This year’s stash and some pics from the Gluten Free Expo in San Mateo!
Overall it was a great experience— there were lots of products to sample and products to purchase, information about living and eating gluten free, classes to attend, and (mostly) friendly faces and helpful promoters. There weren’t as many of the big gf companies as before, which I found interesting, but it was nice to try some lesser known brands too. Not gonna lie, I’m pretty disappointed that @scharglutenfree
wasn’t there, I really wanted to try their gf Twix! I was super surprised to not see @glutinofoods
there, or even any cider companies— I think it would have been a perfect setting for @acecider
to showcase their amazing ciders, especially to those who haven’t had the pleasure of trying them before.
I gotta give a special shout out to @sanjtamari
, and @thesaucegoddess
for their super friendly personalities and willingness to actually talk to us about their products/company and for having amazing customer service, even if we didn’t necessarily purchase anything from them while at the expo. On the flip side, there were an alarming number of companies who had terrible customer service and seemed bothered when we asked for samples or more information about buying their products. I have to call out @petit_pot
in particular because their reps had an amazingly bad attitude with my group, and the nerve to talk about their customers in French, unbeknownst to them that I understood what they were saying about us. It’s a really good job that the Petit Pot reps from last year were actually super friendly and got me to love their product, or I would never try them again. I don’t usually like to badmouth companies publicly like this, but you gotta know to watch what you say, and you never know who may understand you. Honestly though, it’s just easier to be nice to everyone!
I’ve now been to 4 Gluten Free expos in the Bay Area, and would love to attend more. I really hope next year will have more to see and taste and be better than ever before.