Although I did not plan my trip to Cincinnati around the Gluten-Free for Cincinnati expo, it certainly was incredible timing for it to take place during my birthday week while I happened to be in the city.
Organized by a local non-profit founded by a Cincinnati family whose young kids were diagnosed with celiac disease, this expo promised to bring together local and national vendors for a day of education, awareness, and gluten-free foods.
Despite a drizzly start to the day, the turnout for the event was great, with each classroom packed with attendees. Although I recognized the national brands that were sampling items, what was really cool was getting to know the local companies, which really opened my eyes to local companies I will definitely be a patron of whenever I am in the city again.
This post is a sampling (pun intended) of the vendors that caught my eye and definitely deserve a shout-out. Some I will be providing extended reviews on (links will be posted once the reviews will be published), so watch out in coming days for more from this amazing event.
Before diving into the reviews, I have to give a shout out to the organizers of the event. Despite tight quarters in some of the classrooms, the vendors were accessible and the crowds were able to flow in and around the area without bunching up in one place. Although I didn’t stop at their booths, I was impressed to see so many medical professionals and stores there, proving that gluten-free families need medical support and access to gluten-free food in the community. I definitely was a quality expo, and I hope to see it grow more and more over the years!
Glutino (Website Link)
Noodles Bakeshop (Website Link)
Elephant Bread (Website Link)
Chubby Bunny Bakery (Website Link)
Enjoy Life Foods (Website Link)
Tina’s Sweet Treats (Website Link)
Sonny Marie’s Gluten Free (Website Link)
Below is the full list of vendors at the event. For more information about Gluten-Free for Cincinnati, including future expo details, an upcoming gluten-free day at a Cincinnati Reds baseball game, and area restaurants, click here.
Disclaimer: I was provided all samples free of charge (I did purchase several products independently). I was not influenced or compensated in anyway, and all opinions reflected are mine, and mine alone.