer-mosa or beer-tini. The beer has a very clean floral nose to it and very easy on my palate.
- Gluten Free for Men: Guys, here's your gluten free if you really want to put some ribs or chicken on the grill this summer. This was a great product that I had a sample of with a raw piece of cauliflower and tasted very tangy. The product from Kansas City, MO is currently not in stores at this time, but they are working on getting it here very soon.
- Canyon Bakehouse: I have tried all of the different gluten-free breads out there. I have some really bad and dry ones. This is one of the BEST ones that I have found. This brand has helped me to love gluten-free bread all over again. The bread holds up very well over a week in the bag after opening in it and stays soft compared of other brands.
- Ganson's Bakery and Cafe: I was completely over the moon with their gluten-free brioche bread. They had made a gluten-free French Toast with it and was completely to die for. Now if they were a little closer, I would buy a loaf to make my own French Toast with it. It will just have to be a stop for my husband to make when he drives back to Grinnell, IA and back.
- San-J Gluten Free Sauces: If you are missing Asian foods like Chinese, Thai, or Japanese, you have help along the way. I have been using this brand for a long time since I was diagnosed with non-celiac gluten sensitivity. I use a lot of the sauces with tofu or fish. The sauces tastes great and you cannot tell that they are gluten-free. Plus the rice crackers are just as awesome too. Yummy!
- Canyon Oats Oatmeal: I saw this product brand at the GFAF expo last year and completely fell in love with it. My personal favorite flavors are between the Cocoa Nuts and Cinnamon Apple with Walnuts. There's only one place in the Chicago area that carries the product. **enter sad face** But you can definitely order this product on Amazon by the case and you will need to order it by the case once you fall in love with the product because it is that good. You can also purchase the product directly from their website as well.
- GoPicnic: I *HEART* this product. It really is a sanity saver when it comes to packing for a long class or road trip and need something to eat along the way. I love the Black Bean Dip, Sunbutter and Almond Butter meal packs. All of them are easy to eat and travel very well. You can find this product in a lot of grocery stores like Meijer and Target.
- Green's Gluten Free Beer: This is one of my other two favorite gluten-free beer makers that I enjoy. I sampled the new Dry-Hopped Lager and was pleasantly surprised how well it tasted. It really had a very nice floral nose to it and not too dry or hoppy.
- Omission Beer: Yes, this brand is the official sponsor for the Chicago GFAF Expo Bloggers, but it is still a favorite of mine. I enjoyed drinking their Gluten-Free Lager once in a while when I do crave a beer. My husband loves the IPA version.
There's my list of my Gluten-Free Favorites. This is not the only article that I will be posting about my experience at the GFAF expo. Over the next couple of weeks, I will post product reviews from companies that I did not list and have additional information on. I look forward to providing additional information on new gluten-free products.