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Accepting Sponsors for 2017!

The 2017 Food Allergy Bloggers Conference is taking place November 3, 4, 5; 2017 in Denver Colorado at the Denver Renaissance Hotel.  We’ve included a few quick links to get you acquainted with why you should come see us in Denver this fall!

UPDATES for 2017 will be posted as available!

Greetings! We are getting ready to start planning the 5th annual Food Allergy Bloggers Conference, and wanted to share some details with you!
The Conference will be held November 3, 4, and 5, 2017 at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver again this year.  The Expo will be open to attendees on Friday 1-5 pm and Saturday opening at 9am, and closing at 3pm. There will not be an Expo on Sunday, however, you are welcome and encouraged to stay to attend sessions and network more if you so desire.
LIMITED OFFER ~ 10% Discount for Early Sponsor Sign-ups!

We want to offer a 10% discount on ANY sponsorship level to anyone who registers and pays prior to March 15th, 2017. (10% will be discounted from the listed pricing shown in the media kit). If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please email us to request a media kit at jenny@fablogcon.com!

We look forward to seeing you this year!
Jenny

2015 Open Call for Speakers

We are beginning to plan for the third annual Food Allergy Bloggers Conference. As part of this we must organize the agenda and speakers for #FABlogCon 2015.  The Call for Speakers and Ideas will be open for 4 weeks, closing on January 20th, 2015.  We look forward to creating another memorable conference, strengthening our friendships, support networks, and making new connections!

Please fill out our Open Call for Speakers Submission Form

CallForSpeakers

We thank you for your interest in becoming a presenting speaker at the third annual Food Allergy Bloggers Conference, November 13-15, 2015.

*Please note: No prior speaking experience is necessary for consideration. Submission of form does not guarantee acceptance. All entries will be reviewed and selected participants will be contacted regarding interest and availability in participating. If you are submitting as a single speaker, please be aware we may add complementary speakers to a panel for a rounded out presentation. We only have select number of open topics available, and will chose those we find with widest appeal, importance of topic, and strong or original content. We will keep submission ideas for future conference planning if unable to use all this year as there are only so many agenda sessions available.  Further, be advised that we do not pay speaker fees though speakers do receive free conference attendance ticket.

We will review all submissions and notify you via email by February 15, 2015 if your proposal moves to the next phase of planning.

2014 Review Round-up

Did you miss #FABlogCon 2014? Are you wondering what the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference is all about? Or perhaps like me, you simply miss all the amazing people you met there and want to reminisce about all the fun that we had!

Our Sponsored Celebrity Photo Booth was so much fun! Celebrity Photo Booth

Huge “Thank You!” to our friend and supporter, Ritesh Patel for creating these:

Instagram photo collections on Iconsquare

Storehouse video/story clip

Ritesh’s AWESOME Vimeo video interviews! (These are fantastic! ~ Anyone else homesick for our next visit after seeing these?)

Heidi Bayer, of Brooklyn Allergy Mom blog said  “I have told my child that it’s great to meet people online, but it’s even better to meet them in person. This year’s FABlogcon was just that – I got to meet my favorite food allergy bloggers in person” :

Colette Martin, author and blogger at Learning to Eat Allergy-Free said  “Suffice it to say that there is no event quite like this one, where the entire food allergy community can come together and feel safe, loved, and understood. “  in her recap of #FABlogCon2014.

Kelly Kurzhal, from Raising Jack with Celiac raves “The 2nd annual Food Allergy Bloggers Conference in Las Vegas this past weekend (Sept. 26-28), was a HIT! Packed with lots of great speakers, break-out sessions, networking and brainstorming, it was fun, informative and inspiring.”

Maya Trimner of Maya’s Happy Place, wrote “I have to say I have never been more honored to be among such an amazing group of people and am so grateful to be able to have a platform for my voice about a topic that needs to be talked about much more often in the food allergy community.”  

Kathryn of Mamacado (her blog name makes me giggle! So clever!) said “…this conference was different. All the attendees had a common bond that was very personal. Everyone was there to learn, share and connect about food allergies and sensitivities, or “custom eaters” as I’ve heard it called lately.”

