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Green Festival Portland Dec 9-11

Green Festival, America’s largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event returns to Portland December 9-11 at the Oregon Convention Center. Green Festival is a vibrant, dynamic marketplace with the purpose of bringing together consumers, local businesses, environmental advocates, community leaders and sustainability experts, all under one roof to help create ways for people to discover new products and sustainable businesses that are making a difference for the future. Discover the latest green living and plant-based diets, sample local vegan/vegetarian food, experience children’s activities in the Family Fun Pavilion and enjoy film screenings and presentations from environmental experts. Find unique gifts and stocking stuffers from a wide variety of local, sustainable products that are good for the planet.

upload-3Show hours open to the public are: FRI. 12/9 12noon-6pm, SAT. 12/10 10am-6pm and SUN. 12/12 10am-5pm at the OCC (Hall B) located at 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232. FREE EVENT to Shop! Taste! Enjoy! www.greenfestivals.org. Contact info@greenfestivals.org or call 828-236-0324 ext 300 for more information.

2016 Indianapolis Presentation Schedule

Lecture Schedule Saturday:

10:30-11:20 am – Dr. Ellen Antoine – Not Every Leak Needs a Plumber: Gluten and Leaky Gut
11:30-12:20 pm – Jenna Drew – Essential Oils to Boost Immunity and Relieve Digestive Issues
12:30-01:20 pm – Amy Macklin – Clearing the Confusion: Gluten-Free Demystified
01:30-02:20 pm – Jen Cuevas – Bridging the Divide: Gluten Free to Grain Free Living
02:30-03:20 pm – Tami Pyles – Celebrating Safely: How to Navigate the Holidays with Food Allergies and Celiac Disease

Demo Schedule Saturday:

10:30-11:20 am – Tiffany Hinton – Gluten Free Donuts
11:30-12:20 pm – Jules Shepard – Gluten-Free Pizza Party
12:30-01:20 pm – Melissa Hehmann with Meijer – Gluten Free Mason Jar Meals
01:30-02:20 pm – Jules Shepard – Coconut Bliss Overnight Oats
02:30-03:20 pm – Sue Hardesty – Apple Nachos

Lecture Schedule Sunday:

10:30-11:20 am – Dr. Ellen Antoine – Not Every Leak Needs a Plumber: Gluten and Leaky Gut
11:30-12:20 pm – Jenna Drew – Essential Oils to Boost Immunity and Relieve Digestive Issues
12:30-01:20 pm – Amy Macklin – Clearing the Confusion: Gluten-Free Demystified
01:30-02:20 pm – Jen Cuevas – Bridging the Divide: Gluten Free to Grain Free Living

Demo Schedule Sunday:

10:30-11:20 am – Tiffany Hinton – Gluten Free Donuts
11:30-12:20 pm – Jules Shepard – Gluten-Free Pizza Party
12:30-01:20 pm – Melissa Hehmann with Meijer – Gluten Free Mason Jar Meals
01:30-02:20 pm – Jules Shepard – Coconut Bliss Overnight Oats
02:30-03:20 pm – Sue Hardesty – Apple Nachos

All presentations are included with your admission.  (Use code 20OFF to save 20%. But hurry, this code is not valid for long!)


Lecture Descriptions

Dr. Ellen Antoine
Topic: Not Every Leak Needs a Plumber: Gluten and Leaky Gut
Location: Lecture Stage
Dr. Ellen Antoine is board certified in Emergency Medicine, Functional Medicine, and Integrative Medicine. She will be discussing intestinal permeability (‘leaky gut’), gluten’s role in contributing to an unhealthy GI tract, and how to go about ‘fixing’ (healing) this vital digestive organ system.

Jenna Drew

Topic: Essential Oils to Boost Immunity and Relieve Digestive Issues
Location: Lecture Stage

As the go-to person for Celiac and digestive issues, Jenna remembers what it’s like to feel there is nowhere else to go when even the “doctors just don’t get it.” As a Certified Mind Body Fitness Coach and Essential Oil Expert, she helps her clients “Get that Gluten Free Glow” and transform their lives through lifestyle coaching and natural solutions like essential oils and real foods.

