Gluten-Free for Life Expo, 2017 - WrapUp
Once again the Gluten-Free in Florida Support Group has been proud to be a part of our sixth annual Gluten-Free for Life Expo presented at the St Petersburg Coliseum in Florida. And we could not have done it without you! Thank you so much!! The date for our seventh annual Expo will be March 24, 2018 so you can plan on joining us as we do it again!
While it’s true that our attendance was a bit lighter than usual this year, we all noticed something very significant. Our guests lingered…some for a few hours, some for the entire day! They took the time to speak to the Vendors, listen to our Speakers & Teachers, and shop. We had a large number of guests who were newly diagnosed, searching for answers. And many who had never been to a Gluten-Free event before, eager to explore and learn.
We really appreciate those of you who provided product to help create our Raffle Bags and to fill our Teens Tables. This year our Teens raised $170.00 and our Raffle Bags raised $313.00 which means that our total Fund Raising efforts brought in over $1,000.00 to be donated to Camp Weekaneatit. Your generous contributions allowed the Gluten-Free Food Pantry to leave with a generous supply of Gluten-Free food for needy families in the area.
A slideshow of our day, plus many of our Vendors and incredible Speakers will be uploaded on the Facebook if you’d like to take a look. Our Vendors will remain listed on the site until October when we begin to get ready for next year. We appreciate all of you, and thank you for helping us work for our Celiac & Gluten Free Community! If you have any suggestions or comments we would love to hear them.
Our Expo is unique in that it’s run by the Celiac, Gluten-Free Community, for the Community. And we do this through a 501(c)3 non-profit. Our Venue, the St Pete Coliseum, is a beautiful Historic Treasure. We keep our Vendor costs low, so that local small businesses can take advantage. We have no paid employees, everything is done by Volunteers. And our Volunteers work tirelessly to make the Expo a reality, so we work hard to treat them well and reward them for their efforts. Our ticket prices are reasonable, and every effort is made to insure none are turned away. It’s not unusual for some of our Guests to pay it forward and purchase an extra ticket or two for someone else to enjoy. All profits remaining after expenses go right back into the Gluten-Free Community as donations to the TampaGluten-Free Food Pantry, Camp Weekaneatit in Georgia, and the Gluten-Free inFlorida Support Group.
3 incredible, well known Speakers, who offer 45-minute presentations and then remain on the Vendors Floor throughout the day so you can speak to them personally,
3 wonderful, local Teachers who offer smaller classroom sized 15-minute talk sessions every hour offering tips, tricks, and information on staying Gluten-Free for Life,
50-60 fantastic, local, national and international Vendors who will be offering free tasting samples, and selling some of the newest products available at discount prices,
All together in one of the most beautiful Venues here in Florida.
And if you were wondering if it's worth the drive, worth spending the weekend, worth the time and effort of spending a Saturday afternoon...ask yourself this: How would you like to spend time with up to 800 other people, (Mom's, Dad's, Friends, Family, Children, Teens) who all walk in the same shoes you do every day?? These people get it! They understand.
A slideshow of our day, plus many of our Vendors and incredible Speakers will be uploaded on the Website if you’d like to take a look. Our Vendors will remain listed on the site until October when we begin to get ready for next year. We appreciate all of you, and thank you for helping us work for our Celiac & Gluten Free Community!
Support Group Meeting: 4th Saturday of every month except December
Imperial Palms, East Clubhouse
101 Imperial Palm DriveLargo, Florida 33771