Friday Five: My 5 Fave Things at GF+AF Expo #Giveaway

69b79536ee34afa712519cee5bd77ab6It’s Friday, so I am linking up with Courtney at Eat, Pray, Run DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What and Mar at Mar on the Run for their weekly linkup. Each week they pick a theme and bloggers join in and link up. This year instead of specific themes, they are letting us be creative with broad themes for each week of the month. This is the a “favorites” themed week. I am going to tell you my 5 favorite things about the GF & AF Expo that I went to last weekend.

I had the opportunity to check out the Gluten Free Allergen Friendly Expo in Chicago on May 15. I won a ticket to Chicago’s Gluten Free Allergen Friendly Expo from Kayla. I saw her post last year and I was sad that I did not check it out. I don’t eat gluten free all of the time, but I love to learn about GF and allergen free products and to try new things. There were some great vendors –  some Finds’ faves and some new/new to me vendors to check out.

GF Expo

My 5 Fave Things About The GF & AF Expo

1. The advocacy and support of the community. I have friends with celiac disease and other gluten intolerance issues. I also have friends whose children have severe nut allergies. I love the sense of community and support that this type of expo fosters. The stories of how some of these products came to be are pretty cool, too. It’s interesting to talk to people about their experiences with these conditions and to hear about the great strides that have been made to support people with food allergies in the last decade.

Finds Faves

2. Getting to catch up with some of the awesome folks from some of my Finds’ faves companies. Through my blog and other events and expos, I’ve met the great people from Gorilly Goods, Yumbutter, Smarty Pants, Simple Mills (review + giveaway coming soon) and Go Raw (plus Spiced and Infused and Canyon Bakehouse – not pictured). It was so fun to reconnect with them and to see/try what is new. Yumbutter has a bunch of new flavors and cashew butter coming to Target this summer – YAY! Go Raw has some delish looking (and top secret – no tastes yet!) energy bars made with protein from watermelon seeds – what!? It is always awesome to see Chris from Gorilly Goods and I got to meet Steven this time, too! I caught up with the folks from Canyon Bakehouse, too.

new finds gfexpo

3. Meeting new vendors and hearing their stories. I met a bunch of new folks – some were local and some were in just for the show. Don’t Go Nuts was started by a pre-teen with a nut allergy. They offer soy based nut spreads and non-nut energy bars. Milton’s offers delicious GF chips and crackers. I checked out a ton of stuff from Enjoy Life Foods and plan to highlight them after meeting with them at Snacks & Sweets next week. I tried some great lozenges from Redd Remedies and picked up some sweeteners from Swerve to try and to share.

4. Tasting everything! I tasted the new products from my faves and some new to me products. I tried some yummy pizzas and healthy, GF hot pocket style treats, too! I skipped the baked goods this time but there were some tasty looking goodies. I was somewhat strategic. I did not taste anything that I have already tried, so that I could enjoy new items. It is amazing how far GF products have come in the last decade. I am especially excited about all of the real food and consciously sourced products. There is a stronger focus of “real food” ingredients and the health benefits of these products.

GF AF Expo Giveaway

5. Bringing home lots of goodies to share and giveaway. As you can see, I brought home a lot of goodies! I will share (most of) this loot with one lucky reader. I will send a lucky reader one of each of these items from Milton’s, Spiced and Infused, Enjoy Life (several items), Simply 7, Vans, Popcorners, Kura, Surf Sweets, Smarty Pants and more! Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter. The giveaway runs through May 29th. A winner will be selected and notified on May 30th.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

In the meantime, check out these great companies to learn more. You can follow the GF & AF Expo on Twitter and Facebook for news on when they may be in your next of the woods!

Happy Friday, friends!

Please note: I was provided with these samples as an attendee of the Gluten Free & Allergy Free Expo. I am sharing them at my own cost. I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.



  1. Beth R says:

    Would love to try some new products.

  2. Christopher Sorel says:

    Gorilly Goods sounds good

  3. Renata says:

    I would love to try the Plentils for a healthy crunchy chip snack! My favorite glutenfree brands include KIND, Larabars and Lucys Cookies!

