Families and individuals in the special diets community are marking their calendars for the first Food Allergy & Celiac Convention, held at Coronado Springs Resort & Convention Center in Walt Disney World, Florida. Saturday, November 22, 2014 is slated to celebrate food allergies and celiac disease at one of the top food allergy and gluten free locations in the world.
Co-hosts Sarah Norris and Laurie Sadowski are dedicated to raising awareness for consumers of all ages. The convention will feature a vendor expo, culinary demonstrations and speaker sessions, a kids' corner, and other events. “We really wanted to offer guests a variety of activities to choose from” says Sarah,
owner of the website Gluten Free & Dairy Free at WDW. “We have added that ‘Disney touch’ with Extra
Magic, with elements that you don’t see at every expo.” Food allergy and gluten-free cookbook author Laurie agrees: “Disney offers so much for guests who have special dietary needs, and we wanted to highlight this unique experience for those attending the convention. We’re thrilled that the Disney Culinary Team is working with us to provide culinary demonstrations, speaking panels, and, of course, food.”
The vendor expo will also give guests a chance to see both new and emerging gluten free and food allergy companies and organizations. All vendors will have gluten free offerings and many will cover multiple special dietary needs, including the top 8 common allergens. Tables will be equipped with signs indicating each company’s allergen and cross-contamination procedure.
The cost to attend the Food Allergy & Celiac Convention is $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-12. Advance ticket purchases are also available at a discounted rate. The ticket price includes the vendor expo, kids' corner, various staged presentations, culinary demonstrations, speaking panels, and more.
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The Food Allergy and Celiac Convention is hosted by two individuals with extensive knowledge about celiac disease, gluten-free awareness, and food allergies: Laurie Sadowski (lauriesadowski.com) and Sarah Norris (glutenfreedairyfreewdw.com) are also experienced in dealing with food allergies at WDW, and have developed relationships with the Special Diets, chefs, and event planning teams there. Focused on building awareness on health and lifestyle--not just the food, but definitely the food--the convention is set to highlight awareness at the most magical place on earth!
Food Allergy & Celiac Convention is not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company.