Gluten-Free for Life Expo, 2016 - WrapUp

It’s no secret…this year our attendance was an incredible 1,200 guests!  WOW!  With an additional 110 children under 12 who joined in the fun.  Along with another 78 wonderful Volunteers.  The date for our sixth annual Expo has already been confirmed – March 25, 2017 so you can plan on joining us as we do it again!

Because of you, our Fund Raising efforts were impressive - Food pantry $257.00, Raffle $817.00, Teens Tables $650.00, and $360.00 from T-Shirt sales.  Along with our Ticket Sales that means that you brought in enough to donate $2,500.00 to Sponsor children at Camp Weekaneatit.  And your contributions allowed the Gluten-Free Food Pantry to leave with a generous supply of Gluten-Free food for needy families in the area.  We’ll also be donating an additional $1,000.00 in Gift Cards from Publix Groceries to help the pantry keep the shelves stocked through the lean months this summer when kids are out of school.  Along with $800.00 in funding to the Gluten-Free in Florida Support Group.

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 Tampa Gluten-Free Food Pantry, Camp Weekaneatit in Georgia, and the Gluten-Free in Florida Support Group.

Just in case you were wondering what you get for your $10.00 ticket donation:
     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!

Carolanne LeBlanc

Support Group Meeting:  4th Saturday of every month except December
Imperial Palms, East Clubhouse
101 Imperial Palm Drive
Largo, Florida  33771

Gluten-Free for Life Expo 2017

The StPete Coliseum
535 Fourth Avenue N, StPetersburg, FL
March 25th, 2017 - 11:am till 4:pm
Tickets $10.00 at the door (cash or check) 
Children 12 and under are free
A Gluten-Free Day Filled with Food, Education and Fun

**Celiac Disease runs in Families

**Having one person with Gluten-Intolerance can affect the whole Family

**Celiac Disease and Gluten-Intolerance can create or affect an entire Family of other diseases such as Arthritis, Autism, Cancer, Depression, Diabetes, Infertility, Migraine, and more.

Hosted by the Gluten-Free in Florida Support Group
Email:  GlutenFreeForLifeExpo @

Camp Weekaneatit
Your $10.00 ticket donation is truly appreciated
Camp Weekaneatit is a Gluten-Free Camp for children ages 8-17 years living and coping with Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance. Campers arrive Sunday, and stay till Friday.
Mary Bohdan 770-716-7682
campweekaneatit @

Tampa Gluten-Free Food Pantry
Your GF Food donation can change lives
Bring any non-perishable GF food items to donate to the Gluten Free Food Pantry.
Katrina Pollack Tiller
glutenfreefriendsoftampa @
Gluten Free Friends of Tampa

Raffle Bags
Stop by and check out all the raffle baskets!!
Tickets are $1.00 each, Buy 5 Get 1 Free - Buy 10 Get 3 Free
You can choose from over 25 different Baskets.   Make certain to write your name and phone # on the ticket then listen throughout the day as numbers are called.

Teens Table
Check out the Teens Tables.
Take a moment to chat with the younger generation dealing with Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance.  We've been receiving product donations from Vendors and Manufacturers for our Fundraising efforts.  For a $1.00 & $5.00 donation, our Teens Table will be offering various items for your tasting & purchasing experience.

Face Painting
Stop by and visit with our artists.
We've done our best to make certain you and yours are safe…but please act responsibly.  Face Paint/Crayons do not contain the following common allergens:  Latex, Dairy & Casein, Egg, Gluten, Peanut & Tree Nut, and Soy.  We make NO guarantees and accept NO responsibility if you choose to have your child’s face painted.

Guests should be aware that The Gluten-Free in Florida Support Group of Largo does not necessarily endorse any of the products/services on display, but is simply making information and items available under one roof for your convenience.

In no case shall The Gluten-Free in Florida Support Group of Largo, its volunteers or members, be responsible for any loss, theft or damages by fire or injury to any person or article.

Carolanne LeBlanc
Meeting:  4th Saturday of every month except December
Imperial Palms, East Clubhouse
101 Imperial Palm Drive
Largo, Florida  33771