Amy Macklin

Topic: Clearing the Confusion: Gluten-Free Demystified
Location: Lecture Stage

This session is setup as an “Ask the Expert” Q&A. Get up close and personal with a gluten-free nutrition expert. Receive answers to your pressing questions. No topic is off limits. Past interests have included, what key nutrients may be lacking in the gluten-free diet; the 6 “gluten” words to look for in the ingredients list; quick and easy meal planning ideas and strategies; tips for sending your gluten-free child to school, sleepovers, and birthday parties, and the secret to the most delicious gluten-free stuffing ever!

Jen Cuevas

Topic: Bridging the Divide: Gluten Free to Grain Free Living
Location: Lecture Stage

Have you considered trying a grain-free or Paleo dietary lifestyle to resolve health issues? Join Jen Cuevas, founder of The Gluten & Grain Free Gourmet, as she takes you through a journey beyond gluten-free.  Jen is a certified gluten-free coach with a surprising health story of her own, and she now coaches and trains individuals and groups to experience this new approach to eating.  Jen will share her personal journey, along with some tips and ideas that have helped her clients experience some amazing results.

Tami Pyles

Topic: Celebrating Safely: How to Navigate the Holidays with Food Allergies and Celiac Disease
Location: Lecture Stage

Holidays can be stressful, but add in food allergies or Celiac Disease and that stress is compounded. It is possible to stay safe and have fun during the holidays, but there is a great deal of planning and preparation required. The presentation will address major holidays (Valentines Day, Easter, 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah, New Years) and things that those with food allergies and Celiac Disease need to consider, plan for, and do in order to stay safe and enjoy the holiday. Special emphasis will be placed on Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah and New Years given the timing of the conference.

 


Demo Descriptions

Tiffany Hinton

Topic: Scrumptious Gluten-Free Donuts
Location: Exhibit Hall

With a few ingredients and the perfect recipe you can create a scrumptious gluten free donut that your whole family will love in less than 30 minutes.

Jules Shepard

Topic: Pizza Party
Location: Exhibit Hall

Join celebrity chef and gluten-free expert Jules Shepard as she shows you how one simple gluten-free recipe can make everything from delicious deep dish pizza to calzones, pizza rolls and even baguettes! Real pizza is within reach again, and it’s actually super easy to make, even if you don’t have a mixer or have never made a homemade pizza.

Melissa Hehmann with Meijer

Topic: Time for Dessert
Location: Exhibit Hall

Mason jars aren’t just for canning anymore!  They are the perfect on-the-go breakfast and lunch solution for busy families.  We will demonstrate Gluten-Free Mason Jar Meals to not only increase nutrition at meals but also to satisfy your taste buds.

Jules Shepard

Topic: Coconut Bliss Overnight Oats
Location: Exhibit Hall

Overnight oats are one of the latest recipe sensations, but do you know how to make them truly gluten-free? Join celebrity chef and gluten-free expert Jules Shepard as she shows you how to make gluten-free overnight oats for breakfast or for dessert (with Coconut Bliss Organic Coconut Milk Ice Cream) and learn how to find the right oats for your diet and why the “overnight” process actually makes oats easier to digest.

Sue Hardesty

Topic: Apple Nachos
Location: Exhibit Hall

Sue will show you how to create a quick, healthy and easy dessert using only a handful of household staples. Yum.

All presentations are included with your admission.  (Use code 20OFF to save 20%. But hurry, this code is not valid for long!)

