I’ve been attending this gluten free food sampling Mecca since it started in Indy. In fact, when it started, it was not owned by Gluten free & more magazine. It was a local creation.
After the initiation years and public build-up, the magazine purchased the show and took over. However, things have changed.
While I still love the accessibility to new gluten free products, sampling before buying and the ability to take my kids somewhere they can eat, there are things that I miss about the old show.
1-The old show gave me the opportunity to sample gluten free alcohol and learn about some of the options on the market that were safe.
2-There were nearly three times the amount of vendors available to sample.
3-The old show didn’t have such a highly represented number of unrelated, non-food vendors.
On the up side, this show does encourage participation from companies that produce products that are free from additional allergens, in addition to gluten.
Perhaps there is a way they can strike a balance to keep numbers up? Did you attend? What are your thoughts?