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2016 Bronze Sponsor So Delicious Dairy Free

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Thank you to BRONZE Sponsor So Delicious Dairy Free for their support of the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference!

So Delicious Dairy Free’s philosophy of doing business is based on their firm commitment to treating everyone and everything—animals, the environment, each other, our partners, and our community—with unwavering respect. They are committed to being kinder and gentler to our planet  and passionate about creating dairy-free options that are so pure and delicious you’ll want to enjoy them during every part of your day.

So Delicious offers a full line of beverages, creamers, cultured products, and frozen desserts that are delectable all on their own, but they also work perfectly as dairy-free alternatives in all of your favorite recipes.

Their products are 100% plant-based and certified Vegan and never contain any animal products or byproducts. So Delicious tests for the presence of gluten in all of our products that are declared gluten-free. Their gluten allergen test is four times more sensitive than the FDA’s, as they test to 5 parts per million, while the FDA only tests to 20 parts per million in order to declare a food gluten-free on the label.

New products include Cashewmilk Beverage, Vanilla Cashewmilk Beverage, Blueberry “Yogurt” Alternative, French Vanilla Creamer in Quart Size, and Original Culinary Coconutmilk.

Be sure to visit So Delicious Dairy Free at the FABlogCon Expo Friday afternoon and Saturday to learn more about their wonderful line of products!  

2016 Gold Sponsor Surf Sweets

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Thank you to BRONZE Sponsor Surf Sweets for their support of the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference!

Surf Sweets organically sweetened gummy candy and jelly beans are full of the fruity flavor that you expect with none of the yucky ingredients you avoid. Anyone can enjoy Surf Sweets because their candy is free of high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and flavors, and the top ten allergens.

You will love how the fresh fruit flavor of the organic fruit juice is revealed when it’s not masked by processed corn syrup and petroleum-based artificial food dyes. Pack them in a lunch box, bring them to a school party, or treat somebody for a job well done and enjoy the guilt free sweet satisfaction of having delicious treats everyone loves and knowing they are free of artificial ingredients.

Surf Sweets are available in a variety of shapes, colors, and seasonal fun! Their gummies and jelly beans offer 100% Vitamin C per serving. The company also donates a minimum of 1% of the sales from their products to a number of organizations that support environmental causes through “1% for the Planet”.

As devoted parents and doting uncles and aunts, Surf Sweets understands the constant quest to find fun products kids’ love that aren’t filled with icky ingredients. So grab some Surf Sweets and Snack Happy!

Be sure to visit Surf Sweets at the FABlogCon Expo Friday afternoon and Saturday to learn more about their wonderful line of products!  

 

2016 Gold Sponsor Sunbutter

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Thank you to GOLD Sponsor SunButter Sunflower Spread for their support of the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference!

SunButter is a delicious peanut butter alternative, plus it is nutritionally superior. SunButter has just as much protein as the leading brand of peanut butter, but with one-third less saturated fat, absolutely no trans fats, less sodium, and less sugar. One serving of SunButter Sunflower Spread provides more vitamin E, twice as much fiber and zinc, and nearly triple the iron than is provided by one serving of the leading peanut butter!  

SunButter Sunflower Spread is made in the U.S. from locally-grown, specially-roasted, GMO free sunflower seeds, which are processed in their dedicated peanut free and tree nut free facility. Their sunflower seeds are grown in a region of the country where peanuts are not grown, eliminating the risk of cross contamination. SunButter is produced in one continuous process from field to table that ensures a fresh roasted flavor, improved product consistency and a finished product that is free from all of the top 8 food allergens.

Available in 5 delicious varieties: Creamy, Natural, Natural Crunch, No-Sugar Added, and Organic. SunButter can also be purchased in convenient On-The-Go Single Cups and 5 lb. Tubs.

Be sure to visit SunButter Sunflower Spread at the FABlogCon Expo Friday afternoon and Saturday to learn more about their wonderful line of products!  

TWITTER PARTY: Monday, October 24th at 8pm EST

RSVP by clicking HERE to participate in the SunButter #FABlogCon Twitter Party & win swag!

2016 Gold Sponsor Nice’n Clean

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Thank you to GOLD Sponsor Nice ‘n CLEAN for their support of the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference!

Nice ‘n CLEAN Antibacterial Hand Wipes are proven to remove 99% of peanut residue from hard surfaces so families can help protect their loved ones from peanut allergens, no  matter where they are.

