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Knoxville, Tn Gluten-Free/Celiac Convention Tomorrow

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I copied this from Knoxville.org:

More than 1,000 attendees and approximately 30 vendors are expected at the second annual Gluten-Free Vendor Fair on Feb. 27 at the Hilton in downtown Knoxville from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Fair-goers will be able to sample gluten-free foods from great restaurants and vendors, as well as learn about the latest in gluten-free foods from local and national vendors, restaurant owners, grocery stores, and more. The fair will also feature an array of activities for children.

Gluten-free food it is defined as food not containing the protein part of wheat, rye, barley, and other related grains. While a gluten-free diet is necessary for individuals suffering from gluten allergies and Celiac disease, it is also believed by some medical practitioners to benefit people with IBS, ADD/ADHD, autism, cystic fibrosis, and more. In addition, it is also thought to benefit those on weight-loss programs or to improve general health.

The admission fee is just $1 for adults and children under the age of five will be admitted free of charge. Sponsors for this fair include East Tennessee Children's Hospital, Celi-ACT (a support group for Knoxville-area residents living with Celiac disease) and GI for Kids, PLLC of Knoxville. Parking is available for free at the Hilton and at the city-owned Market Square, State Street, and Locust Street garages.

The event will also bring an economic boost to the community as tourism officials with the Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corporation (KTSC) project that the Gluten-Free Vendor Fair will bring more than $360,000 of economic impact to the Knoxville/Knox County area.

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