Hey guys! On March 24th I attended the Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event. I've always felt at home at gluten-free events I've attended in the past, and this event was no different.
The event was held at Lenny Boy Brewing Co. here in Charlotte, NC and I was amazed by the turnout. This was my first time attending a gluten-free event in Charlotte and it was really nice seeing such a diverse crowd getting together to learn more about gluten-free products and local initiatives.
There were about 50 vendors as well as a full schedule of speakers. All of the vendors were very friendly and knowledgeable. Some of my favorite brands, such as Kind, Dolci, and Enjoy Life, all had booths. I also discovered a few new vendors I've never tried before. Lundberg Family Farms, Mayacamas, and JP's Pastry were all new brands that I really enjoyed.
Out of all the vendors, JP's Pastry was my absolute favorite. Located in Benson, North Carolina, they're a certified gluten-free bakery providing cakes, bagels, bread loaves, and much more. Tashawn tried the hamburger bun while I had a slice of their loaf of bread and we were both left speechless. We couldn’t believe the bread was actually gluten-free! It was very sweet, moist, and best of all it doesn’t break into a million pieces when I tried to eat it. By far it's the best gluten-free bread I've tried since learning about my allergy. They offer bundle packaging if you’re not local and are interested in buying online.
There were also vendors offering gluten-free healthcare products and home care needs. Doterra offered information about all of their line of essential oil products.
Another vendor I had the opportunity to talk with was Pop Up Produce, a Charlotte-based non-profit that was created to teach others how to grow their own food as well as tackle various socio-economic issues like food disparity, food insecurity, and food deserts. At their booth, they were selling a product called Fresh Start Kits. For every kit purchased, Pop Up Produce donates resources to families in food deserts. I really loved what they stood for and am planning on volunteering for them soon.
My husband and I really enjoyed our time at the Gluten & Allergen Free Wellness Event. Though it was a smaller event, we are looking forward to attending more events held by them in the future!