As the exclusive wet wipe sponsor and a proud supporter of FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education), they want to help support FARE’s mission of safety and inclusion for individuals with food allergies. 1% of every purchase of Nice ‘n CLEAN Antibacterial Hand Wipes will be donated to FARE to help advance their critical education and advocacy work in communities across the country.

In addition to removing 99% of peanut allergen residues from hard surfaces, Nice ‘n CLEAN Antibacterial Hand Wipes:

  • Kill 99.99% of germs
  • Offer a convenient 20-count re-sealable pocket pack that fits easily in backpacks, purses, and pockets
  • Have a gentle formula infused with aloe to keeps hands moisturized and feeling soft
  • Are made with TENCEL fibers, making them environmentally friendly. TENCEL is a 100% plant based fiber and 100% renewable resource.

Be sure to visit Nice ‘n CLEAN at the FABlogCon Expo Friday afternoon and Saturday to learn more about their wonderful line of products!  

 

2016 Gold Sponsor Enjoy Life Foods

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Thank you to GOLD Sponsor Enjoy Life Foods for their continued support of the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference!

Enjoy Life Food’s philosophy is to “Eat Freely & Enjoy Fully”! Their tasty products are dedicated gluten free and free-from the “top eight” allergens: wheat/gluten, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish and shellfish. The products are also made without casein, potato, sesame and sulfites. They have over 46 products verified by the Non-GMO project and they contain no artificial anything!

This year, they launched some BRAND NEW products to add to their ever growing free-from line of goodness:

Mini Cookies: Available in 7 flavors of both soft baked & crunchy varieties. Mini Cookies come in 6 single-serve packs per box. Perfect for lunches or a grab & go snack!

Baking Chocolate Snack Packs: America’s #1 Allergy Friendly Baking Chocolate now sold in single-serve packs (12 per package). Chocolate cravings are now satisfied!

ProBurst Bites (coming soon): Packed with 7 grams of plant based protein per serving! These chocolatey, truffle-like bites are decadent and, of course, allergy friendly.

Plentils: Two new flavors are coming soon; Thai Chili Lime & Moroccan Spice. These lentil based chips are a protein-packed crunchy experience, bursting with flavor! A “better-for-you” treat.

Be sure to visit Enjoy Life Foods at the FABlogCon Expo Friday afternoon and Saturday to learn more about their wonderful line of products!  

 

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!

Ways to Save and Win at the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference!

Hi Everyone!  We’ve got our official speaker list finalized and will be posting it and the hour by hour agenda for the conference before the month is over.  There will be a “blogging” track that covers things like monetizing, self-publishing, and working with brands and a track related to disease management and new research so even if you don’t have a blog you will find topics to engage and inspire you.  Jenny remarked to me the other day that she cannot wait to see everyone in the same room – it is going to be great!

Looking for a Hotel Roommate?

Speaking of same rooms, we have been working with Cheryl, the founder of Freedible (a great new online community designed to allow those of us that deal with food restrictions to connect and share), to offer attendees to potentially share hotel room expenses.  As you know, we are being hosted at the South Point Hotel and Casino so we’ve secured a fantastic group room rate (here’s a custom link, or reference the code FOO1102) so that if there are one or two people in a room you’ll be able to stay for $80* per night for November 1st and 2nd but only $50* per night for November 3rd and 4th.  If you add a third person to a room the rate increases by $20 per night which is still a great deal!  Since the rate stays the same whether there is just one person in a room or two, we needed a way to allow attendees to connect and make plans and Cheryl (thank you so much!) was able to help us set up a private Freedible group you can post to.

Just join Freedible (if you haven’t already, it is free), be sure you’re logged in, and put in a request to be added to the group.  We’ll check requests against our list of registered attendees and approve you.  Only other members that are logged in will be able to see posts to the group and you can private message on the site to work out all the details!  You don’t have to stay on the hotel property to take advantage of this private group, we don’t have a group rate anywhere else in town but please contact us if you are looking for a local hotel with, say, in room cooking options.  We will mention we’ve been working with Chef Keith Norman (be sure to send us an email about any restrictions/requests you have so we can keep you in mind!) and the plan right now is that in addition to the food we’ll provide at the conference, the hotel restaurants will have some options that may suit many of you!

*There is an additional $14 per night resort fee plus taxes that are not included in the group room rate.  The resort fee has benefits that include: Complimentary in-room WIFI/internet, Complimentary Fitness Center access, Complimentary Airport Shuttle, Free local/toll free phone calls, Complimentary printing of Boarding Passes (great idea!), Complimentary WIFI in Business Center, and Complimentary parking and valet.

