The sunrise we were blessed to see upon arriving in Chicago!
Early morning smiles- we were running on excitement and coffee!
This was my first gluten free expo, so I had no idea what to expect, other than what I had read from other bloggers. We arrived at the expo right when it started at 10am, and stayed until a little past when it ended at 3pm. Entering the hotel and convention center was such an amazing feeling! First of all, it was beautiful. Flowers, large windows, and chandeliers made it feel like I was in a fancy European hotel. I literally felt like I was in a dream. Then I entered the huge convention center area filled with gluten free food, vendors, bloggers, and a sea of gluten free foodies wearing colorfully designed shirts. We were given a gift bag filled with coupons, gluten free snacks, and other amazing goodies. With no worries about cross contamination, Abby and I proceeded to walk around to all of the vendors stuffing our faces with delicious gluten free samples. There was everything from granola bars, cookies, brownies, chocolate, bread, deep dish pizza, pasta, crackers, meatballs, smoothies, ice cream, and much more. It was amazing. It was overwhelming. It was gluten free HEAVEN! Never have I ever felt so excited and carefree eating gluten free food to my heart's desire. I am not sure which food I liked the best because it was all so delicious. I think one of my favorites was the bread from the company "Bfree." They also gave us a free loaf of bread for filling out a questionnaire, which was super nice of the company! After an hour of sampling, our bellies were so full of delicious food that we almost had to remind ourselves to stop eating. We took a break during the expo to listen to a few speakers, charge our iPhones, and rest our sore feet.
Near the end of the expo, we went to the red apple lipstick booth to try on lipstick just for fun. I am not a huge fan of lipstick, but it was still a blast trying on some of the beautiful different colored lipsticks!! While we were there, we had the pleasure of meeting a few gluten free bloggers, a few of whom I follow on instagram and twitter including Sarah from Celiac in the City, Pam from I'm a Celiac, Alissa from Breaking up with Captain Crunch, and Mel from Geekily GF. I can't even explain how awesome it was to meet these bloggers in real life. They were all very nice and easy to talk to, and it was an experience I will forever cherish. I had an unforgettable time at my first gluten free expo, and I cannot wait to go to another one in the near future!!
Sarah from Celiac in the City!
Mel from Geekily GF!
My bag of gluten free goodies!!