Monday, August 13, 2012

Raleigh’s First Gluten-Free Expo Recap

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Raleigh’s first gluten-free expo was a success!  I was so amazed at how many people are involved in the local gluten-free community.  A lot of the time I feel pretty isolated among my friends and family, and I have sought out connections in the blogging world to feel less alone and interact with people who understand the challenges of being gluten free.  Yesterday I learned that I am most definitely NOT alone out there!  I have no idea what the total attendance was, but there were people lined up everywhere I looked after the doors opened and it stayed busy for hours. 

I snapped a few pictures at the very start of the event but they aren’t that great – not sure if it was the lighting in the hall, or the fact that I was so excited I had trouble keeping my camera still - probably more of the latter Smile

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Mmmm…samples….

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Already a line when the doors opened!

Carrie from Ginger Lemon Girl was right across from me, and we got to chat some before the event started and after it slowed down.

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I was more than a bit starstruck to be honest since she’s got a fantastic blog, an upcoming cookbook and literally thousands of followers, so I hope I didn’t make too much a fool of myself!  Carrie, thanks for being so friendly Smile

Photo from Carrie at Ginger Lemon Girl

I had a lot of fun talking to the wonderful people that stopped by the Triumph table, and even got to meet some people that that had actually seen my blog, which was a really cool experience!  Pam from I’m a Celiac came by so I finally got to meet her in person, and I also got to chat with a blogger who replied to one of my event tweets, Jeff from Gluten Free in NC.  I even got to meet one of my readers, who also became my very first customer of the day – thanks, Loribeth!  

I wish I’d gotten to make the rounds of the event, but I was on my own at the Triumph table and didn’t really get the opportunity. But I did get to chat with the tables around me, and at the end when everyone was packing up I was able to snag some new yummy gluten-free goodies (including beer!) that I plan to review this week on the blog.

Huge thank you to everyone who came out to support the gluten-free community yesterday - I hope you all had as good a time as I did!

5 comments:

  1. Enjoyed the event... The venue and event staff did a great job with helping setup in time for the mob. Very kind and helpful.

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  2. So good to finally meet you in person! You looked very official at your table:)

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    1. LOL thanks :) I enjoyed getting the opportunity to work for Triumph but I also wish I'd gotten to wander around with you and sample the goodies!

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  3. You are so sweet! You did a fantastic job for Triumph! I can't believe you sold all those books!! :-) It was so good to finally meet you! I love your blog and your fun personality just completely shines through! :-) I hope we can create some fun local blogging events in Raleigh! We all need to hang out more often!

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    1. Now you're making me blush :) We definitely need to organize something soon - let me know next time you're in town for the weekend!

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