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Welcome to Our Gold Sponsor: Enjoy Life Foods

This year, we welcome back Gold Presenting Sponsor Enjoy Life Foods to FABlogCon!

elf_logo_registeredAt Enjoy Life Foods, our whole business is making allergy-friendly foods that put a smile on your face & keep your insides happy too. That’s why all of our foods are specially made to be gluten-free and free-from the 8 most common allergens, which account for 90% of all food allergies. Our mission is to make delicious products that you can enjoy to the fullest. We promise they’ll make you smile inside out!

  • Certified Gluten-Free
  • Verified Non-GMO
  • Free-From the top 14 common allergens
  • Over 60+ products that span a wide variety of baking and snack categories
  • We want our products to give people “Permission to Eat Freely” – the permission to say YES to a special treat because you know it’s allergy-friendly and fits your dietary needs!

To learn more about Enjoy Life Foods, check out your conference gift bag and stop by their booth on the expo floor.

Thank you Enjoy Life Foods for your support of the Blogger & Consumer Advocacy Conference!

#FAAW Twitter Party and Tix Giveaway!

This year, for Celiac Awareness Month and Food Allergy Awareness Week, FABlogCon is hosting a Twitter Party to help you get to know FABlogCon a bit more, understand what we do for the food allergy community, and give you a chance to win a free conference pass, or a 1 year subscription to Gluten Free & More magazine!

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Don’t miss our Food Allergy Awareness Week #FAAW Twitter Party Thursday night this week!!! To help celebrate awareness for #Celiac Disease and #FoodAllergies~ We will be offering  prizes including a year’s subscription to Gluten Free & More Magazine, as well as two winners can win an all access ticket to this year’s Food Allergy Bloggers Conference in Denver Colorado November 3-5! This prize is worth $250. (*Does not include travel or hotel.  Cannot be exchanged for monetary compensation*).

If you want to participate in this Twitter Party, you’ll have to RSVP before the party starts to be eligible to win a prize. Then spend the hour tweeting along with us using the hashtag #FABlogCon! To participate you MUST PRE-REGISTER through Erica Dermer and Celiac and the Beast’s webpage!

We look forward to having you join us! and GOOD LUCK!!!

 

Late Breaking News!

Late Breaking News:

kaleo-logoWe are thrilled to announce that kaléo will be at FABlogCon this year, along with its founders and life-threatening allergy sufferers, Eric and Evan Edwards. We have asked them to speak at the Welcome Party on Friday night so make sure you don’t miss it!

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The Welcoming Party will be Friday night from 6:00 pm- 10:00 pm!

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!  

 

Session Spotlight: What’s New In Social Media

Session Spotlight:

What’s New In Social – Get Up to Date on the Latest Social Media Trends 

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For your planning purposes: Our Expo opens Friday at 1pm-6pm. and will be open Saturday 9-5pm. It will not be run on Sunday- so if you want to get in to meet those sponsors and get your raffle prize tickets- you will have to get in there Friday and Saturday!

Special Social Media Workshop will run FRIDAY November 4th 2016 from 2pm-5pm. It will include two (2) 45-60 minute sessions, then Q & A and hands on workshop/help group.

Are you feeling left behind by all the changes in social media? Want to keep your blog relevant and growing? Social media experts Missy Voronak and Rivka Kawano are here to save the day with a special social media workshop. Missy will be sharing the wonders of Snapchat, how you can use it to share more of your personality and behind-the-scenes blog content. Rivka will be making sure you don’t get lost on Facebook and show you how Facebook live can bring you more loyal followers, and how Facebook Instant Articles will change how you blog – for the better! You’ll have a chance to instantly apply what you’ve learned in this workshop setting, while having Missy and Rivka there to hold your hand every step of the way!

Bring your smartphone to this session with Snapchat already installed and follow along as Missy walks us through how to use Snapchat. You’ll learn how to:

  • Navigate the app,
  • Add friends by username, snapcode or nearby,
  • Use stickers,
  • Draw,
  • Use filters, overlays and lenses,
  • Protect your privacy or open up to all,
  • Explore Discover and Live, Stories,
  • Use chat and video chat features with friends,
  • Use Snapchat to connect with your blog readers,

For those of you who have had the pleasure of attending either Missy or Rivka’s previous year’s presentations, you will know that these ladies are a wealth of information and are not to be missed! Looking forward to seeing you in November!

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