Great Gluten Free Expo Birmingham
What an amazing event we had the weekend of Feb. 24th and 25th, 2012. It was birthed from 3 women who have a heart for the gluten free people of Birmingham. We all eat gluten free for our own reasons, but we eat gluten free. It is hard. But there is help. Lots of help. Many great resources available to those who eat gluten free. Great companies, bloggers, chefs, etc…. and we brought it all together for the Birmingham people in one weekend. The Great Gluten Free Expo. Thank you so much to all who participated, sponsors, exhibitors, volunteers, attendees, presentors. It could not have happened without you! We are so very thankful for EVERY MINUTE of your participation.
The expo kicked off with a fabulous gala dinner that you can read my recap on here.
Next we had a 5K race with over 200 runners! This is a great turnout for a first year! We are so thankful for each and every runner who sacrificed sleep to get up early and come run for Celiac Research! We hope you had a great time and plan to participate in the future! Here is our first place runner, Jordan (left) and his dad, also a runner, Jason. Thanks guys for supporting team Elyie Brooke!
We opened the doors to the expo at 10 am, although we had people there and ready to come in starting at 9 am. We are so thankful for the amazing turnout we had. And for it being our first year is even more amazing! We had between 750-800 attendees come through the expo hall. We were in awe. So amazed by all who came out. We had such a great line up of speakers that everyone seemed to really enjoy.
Judy Jones with the Autism Society, Pam King from the Center for Celiac Research, Jules Shepard of Jules Gluten Free, Gluten Free GiGi, Chef Sean Butler of Food Studio B, Naomi Poe of Better Batter, Jules Shepard of Jules Gluten Free So thankful to all of you who spoke at the expo!
Without you, this expo would not have been possible! Thank you so much for coming to Birmingham to serve our community of gluten free people! We thank you for the awesome samples you passed out, but more importantly for the fabulous products you make available for all who eat gluten free!
The Amazing Companies that showed off their products:
Vance Foods, TH Foods, Inc., Bakery on Main, Happy Family, Gluten Free Cutie,
Sweet Oven & Co, Earth Balance, Earth Fare, Triumph Dining, Living Without,
Udi’s GF Foods, Organic Harvest, Rudi’s Gluten Free, Camp Weekaneatit,
BareNaked Noodles, Whole Foods, Taste of Gluten Free, Pamela’s Products,
Bham Integrative Health, Arbonne, HomeFree, LLC, Center for Celiac Research,
Maria’s Good Food, Jules Gluten Free, Gluten Free Gigi, Bham Kids and Family,
Cabot Cheese, Gluten Free Birmingham, Celiac Support Group, General Mills,
Juice Plus, Bob’s Red Mill, Go Picnic, Autism Society of Alabama
Sniders Pretzels, Dr. Schar, Jovial Foods, Wow Butter, Better Batter
Katz Gluten Free, Gastroenterology Associates, Kinnikinnick,
Glutino, Glee Gum, Think Thin, Springer Mountain Farms,
Food Should Taste Good, That’s It Bars, Jeff State Community College, Zija: The Moringa Company,
Food Studio B, Enjoy Life
We were supposed to have a photographer to take some great pictures to capture the whole event, but at the last minute were unable to come, so that left yours truely to take pictures and run the event. I did the best I could with my cheap little Canon. I hope you get the idea of what a great event this was. I cannot thank our sponsors and companies who participated enough for sending people and samples and talking with all our attendees.