2016 Portland Presentation Schedule

 

Lecture Schedule Saturday:

10:30-11:10 am – Erin Smith – Gluten-Free Globetrotter™: How to plan your gluten-free vacation
11:20-12:00 pm – Jen Cuevas – Bridging the Divide: Gluten Free to Grain Free Living
12:10-12:50 pm – Dr. Samantha Brody – Maximizing your Energy on a Gluten-free Diet
01:00-01:40 pm – Nadine Grzeskowiak, RN BSN CEN – The Gut, Brain & Skin Connection
01:50-02:30 pm – Jenna Drew – Essential Oils to Boost Immunity and Relieve Digestive Issues
02:40-03:20 pm – Mary Herrington – How to Save Thousands Eating a Healthy Gluten Free Lifestyle

Demo Schedule Saturday:

10:30-11:20 am – Kimberly Ficklin – Quick & Easy Triple your Energy Protein Bars!
11:30-12:20 pm – Jules Shepard – Pizza Party
12:30-01:20 pm – Julie Hasson – Time for Dessert
01:30-02:20 pm – Jules Shepard – Coconut Bliss Overnight Oats
02:30-03:20 pm – Glutino – Creative Cooking Ideas Using Glutino Products

Lecture Schedule Sunday:

10:30-11:10 am – Erin Smith – Gluten-Free Globetrotter™: How to plan your gluten-free vacation
11:20-12:00 pm – Jen Cuevas – Bridging the Divide: Gluten Free to Grain Free Living
12:10-12:50 pm – Dr. Samantha Brody – Maximizing your Energy on a Gluten-free Diet
01:00-01:40 pm – Nadine Grzeskowiak, RN BSN CEN – The Gut, Brain & Skin Connection
01:50-02:30 pm – Jenna Drew – Essential Oils to Boost Immunity and Relieve Digestive Issues
02:40-03:20 pm – Mary Herrington – How to Save Thousands Eating a Healthy Gluten Free Lifestyle

Demo Schedule Sunday:

10:30-11:20 am – Kimberly Ficklin – Quick & Easy Triple your Energy Protein Bars!
11:30-12:20 pm – Jules Shepard – Pizza Party
01:30-02:20 pm – Jules Shepard – Coconut Bliss Overnight Oats
02:30-03:20 pm – Glutino – Creative Cooking Ideas Using Glutino Products

 

All presentations are included with your admission.  (Use code 20OFF to save 20%. But hurry, this code is not valid for long!)


Lecture Descriptions

Erin Smith
Topic: Gluten-Free Globetrotter™: How to plan your gluten-free vacation
Location: Lecture Stage
Planning a gluten-free vacation and eating far from home can be a daunting experience. During this session with Erin Smith, founder of Gluten-Free Globetrotter™, she will share gluten-free travel tips, suggest planning resources for your gluten-free vacation, explore gluten-free friendly travel destinations, and give you ideas for gluten-free snacks for on-the-go. There will also be a brief Q&A to answer all of your gluten-free travel questions at the end of the session.

Jen Cuevas

Topic: Bridging the Divide: Gluten Free to Grain Free Living
Location: Lecture Stage

Have you considered trying a grain-free or Paleo dietary lifestyle to resolve health issues? Join Jen Cuevas, founder of The Gluten & Grain Free Gourmet, as she takes you through a journey beyond gluten-free.  Jen is a certified gluten-free coach with a surprising health story of her own, and she now coaches and trains individuals and groups to experience this new approach to eating.  Jen will share her personal journey, along with some tips and ideas that have helped her clients experience some amazing results.

Dr. Samantha Brody

Topic: Maximizing your Energy on a Gluten-free Diet
Location: Lecture Stage

In this session, Dr Samantha will explore the reasons you may still feel tired even on a gluten-free diet. From medical conditions to the foods you’re choosing, there is always a reason. Dr Samantha will expertly guide you in assessing which things you do and don’t have control over that may be making you tired, and teach you how to address them so you feel the best you possibly can every single day.

Nadine Grzeskowiak, RN BSN CEN

Topic: The Gut, Brain & Skin Connection
Location: Lecture Stage

Learn how gluten & other foods cause damage in the intestines, the brain and the skin along with every other organ in your body. A fascinating and comprehensive look at how the food we eat can harm the body or heal the body. Learn how to eat to heal damage that has already happened and prevent future problems.