Two Ways to WIN Tickets to the Conference!

We have a FARE walk team that will be gathering on the morning of November 2, 2013 to participate in the Nevada FARE Walk (FABlogCon will have their own booth and rumor has it that we’ll be handing out an exclusive postcard to walkers!) and the highest fundraiser at the end of June 2013 was Selena of Amazing and Atopic.  Selena had already purchased her conference ticket and asked if she could give away the one she won on her blog so if you haven’t already purchased a ticket you can head over there and enter!

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Also, this month we are giving away a conference ticket to the highest fundraiser on our walk team at the end of July 2013!  For this giveaway, if you’ve already purchased a ticket you can give your winning ticket away or we can refund you the price you paid for your ticket.  Also, even if you can’t make it on the morning of the walk, virtual walkers are welcome and encouraged.  So you can still raise funds and awareness for FARE (a Gold Presenting sponsor of FABlogCon).  We are hoping to raise $1,000 as a team before the deadline to qualify to have our logo appear on the walk t-shirts.  Be sure to register any children walking with you as they will get a free shirt without logos just for participating.  For every $100 our team raises, an adult team member will earn a free shirt as well, it will be the perfect souvenir!

After the July 2013 ticket giveaway, you can still win great prizes for fundraising with our team, we are so excited to be able to offer these options.  At the conference itself we’re going to be giving away, among other things, a Kitchen-Aid stand mixer and a Vitamix blender (stay tuned to learn how).

105 days to go!

Rebecca Sherrow Q & A

We will be introducing you to the speakers and attendees of the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference by sharing their responses to a few questions. We have asked them to choose to answer 3-5 of these questions:
1. Who do you look forward to seeing/meeting most at FABC and why?
2. Which of your blog posts are you most proud of and why?
3. Which panel topic do you look forward to hearing most and why?
4. What is the best thing about food allergies?
5. What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?
6. What is the best thing about the online food allergy community?
7. What other blogger would you most like to meet and why?
8. What other blogger has inspired you?
9. What is one of your favorite posts written by another blogger and why?
10. If you didn’t have or deal with food allergies, what would be your 3 favorite foods to eat/try?”

Thank you so much for inviting me to the 2013 Food Allergy Bloggers Conference.  You have an amazing line-up of speakers and topics, and I’m beyond excited to attend!

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I’m Rebecca Sherrow, the voice behind Pure and Peanut Free.  It’s my goal, through the blog, to inspire others to “Live Beautifully (with food allergies).”  This is easier said than done!  With all the processed food out there, with allergens hiding in unexpected places, and inconsistent (and often inaccurate labeling), the supermarket is literal mine field of reactions waiting to happen.  Pure and Peanut Free is a place to escape the chaos.  It’s where I share my original recipes for unprocessed, pure food made with simple, wholesome ingredients.  I strive to write recipes that are both classy and sophisticated while at the same time accessible and enjoyable for everyone.  Of course, everything is always peanut and tree nut free.
Which panel topic do you look forward to hearing most and why?  Do I have to pick just one?! I’m looking forward to them all, but the one I’m just dying to hear is Self-Publishing.  I’m nearly finished with my first cookbook and weighing the options of self-publishing vs. finding a publisher.  It’s a little — no, A LOT — overwhelming!  I’m also looking forward to Nitty Gritty ~ Make it Pretty!, as I’m technologically challenged when it comes to coding, creating buttons, and pretty much everything that’s not written in plain English.
What is the best thing about food allergies?  When I tell people the story of my daughter’s anaphylactic reaction, I think most people tend to feel sorry for her.  They say things like, Oh, that must be terrible for you!, or Poor thing!, or, my favorite: What dose she eat?!  (Don’t you just love that one?) What I try to explain to these people is, this is our way of life.  It’s not a burden.  We don’t sit and wallow in our own misfortune.  She hasn’t known any different.  My children’s food allergies have forced me out of my comfort zone, and inspired my creativity in the kitchen.  They keep me on my toes, ever asking for safe versions of things they find in the supermarket.  It’s led us on a journey of exploration into international foods that are both safe and delicious.  And the fact that I know every single ingredient in the food I make, and therefore every ingredient that is going into my kids’ little bodies, is extremely rewarding!  We live a beautiful life, full of travel and adventure, and safe food, in spite of their food allergies, and I hope to show others how to live this way, as well.
What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?  As a parent of young children with newly diagnosed food allergies, I was overwhelmed by the amount of information on the internet.  I started the blog as a way provide some logical order to what I was finding, and, hopefully, to catalogue it to share with other parents who were in the same boat.  I was determined to have my children live full and active lives.  As the years went on, and because of my love of cooking, Pure and Peanut Free took on a life of its own as a food and recipe website.  I began converting our favorite nut-filled recipes into safe alternatives (such as these Thai Sunflower Noodles– my take on Thai peanut noodles).  I love to play in the kitchen and develop my own recipes which I share along with some old family favorites.  It’s also a place where I share moments of our journey on this uncertain and often scary path, with the hope of providing encouragement and inspiration for others on the same difficult road.