Erica Dermer, blogger, and author of Celiac and the Beast said “FABlogCon is one of the best events for me personally, because I get to connect with everyone in the food allergic/GF community from across the country. I also get one-on-one time with amazing gluten-free/food-allergy-friendly sponsors like Enjoy Life Foods, Pascha Chocolate, Nature’s Path, Sunbutter, and more” The “Food Allergy Bloggers Conference is always full of superstars. FABlogCon is truly where you can meet the movers & shakers in the food allergic/gluten-free community. If you are a blogger in the food allergic world, you need to be at this event.”

Brynn Hadler of Allergy Bytes came all the way from Australia! ~ Here is what she wrote : “Like last year’s inaugural event, the 2014 Food Allergy Bloggers Conference was a resounding success as participants were educated, entertained, and well fed. So what was different about this year?   Heroes. That’s what.”

If you have a Blog Post review, Please email us the link at Fablogcon@gmail.com, Tweet us @fablogcon or post in the comments!~ And we will get yours added here too! As always, Thank you ALL for your ongoing support and contributions, You are what make this whole event possible, wonderful, and worthy!

I will close with a sneak peek at our 2014 Montage Promotional video! 🙂

#FABlogCon Break-Out Session Details

The following Breakout Sessions are meant to be fun, ice-breakers, where attendees can meet in small groups and make like-minded friends.  All of the following session descriptions will be taking place on Saturday, between 9am-10:15 AM. These have LIMITED OPENINGS ~ (10 people per session).  There are some 60 minute sessions you could choose, or you may choose (2)  30-minute sessions. You MUST have purchased your ticket (or be a speaker/sponsor), and claim your free  SCHED.org Account, and your (Attendee Info 2014 form) filled out. For EVERYONE attending- (Including ALL our wonderful Speakers & Sponsors-) Please fill out this form ASAP! This will be used to create your name badge and conference registrations! One form for each attendee coming!  After which, you may pre-register for any of the Sessions listed here (click on Break-out Sessions for more information). REGISTRATION for these sessions will be available beginning on June 29th, at 4:00 PM EST. 

 

60 Minute Break-Out Sessions 9:15 – 10:15 AM:


Make the Most of Your Conferences & Expos

Do you feel unprepared or intimidated by being a blogger or member of the press at expos or conferences? Do you look at other bloggers and wonder how they “do it all” in such a short amount of time on the expo floor? Erica Dermer, founder and head celiac in charge of Celiac and the Beast, shares how to prepare ahead of time for large expos and conferences, including BlogHer, Natural Products Expo West, or other trade shows and conferences. Learn how to best schedule your time, work with brand PR and marketing teams ahead of time, utilize social media to make it work for you, and follow-up to get the most out of your time.


A Safe Place to Land

When it comes to our feelings about how food allergies affect ourselves, and those we care about, it’s nice to simply be in the company of others in “our world”. Join Lori Sandler, Founder of Divvies, as she brings one of her warm, inclusive gatherings to FABlogcon. The tremendous respect shown for each other’s personal style in handling all that comes along with food allergies in Lori’s special forums is inspiring. “I am always in awe of the positive spirit, ideas, feelings, and information shared during our conversations. They and YOU have inspired me to host these wonderful, in-person gatherings.”


Flavor and Flair

How to add flavor and flair to your recipes when you feel like you’re allergic to everything. Join Amie Valpone, Editor-in-Chief of TheHealthyApple.com for a session on how to create delicious and healthy recipes without the allergies, but with a whole lot of flavor. Amie is a Manhattan-based Personal Chef, Culinary Nutritionist, Professional Recipe Developer, Food Photographer, Writer and Motivational Speaker specializing in simple gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free ‘Clean’ recipes.

 


Food Can Be Fun for Kids with Food Allergies! Hands-On Bento Class

Did you know that only 2% of children eat their daily recommended amounts of fruits & vegetables? Or that it may take ten or more times introducing a food to a child before they’re willing to try it? In this 60 minute hands-on session, Keeley McGuire will give tips and tricks on making food fun for kids, packing healthy lunches, and practicing a waste-free bento lifestyle, all while still keeping your sanity! Just because our children have allergies or dietary restrictions doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy lunch. Food should be fun for kids with food allergies! It’s time to think outside the brown bag and have fun with your food!


