Celiac Disease Awareness Month 2015: GFAF Expo preview

Celiac Disease Awareness Month 2015: GFAF Expo preview
It is that time of year!

BloggerBadgeFBIt is almost that awesome time of the year. It is almost time for the GFAF expo on May 2 & 3 and I am super excited!

I have selected again for my third year to attend the Gluten Free and Allergy Free Expo aka the GFAF expo as a member of the Chicago Blogger Team. I am completely thrilled to attend for another year. I am super excited to see what new food products are out there for people who have gluten allergies along with other food allergies.  I am also excited to see what new food products from my familiar brands are making their appearance at the GFAF Expo.

For those who have never been to the GFAF expo, here’s the full information on this weekend event:

The GFAF Expos are the largest and fastest growing special diet consumer events in the US. Started in 2007, the events are professionally managed and have expanded from one to seven cities throughout the United States. In addition to meeting the needs of the Celiac community, the Expo welcomes those with gluten sensitivities, autoimmune/inflammatory diseases and autism.

As part of your admission ticket, you receive all of these benefits as well.

  • Entry into the vendor fair with over 100 brands
  • Valuable coupons at the vendor booths
  • FREE samples from the vendors
  • Discounted products available for purchase
  • Informative classes related to the gluten free and allergen friendly lifestyle
  • Free reusable bag to carry your goodies
  • Meet your favorite vendors, authors and bloggers

As a member of the Chicago Blogger team, I also have an opportunity to provide discount tickets to the GFAF Expo this year.  Right now, you can get a 20% discount on tickets by clicking here.  As an added bonus, everyone who purchases advance tickets for the GFAF Expo receives a FREE 1-year subscription to Delight Gluten Free Magazine if you purchase a ticket through the link provided.  How awesome is that!

As the event gets closer, there will be additional information posted about the GFAF Fair along with some of the vendors that will be there. I will have a post-GFAF Expo blog post with information on some of the vendors that I spoke with the new product information.  For those who are planning to attend, plan on being there for a couple of hours as you talk and taste through the fair.

I always need to pack a pre-Expo grab bag before I attend.  I have learned a few things every year and always pass the knowledge to the following year. Here’s what I learned from last year:

  1. Bring business cards or labels for the giveaways  and requesting additional product information.
  2. Bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated in between product samples.
  3. Bring a helper and backpack to carry the bags of goodies that you pick up (or two of them!).
  4. Bring money to purchase products that are not available yet in the Chicago area….yet!
  5. Allow enough time to get through all of the vendors.  Do not rush through.
  6. Be patient when in line. Do not be rude and push your way through.
  7. Do not forget to thank the vendor if they give you something. Mind your manners!

I encourage you to purchase an advance ticket to the GFAF Expo. It is definitely an experience that you will not forget and will help you (or someone else) with any food allergy issues.

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