The Stamford Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest has come to a close, and what an exciting weekend it was! I sampled new products, chatted with reps from my favorite companies, mingled with friends, and attended lectures. Here are some of my highlights of the day:
Meredith’s Bread – Always one of my favorite bakeries. Amazing black and white cookies, rustic loafs, carrot cake, and pumpkin bread. Based in Kingston, NY, this family team supports farmers markets and local agriculture. They focus on quality of ingredients – no preservatives, chemicals, or artificial sweeteners. And did you know that you can find them at farmer’s markets all over NYC?! (You’ll also find them at markets in NJ/CT)
Dee’s One Smart Cookie – Another favorite bakery. The BEST chocolate cupcakes of the day. I’ve never tasted a gluten free chocolate cupcake so moist and full of flavor! Located in Glastonbury, CT, they are dedicated gluten, soy, peanut and tree nut free.
Izzi B’s Allergen-Free Bakery – I’m a big fan. Their vanilla cake is my favorite vanilla cake ever and is incredibly moist. This weekend they were featuring “dirt cups” (chocolate cake) and strawberry shortcake cups – so cute and tasty! Gluten free, vegan, kosher. No soy, dairy, eggs, nuts, casein, refined sugars, artificial colors, trans-fats, preservatives, or cholesterol. Izzi B’s is located in Norwalk, CT. Order online. They ship/bake to order and can be found at local farmers markets.
Simply Trudy – I cannot tell you how good this bread is. It is 100% grain free and is quite possibly the softest gluten free bread I have ever tasted – NO TOASTING NECESSARY! You don’t even have to heat it! Take it out of the freezer, let it thaw, and you have a bread with the most incredible taste and texture. There are three flavors – original, cinnamon raisin, and caraway (my favorite – it tastes like rye!). Gluten/dairy/nut/soy/starch/yeast free. They are a new company, so I highly recommend you support them.
Natural Contents Kitchen – I have tried several of their products and have always been impressed. Black bean veggie burgers, apple tarts, black bean brownies, pumpkin honey muffins, spicy queso dip – you cannot go wrong! Organic, gluten free, and paleo and vegan friendly – I’m a big fan.
Bread Empire/Buddha Bread – Another familiar face and always one of my favorite breads! Warm with a buttery taste, these rolls are made from yuca flour and cheese. They are absolutely delicious AND have 12g of protein! They are currently available online and in about 20 stores on the east coast.
Canyon Bakehouse – You all know how much I love their bagels, breads and brownies. With their quality, I truly believe that this should be the staple gluten free bread that every store carries. Want Canyon Bakehouse in your local store? They have a form on their website that you can print, fill out, and give to your store manager. Let’s make breads like Canyon Bakehouse the norm, not the exception!
Gluten Free Territory – Wonderful brownies and cookies – they were selling out fast! A mother/daughter team in the kitchen, this bakery whips up wonderful brownies and cookies including a Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownie and a Coconut Macaroon Cookie filled with Dulce De Leche. Find their products online.
Also a big thank you to Erin Smith of Gluten Free Globetrotter for the excellent lecture on gluten free travel. She discussed the friendliest gluten free travel locations in the US and across the world and also offered helpful suggestions for packing and networking with other gluten free folk near your destination. If you have any concerns about traveling with food intolerances, Erin will be your best resource!
Stay tuned for Part 2 of the GFFAFest Highlights!
For more information on next year’s expos, visit http://www.glutenfreefoodallergyfest.com.
Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this review. I received free samples at the expo. All opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I, myself, use and love.