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Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest will be held soon

Whether you have celiac disease, a gluten intolerance or just don't want a diet that includes gluten, there's something for you at the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest.

The festival, put on by Gluten Free and More magazine, is part of a nationwide series that started in San Diego and will expand to seven cities next year, according to GlutenFreeFoodAllergyFest.com.

"The Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest is a celebration for our gluten-free community," event organizer Sheila Cafferty told Natural Awakenings magazine. "It's a show that provides education and information about celiac disease, gluten sensitivity and information about the gluten-free diet is really for everyone as most of us know someone that struggles with a gluten intolerance or other food allergies and food sensitivities. Even those with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and those with autoimmune diseases can greatly benefit on the gluten-free diet."

Exhibitors include Costco, Whole Foods, Greenwood Family Chiropractic, Kroger, Green Bean Delivery, Sam's Club and more. Presenters include Dr. Stefano Guandalini, founder and medical director of the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center, Alicia Woodword, LCSW and editor of Gluten Free and More, gluten-free Italian chef Mary Capone, as well as several chefs, doctors, writers and others impacted by gluten intolerance.

"Consumer shows are a natural extension of our brand and the services we provide to the Celiac and food allergic community," said Gluten Free and More vice president Tom Canfield said on the festival's web site. "The shows offer consumers a fun way to interact one-on-one with manufacturers and vendors to sample products, and learn more about allergy-friendly and gluten-free goods and services."

The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. August 23-24 in the Expo Hall at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. One day adult admission is $15, two-day adult admission is $25, seniors and military one day is $12, children's tickets are $5, and children 5 years old and younger are free.