Thousands of attendees and almost 70 vendors joined the GFFAF team (shown in this goofy picture) in Minneapolis last weekend to celebrate living gluten-free. I’m still savoring some delicious memories from the Fest—literally, because I’m about to polish off a tasty cookie courtesy of Kakookies, a Fest vendor.  This gluten-free treat (no dairy! no eggs!) is a re-imagined cookie, super-wholesome and made from simple ingredients. Perfectly packaged, it is a great travel companion. Three of these tasty cookies flew back home in my purse. Each cookie contains 4 grams of plant-based protein, enough to keep you full for a while.

But back to the Fest! Wow, there were amazing gluten-free products and services on display. I’m calling out two food trucks. They had everyone, including me, swooning. Auntie M’s passed out hot funnel cakes and corn dogs to eager attendees. (Honestly, I hadn’t tasted a funnel cake since I was a kid at the Wisconsin State Fair.) These funnel cakes were AMAZING–light and crispy on the outside, tender on the inside with a light dusting of powdered sugar. I also indulged—multiple times—in Rachel Fizel’s mouthwatering mini donuts. Rachel’s Free Indeed Food truck produced these fresh, hot mini gems, all without gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts or tree nuts. The taste and texture of these donuts were absolutely spot-on. Dusted with cinnamon-sugar, they had a lovely crisp outside and a luscious cake-like interior. What a treat!

Many, many  thanks to Dr. Imad Absah and Dr. Amanda Cartee, the Fest’s keynote speakers. These celiac experts, both associated with Mayo Clinic, presented up-to-date, important info to very eager audiences and then answered everyone’s questions.  

Thanks, too, to our Minneapolis Fest sponsors–Enjoy Life, HyVee and Natural Awakenings.

I got to hang out at Gluten Free & More’s booth with our wonderful volunteer Colleen (both she and her husband have celiac disease, as does their adult daughter). We loved meeting all the people who stopped by. What a great community we have!

I am totally psyched about our upcoming GFFA Fest in Brooklyn, NYC on July 28-29. We’re looking forward to working with the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. Hope to see many of you there!

 

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