I was just tickled pink on Saturday to be an official blogger at the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo! I had no idea what to expect and for some reason I was really nervous, which inevitably made me sweat too much for being in a climate controlled building. Good thing I had my ride-or-die with me all day long, Beevy. Not only is she an omnivore with no allergies and basically had no real need to be there, but she came to support me and get free goodies like she was trick-or-treating. I’m not joking, folks…they were giving away SO MUCH FOOD that Beevy and I had to make a trip to my car to unload at one point because my shoulder hurt. MY SHOULDER HURT FROM CARRYING AROUND ALL OF THE FREE FOOD. Do you hear me, universe? Can every day be the GF&AF Expo? Please? I promise not to go crazy at the Sprouts booth again (Maybe. Actually, I can’t promise that. I have no self control when there’s free popcorn around).
First and foremost, Massel was the blogger sponsor and gave all of us a giant box filled with Massel goodies. I had never heard of this brand before but now I am in love. In the gift box was a huge assortment of vegan bouillon and stock in chicken, beef or vegetable flavors. I cooked a tofu scramble on Sunday morning with the liquid chicken stock and it tasted like scrambled gold. An amazing product. Isn’t it great how far vegan products have come?
When you entered the expo, everyone was given a goodie bag that had some great stuff in it (all of which I have dutifully tried just for you, dear reader).
These Snapea Crips were soooooo good. Like, really really good. I was sad that I had the trial size, to be honest. My mom has said that she found these at Publix but I can neither confirm nor deny this as I never shop at Publix.
This is the first time I have had any of the “squeeze” products (like a “Go-gurt” or whatever it’s called) and I’m going to be completely honest with you all (please sit down and stop eating if you are): the texture made me think of diarrhea. I’m sorry! It was seriously my immediate thought. Highly disturbing and I sort of felt like I was lied to.
Oh, Go Picnic. You have made a fan out of me. I’ve seen these products before and have quickly passed them by. They also had a booth set up at the expo and they are amazing enough to have not one but two vegan meals. These are non-GMO, gluten free little powerhouse portable snack/meals. I was not prepared for how much I like these. They package everything separately (which can create more waste, as Beevy pointed out, but maybe you can recycle it?) in these super cute and playful bags and they even give you a game inside the carton. They had me at dark chocolate and tangerine orbites. Oh, and the package with the edamame/pepita/sunflower seeds? Why haven’t I had roasted edamame before? It is a complete revelation in my life.
We had SO many other foods at the expo and I will feature some in future posts. Here are some honorable mentions:
Freedom cereals: quite delicious. We’re talking about a vegan chocolate rice crispie type cereal, people. Also I saw these at Kroger last night so that made me very happy.
Perfect Bar: so yummy. A delicious alternative to other bars you’ve tried, this is a family-run company that makes balanced nutritious fuel. The almond coconut one is the only one that’s vegan but I am proud to say that it was indeed super lovely.
Raw Noble vanilla bean mousse pie: a cashew based mouthful of wonder. They even have a chocolate flavor, and a key lime flavor, and a coconut flavor, and why aren’t I currently eating this?
Here’s the deal: I have never felt more like a hoarder than I did when I left the expo. BAGS of food littered my car with only my shame to keep it company.
I’m not joking. I would feel bad except that I don’t. Overall, the expo was amazing. I met so many super nice people, I tried way too many new products, and my pals Holly, Daniel, and Mercedes came to hang with Beevy and I!
Beevy is missing from these pictures because she is allergic to something she ate (at the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly expo) and the irony is not lost on me.