Jenna Drew

Topic: Essential Oils to Boost Immunity and Relieve Digestive Issues
Location: Lecture Stage

As the go-to person for Celiac and digestive issues, Jenna remembers what it’s like to feel there is nowhere else to go when even the “doctors just don’t get it.” As a Certified Mind Body Fitness Coach and Essential Oil Expert, she helps her clients “Get that Gluten Free Glow” and transform their lives through lifestyle coaching and natural solutions like essential oils and real foods.

 

Mary Herrington
Topic: How to Save Thousands Eating a Healthy Gluten Free Lifestyle
Location: Lecture StageDiscription to come.


Demo Descriptions

Kimberly Ficklin

Topic: Quick & Easy Triple your Energy Protein Bars!
Location: Exhibit Hall

Replace those bars that you buy from the store with these quick and easy energy bars.
The perfect gluten and nut-free little bite these are packed with energy- and brain-boosting ingredients.

Jules Shepard

Topic: Pizza Party
Location: Exhibit Hall

Join celebrity chef and gluten-free expert Jules Shepard as she shows you how one simple gluten-free recipe can make everything from delicious deep dish pizza to calzones, pizza rolls and even baguettes! Real pizza is within reach again, and it’s actually super easy to make, even if you don’t have a mixer or have never made a homemade pizza.

Julie Hasson

Topic: Time for Dessert
Location: Exhibit Hall

Julie will show us how to make a delicious dessert using Julie’s Original Gluten-Free Baking Mixes.

Jules Shepard

Topic: Coconut Bliss Overnight Oats
Location: Exhibit Hall

Overnight oats are one of the latest recipe sensations, but do you know how to make them truly gluten-free? Join celebrity chef and gluten-free expert Jules Shepard as she shows you how to make gluten-free overnight oats for breakfast or for dessert (with Coconut Bliss Organic Coconut Milk Ice Cream) and learn how to find the right oats for your diet and why the “overnight” process actually makes oats easier to digest.

Glutino

Topic: Creative Cooking Ideas Using Glutino Products
Location: Exhibit Hall

Glutinos products are delicious right out of the bag, but you can also use them to turn ordinary dishes into something special. In this demo, you’ll get some creative cooking ideas and tips using Glutino products.

 

All presentations are included with your admission.  (Use code 20OFF to save 20%. But hurry, this code is not valid for long!)

You Ready for Us, Stamford?

We are only a few days away from bringing the GFFAFest to Stamford, and we can’t wait. It’ll be bigger and better than ever. If you’re wondering what you’ll find out our Fest, here’s a quick peak at one of our past Fests:

We’ll have tons of exhibitors who are looking forward to introducing you to their gluten-free and allergy-friendly products. There’ll be demos and lectures, and of course, lots and lots of samples to fill you up!!!

You can find all the details about the Stamford GFFAFest here.

We’re Back!! Get Ready, Indy…

We are only a few days away from bringing the GFFAFest back to Indy, and we can’t wait. It’ll be bigger and better than ever. If you didn’t attend last year’s Fest, here’s a quick peak at what you missed:

Like last year we’ll have tons of exhibitors who are looking forward to introducing you to their gluten-free and allergy-friendly products. There’ll be demos and lectures, and of course, lots and lots of samples to fill you up!!!

Speaking of filling you up, don’t miss the first ever #GlutinoPancakePalooza, a pancake eating contest hosted by Glutino. Hungry and not afraid to get messy? Sign up here to join the fun. If you are bringing the kids along, there’ll be fun activities for them as well. They can learn how to make pancake art, top their pancakes at the Pancake Bar and make their own Snack Mix for the drive home.

You can find all the details about the Indy GFFAFest here.

Visit Minneapolis

“Fly-over land” no longer, this progressive  and friendly city is an oasis for special diet travelers

Here’s some delicious irony: Minneapolis was once dubbed “Mill City” and considered the flour capital of the world. In the 1880s, the city’s west bank boasted over two dozen flour mills.