Fun with Cupcake Decorating

Baking for people with food allergies or intolerances can be challenging enough! Take the stress out of decorating with tips and tricks by gluten-free bakery owners Charissa Luke and Cynthia Fleischer of Zest Bakery. They’ll show you fun ways to trick out your cupcakes with some fall-themed decor! Charissa Luke is co-owner of Zest Bakery, a gluten-free bakery in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 


Feeding the Soul

A family of four invites you to listen and share experiences of the perils and promises of living joyfully free with a life threatening food allergy.  How do we transform a tough road into a path with heart?  How do we begin again and trust? How do we awaken to generosity, healthy codependence and fearless compassion? Jane, Doug, Lily and Gray Pinto,

 


How to Make a Good Living Doing What You Love

 Alisa Fleming, founder of GoDairyFree.org and Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, will share her insight on the different avenues for monetizing your passion and how to pursue them. Alisa has several years of experience in working with brands, publishing books, freelance writing, recipe creation, advertising sales, and many other niche jobs that more than pay the bills. Be prepared to take notes and ask questions!


Kitchen Tours with Chef Keith Norman

Join Chef Keith for a tour behind the scenes to see how they manage food allergy preparation and food safety. As a Veteran Marine and with 20 years in the culinary arts field, Keith Norman brings a sense of discipline and order to everything he does, both in business and in the culinary world. Chef Norman has a passion for food safety and sanitation that is apparent in his role as Assistant Executive Chef and Food Safety Manager for the South Point Hotel & Casino and as a culinary arts instructor at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Las Vegas. In both roles, Chef Norman is responsible for training and educating students and culinary professionals in one of the most important facets of the foodservice industry. Read More Here.

 


30 Minute Breakout Sessions 9:15 – 9:45 AM  &  9:45 – 10:15 AM

 

 

Make Your Site More “Pinteresting”

Let’s face it, nothing is more fun than Pinterest. Most of your readers will agree with that statement. So as a Pinterest addict and someone who has found great success in using this social media platform, let me help you find ways to use Pinterest to gain followers, site visitors and take your pins from interesting to viral! Chandice Probst is the Founder of www.glutenfreefrenzy.com She is Co-Founder and CEO of Gluten Free Calendar, which hosts Celebrate Celiac™ events and Celiac Awareness Nights with professional athletic teams nationwide to promote celiac awareness, raise proceeds for non-profit research facilities and achieve the company’s slogan of Unity in the Gluten Free Community™. Chandice Founded the Celiac Disease Foundation Arizona East Valley Chapter four years ago. Recently she joined the Delight Gluten Free Magazine team as a regular contributing writer. Chandice has been featured on ABC 15 Sonoran Living, Channel 12 Arizona Midday and in print publications, Women’s World, The Arcadian Journal and Total Kid Magazine. She is now a regular contributor on Channel 3 Your Life A to Z in Arizona where she resides.


Advocate First, Blogger Second: Making Strides the Old Fashion Way

Life can be hard enough avoiding foods that cause our bodies harm, but living in a community that knows very little or most likely nothing about celiac disease or food allergies can make social gatherings even more difficult. Being an advocate in your community, can make living with food allergies or celiac disease a little easier for you and your family. A website about celiac disease or allergy-free living means actively raising awareness online, but are you really doing everything you can to raise awareness in your community? We need to go beyond the computer screen… Kelly Kurzhal, a momma of three, created Raising Jack with Celiac soon after her middle child, Jack was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2009. Kelly’s blog, has been featured on SheKnows.com’s “The Best Celiac Blogs for Moms”, as well as Udi’s “Fan-favorite Gluten Free Blogs”. Kelly is also a Contributor for Living Without’s “My Life with Food Allergies”.  Join Kelly, as she shares ideas on advocating beyond your computer screen to make strides raising awareness the old-fashioned way.


Put Your Best Food Photo Forward

If you’re tired of shooting in “auto” mode and letting your camera make decisions for you, this hands-on session is designed to help. If you’re not sure what ISO, f-stop, or white balance is, or you want to understand depth of field and aperture settings, camera experts Colette Martin and Selena Bluntzer will help you figure it out. Bring your questions and your camera. If possible, bring your camera manual.


The Key to Youth Can Be Found in Your Baking Tins.

