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First Washington D.C. Gluten-free Expo



Celiac.com 08/24/2011 - By all accounts, the first ever D.C. Gluten-free Expo, which recently wrapped up, was a success for sponsors, vendors and consumers of gluten-free foods.

The event attracted more than 60 vendors of gluten-free products ranging from pizza, breads and baked goods to cereals, specialty mixes, and other prepared foods.

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More than 600 people attended the exhibit hall at the Embassy Suites Convention Center in downtown D.C. The hall was packed with gluten-free products, many offered up for tasting.

Expo proceeds from the $10 public admission price, and the $75 “Globally Gluten-Free” cocktail reception at Finn & Porter afterward, helped to raise more than $20,000 for expo host and sponsor, The Celiac Disease Program at Children’s National Medical Center.

The reception boasted a fine gluten-free spread, including a selection of gluten-free pastas, along with Bready brand breads. An equally generous Mexican selection offered corn tortillas and a wide range of vegetables, and was complemented by a selection of lamb and chicken skewers, hummus, and a sweet potato mash.

The next D.C. Gluten-free Expo is scheduled for June 15, 2012.

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