7 Tips for Attending the Gluten-Free & Allergy Friendly Expo

7 Tips for Attending the Gluten-Free & Allergen Friendly Expo

The Gluten-Free Allergen Friendly Expo is one of my highlight’s events that occur throughout the year – and I was so excited when it returned to San Diego, in it’s first stop in the 2017 expo seaon.

As I have mentioned before the Gluten-Free Allergen Friendly Expo is the THE place to discover, learn and find valuable samples and coupons of your favorite gluten-free products. The Gluten-Free & Allergen-Friendly Expo was presented by Gluten Free Media Group and is sponsored by Udis’ and Glutino. The Gluten & Nut Free Area Presented by Enjoy Life Foods.

This is the United States largest gluten-free and allergen-friendly expo and attracts people from the Celiac community, people suffering autoimmune/inflammatory diseases, people with gluten sensitivities.

Here are 7 tips for attending The Gluten-Free Allergen Friendly Expo

I was an official brand ambassador to the Gluten-Free Allergen Friendly Expo for 2017 and tickets to the Del Mar show were provided to me free of charge courtesy of GlutenFreeMediaGroup and this in no way will influence the review to follow and all opinions are my own.

The Gluten-Free and Allergen Friendly Expo features over 100 exhibiting brands, samples and coupons, classes that are related to the gluten-free and allergen friendly lifestyles, the opportunity to meet brands and bloggers and a free reusable bag to hold all your new discoveries.

Here are my tips when you attend The Gluten-Free and Allergen Friendly Expo:

Go with an open mind and an empty stomach – there are many, many samples available from the vendors, so go on an empty stomach so you have room for all the yummy samples ready to try.

Take a selfie or two – A couple of vendors that I met this year were eager to share their products with not only people at the show but also people unable to attend. I was able to get a full size bottle of Briannas Cilantro Lime Dressing by just taking a selfie with their display and tweeting it out – simple and effective for both parties involved.

Be open to listening – These vendors are here to educate us about living and eating gluten-free – listen to their advice and wisdom, and ask questions if you are unsure about something. They are there to answer questions, and hear the issues that their consumers face, take the opportunity and share with them.

Go back to school and take a class – One of the best things about this expo is the amount of classes available! There is everything from early diagnosis, to navigating your daily life. These are taught by people who are living the lifestyle and want to share what they have learned! The above is from Gluten Free Mom Certified’s presentation!

Read the signs – Each booth at The Gluten-Free and Allergen Friendly Expo is labeled with the allergens present in the food contained therein, so you know what you don’t know from the moment.

Support your fellow healthy bloggers – Always say hello to those you know, and introduce yourself to those you do not know – you will see them again and again! This year I learned that a blogger friend had published a book full of recipes called The Everything Low FODMAP Diet Cookbook.

Get geographical – Stores love to share about the healthy changes and offering that they have, educate yourself and patronize those stores – they want your business and are open to hearing what you want them to carry on the shelves.

Each vendor at the Expo are 100% gluten-free. In addition many vendors will also showcase products free from the top eight following allergens: milk, egg, peanut, tree nut, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat. The Expo also offers vitamins and supplements, personal care products as well as household cleaning alternatives that are green.

Bonus Tip!! Take whats yours – Each vendor comes prepared to share their goods with you, the people so be prepared to get lots of goodies!

Questions about the show or vendors that were there? Ask below!

Visit the Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo Website

Connect with the GFAF Expo on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram