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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! 🙂

Things to See and Do While in Las Vegas

No one roundup can do the options Las Vegas has to offer justice but we put out a call online to locals for their tips and suggestions and below are some of their recommendations.  If you have to see one thing while you’re in Las Vegas, it probably would be the Fountains at the Bellagio.  Remember that it will likely still be pretty warm in September so be sure to pack a bathing suit or swim trunks to get some pool time in.

ON “THE STRIP”

“The Strip” refers to the length of Las Vegas Boulevard.  Our conference hotel, the South Point Hotel and Casino, is located at 9777 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada 89183.  Here are some attractions you may want to check out:

Restaurants at The South Point
The same wonderful attention to food allergy safety that you’ll enjoy as an attendee for dinner Friday night, breakfast/lunch/dinner Saturday, and breakfast/lunch Sunday is available on a personalized level at South Point restaurants.  Two in particular come highly recommended in our chats with staff – Silverado Steakhouse and the elegant Michael’s.

The Linq High Roller
The High Roller (catchy name, right?) is the world’s largest observation wheel.  Each cabin holds 40 people so you can buy tickets or rent out an entire cabin for a private party.

Minus5 Ice Bar
A unique experience – enjoy a drink while pretending you’re in an ice palace (for Frozen fans) or fortress of solitude (for Superman fans).  See pictures here.  

Cirque du Soleil
Some of our favorites?  “O” at the Bellagio is a water show and “Ka” at the MGM is great if you enjoy watching martial arts.  (Check here for deals/discounts.)

Bellagio

– Bellagio Fountains (and Conservatory)
Watch water dance and soar to music.  Wander inside the Bellagio to see the floral and blown glass displays as well.  If you are up for a walk, take the tram from the Bellagio to see Crystals, Aria, and other City Center attractions/shopping.  You can also see the world’s biggest chocolate fountain!

OFF “THE STRIP”

Red Rock Canyon
Natural beauty is not too long of a drive away – see the titular red rocks on the scenic loop or park and hike for a while.  If you don’t mind a longer drive, check out Valley of Fire State Park.

– The Mob Museum
The Mob Museum is located in downtown Las Vegas.  Downtown has its own unique vibe (check out the Fremont Street Experience) and this museum gives you a little bit of Las Vegas history to boot.

Springs Preserve

– The Springs Preserve
History, conservation, and native plants and animals are all available to explore.

Near Lake Mead

– Hoover Dam and O’Callaghan-Tillman Bridge between NV and AZ
Tour the power plant or walk along the dam.  You’ll get a great view of the recently completed O’Callaghan-Tillman Bridge.  If you’re into cycling, there’s the River Mountains Loop Trail – rent a bike and get a 30+ mile ride in over scenic paved trails.

– The Neon Museum
See old school Vegas signs up close in the Neon Boneyard.  Great place for photographs (though they do charge a fee).

The Red Velvet Cafe
Craving gluten free and vegan red velvet cake?  This may be the stop for you – of course inquire about any specific allergies and concerns but this is a popular stop for locals.

SHOPPING

The Fashion Show Mall

Las Vegas Outlet Malls

You can also search the Las Vegas events calendar for more ideas or email homa@fablogcon.com if you are looking for a specific recommendation or suggestion!  If anyone would like to get a group together to check out a specific attraction, do let us know.  You’ll receive information about shuttles from the hotel to the northern parts of “the Strip” or we can assist you with other arrangements.

Special thanks from Homa to her friends that contributed ideas for this list.  

Personalize Your FABlogCon 2014 Schedule!

For this year’s conference, we are using SCHED.org to manage our agenda and offer attendees an easy way to craft their own personal schedule and find useful information about this year’s Food Allergy Bloggers Conference across platforms (desktop computer, tablet, smartphone, etc.).

Here’s a great example of an attendee that has fully taken advantage of the features of the site so you can see what is possible with registration and a few easy clicks.

Here’s how to unlock the potential of SCHED.org…

Visit FABlogCon14.Sched.org and create a free account using your e-mail address (they also make it easy to link it to Facebook).

Once you create your account, be sure to visit “Settings” and link your profile to other social media accounts.  This will let you see others that will be attending events and sessions.

Connect Social Media Networks

Screenshot of SCHED.org settings page – link to your social media accounts!

The Breakout Sessions will be opened for registration on June 29th and you will need an account on SCHED.org (along with registration of course) to snag a spot for those with limited seating, so make sure to create your profile ahead of time.

We looked forward to seeing everyone soon!

This brief video will provide a tour through some of the features of SCHED.org.

Conference Connection – Kate Hufnagel and Sun Cups

The theme of the first year of the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference was “Connecting” and we are happy to report many of you did just that!  If you are considering attending this year and want to know if it is a worthwhile event, don’t just take our word for it.  This year’s conference theme is “Celebrating Others” so we wanted to celebrate and spotlight a few attendees that  credit the event with some exciting opportunities and experiences.  

First, we have Kate Hufnagel and Sun Cups.  Both Kate and Sun Cups plan to be back for FABlogCon 2014 and we are thrilled to read about their connection.  The post below is written by Kate, check out her blog at www.thediaryofanaphylaxis.com and see her Q&A post from last year prior to the event.

Kate Hufnagel, the founder of www.thediaryofanaphylaxis.com, attended the first ever FABlogCon about a year after experiencing her first anaphylactic reaction (thanks to lentils) and learning she was allergic to seven foods (this number has increased since then). 


While at FABlogCon, she came across the Sun Cups table and politely explained to the gentleman behind the table that she was familiar with his products but wasn’t stopping because she’s allergic to sunflower. The gentleman, Sun Cups Founder David Lurie, casually slid the box of Caramel Cups forward and said “these don’t have sunflower in them.” This stopped Kate dead in her tracks as her brain attempted to process the notion that there was a nut-free — and sunflower-free — chocolate in front of her. After tasting them, Kate knew she had finally found a new-found love in Sun Cups’ Caramel Cups and frequently stopped by David’s table to sweet talk him into another sample.

Caramel Cups Brought Kate and Sun Cups Together

Caramel Cups

After FABlogCon, Kate ordered three boxes of Caramel Cups to give as holiday presents to people who are important to her (well, she did keep a box for herself). As she was preparing to relocate from Virginia to Colorado at the start of the year, Kate reached out to David to find out if she could do a Twitter campaign for Sun Cups as she drove across most of the country. And, after settling into her new home, Kate contacted David to find out if he’d be willing to give her a tour of the Sun Cups facility (after all, her love of Caramel Cups had now turned into somewhat of an addiction). David happily obliged and invited her to the Sun Cups facility in Boulder, CO.  Little did Kate know that David had other ideas in mind. After a huge welcoming hug and a tour, David asked Kate if she’d be willing to help out Sun Cups. 

Today, Kate is putting her social media know-how and project management skills to use as the Sun Cups Customer Ambassador. She is thrilled to be associated with a company that is fanatical about not only creating some of the most delicious chocolate she’s ever had but also ensuring that their chocolates are free of so many allergens (gluten, nuts, soy; just to name a few).

Thank you, Kate!  Don’t forget to register today (be sure to check out our new schedule system that lets you build your own schedule of events and panels to attend) and we’ll see you in September!  

Interested in sponsorship?  E-mail us at jenny@fablogcon.com or homa@fablogcon.com.  If you have a connection you’d like us to feature, feel free to e-mail us about it as well.