Web Only ArticleMarch 16, 2011

Living Without Presents The 2011 Gluten & Allergen-Free Expo

Editors to Provide Tips, Advice, Recipes, and Cooking Demos

Norwalk, CT – March 16, 2011Living Without, the nation’s leading magazine for people with Celiac Disease, gluten sensitivity and food allergies, has become the title sponsor of the 4th annual Gluten & Allergen Free Expo, to be held April 29 - May 1 in Chicago. Living Without has teamed up with Jen Cafferty, nationally recognized expert on cooking and living gluten-free, on this Expo, the country’s premier gluten and allergen-free event.

Living Without’s editors and writers will be on-site at the vendor fair, leading gluten-free/allergen-free cooking demonstrations, meeting guests, answering questions and distributing free copies of their popular magazine.

“We’re thrilled to be uniting with Jen Cafferty to help thousands of people learn more about adapting to an allergen-free way of life, while still enjoying tasty, healthy foods,” said Alicia Woodward, Editor of Living Without. “This Expo features a variety of experts, valuable information about great tasting specialty products, cooking and baking tips, recipes, and much more.”

The Gluten & Allergen Free Expo is home to the Midwest’s largest gluten free vendor fair featuring the tastiest gluten free cuisines and allergy free foods in the marketplace. More than 70 vendors will be showcasing and sampling their products. The vendor fair also features a designated nut-free area, kids’ activities and performers.

This year’s Expo will feature a variety of cooking and baking classes taught by well-respected chefs, nutritionists and cookbook authors, who will offer tips for preparing gluten free/allergen free meals and snacks. There’s also a special cooking class for children, free of the top eight allergens. Participants will enjoy lively presentations, taste the recipes and have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the experts.

“Partnering with Living Without on the upcoming Expo is just a perfect fit. Their experts will bring a depth and breadth of experience to the event, and attendees are sure to benefit from their vast knowledge,” said Jen Cafferty, event organizer.

The Expo’s presenters will discuss the use of replacement foods, discuss the newest allergen-friendly products available and provide tips on having a balanced diet. The event is open to the public, though pre-registration is required for some activities. The Gluten & Allergy-Free Expo is expanding to other markets, as well, including Dallas in fall 2011.

For more information or to buy tickets, please visit www.gfafexpo.com.

Comments (21)

How about the Tri-Cities area (NE Tenn/SW Virginia)? I'm in Abingdon, VA, and we're not far from Bristol, VA. I'd love to finally get to attend a GF Expo, and write it up in my blog, Gluten Free & Tasty, but there's never been one close enough.

Posted by: glutenfreeandtastyblogauthor | March 24, 2011 8:20 PM    Report this comment

I have been newly diagnosed with gluten sensitivity. I live the the New York City area and I think NY would be a great place to have an exposition. I would love to learn to bake GF goodies.

Posted by: Nancy G | March 24, 2011 8:08 PM    Report this comment

Please, please, please come to Boston or the nearby Providence, RI area...we really would appreciate it so much as there is a great need for help and education!!

Posted by: K. A. M | March 23, 2011 12:47 PM    Report this comment

Would like to see an expo in the NE somewhere like NYC or Philly.
We have alot of family members with celiac disease including my
5 year old son and husband.

Posted by: Melissan23 | March 20, 2011 4:47 PM    Report this comment

For Jacqueline L and anyone else that might be confused about entry tickets for this expo.
The $175 is not for attending the event, its for a class. You can purchase entry tickets ahead of time for $10, or pay $15 at the door. That entry ticket however, will only get you into the vendor area, which might be fine for you, if you're not interested in attending any of the GF cooking or baking classes.

Its the classes that are so costly. $175 for one cooking class & $75 for one bread baking class. They are not hands on classes either. Demonstration only from the information I've read so far. The class costs of this expo are the problem. The cost of the classes need to come down so more of us can take advantage of them. Very few of us, myself anyway, have high paying jobs or even a job, and we simply cannot afford that much money for a single GF class. Not in these times, its hard enough to make ends meet as it is. Anyway, I hope I've cleared up the costs for you.

Posted by: Joy O | March 19, 2011 7:28 PM    Report this comment

We took our celiac teen to Lisle last year and wow! Jen really puts on a great event.

Posted by: PattiAnn W | March 19, 2011 11:38 AM    Report this comment

Syracuse NY would be a great site. It sits centrally located in NY state, near all major highways etc. There is a strong GF community here and in Rochester........1 12 hrs. away.

