Food Allergy Bloggers Conference 2014 Recap & Giveaway

The Food Allergy Bloggers Conference 2014 was amazing – yet again- as this was only the 2nd year of the conference. However, with two amazing ladies in charge of it all, it seemed like they’ve been doing this their whole lives. FABlogCon is one of the best events for me personally, because I get to connect with everyone in the food allergic/GF community from across the country. I also get one-on-one time with amazing gluten-free/food-allergy-friendly sponsors like Enjoy Life Foods, Pascha Chocolate, Nature’s Path, Sunbutter, and more (check out the full sponsor list here).

Guest Speaker Alert: ME!

Guest Speaker Alert: ME!

Luckily, some of these bloggers are from my home state! I even had a chance to fly to LAX with Holly from My Plant Based Family. She’s such a sweetheart, and I’ve really loved getting to know her better. Hopefully a Jewel’s Bakery & Cafe date is in our near future!

Holly and I are ready for Vegas FABlogCon

Holly and I are ready for Vegas FABlogCon

Food Allergy Bloggers Conference is always full of superstars. FABlogCon is truly where you can meet the movers & shakers in the food allergic/gluten-free community. If you are a blogger in the food allergic world, you need to be at this event. Just meeting all of the amazing bloggers that are making a difference in today’s world is a blessing. Here are some highlights of the great superstars that presented during the event! (If you would like to see an agenda of all of the sessions that were presented, visit it here!)

Jerome Bettis as the special guest at FABlogCon

Jerome Bettis as the special guest at FABlogCon

Yeah, that’s Jerome Bettis. He works with Sanofi, but more importantly he has a food allergy. And he is a professional athlete with a SuperBowl ring! You don’t have to be held back by your food issues, you can be a champion – on or off the field! Very inspiring – great to see champions that have a food issue!

Charissa and Michelle at the Cupcake Decorating Session at FABlogCon

Charissa and Michelle at the Cupcake Decorating Session at FABlogCon

Charissa Luke and Michelle Palin were champions of the cupcake decorating session. You know the photos of the fall-inspired fondant cupcakes that received lots of likes on Instagram – Charissa was the vision behind those! Participants learned how to work with fondant and tools to decorate your cupcake for any occasion using allergen-friendly fondant!

Keeley at her Bento Box Session FABlogCon

Keeley at her Bento Box Session FABlogCon

Bento box superstar, Keeley McGuire had a packed session about how to creatively pack allergen-friendly lunches. While I don’t have a kid (or a job where I leave the house for that matter), I totally wanted to make my lunches with her fun cut-outs!

Chandice at her Pinterest FABlogCon session!

Chandice at her Pinterest FABlogCon session!

Chandice had a great session all about Pinterest – and how to make your site more Pinteresting! While she is better known as Gluten Free Frenzy online, she is also the head lady in charge of Gluten Free Calendar!

My New eBook at FABlogCon

My New eBook at FABlogCon

With all of the great sessions happening all at once, I didn’t get a chance to present to bloggers about how to connect with brands. Knowing that ahead of time, I just created an eBook for everyone at FaBlogCon for free (you’re welcome – head to the FB group for your free download). If you are a blogger who couldn’t make the event, you can find this book at my Celiac and the Beast SquareUp Market online – under the SWAG section. It talks about how you can perfect your writing craft and branding based on archetypes, as well as how to create a media kit and when to present it to brands.

Kelly from Raising Jack with her breakout session

Kelly from Raising Jack with her breakout session

Kelly (aka Raising Jack with Celiac) presented on using your blogger skills to actually affect change in your own community – face to face. Often times, this is a scarier situation than blogging safely behind a computer screen. I give kudos to those who are out in the community making real changes!

Love my Enjoy Life Foods Family

Love my Enjoy Life Foods Family

I presented in the Self-Publishing: From Pen to Publicity panel. While self-publishing really isn’t relevant to post about here, I do consulting if you’re looking to self-publish! I had a great time on the panel with amazing fellow panelists. The Enjoy Life Foods team was in the audience – and I couldn’t have asked for better support! If you’re not familiar with Enjoy Life Foods, 1) you’re missing out and 2) visit their new and improved website here.

The Company You Keep with GF Rockstars

The Company You Keep with GF Rockstars

Speaking of Enjoy Life Foods, the CMO Joel Warady was on the panel with superstars in the community like Jules Shepard and Annelies Zijderveld (former Attune Foods Community Manager). It’s always great to keep learning how to be a better blogger and how to better work with brands (believe me – it benefits you as the reader most of all).

Another great session was about Labeling and Legislation with Jules Shepard, Robyn O’Brien and SnackSafely.com. If you’d like to know more about this session – I recapped it on Living Without’s Gluten Free & More Magazine online blog here.

FABlogCon is my Favorite!

FABlogCon is my Favorite!

I’m so fortunate that I had an opportunity to visit another FABlogCon with great change-makers in the gluten-free and food-allergic community. Thank you to all of my fellow bloggers and writers for changing the world! It just takes one person to make a small difference, but together – we can make it happen!

Photos from the Sanofi US Sponsored Opening Night for the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference — at South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa.

Photos from the Sanofi US Sponsored Opening Night for the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference — at South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa. Courtesy of FABlogCon

PS I’d also like to say – THANK YOU FOR THE MONEY, LAS VEGAS!

Big Winner at FABlogCon

Big Winner at FABlogCon

If you’d like to get as lucky as I got in Vegas, you’re in luck! I’m offering a giveaway of some great product from the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference. This giveaway is only open to US residents. Please see the Rafflecopter widget below with information on entering and the terms and conditions of the sweepstakes.