This flour-laden legacy is now a part of history. The towering mills that used to cast their shadows over the streets of Minneapolis are now a unique backdrop for museums and tours. Today, gluten-free visitors to Minneapolis can find dozens of restaurants whose menus are filled with flavorful choices for diners with special dietary needs.

Minneapolis is a hotbed of creativity, with a vibrant arts and music scene and a revered dining culture fueled by its farm-to-table ethic, proliferous farmers’ markets and multicultural culinary traditions.

It’s no surprise that the semi-finalists of the 2015 James Beard Award (Oscars of the food world) included 14 chefs from Minneapolis and St. Paul. This level of culinary expertise, infused with the city’s teeming innovation and artistic pulse, results in an exciting dining adventure for those seeking bold new flavors and a multitude of selections. Many of the city’s restaurants feature gluten-free or allergy-friendly menus, and often chefs are happy to visit tableside and craft a customized creation.

Don’t let the stereotype of frigid temps and Scandinavian modesty fool you. Minnesota knows how to warm its way into your heart—and into your belly!

Downtown Minneapolis

The first thing visitors notice when they visit downtown Minneapolis is the elaborate skyway system that connects 52 blocks (nearly five miles) of downtown, making it possible to work, shop and eat without ever having to go outside.

A sense of adventure and exploration is rewarded, however, with many architectural and cultural landmarks waiting around every corner. Notable places are the , the and the , home of the largest urban sculpture garden in the country and the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture.

GuthrieTheater

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On the west side of the city in the mill district, you can tour the legendary or learn about the city’s flour milling history by visiting The . If you have time to check out the city’s live music scene, be sure to swing by , made famous by legendary Minnesota native Prince or drop in to the .

Good Eats

One doesn’t have to travel far to find safe and delicious gluten-free food downtown. The award-winning is located a mile northeast of downtown on Hennepin Avenue. This dining spot serves up Creole-inspired comfort food. Everything on the menu is gluten-free, with the exception of rolls, sliced bread and cornbread. From pulled chicken smothered in peppered gravy to smoky beef simmering in barbecue sauce, the food is made in house from scratch by knowledgeable staff, which makes it a popular choice for locals with food sensitivities.

For a more upscale dining experience, make a reservation at . This notable hotspot features a 6,000-square-foot rooftop patio and a gluten-free menu containing more than 30 items from appetizers to entrees. Its staff is well educated on all food sensitivities and will work with you to find an entrée that caters to your tastes and your needs.

PizzaLuce

Courtesy of Pizza Luce

If you’re looking for a casual pizza place, check out , located in the heart of downtown. With a trained staff and commitment to gluten-free diners, its menu includes gluten-free stuffed pasta shells, as well as a variety of specialty pizzas. If you just need to buzz in to pick up some allergy-friendly snacks, visit the , which carries a diverse selection of wholesome foods. It’s located only a few blocks away from the Minneapolis Convention Center.

The Lakes (Calhoun, Harriet, Lake of the Isles, Cedar, Nokomis)

Minneapolis literally means “city of lakes” and several are contained within the city limits, just a few miles south of downtown. Dozens of miles of paved pathways provide an excellent outlet to get in some exercise, as well as people watch. Just be sure to choose the walking path and watch out for in-line skaters who have their own path and zip by very quickly!

If you’re in the mood for a more leisurely stroll, check out , which is located on the northeast side of Lake Harriet. This picturesque park contains four gardens, including the second oldest public rose garden in the country. No trip to the lakes would be complete without stopping at the Lake Harriet Bandshell, where you can pick up a decadent root beer float, among other safe treats at while watching colorful sailboats set sail.

Top off your visit to the lakes by hopping aboard the . The historic Minnesota trolley car follows a one-mile track through the Harriet and Linden Hills neighborhoods.