Thank you

Posted by: peggy g | March 19, 2011 8:21 AM    Report this comment

I live close to this and have been cooking gf for a few years now. I bake gf for my daughter's family (4grandkids) a couple of times a week. I would love to go to this but how does anyone come up with $175 to attend?

Posted by: Jacqi L | March 19, 2011 6:11 AM    Report this comment

I would love to attend one of these, but like the others, I'm on a fixed income, the higher prices for GF foods compared to "regular" food keeps me on a tight budget. So while I would like to see an event in Michigan, the price of tickets is way beyond my means. So guess I'll have to continue with my "trial and error" by reading LWO mag. and tryng to convert family recipies, read articles, etc. I know a lot of other people who are in same boat, so I share what I can with them and know that they would not be able to pay that for a ticket either. I will be content with manufactures who continue to issue coupons for their products so I can purchase and taste them.

Posted by: Joan in Michigan | March 19, 2011 12:32 AM    Report this comment

Gillette, Wyoming or Spearfish, South Dakota would also be great places for the Expo. Thanks for all the information and getting an Expo together for all the folks with Celiac Disease!!!!
M. Longthorne

Posted by: Marilyn L | March 18, 2011 8:40 PM    Report this comment

Please consider the Seattle area for a future expo!

Posted by: Mary C | March 18, 2011 8:26 PM    Report this comment

To Lois Farrara
Thanks so much for the link to gluten free goddess! Great website!
Joy O

Posted by: Joy O | March 18, 2011 7:19 PM    Report this comment

I would also like to see an EXPO in the Portland or Seattle area. I bleieve there would be a good attendance and peoplefrom our states would come to either Portland or Seattle. We are desparate for information and products. I am so thankful for the Living Without Magazine and for the info we get from Whole Foods. The problem with costly shows and classes is that the people on these diets have already about exhausted their savings just in diagnosis of their conditions and the high cost of the special products, the add onto this the cost of the fair and the classes is a bit much.

Posted by: Patsy S | March 18, 2011 7:06 PM    Report this comment

Love to see the Expo in Albuquerque, NM!

Posted by: Nancy S | March 18, 2011 3:29 PM    Report this comment

We desperately need something like this in Phoenix, please consider coming here!

Posted by: DCE | March 18, 2011 2:19 PM    Report this comment

I would love to attend if the Fair comes to San Francisco. However, as mentioned above, prices for the classes are WAY too high. The cost would prohibit me from attending them. Seems like they could be made more reasonably priced.

Posted by: Elizabeth M | March 18, 2011 12:09 PM    Report this comment

Idea is wonderful and will be very helpful to many but the cost of tickets would prevent many, myself included from ever attending. Cooking class tickets $175 per class per day, bread making tickets $75 per class per day, vendor tickets $10 or $15, is too much money for a person like myself. Vendor fair ticket is reasonable at $10, but rises 5 dollars if not purchased ahead of time. Never have figured out that reasoning for ticket sales. Vendor fair is free if one buys a cooking class ticket at $175, and I suppose thats a bonus for some, but to me that kind of thing, seems a bit sneaky. I understand event planners and vendors need to be paid for these events, but I do feel that many times, events like this, food expo's, home expos, food expos, fairs, in particular, overcharge for tickets. Not trying to knock anyone or any company with that statement, I know people work hard to put on these events, but, many average citizens, me included, are on a limited incomes. We do not make enough money, nor do we have enough spare money laying around that can be used to attend events like this. Unfortunately bills need to be paid and food needs to be on the table before all else. Expos, fairs etc etc as wonderful as they are, come last.

Posted by: Joy O | March 18, 2011 10:47 AM    Report this comment

Oregon would be a great place to go! If you go to Portland, people will come from mid-Oregon up to mid-Washington to attend.

Posted by: GFChef | March 18, 2011 10:17 AM    Report this comment

I'm so looking forward to the Expo in Lisle!!

Posted by: katm | March 18, 2011 10:00 AM    Report this comment

Indianapolis IN would be a great place to host your expo!

Posted by: gfree girl | March 18, 2011 9:28 AM    Report this comment

PLEASE come to the Pittsburgh, PA area!!! :o)

Posted by: Beth B | March 18, 2011 8:06 AM    Report this comment

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