Look no further than your cupboards to find the ingredients you can add to your homemade baked goods that will lead to a more youthful appearance, give you more energy and help you live a healthier life. Some of these ingredients include herbs, spices, whole foods, superfoods and oils such as turmeric, hemp seed, berries, coconut oil, mesquite powder, acai, and buckwheat, just to name a few. Join Debbie Adler from Sweet Debbie’s Organic Bakery as she explains the health benefits of each and how to incorporate them into your cupcakes, brownies, cookies and muffins.

We can’t wait to see you! 

FAB Friends

Breakout Session Details for #FABlogCon

If you have previewed this year’s #FABlogCon agenda- you will have noticed that Saturday Morning (September 27) there is a scheduled slot for Break-Out Sessions. There are actually 15 different sessions that will be available!  We thought these would be a fun ice-breaker to start off our informative presentations and for making friends with similar interests, or getting to know a presenter you admire.  Many of these sessions require pre-registration to participate. However,  you MUST have your ticket purchased, and your (Attendee Info 2014 form) filled out.  For  EVERYONE attending- (Including ALL our wonderful Speakers & Sponsors-) Please fill out this form ASAP! This will be used to create your name badge and conference registrations! One form for each attendee coming!

We will be opening up all break-out session that requires pre-registration on June 29th at 4:00 PM EST. These breakout sessions are a first come- first serve basis. Spaces ARE limited!!! We will begin releasing details over the next few weeks about each session so you can start thinking about which one you will want to attend!

#FABlogCon 2013 session

SPONSORS ONLY: There will be one session strictly for Sponsors- and informative “Business – to – Business” presentation about how to use and maximize social media to your advantage. Attendees must have a Sponsors lanyard to participate in this session. Details to come on “Maximizing Your Social ROI”

There are 3 sessions that will be open for anyone to attend- No pre-registration will be required.

There will be a  one-on-one blog audit with Annelies Zijderveld.  This will be a 10 minute conversation- with limited openings- pre-registration will be required- for a time slot between  8:00 am- 10:00 am  SIGN-UP FOR THESE 10-MINUTE SLOTS WILL BE DONE OUTSIDE OF SCHED. More details to come.

There are (6) one-hour sessions- from 9:15-10:15 that have LIMITED openings!  These sessions will require pre-registration to participate. 

There are (4) 30 minute sessions available- (4/4). These also have LIMITED openings! These will run from 9:15 – 9:45; and 9:45 – 10:15am.

We hope you are as excited about these sessions and the rest of the scheduled presentations for this years event! You may see registration information including the link to buy your ticket here.

From Left to Right, Susan Weissman, Tiffany Glass Ferreira, Jenny Sprague

Facing Adversity with a Smile – A Gift from #FABlogCon

We know that Mother’s Day, whatever day it falls on, can result in mixed emotions.  For mothers that have lost those they love, for those whose mothers have passed away, and even for those that struggle with fertility or the adoption process in their journey of motherhood… the list goes on.  Even so, ever since we got the video of the session “Facing Adversity with a Smile” from the 2013 Food Allergy Bloggers Conference we wanted to find a special day and way to share it with you.  Mother’s Day in the United States is the start of Food Allergy Awareness Week and the opportunity was one we didn’t want to miss.

Speaking on the panel were Jenny Sprague, Tiffany Glass Ferreira, and Susan Weissman.  Though there are a lot of tears during this presentation, we hope it is uplifting to know you are not alone in your struggles when you love someone with food allergies.  For many of us, this is why we write on our blogs, to reach out and connect with others as we struggle to process what it means to figure out how to feed our children, to interact with people that “don’t get it,” or to find our own smile.

Happy Mother’s Day,

Jenny & Homa

2013 FABlogCon Keynote by Henry Ehrlich (“One More Speech I’d Like to Write One Day”)

Though in the United States we have Food Allergy Awareness Week later this year in May (spearheaded by a sponsor from last year’s conference, FARE), April 7-13 of 2014 is the World Allergy Organization’s World Allergy Week!  We thought it was a great excuse to share one of the videos from last year’s conference where Henry Ehrlich, author and food allergy advocate, gave a tantalizing speech about what was then his forthcoming book: Food Allergies: Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Science, and the Search for a Cure (see it and books by other conference authors here in our Amazon store).

