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Airport Transportation FABlogCon 2017

Transportation tips for getting to and from the hotel when you get to Denver!

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Courtesy of Marriott Renaissance Hotels:

“From the plane to the train, introducing the best way to see our neighborhood and connect to local experiences. The University of Colorado A Line is 23 miles of rail that is making local and international travel easier than ever. The new line is NOW OPEN, providing easy, affordable and reliable connections between downtown Denver, Stapleton, DIA and the many communities along I-70.

QUICK FACTS

Travel time from DIA to Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel: 23 minutes Travel time from DIA to Central Park Station (8175 E Smith Road, Denver, CO 80238): 23 minutes Travel time from Central Park Station to Union station downtown: 14 minutes (3rd stop from central)

Cost: $9 one way to/from airport to Union Station (covers unlimited use for the entire day) Cost: $2.60 one way from Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel to Union Station Downtown

Speed: Up to 79 mph

Capacity: 209 people per car (including seating for 91 people & two wheelchair spaces)

Features: Overhead storage, luggage towers and bicycle racks

DAILY SCHEDULE 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. – every 15 minutes 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. – every 30 minutes 3 a.m. – 6 a.m. – every 30 minutes

WHERE AND HOW TO BUY A TICKET Tickets can be purchased on rail line platforms at ticket vending machines, inside DEN or Union Station, or at any RTD sales outlet.

WHERE TO CATCH THE TRAIN Airport: The location is right by the new Westin Denver International Airport Hotel. Downtown/Union Station: 1701 Wynkoop St. Call Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel for a courtesy pick-up at the Central Park Station

DENVER AIRPORT RAIL From the plane to the train, introducing the best way to see our neighborhood and connect to local experiences.

Discover more at renaissancedenver.com • 303.399.7500 • 3801 Quebec Street | Denver, Colorado 80207″

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!  

 

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

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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! 🙂

Elisa Camahort Page

Speaker Announcement: BlogHer Co-Founder and COO Elisa Camahort Page

Join us in welcoming #BlogHer‘s Elisa Camahort Page to #FABlogCon! The Co-Founder and COO of BlogHer, Inc. will be speaking about “The Power of Your Written Words” as we open September 27th’s Sanofi-sponsored “Wine and Sign” event! 

Elisa Camahort Page co-founded BlogHer, Inc., in 2005 with Jory Des Jardins and Lisa Stone, and serves as the company’s COO. Elisa oversees events, PR, Social, Research, and Content & Creative Services. With Elisa leading the BlogHer events business, it has grown from a single conference hosting 300 attendees in 2005, to many diverse events that hosted nearly 4,000 attendees in 2014. Elisa’s work leading consumer insights and public relations has resulted in coverage from many leading media outlets, including USA TODAY, New York Times, Washington Post, Advertising Age, Forbes, Fast Company, CNN, CNBC Squawk box, CBS This Morning, TODAY Show, the Wall Street Journal, and more.

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Elisa Camahort Page

Together, BlogHer’s co-founders were named among Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2013, in the Ernst & Young Winning Women Class of 2011, and among the seven most powerful people in new media by Forbes Magazine. In 2011, they were jointly awarded the PepsiCo Women’s Inspiration Award and in 2008, the Anita Borg Institute Social Impact Award. Elisa has also been honored as an NCWIT Hero, an AlwaysOn Power Player, and as one of the AWM’s Sixty@60.

Elisa is a founding Fellow of the Society for New Communications Research and serves on the Board of Directors of the 42nd Street Moon Theatre in San Francisco, the programming advisory committee for SXSW Interactive and SXSW V2V, Advisory Board for Food on the Table, the Board of Advisors of the Anita Borg Institute, the Advisory Board for Our Hen House and as a Member of the Digital Hollywood Women’s Entertainment and Technology Board.

Notable past BlogHer speakers in the past have included: President Barack Obama, Martha Stewart, Katie Couric, Kerry Washington, Jenny Lawson, Arianna Huffington, Sheryl Sandberg, and Amy Sedaris. The event recently celebrated its 10th year. FABlogCon’s own Jenny Sprague spoke at BlogHer Food this past year and Elisa serves as a founding advisory panel member for the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference.

Elisa is a wonderful and engaging speaker as well as being an inspiring entrepreneurship success story. We hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity to hear her message and meet with her in Las Vegas next month!

(We’re thrilled and honored that she will be joining us!)

– Jenny and Homa
http://www.fablogcon.com/

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.