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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

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 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!  

 

Sponsors Only Sessions!

Sponsor Only Business Sessions ~ FYI: Please note, Friday morning Sessions and lunch is for our SPONSORS ONLY! 

WHEN: FRIDAY November 4, 2016 starting 8:45- 11am.

This year, the sponsor only business sessions will be broken down into two critical pieces. 1) Social Media for Business and 2) How to Work With Bloggers. Bloggers, and marketers, Erica Dermer and Keeley McGuire will guide you through the process on how to engage customers and influencers, and work with influencers to engage even more customers. You’ll leave the session with check-lists and a better understanding of how to work with influencers to build your brand and gain loyal customers.

Social Media for Businesses: 

Okay so you have a Facebook page, Instagram, or Snapchat. But do you know the rules? Are you using each platform to its full extent for both customers and influencers? Do you know what to do and what not to do with influencers via social media? Learn about how to interact with customers, and ultimately influencers, online.

How to Work with Bloggers:

How do all of these brands have such big name influencers touting about their products? As you can guess, it’s not free, and it’s not cheap – but it’s valuable. You too can learn how to work with influencers, small to mega stars, to build loyalty and increase brand recognition in the market place. But where do I even start? What’s beyond a sponsored post? How much should I be paying bloggers? How can I do it all with a minimal staff? Don’t worry, you’ll learn all of this and more!

Sponsors will be served a light lunch and be allowed access to the expo to set up their booths prior to expo opening time of 1PM- 6PM; and Saturday Expo hours will run 10AM-6PM. Expo wont be running on Sunday – so be sure to get in to visit the brands who all help make this happen by Saturday night- Especially if you are trying to get raffle tickets for the various raffle prizes we will have this year! 

#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! 

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Sponsors Only ~ Breakout Session

We wanted to offer a session this year to our sponsors. A “Business – to – Business” opportunity to learn and share information about social media was a logical choice. This year we will have a presentation on “Maximizing Your Social ROI.”  From Entrepreneur.com:  “If you think tracking your company’s social media return on investment (ROI) is a waste of time, think again. When tracked and tweaked properly, social media can give your startup the marketing muscle it needs to keep up with — and maybe even eclipse — large competitors, says Nichole Kelly, chief executive of Social Media Explorer and author of How to Measure Social Media: A Step-By-Step Guide to Developing and Assessing Social Media ROI (Que Publishing, 2012).”

Maximizing Your Social ROI 

Enjoy Life Foods has seen its sales grow by over 130% in the last 36 months. A large part of this growth can be attributed to its consumer-centric social marketing strategy. Joel Warady, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, has agreed to share his strategies, along with his successes and failures, in a “sponsor-only” exclusive session. Joel speaks on social media to industry groups around the world, and this will be our opportunity in an informal setting to pick his brain on current trends in social, where marketing is headed, and how to maximize your social ROI.

Joel Warady & Jenny Sprague#FABlogCon 2013

For more information about this year’s Breakout Sessions click here.

 

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

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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.

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!