Today was the Phoenix Gluten Free Expo presented by the Greater Phoenix Chapter of Celiac Disease Foundation. I was so excited to have my own table at the event – as this is my big hometown show. I really like being a part of the Phoenix chapter of CDF and love being a part of the organization and helping out with the event. Here’s a shot of my booth before all the craziness happened!
We even had show specials – which several guests took advantage of! Make sure you visit us at upcoming expos to take advantage of our sales! We officially sold out of our green shirts – except for the XL on Manny. Until we figure out what to dress him in, he’ll be rocking the green shirt signaling to GO visit Celiac and the Beast!
Also, we are still featuring the Erica’s Favorite Things promotion and giveaway. Everyone at the expo had a chance to enter to win an big box of prizes that were part of my favorite things from 2012 – like subscription boxes (Taste Guru was featured here), Attune Foods, Crave Bake Shop, Allermates and Red Apple Lipstick. One lucky winner will be chosen soon and emailed! Keep an eye on that email, Phoenix!
I didn’t have a ton of time to look at the vendors, since our booth was so busy the whole time (thank you Phoenix), but I did get to stop at a few of my favorite booths. Here are some pictures of what I found!
Way Better Snacks (you can see my past review of them here) was there with new stickers, and I thought they were the cat’s meow! GF is our BFF too!
Linda was there being awesome as usual and giving away great samples of these sprouted chips to the Phoenix crowd. We loved seeing her at Expo West, and it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot of her. So happy to see them at all the expos, they are an awesome product.
I think it was fate that I was placed next to Tito’s Vodka at the expo, and the whole time I thought of Gluten Dude. Unfortunately, they didn’t get a permit to sample, but since I know what it tastes like – I was happy to score a few buttons and stickers for my giveaway. On our other side are the great ladies from Go Picnic. They have been rocking the social media for the brand – and I loved getting to know them (and their new products) better!
The whole Delight Gluten Free team was there! And yes, so they stopped yelling at me, I finally renewed my subscription! I love Delight, I’m so sorry I let my subscription lapse! Love those guys – if you don’t have this magazine, you need it!
Our Tucson friend Emily was sampling for Udi’s – so good to see her! I finally got an adorable pic of us together for the blog! If you’re in Tucson, connect with her – she is a mover and a shaker in the GF community!
New Planet Beer was there (one of our personal favorite brands) sampling their new varieties – the new Belgian Ale and Amber Ale. I loved the Belgian Ale – expect a review when they actually have them in-stock – because they are soooo new and selling out everywhere!
I got a chance to see a ton of other vendors – and I loved seeing all of the local favorites – Jewel’s Cupcake Shop, Rhonda’s Cooking, Picazzo’s. Also, I won a book from Jules Shepard – way cool! I’m super happy with my time at the expo, and I want to thank the Phoenix CDF chapter for putting this on, allowing me to be a part of the team, and and extra big thanks to all the volunteers that helped put the big event on. THANK YOU!
Up next – the giveaway! Here’s YOUR chance to win goodies from the expo!
HOW TO WIN A GLUTEN FREE BOX OF GOODIES FROM THE PHOENIX GLUTEN FREE EXPO:
Enter to win a box of assorted gluten-free goodies from the Phoenix Gluten Free Expo (and a few goodies from Expo West too) – for US residents only
2 winners, picked randomly (via Rafflecopter) based on valid entries.
HOW IT WORKS:
Each person can be entered into this contest via Rafflecopter.
Friday, April 26th 2013 at midnight EST