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
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.
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
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!