2014 Chicago GFAF Expo in Review

by Allergy Free Kitchens on April 14, 2014

This past weekend marked my second annual trip to the Chicago Gluten & Allergen Free Expo. Once again, the seven hour drive to Schaumburg, IL (and the seven hour trip home) was worth it.  Fourteen hours in a car was a small price to pay to spend time with people who inspire, educate, and help our family live the free life.

Over the next few weeks, I will share with you my favorite finds and moments from the GFAF Expo, but I wanted to give you a sneak preview of five allergy-friendly products/companies I’m thrilled to have found there.

  • Smart Flour Foods (Gluten-Free, Vegan Pizza Crust) – If you have been looking for a gluten-free, vegan pizza crust, be sure to visit Smart Flour.  Their plain pizza crust, brushed with a little olive oil and served warm right out of the oven, was fabulous.  Serve it up like pita bread.  Dress it up with your favorite pizza toppings.  Oh, the possibilities.  More on that to come.
  • BFree (Gluten-Free, Vegan Wrap) – Hoping for a gluten-free, vegan wrap that doesn’t crumble when you roll it?  BFree did it!  They are new to the US, so distribution isn’t widespread, but I’m trusting as people try their products, that will soon change.  They also offer tasty gluten-free breads.  The breads contain eggs, the wrap does not.
  • Amore di Mona Couverture Chocolat Speciale (Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Vegan Chocolate) – What’s an event without chocolate? Thankfully, I didn’t have to find out.  Amore di Mona Couverture Chocolat Speciale sampled some of the most beautiful chocolates I’ve found in the world of allergy-friendly chocolate.  Their creations are vegan, low-glycemic, non-gmo, nut free, soy free, gluten-free and extraordinary.
  • Ginny Bakes (Organic, Gluten-Free, Vegan Cookies) – Want an organic, gluten-free and vegan cookie that tastes like “buttah”?  Check out Ginny Bakes.  Their Organic Vegan Dreamy Delight Cookies live up to their name – dreamy!
  • Red Apple Lipstick (Gluten-Free, Paraben-Free Makeup) – The Red Apple Lipstick booth was THE place to be. What a fun group and what great products. Beautiful colors. No gluten. Paraben free. Made in the USA.  I’m so happy with my purchase – so are my lips.  😉

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Important:  Before trying any of the above products, please be sure they are safe for you.  Contact the manufacturers for potential cross contamination with your allergen(s), view the information on their websites, and always read labels.  Some of these products are not Top 8 Free.

Were you at the Chicago GFAF Expo?  What were your favorite finds?  Please let me know in the comments below.

Here’s to livin’ the free life,

Wendy

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Bonnie April 16, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Thanks for ALL the great info!!!!

Allergy Free Kitchens April 16, 2014 at 1:38 pm

My pleasure, Bonnie! It’s a great event if you ever get the chance to go to one. There is one coming up in September in Secaucus, NJ (Sept. 6 & 7). I’m not sure how close that is to you, but I wanted to pass that along. Vendors represented vary by location, so you might find some gems there that have yet to be discovered. 🙂 You can find more info at gfafexpo.com. Have a wonderful Easter! – Wendy

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