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Gluten-Free Foods Expo Saturday at South Florida Fairgrounds

February 15th, 2011 · 7 Comments

If you’ve gone gluten-free or are cooking for someone who is, you will want to check out the 4th Annual Gluten Free Food Expo at the South Florida Fairgrounds Saturday.

It’s a free event sponsored by the Celiac Disease Foundation of South Florida, and will feature dozens of products and foods, as well as experts talking about the latest issues having to do with celiac disease.

The event moved from the Civic Center to the Fairgrounds because of fast-growing interest in gluten-free diets. So many people attended last year, organizers decided to move it to a space that accommodates booths and vendors and visitors.

Shop for and sample foods, pick up information about the disease and area celiac groups for support. Gluten-free breads, cakes, cheeses and dairy products, condiments and more will be featured by sponsoring food manufacturers.

Celiac – what it is

People with celiac disease have a digestive disorder that results in damage to the small intestine. This prevents the proper absorption of key nutrients.  Gluten, a component of wheat, rye, oats and barley or their by-products, has been identified as the cause. Once thought to be rare, some studies show as many as 1 in 133 have this disorder. Symptoms can be varied and many go undiagnosed.

Get more information about the disease, its effects and how to manage it at the Expo; or call the Celiac Disease Foundation at 561-637-0396.

Gluten Free Food Expo

  • When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011
  • Where: South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center (Southern Boulevard, just east of U.S. 441), West Palm Beach
  • Cost: Free
  • Sponsors: Celiac Disease Foundation of South Florida. Corporate sponsors include Blend-Pak, Pamela’s Products, DAS, Publix, Enjoy Life Brands, Whole Foods Market, Rudi’s, Lisanatti Foods, Jones Dairy and Schar USA.

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Alyson // Feb 15, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Wow, very cool Jan. Thanks for sharing. I’ve passed your link to a girlfriend who is just starting her toddler on a gluten-free diet.

  • 2 Patty // Feb 16, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Thanks for posting – I plan on going!

  • 3 Vickie // Feb 19, 2011 at 9:34 am

    will you be back at another date or in Broward County


  • 4 Jan Norris // Feb 20, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    This isn’t my event – you could contact with Celiac Foundation of South Florida to see what they have planned. http://www.cdfsouthflorida.org – or see their phone number above.

  • 5 Harriette Mayden // Apr 24, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    I was diagnosed with Celiac’s disease at the start of 2011. Before that I would eat anything and everything and can’t seem to stop. I’ve had very severe stomach pains and lots of other pain in my abdomen area for a long time. I try so hard to eat properly because of the fear the doctor has put into me, but get so darn frustrated. I try to bake bread but seem to mess it up. If I get it right then it goes bad fast. It’s like I can’t seem to maintaina healthy diet and enjoy food. I have no patience for preparing “everything” that I eat and no will power. I’m 238 pounds and 5’8″ tall and way obese according to the BMI index. Living in remote region in Northern Alaska makes it a bit incovenient to buy gluten-free products without paying a seal and a whale for shipping. So… I . I dont know how much longer I can keep this up. I constantly tell myself that I’ve been eating this way for 41 years and have been miserable for just about that long that why does it matter if I’m gluten free? It’s an everyday struggle with myself and I really have no support groups except what’s on this internet.

  • 6 BBhealthytreats // Jul 10, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    When is your next Gluten-Free Foods Expo in South Florida Fairgrounds

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