The Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event invites you to experience an event where learning is both fun and delicious. Many of the hottest and newest gluten-free foods, including products from local and national vendors, will fill the exhibit hall at the Gwinnett Center on Sunday, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Organized by ECHO Event Solutions (ECHO), the event is sponsored by Udi’s Gluten Free, Glutino Food Group, Enjoy Life Foods, and Penta Water. This is the first event in Atlanta organized by ECHO, but it marks the sixth time Atlanta has hosted a gluten-free event.
The event is open to the community, and it caters to those who avoid multiple allergens, such as gluten, dairy, soy, nuts, grains, etc. The event features an 'Allergen Free Zone' sponsored by Enjoy Life Foods, where all products will be free of nuts. Companies with Kosher/gluten-free products will also be in attendance as this is the first year the event is being held on Sunday.
Admission is $10 per adult; kids 13 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased in advance online. Those who purchase their tickets in advance get a special perk by being automatically entered into a drawing for a gift basket from one of the event’s sponsors. Admission to the event includes:
- Product sampling and sales from more than 50 companies
- Free lectures from well-known members of the gluten-free community about gluten and allergen-free living
- Free cooking demonstrations that invite you to explore the world of gluten-free cooking one delicious bite at a time
- A free bag to tote around samples and purchases
Sampling of gluten-free/allergen-free foods begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. with guest speakers and cooking demonstrations rounding out the day. Products will also be available for sale, so attendees should come prepared to take advantage of show prices.
The event features lectures from Dr. Cynthia Rudert M.D., F.A.C.P., a Board Certified Gastroenterologist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of celiac disease, Carol Kicinski, American’s Gluten Free Voice, and Founder & Editor in Chief of Simply Gluten Free Magazine, and Brandy Wendler, Mrs. Northwest.
2013 vendors from metro Atlanta include but are not limited to: American Gra-Frutti, Frannie’s Gluten Free, Front Porch Sweets, Gluten Free Cutie, Good Grub Subs, Mama Bakes Safe Cakes, Mina’s Purely Divine, Pure Knead, Sally’s Gluten Free Bakery, and Taste of Gluten Free.
National vendors attending the event include but are not limited to: Against the Grain Gourmet, Bakery on Main, Blue Diamond Growers, Delight Gluten Free Magazine, Earth Balance, Kinnikinnick Foods, Living Without Magazine, Nogii, Simply Gluten Free Magazine, and Surf Sweets.
A percentage of the proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to local gluten and allergen-free support efforts. The event is still accepting vendors, but space is limited, so submit your registration forms soon.
Come hungry and leave full of both yummy gluten-free food and knowledge!