Last month, I attended my first event as a blogger. I attended the Gluten and Allergen Free Wellness Event here in Charlotte. The event features various vendors and speakers to help educate and serve those that cannot eat gluten and/or have allergens. Free product sampling before purchasing, lectures and demonstrations, and a free gift bag to carry samples & purchases are included with the ticket. Events are held in various states with the Charlotte event taking place at Lenny Boy Brewing Company.
As part of the blogger team, I got to bring Nikki as my guest. We also had access to the event 30 minutes prior to everyone else. When we got our wristbands, the swag bags weren’t quite ready yet and a few vendors were still setting up. The first table we stopped at was Norm’s Farms. They specialize in elderberries, which are a super fruit with all kind of benefits. We sampled syrup, jams, and jellies. We decided to purchase a jar of Blueberry Elderberry Preserves.
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Next we moved on to the Killer Bees Honey table. We spoke with the owners, whom were very nice. We sampled honey and explored their beauty products. Had I not just bought a giant jar of local honey the weekend before, I definitely would’ve purchased a jar! Do any of you have issues with honey? It causes Nikki stomach discomfort. After that, we stopped by the Garden Lites table to try a chocolate muffin (me) and blueberry waffle (Nikki).
At this point, we decided to visit the outer tables and then make our way back around to the inner tables. The Garnet Rose Soap Company caught our eye. There were so many soaps to smell (they smelled delightful)! These products are not only all natural, but gluten-free. Ms. V explained that what you put on top of your skin will absorb and we should be mindful of the products we use. She was a joy to talk to! Through our conversation, we discovered that she is Godmother to the newest Carolina Panther, Torrey Smith! Nikki & I were telling her how excited we were to have him play for our team, so she had us record a message to him on her Instastory. 😀
JP’s Pastry is located in Raleigh, NC. They had a variety of goodies (and a line!) to try. Nikki found yummy food that we buy: a cinnamon roll & Hawaiian rolls. We didn’t realize until we got home that the Hawaiian rolls contained dairy. While in line, someone was asking about bread and was told an item had no dairy in it. We both misunderstood and didn’t think to double check the label until we got back. My mom and I ate the Hawaiian rolls, though Nikki tried them anyway. At least she could eat the cinnamon bun.
City BBQ had samples of barbecue and green beans. Nikki & I both passed on green beans as neither one of us like them. The barbecue was really good! BBQ isn’t something Nikki can usually tolerate, so it was great to find BBQ that’s not cooked in soy. City BBQ also has locations in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio.
We stopped by a few other tables for samples and discussion: Allergic Traveler, Arbonne, Brasstown Chocolate, Dolci Di Maria, F4L Diva Bars, HealthMax Center, KIND Snacks, Norwex, Passante’s Home Food Services, Scout & Cellar, and Swerve Sweetener.
It took us about two hours to make our way through the event. We had a great time, tried yummy samples, and met nice people. On my way out, I grabbed a swag bag that was full of good stuff. There was a ton of info on the Beaches by Sandals which has food options for those with dietary restrictions. We also received coupons from companies like Namaste Foods, King Arthur Flour, and Enjoy Life. Enjoy Life also had samples of their semi-sweet chocolate chips and caramel apple chewy bar (which came in handy on our trip to Atlanta). Swerve Sweetener had a cute little promotional package that included 5 packets of sweetener, recipe cards, spatula, and a measuring spoon. We stopped by their booth and I tried their fresh lemon butter cake (yum!). We’ll definitely be trying out the recipes provided (and of course tell you how to make it)! Dolci di Maria provided a Caramel Blondie and the Chocolate Pear cake. Their products are gluten- and dairy-free, but only certain items are soy-free. The blondie was really good! Unfortunately about a week after the event, I realized the cake was starting to grow mold. I didn’t realize that it’s recommended that the cake should be refrigerated even if unopened. Sadly, I had to throw it out without trying it. Luckily, several local grocery stores carry their products so I’ll definitely being trying the cake and will report back.
Hope you enjoyed this Gluten and Allergen Free Wellness Event recap. I would definitely recommend going to a Gluten and Allergen Free Wellness Event! If you’re interested in going to an even near you, be sure to check out their event page. Thank you to all of the wonderful vendors and speakers that participated, provided samples, and contributed to the swag bag.
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