Good Eats

FrenchMeadowBakery

Courtesy of French Meadow Bakery

After a lap or two around the lakes, you’ll have worked up an appetite! Fortunately, safe and delicious food is only a couple of minutes away. Just east of Lake Calhoun, you’ll find . Boasting the proud title of the first organic bakery in the United States, this local favorite features not only decadent gluten-free cakes and tarts but also a variety of gluten-free entrees, including blackened fish tacos and jumbo scallops with wild mushroom risotto.

For a more casual setting, be sure to visit. Don’t let the name fool you; along with providing $2 bowling shoe rentals, they serve up an impressive menu, filled with gluten-free and vegetarian selections. Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, this local hangout also whips up an impressive gluten-free breakfast and has inspired quite a loyal following.

Another casual café recently cropped up in the Lake Nokomis neighborhood, five miles southeast of Lake Calhoun. The now has a permanent home for its innovative food truck business in a cozy, brightly decorated café. Everything on the menu is gluten-free. Owner and dietitian Tamara Brown is proud to feature locally sourced proteins, clean fats and plentiful portions of vegetables. Sweet and savory crepes are just one of the many staples that attract foodies looking for wholesome, locally sourced food.

St. Paul

No visit to Minneapolis is complete without a visit to its twin city, St. Paul. Separated by a few short miles and the mighty Mississippi, St. Paul may be smaller in size but it is home to the state capitol building and 104 historic landmarks, including the , which was modeled after St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican in Rome. Take in a closer view of the cathedral as you explore historic Summit Avenue, where dozens of Victorian mansions have been proudly restored, including the , the largest single-residence home in the state.

Along the bluffs of the Mississippi, there are noteworthy sites, such as historic . Built in the early 1820s, it served the U.S. military for 120 years. Further along the bluffs, some of St. Paul’s more notorious history can be revisited by touring the . Tour operators recount the fascinating ways the caves have been used over the last 150 years, including as hideouts for legendary gangsters.

Good Eats

With so much to see, it may be hard to break away for a bite to eat but there are plenty of safe and amazing gluten-free options to tempt you. Grand Avenue is home to some of St. Paul’s best restaurants, including . This cozy, local favorite features Southern-style comfort food and carries many unique gluten-free selections, such as Kentucky Bourbon pot roast and shrimp-n-grits. It’s a popular spot, so make sure you call ahead for reservations.

Another popular and unforgettable destination is the award-winning . This upscale eatery, featuring authentic Italian fare, is located in the heart of St. Paul, across from picturesque Rice Park. The twinkling lights of Rice Park cannot rival the interesting décor and festive atmosphere found inside Pazzaluna. Brightly colored murals provide an eye-catching, floor-to-ceiling backdrop while plates of decadent gluten-free pasta are served in the freshest of sauces. Wait staff has been educated on gluten-free preparation and serving, and executive chefs trained in gluten-free cooking oversee the cooking of your entree—all of which means you can truly relax and enjoy a safe, delicious meal. Reservations are recommended.

As long as you’re in St. Paul, take a quick spin a few miles north and visit St. Paul’s first gluten-free craft brewery, . Founded by a celiac, Burning Brothers opens its tap room Thursday through Sunday, and also invites in a gluten-free food truck on select Fridays.

Drive just a few miles farther to a northern St. Paul suburb, Vadnais Heights, where you’ll find . Chef Tyler Jandrey’s commitment to the gluten-free community is evident in the variety displayed on the menu. Do you remember the days when you could order appetizers such as potato skins, walleye fingers or fried calamari? In this lively sports bar, you can again, gluten free!

South of the Cities (Edina, Bloomington and Burnsville)

A few additional gluten-free hotspots are worth mentioning in the southern suburbs, not more than a 15-minute drive away from downtown.

Just to the south of the cities, off the main highways of I-35W and Hwy 62, you’ll find the suburb of Edina. If you’re looking for a great place to have breakfast, visit . It serves up a delicious variety of pancakes using Pamela’s baking mix and the staff is well trained in avoiding cross contamination. Be sure to call ahead or you’re guaranteed an hour wait at the door.

