What a terrific day we had! The venue was great, the food was fabulous, and the weather was perfect! Thank you to all 2,500 of you who came out to spend your Sunday with us, and we’ll see you again on 4/28/19 – same place, same time!
We’ve upsized! Come check out our new and
BIGGER venue – the Dome at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford!
Sunday, April 22, 2018, 11am-4pm
Oakdale Theatre, 95 South Turnpike Rd. Wallingford, CT 06492
Here are some last minute tips to help you make the most of your day at the expo!
- Parking is free, with space for over 2,000 cars and plenty of handicapped spaces.
- Tickets are available online at this link or at the door.
- The doors will open promptly at 10am for Early Bird ticket holders.
- All pre-purchased tickets will be scanned at the entrance. There will be two lines – one for pre-purchased tickets and one for those purchasing tickets at the door.
- If you have mid-day (11am) or late-day (2pm) tickets, please do not arrive before your scheduled time. Your tickets are only valid for the time marked on your ticket.
- The Oakdale provides security for our event. Please be prepared to have your purses, backpacks and other bags inspected before entering the vendor floor.
- Please bring cash if possible. You may use credit cards to pay for admission to the event and for vendor foods/products, but we recommend cash, as it’s much faster and easier!
- We have more than 20 amazing items donated by vendors for our free raffle. You can enter as often as you like, and we will be selecting winners every hour. Items are listed in the event booklet.
- All ticketed attendees will receive a reusable “swag” bag and a vendor booklet/map with all the information you need to make the most of the expo.
- All food and drinks at the expo will be gluten free. Please look for table tents identifying booths and food trucks as “Dedicated Gluten Free” and “Not Dedicated Gluten Free.”
- There will be a clearly marked “Nut-Free Area” at the expo – these vendors utilize dedicated peanut and tree nut-free facilities.
- Water bottles and other beverages will be available for purchase at the Oakdale Refreshment Center. The Oakdale has created a special gluten-free drink menu for just us, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic options. Outside beverages are not permitted, but there are water fountains.
- There is limited seating inside the venue, but there is an outdoor patio with picnic tables.
- Our food trucks will be located adjacent to this outdoor patio.
- Our dedicated GF vendors go to extreme lengths to ensure proper food production and handling, but Gluten-Free Connecticut can never 100% guarantee the safety of any food or products.
- The Oakdale discourages re-entry into the venue(security issues), but will allow it if absolutely necessary.
- We expect the biggest crowds between 11-1pm. Late day admission(2pm) tickets are only $10 and kids under 12 are free.
Thank you so much for your continued support of gluten free in Connecticut. We just love what we do, and we’re going to keep on doing it!
See everyone on Sunday!
- 70 vendors
- 4 food trucks
- Nut-free area
- Speakers & Food demo
- Allergy testing onsite
- Local vendors & national brands
- Over 15,000 square feet of space
- Free parking for over 2,000 cars
Tickets are available at the door and online. Click here to purchase!
Early Bird Admission tickets are sold out.
Mid-day and late-day tickets are still available!
- Adult Mid-Day admission, 11am-2pm – $15
- Kids age 8-11 Mid-Day admission, 11am-2pm – $5
- Active Military & Veterans – 25% discount at the door only
- Seniors – 25% discount at the door only
- Kids under 8 are free all day
Many thanks to Enjoy Life Foods, our Platinum sponsor! They’ll be at the expo handing out tons of free samples! Thank you also to our Silver sponsors: Goodman Gluten Free, Big Y, and Eat Naturall – be sure to stop by their booths to say hello, sample, and purchase!
Thank you to our media sponsor, Natural Nutmeg!
And thank you to our blogger booth sponsor, Brand Fearless!
12:00 pm, Hartford Healthcare Hospitality Room
Myron Brand, MD
“Update on the etiology and management of celiac disease and gluten sensitivity” (with time for questions!)
Dr. Brand is a board certified gastroenterologist and the medical director of the Yale-Shoreline Endoscopy Center in Guilford, Connecticut. He is also a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology and served three terms as Governor of the college representing Connecticut’s gastroenterologists on state and national issues. While governor, he received the Freshman Governors Award for service to the college. He has been awarded mention in “The Best Doctors in America” database and voted by his peers to Connecticut Magazine’s “Best Doctors” annual award every year from 2011 to date.
1:00pm & 3:30pm, Hartford Healthcare Hospitality Room
Book readings by Colleen Brunetti, M.Ed, C.H.C.
FOR THE KIDS!
Colleen Brunetti is a certified health coach, holistic educator and author. She recently published “Aidan the Wonderkid,” her first children’s book about living with food allergies. Based on her own son, she aims to help children with and without food sensitivities to better understand nutrition, health and well being, and to appreciate differences in others. Colleen will read her book, answer questions, and sell copies.
1:30pm, Infinity Lounge
Robert Landolphi, Chef and author of “Gluten Free Everyday” and “Cooking Light Gluten-Free Baking”
“Which GF flour is which? Chef Landolphi will show you! Watch as he makes dough for pizza, muffin mix and more!”
Robert Landolphi is a 1991 graduate of Johnson & Wales University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Culinary Arts and Food Service Management. He also completed a Certified Culinary Arts Instructor program at Central Connecticut State University. He currently serves as a Certified Culinary Arts Instructor and the Culinary Operations Manager with the University of Connecticut. Rob is a member of The National Association of College and University Food Services, the American Culinary Federation, Slow Food International and the National Restaurant Association. Rob has entertained audiences all the country with his unique cooking style, personality, and down to earth, yet informative demonstrations.
2:30pm, Hartford Healthcare Hospitality Room
Melinda Dennis, MS, RDN, LDN
Non responsive Celiac Disease; learn about hidden gluten, oats, the ultra sensitive diet, fodmaps, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Refractory Lactose Intolerance, and the latest study on measuring gluten consumption
Melinda Dennis is a celiac dietitian, Nutrition Coordinator and research investigator for the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA. Diagnosed with celiac disease 27 years ago, she counsels on gluten-related gastrointestinal disorders, lectures nationally and has written extensively on the nutritional management of celiac disease, including the award-winning book Real Life with Celiac Disease and the comprehensive nutrition and medical website: celiacnow.org. She is also an executive council member of the Celiac Research Program at Harvard Medical School, former Council member of the North American Society for the Study of Celiac Disease and founder, former Chair and currently Senior Nutrition Consultant for the National Celiac Association. Her consulting business, Delete the Wheat, offers workshops, lectures, and consulting to gluten-free individuals and organizations.
Check back often – vendors added weekly!