  4. Raymond says:

    The Simply 7 Quinoa chips sound intriguing. Justin’s nut butter and protein bars are some of my top snacks.

  5. Lauren says:

    I would like to try the Don’t Go Nuts products since my kids have nut allergies.

  6. Kimberly G says:

    I would like to try any of the chips!

  7. Amy Lauren says:

    I don’t have any intolerances but I’d love to try the Pop Corners chips.

  8. susan russell says:

    I love, love, pop corner chips

  9. I LOVE SPICED AND INFUSED> love love looooove

  10. Annamarie V says:

    I want to try the French herb popcorn. I have had the Don’t go nuts bars and I love them they are so good.

  11. Sounds like a fun event. I would love to try all the tasty snacks.

  12. Amanda C. says:

    No food intolerances (except fish!) but always trying to keep the healthy, real foods coming! Spiced and Infused are delicious and I’d love to try more from Vans. Thanks!

  13. Nik says:

    I would like to try any of the chips! I can’t pinpoint my intolerance right now?

  14. Michele P says:

    I like snacks, and one I want to try is Popcorners. I am not sure if I have any food issues or not, I don’t eat as healthy as I would like, and as I am getting older I am definitely having issues with not feeling well after I eat certain foods. I’ve purchased a few Gluten free things at the local health food market and actually don’t feel that way after eating those foods so hoping that my nutritionist can guide me in the right direction.

  15. Caroline says:

    Vans…yum! would love to try them

  16. liz l says:

    Smarty Pants for me, love gummies

  17. Bars are always a favorite – easy to take along in my purse!

  18. Laura says:

    Any of those salty snacks looks really good!

  19. Michelle B says:

    I so want to try smarty pants! I’ve been seeing them everywhere recently but want to try before I buy a huge thing of them.

  20. Julie G says:

    the miltons snacks look really good. I do not have an allergy but enjoy trying new items that are better for me

  21. Georgia S says:

    The Vans Say Cheese! crackers would be nice to try as cheese crackers are one of my go-to snacks.

  22. Steph says:

    I don’t have intolerance but I love trying new foods whether gluten free, vegan, dairy free! I like them all

  23. Mary W says:

    The Smarty Pants look interesting. I’d like to know more about that product.

  24. Emily says:

    I don’t have a gluten intolerance, but my daddy does, so I would probably give a lot of them to him, but I do love trying new products for him and my other friends and family who have gluten intolerance. I would love to try Smarty Pants vitamins!

  25. Amber Ludwig says:

    That Chipotle Taco popcorn sounds AMAZING!! I do not have any intolerances… that I know of. I have a GI doc appt in a few weeks due to stomach and digestive issues Ive had all my life. So we shall see!

  26. DJ says:

    I would love to try the Milton’s chips. I do have a gluten intolerance and avoid dairy as well.

  27. judith says:

    i’d love to try the popcorners

  28. sarah s says:

    I think I would first try the Plentils chips and Surf Sweets.

  29. julie says:

    I would love to try the miltons crackers

  30. steph says:

    chips are big in our house

  31. Mandi says:

    I would love to try more Enjoy Life products aside from the chips. I am not sure what intolerances I have but will be doing an elimination diet soon to find out. Pretty sure some gluten and dairy are on the list.

  32. Elizabeth says:

    I’d love to try the Milton’s Gluten Free Sea Salt Baked Chips! I knew that they made Crackers, which I love, but I’ve never seen the Chips before. Thanks for this chance 🙂

  33. Gracie Kahl says:

    I want to try the Plentils! I don’t have any dietary restrictions but I love to try new things.

  34. I’m not gluten intolerant, but these goodies look awesome! I’d like to try any of the crackers the most! Thanks for the chance to win!

  35. paige c says:

    I love the smarty pants vitamins! I want to try that popcorn too! I am fructose intolerant !

  36. Pat says:

    I’d love to try the Milton’s crackers. I don’t have any food allergies.

  37. Jordan D. says:

    The Plentils look good!

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