Jump back on I-35W and travel just a few miles south to the suburb of Burnsville. Here you’ll find locally owned . This cozy, little hideaway was recently featured on a local news program for its commitment to the gluten-free community. Ernie’s offers an easy-to-navigate, extensive gluten-free menu, with separate fryers and prep areas.

MallofAmerica

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As you circle back to the cities, there’s one other destination you may want to see. The legendary attracts 40 million visitors annually and is located just 15 minutes south of downtown, off the I-494 loop. While you may think this shopping mecca is too huge to tackle, it truly is worth a visit, no matter how short. Not only does it house the Nickelodeon Universe amusement park, as well as over 500 stores, it also offers a good selection of places to grab a gluten-free meal, including sit-down fare at , and.

 

Julie Salato is the founder and executive director of Celiac Center of Minnesota, .

 

On Foot ?Minneapolis’ 5-mile skyway system protects visitors from the elements. However, much of the city is better experienced by hitting the pavement. The town is mapped on a logical grid system, making navigation a snap.

Rental Car ?The most convenient location to secure a rental car is at the MSP airport. The level of traffic is not intimidating and the drivers are Minnesota-nice.

Light-Rail ?This metro transit system is relatively new and is a reliable resource for those needing a lift to and from the Mall of America and downtown. It costs an average of $2 (depending upon the hour) and tickets can be purchased at an automated station before boarding.

Taxi?There are several taxi providers in the city. While it’s possible to hail a cab from downtown, you’ll be better served phoning ahead for pickup.

Bike ?Nice Ride is a non-profit bike-sharing system that allows users to check out bikes for a minimal fee and return them to several stations located throughout the city.

Good Bye Columbus, Hello Minneapolis!

Wow. The Columbus Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest far exceeded our expectations. Over 3000 people came to participate in this great event. The aisles were packed, and our vendors had steady lines of people waiting to try their products. Thanks to all of you for joining us. We’d also like to give a special shout-out to all our amazing volunteers who supported us. You were awesome, and we loved getting to know you.

If you weren’t able to make it, here’s a short video of day 1 of the Fest:

Now we are getting ready for our next Fest in Minneapolis on May 16th and 17th. If you are in the area, be sure to come join us as we celebrate the gluten-free, allergy-friendly lifestyle.

Columbus, Here We Come!

The 2015 Fest series is off to a great start. We’ve wrapped up our first two shows of the year in Austin, TX and Lakeland, FL. We had thousands of gluten-free party-goers join us at the Austin Convention Center and the Lakeland Center for a weekend of gluten-free fun. Thank you to everybody who joined the party!

If you weren’t able to join us, here is a quick recap and impressions from some of our great attendees at the Austin Fest:

 

Now we are preparing for our next shows in Columbus (April 25-26th) and Minneapolis (May 16-17th). If you are in the area of either city, come on over to join us from 10am to 4pm on both days. We hope to see you there.

 

Another One for the History Books!

Portland, you rock! We just wrapped up this latest Fest in our series of nation-wide events, and it was another success. Over 2500 people came to see our fantastic set of exhibitors and sample their amazing food. We couldn’t have asked for a more enthusiastic audience. A huge Thank You to our volunteers for taking time out of their day to lend a helping hand. We could not have done it without them!

If you weren’t able to make it, here are a couple of videos with impressions from the weekend:

 

Join us next year. We are planning on being back in Portland in late September 2015.

Indy Was a Blast!

We had so much fun in Indianapolis on August 23rd and 24th at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. We couldn’t believe how many people came out to sample all of the great food and meet our fantastic vendors. Overall, we had close to 4000 attendees! Thanks to everybody who came out to join us. And a special Thank You to all of our great volunteers! You were a huge help, and we loved meeting you. We hope to see you again next year.

If you couldn’t come out to join the party, here’s a quick peak at what went on:

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