Yesterday I had the distinct pleasure and priviledge to be part of Toronto’s very first Gluten-Free Expo. The lineup of eager people started early and there were an estimated 5000 people who attended a day packed full of fantastic vendors, exciting news and wonderful speakers.
I happened to be one of the featured speakers and shared some of my secrets to converting any recipe to make it gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free. The floor was packed and there were probably another five rows of people standing in the back!
I wanted to take a moment here to thank everyone who came by to see me speak, and came to chat with me during the day including Lisa from Gluten-Free Find, Jax from Gluten-Free Ontario, Rachel from the Integrative Health Institute, Margaret, the amazing organizer of the Gluten-Free Expo, and of course all my past, present and new readers.
I was so surprised and humbled with the number of people who came by who have already read my book and enjoyed my recipes (including a lovely lady who baked my zuccini bread recipe the night before and stopped by to tell me how delighted she was that it tasted like real delicious food!) and others who have seen me speak or who have been following my blog and my gluten-free career since my early days (shoutout to Andrea – probably one of my biggest fans!).
It occured to me that I am one of the first gluten-free writers in Toronto (Canada?)- I started selling custom order gluten-free cakes in 2008, published my book in 2010 and started blogging shortly after – and I feel absolutely priviledged to be part of this welcoming, supportive and positive community! You are all the reason I do this, and it is so rewarding to me to hear about how far you’ve come along, and how much healthier you’ve become. I look forward to seeing you all again, and hope you’re excited to see what I’ll be working on next!