Thank you to Henry and all our speakers for supporting the conference in its inaugural year.  We have so much new information to share this year (check out our interactive agenda painstakingly inputted by the wonderful Selena Bluntzer).  We are looking forward to seeing you all in September for another meeting of the minds about the issues we face and the hope we share.

Keynote: New Research FABlogCon 2013

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Please be sure to update your links and RSS feeds as we are making fablogcon.com our primary domain instead of foodallergybloggersconference.com or foodallergybloggerconference.com.  Thank you!

Jenny & Homa

#FABlogCon is excited to announce…

With HUGE thanks to Don’t Go Nuts,  (who are sponsoring our special guest) that we are SO EXCITED and pleased to announce one of our speakers for the 2nd annual Food Allergy Bloggers Conference this year is none other than Ms. Robyn O’Brien!

Robyn O’Brien authored “The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It.” A former financial analyst, author, TEDx speaker and mother of four, Robyn brings detailed analysis to her research into the impact that the global food system is having on the health of our children. She founded Allergy Kidswww.allergykidsfoundation.org,  and was named by Forbes as one of “20 Inspiring Women to Follow on Twitter.” The New York Times has described her as “Food’s Erin Brockovich.” Watch Robyn’s TEDx Austin talk here or learn more at www.robynobrien.com.

Last year our conference theme was connection, this year it is celebrating others and Robyn has been cheering us on and supporting our event for the past year. She is thrilled to be coming and participating this year, and she is looking forward to meeting everyone!

Pre-Sale tickets will be available February 1 to the 15th, for $75 off regular price. Sale tickets go on sale 2/16 until 3/31 and will be $50 off regular price. We look forward to seeing you in September!

 

 

Open Call for Speakers

CallForSpeakersWe are beginning to plan for the second annual Food Allergy Bloggers Conference. As part of this we must organize the agenda and speakers for #FABlogCon 2014. We are asking for you to participate in sharing your ideas for who you want to hear from, and what you want to learn about! The Call for Speakers and Ideas will be open for 3 weeks, closing on January 24th, 2014. You may submit your ideas for topics or speakers that YOU want to hear! You can submit yourself, or someone you would like to hear from, as a speaker, a fully outlined presentation, or just a wishlist.  We look forward to creating another memorable conference, strengthening our friendships, support networks, and making new connections!

#FABlogCon 2013 session

Open “Call for Speakers”  please fill out our submission form:  FABC14 Call for Speakers

We will also accept names for Moderators for panels: so if you have prior experience, and want to participate, please email us.

We thank you for your interest in becoming a presenting speaker at the second annual Food Allergy Bloggers Conference, September 26, 27, 28, 2014. *Please note: No prior speaking experience is necessary for consideration. Submission of form does not guarantee acceptance. All entries will be reviewed and selected participants will be contacted regarding interest and availability in participating. If you are submitting as a single speaker, please be aware we may add complementary speakers to a panel for a rounded out presentation. We only have select number of open topics available, and will chose those we find with widest appeal, importance of topic, and strong or original content. We will keep submission ideas for future conference planning if unable to use all this year as there are only so many agenda sessions available.  Further, be advised that we do not pay speaking fees though speakers do receive free conference attendance.

We will review all submissions and notify you via email by February 15, 2014 or before if your proposal moves to the next phase of planning.

Save the Date for 2014!

We are pleased to announce that we will be returning to the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2nd annual Food Allergy Bloggers Conference!  We will be holding the conference on September 26, 27, and 28th of 2014.  As you know, we feel very personally responsible for getting the food right- and to do so for over 100 people with differing dietary restrictions is no small feat! We were very pleased and impressed with the South Point, and Chef Keith Norman‘s passion in making sure we were all well fed and safe!

For 2014, we hope to have some new topics and speakers as well as some returning favorites too! We will be announcing an open call for speakers and topics to be submitted January 1st- January 20th, 2014 so if you have an idea, want to be a presenter, or want to hear about or from someone else- get those ideas to us ASAP! We will then look the submissions over, along with the exit survey results from 2013, to put together our agenda for 2014.  Stay tuned for more exciting updates and announcements, we are securing a discounted room block and other details that we’ll share here and on our e-newsletter.  You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter – have a great and safe New Year!