Colette Martin Q & A

We will be introducing you to the speakers and attendees of the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference by sharing their responses to a few questions. We have asked them to choose to answer 3-5 of these questions:
1. Who do you look forward to seeing/meeting most at FABC and why?
2. Which of your blog posts are you most proud of and why?
3. Which panel topic do you look forward to hearing most and why?
4. What is the best thing about food allergies?
5. What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?
6. What is the best thing about the online food allergy community?
7. What other blogger would you most like to meet and why?
8. What other blogger has inspired you?
9. What is one of your favorite posts written by another blogger and why?
10. If you didn’t have or deal with food allergies, what would be your 3 favorite foods to eat/try?”

I had the great pleasure of first meeting Colette Martin at BlogHer in NYC last summer. She was the first Food Allergy personality I had met. She has been a mentor to me both with her advice in planning this conference, and her advice with dealing with my son’s dietary restrictions and EoE. Colette Martin is the author of Learning to Bake Allergen -Free, she is on the web at http://www.learningtoeatallergyfree.com/ and on Facebook and Twitter @ColetteMartin. Here are Colette responses:

I’m so excited!  When Jenny Sprague called me earlier this year to ask me what I thought about a conference for food allergy bloggers, she may have thought she needed to convince me it was a good idea. But it took less than 30 seconds of describing her vision of the conference before I jumped in with, “I’m there!”

The truth is you couldn’t keep me away from the conference. It’s a chance to meet people that I only know online – and yet in some ways I know them better than my next-door neighbors. I’m looking forward to the people, the food (I hear the chef at the hotel is marvelous with food allergy cuisine), the ideas, but most of all I am looking forward to the community and being with people who truly get it. But I’m supposed to be answering questions, so let me get to that.

Q. What motivated you to start blogging about food allergies?

A. Some of you may know that my son is allergic to wheat, dairy, eggs, soy, and peanuts. My son was ten before we had a real diagnosis for his illness (EE plus food allergies). While I’ve had my food issues all my life, it wasn’t until I eliminated the foods my son couldn’t eat that I determined my own allergies to wheat and soy.  At the time of my son’s diagnosis he was in middle school and I was working full time. I had to overhaul our pantry and come up with options for my son to have for breakfast and take to school for lunch – overnight. I can see you nodding your head, because you’ve been there too. Simple things like breakfast and bread for lunch were big issues for us. In 2001 the food allergen labeling law didn’t exist, and there were few products available off the shelf. I had been baking all my life with wheat, milk, butter, and eggs; I quickly realized I had to start from the beginning. After baking, cooking, and managing food allergies for a decade I decided to start Learning to Eat Allergy-Free. My motivation was simply to share what I had learned to make it easier for other parents with the same challenges.

Q. What is the best thing about food allergies?

A. Trick question, right?

You might be thinking there is nothing good about food allergies. Nevertheless, there has been a benefit to my family – we eat better. Once I started reading every detail of every label and understanding what was really in my food I got a lot smarter about what to eat. Today, my family eats healthier; whole foods including gluten-free grains, seeds, beans, vegetables, fruits, and non-dairy milks make up the bulk of our diet. I rarely buy processed foods anymore, I avoid GMOs, and choose organic when I can.

Q. What is the best thing about the online food allergy community?

A. In a word, support. When you’ve had a bad day because the school refuses to work with you, when you can’t figure out the right ingredient to substitute in your favorite recipe, or when your daughter comes home from school with a tale of bullying, there are food allergy veterans who have been there and understand. The food allergy community is always supportive, helpful, and most of all – they get it!

I’ve had the good fortune of meeting a few food allergy parents at events or book signings, but just a few at a time. What I look forward to most in November is being with everyone – advocates, doctors, food vendors, parents, bloggers – in one place!  I hope to see you there, too!