OK, so our house has held at least one celiac/100% gluten-free person for over 12 years now and we still go to gluten-free festivals. Why do we do it?

That’s easy. Gluten-free food is darn expensive; some of it is fantastic-tasting, but let’s face it – a lot of it is still not very good. So if you are like me, and I suspect a lot of you are, you find a brand of something, say pizza, that you like and you stick with it …for years. It’s good, so why risk wasting your money on trying something else that is quite possibly subpar? You are content…or at least you’ve accepted your lot in life.

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Well, guess what? The times are a changing and new gluten-free products are being added every day. And some of it is EXCELLENT. Unless you try it you’ll never know what you could be eating.

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That’s where the gluten-free food festivals come in. They are a great place to try hundreds of new products (many new to the market and others just new to you) for virtually free. You get to taste foods, pick up free samples, buy great products at reduced prices, and take home great coupons for use down the road.

On top of that, you usually get to listen to helpful, informative talks by celiac/special-diet experts and cutting edge medical experts. You can watch live cooking and baking demonstrations and get your questions answered from these folks after their presentations, too. At least all this is the case for the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fests that Gluten Free & More magazine puts on.

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Most of Gluten Free & More’s Food Allergy Fests aren’t near me, but when they are I’m there. I recently attended their Brooklyn, NY Fest and discovered some unbelievably good packaged pot stickers, as well as delicious fudge-striped cookies (from Goodie Girl) that taste like the ones I remembered from before my gluten-free days. My son already informed me I had to send him back to college with a good supply of these cookies. I will now be buying both these products on a regular basis. I also tasted some really good bread and picked up a few loaves for a great price. Not a bad day.

Attending these gluten-free fests is also good for the soul. While there you are reminded that you are not alone. And you get to share in the excitement of seeing others, especially those newly diagnosed – especially the kids – get all giddy with excitement when discovering some truly great gf food.

So go ahead, share the joy and visit a gluten-free food allergy fest near you. Gluten Free & More’s next one is in Richmond, Virginia on August 18–19. To see if there is one coming near you go to GlutenFreeFoodAllergyFest.com.