What a lovely, busy weekend I had during the Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event when it stopped near Kansas City, at the KU Edwardsville Best Conference Center in Overland Park, KS. Thanks to the hard work from all of those involved. I was amazed by the boundless energy possessed by those wonderful ladies in charge.
I can’t summarize things much better than my GFF Kathleen from Soul Food Heals did. She is likely much more thorough than I could be. I am so fortunate that I had the opportunity to spend some extra time with her during her stay in Kansas City.
Check out her recaps here:
I concur with everything she said, and I have a very special place in my heart for KC Natural BBQ Sauce. This local Kansas City company has recently released a nightshade-free sauce – their Mastodon Sauce – and it is out of this world. Folks at the GFAF Wellness Event in Kansas City had the opportunity to try that sauce, along with the Original and Sriracha-Q Sauces as samples.
I highly suggest checking out what the Food Equality Initiative is up to as well. Great people, with an inspiring vision. I hope to see more of them in the near future. It is such a thrill to see something like this right here in the midwest.
For those who are needing more dairy-free options, the Mean Vegan booth was a great stop. They had their unbelievably delicious “cheese-y” & saucy jackfruit tamales, that just happen to be vegan (but you would never know it).They also had some of their other products out to sample. My cohort was quite happy with the mushroom jerky (also vegan).
My find for the event, that I had never tried, and was delighted to be able to enjoy were the allergen-free products from The Gluten & Grain Free Gourmet . O M G ! I was able to eat multiple things from this booth. And they were all insanely good. I think that my favorites were the Cashew Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, the Paleo Coco No Bake Cookies, and the Paleo Almond Sea Salt Chocolate Bar. So good! And grain-free. This makes me so happy.
Make sure to give some love to the organizations and companies involved with this event. Please check out their websites below. It is heartwarming to see the growth in people who want to support this community. I am so very grateful.
- Andrea’s Gluten Free
- Bakery On Main
- Celiac Support Association – CSA
- Delight Gluten Free Magazine
- Eat Without Gluten
- Enjoy Life Foods
- Food Equality Initiative
- Hilary’s Eat Well
- ID Life
- It Works!
- Journal of Gluten Sensitivity
- KC Natural BBQ Sauce
- LPHJ Kitchen
- Mama Resch’s Gluten Free Bakery
- Mean Vegan
- Nature’s Harvest
- SPIN Pizza
- Simply Gluten Free Magazine
- Simply Healthy Kids
- The Gluten and Grain Free Gourmet
- Toxic Free
- WOW Butter
It was a great experience for me. I look forward to attending more of these events in the future. Be sure to also check out some of my photos from the event here: