Directly from the Vancouver Gluten Free Expo Press Release:
Vancouver, British Columbia - The annual Vancouver Gluten Free Expo has seen unprecedented growth since the first event was held in 2012.That first year event organizer Margaret Dron expected 500 people and almost 3000 showed up. In 2013 the event moved to a bigger venue to accommodate the expected 5000 attendees and almost 25000 came down.
For the 2014 event, held on January 25 & 26, Dron is confident the trade show will be able to keep its gluten-intolerant guests happy. “We’ve learned so much these last three years,” says Dron, “and we’re more ready than ever to host Vancouver’s gluten-free community. This year, we have doubled the size, doubled the duration, and doubled the fun!” This year the expo will be held at the PNE Forum and will be open to ticket holders for two days instead of one. The decision to extend the event to two days was a no-brainer for the expo, which unfortunately had to turn away patrons last year.
This rise in interest in gluten-free products and events is understandable when you consider the amount of people that are moving to a gluten-free or gluten-reduced lifestyle. The recent Canadian Attitudes to Gluten Free Study, conducted by Udi’s Healthy Foods, estimates that 12.3% of Canadians are reducing their gluten intake with British Columbians leading the trend at 17%.
This year’s Vancouver Gluten Free Expo includes over 60 vendors and promises educational and entertaining speakers to round out the day. Nutritionists, registered dieticians and media personalities like Kathy Smart and Desiree Nielsen will be on site giving cooking demonstrations, and offering invaluable advice and tips for living the gluten-free lifestyle.
Tickets are available online for $12 until January 24, 2014, and for $15 (cash) at the door. Children ages 10 or under get in free and must be supervised by an adult.
For the first time this year, attendees can also download the Gluten Free Expo app from the Apple and Android app stores. The Gluten Free Expo app includes full expo schedules, a list of exhibitors, and floor maps as well as gluten-free recipes and product guides.
The Vancouver Gluten Free Expo is holding a Twitter contest from January 8-10, 2014. To win two tickets to the Expo, make sure you’re following @glutenfreeexpo1 on January 10th for instructions on how to enter.
For more information, visit www.glutenfreeexpo.ca/bc/vancouver.