Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Living Without's Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest: Portland Oregon 2014

I was so honored to be included on the blogging team for Living Without's trip to Portland. It was such an incredible weekend filled with tons of tasty gluten free samples, awesome new products and companies, educational demos and lectures, and everything gluten free you could imagine. Head over to Living Without Magazine to find an expo near you. 

This was Living Without's first expo in Portland and it was beyond amazing! Tons of companies joined in, some of my favorites and of course my new favorites! My top two of the weekend are both Portland based companies that deserve national recognition. Julie's Original and New Cascadia Bakery, thank you for creating some of the tastiest gluten free goods i've ever had. 

Julie, a professional baker for years like many had to cut out gluten. So instead of crumbling like a cookie, she created these incredible and super easy bake mixes. They are Gluten Free, Egg Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free and Soy Free. We all can win using these. Not only can we bake like Julie but we can also cook like her as she has a series of mouth watering cookbooks out. All allergy friendly and easy to cook recipes. Check out Julie's Originals to stock your pantry with some fudge brownie mix! 

New Cascadia is one of Portland's best Dedicated Gluten Free Bakeries. I survive off their everything bagels and honey gold sandwich bread. It is definitely worth a trip to Portland just to try their baked goods. Every time I try something new from them I order 5 more. They have a variety of bagels, breads, and sweet treats all incredible, tasty, and gluten free.  Visit New Cascadia at 1700 SE 6th Ave, Portland Oregon 97214. 

RP's Pasta is one of the best around. Pasta is a hard one for gluten free folks. Most comes out gooey or hard but it's never the right texture... Until RP's Pasta. It is p.a.s.t.a. 

Love me some Brazi Bites. They are soft, cheesy, fluffy, and everything bread lovers need. 

Harvester Brewing (Now Groundbreaker Brewing) is a 100% gluten free brewery here in Portland. They have brewed some of the tastiest gluten free beers around. Squash Ale? Beer made with Lentils? You guys gotta try it. They offer shipping so if you don't live in Portland you can still get your hands on some of these brews. They also have a restaurant attached to the brewery that is filled with tasty gluten free food that you can pair with your choice of beer. I'll meet you there! 

As always, I love seeing Enjoy Life at these expos. They are like the ultimate top 8 allergen free company. Full of flavor, free of allergens, you can't beat that. I stocked up on my favorite SunButter Bars and Plentils, the perfect snacks for just about anything.

King Arthur Flour joined the fun this year. Fluffy pancakes, flakey topped brownies, bendable bread, they have some of the best baking mixes around. 

The lovely Kyra Bussanich from Kyra's Bake Shop! So excited for the upcoming months because Kyra's Bake Shop is expanding! There's a new location in Lake Oswego Oregon just about to open up. I've gotten a sneak peak and guys... it's pink, still 100% gluten free, and with tons of new menu items. They will now be offering lunch! I can't wait to have a panini on Kyra's house made bread, followed by, well of course, a gluten free cinnamon roll. 

The hilarious Erica Dermer from Celiac and the Beast! She is making huge strides for the gluten free community. If you haven't read her book, you need to! 

Check out some of the other tasty companies and i'll see you at the next expo!

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