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Comments: 41

  1. Audrey Dix October 5, 2014 at 10:26 am Reply

    You have helped give me more info on celiac disease than any doctors I’ve seen! I’m already lucky to have found you! Always great info.

  2. Christina October 5, 2014 at 11:47 am Reply

    Thank you! You help me find out do much information.. gluten free blogs have changed & save my life!

  3. Kate October 5, 2014 at 12:44 pm Reply

    I love Enjoy Life Foods!

  4. Janet October 5, 2014 at 12:48 pm Reply

    I always appreciate the helpful information that you give on Celiac’s disease .Living with disease is not always fun..It is always nice to be reminded of things and my mind refreshed. Thank you for all you do. :)

  5. Jacki October 5, 2014 at 1:08 pm Reply

    Thanks for the recap, I was so sad to miss it this year. Hoping to apply all the tips and tricks and be back in 2015!

  6. Michelle @ My Gluten-free Kitchen October 5, 2014 at 1:57 pm Reply

    Love this recap Erica! You did a great job covering everything. Thank you for only choosing to include flattering photos of you. I heart you for that. :)

  7. Sharon October 5, 2014 at 5:22 pm Reply

    Thanks for this great recap and giveaway. I love so many of those sponsors but especially Enjoy Life because thy have great products that don’t have gf oats (I’ve recently realized that they bother me).

  8. Alexis L October 5, 2014 at 7:23 pm Reply

    I’d like to try any new products from Enjoy Life Foods. The ones I’ve already tried have been delicious, so I can’t wait to try even more!

  9. Mollie October 6, 2014 at 5:34 am Reply

    Thank you for sharing all of your GF info. It’s so helpful! My kiddos and I tried Luke’s Organic cheese puff recently, and we’d love to see more of their products. Makes it easier to be discreet in school when your snacks are close to the “regular” snacks of their peers.

  10. Kathryn @ Mamacado October 6, 2014 at 7:21 am Reply

    Love the recap. Didn’t know about your ebook. Thanks! Looking forward to checking it out. Great to meet you!

  11. Merissa October 6, 2014 at 8:23 am Reply

    I love Ian’s products – as an adult eating their GF fish sticks, I have no shame. They’re so good!

  12. Alicia October 6, 2014 at 1:26 pm Reply

    Enjoy Life Foods 😀

  13. Jessica October 7, 2014 at 7:50 am Reply

    Thanks for the recap! I’m really looking forward to trying some of the new So Delicious products. I cannot for the life of me find their pumpkin products.

  14. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine October 7, 2014 at 8:38 am Reply

    So Delicious products!

  15. Cecelia October 7, 2014 at 3:00 pm Reply

    It looks like you all had a blast at the event, thanks for the reacp! It looks like there are so many great brands on the list, but I think I’d love to try the Pascha Chocolate the most since I haven’t tried their stuff before. :) Thanks!

  16. Robyn October 7, 2014 at 7:53 pm Reply

    Congrats on the big win $$!

  17. julie October 8, 2014 at 5:33 am Reply

    there are so many brands I am not familiar with so I would love to try them all. But I do love chocolate so sun cups would be first!

  18. Dee Fedor October 8, 2014 at 10:38 am Reply

    I have never tried anything from Enjoy life Foods. I would like to!

  19. Christy Smith October 8, 2014 at 12:31 pm Reply

    You are such an awesome resource!! Thanks for all that you do.

    • Christy Smith October 8, 2014 at 12:33 pm Reply

      Also, we love love love Enjoy Life products. My daughter loves their cookies and bars.

  20. kristen mcclary October 8, 2014 at 12:44 pm Reply

    my family would like the trying the fish sticks the most my kids love fish sticks!

  21. Speechercize and Gluten Free October 8, 2014 at 9:39 pm Reply

    sun cups sound yummy

  22. SASHA October 8, 2014 at 11:21 pm Reply

    Ian’s since I’ve never tried them! Congrats on your win!

  23. Carrie October 9, 2014 at 6:37 am Reply

    I would love to try the ful line of Enjoy Life product. I love their chocolate chips! :)

  24. Jen October 9, 2014 at 11:26 am Reply

    I’m actually pretty intrigued by the UrgentRx Fast Powders. I used to use BC powder every once in a while when I got migraines. I’m wondering if it’s along those lines.

  25. Madeline October 9, 2014 at 5:39 pm Reply

    I’d love to try the So Delicious ice creams, like the Gluten Free Cookie Dough!

  26. Hilaree October 9, 2014 at 7:35 pm Reply

    Thank you for blogging!! You provide great information, I love reading about your travels!

  27. Michelle October 10, 2014 at 5:39 am Reply

    Sounds like you had a great time!

  28. Diana October 10, 2014 at 6:15 am Reply

    It looks like you had so much fun!

  29. claire October 11, 2014 at 2:26 pm Reply

    I’d love to try the So Delicious ice creams, like the Gluten Free Cookie Dough!

  30. SA Collins October 12, 2014 at 5:55 pm Reply

    I would be grateful to have any of the products. Thank you

  31. Lori Williams October 13, 2014 at 6:36 am Reply

    I am very interested in trying Ian’s!! Thank you for all you do for the GF Community!!

  32. Beth October 13, 2014 at 6:37 am Reply

    Looks like it was a great conference!! And woo on the big win! :)

  33. Amy October 13, 2014 at 6:42 am Reply

    Sounds like so much fun!

  34. Celia Villa October 13, 2014 at 8:44 am Reply

    Enjoy life and Ian’s are what I’m interested in! Woo

  35. Katie Parks October 13, 2014 at 12:16 pm Reply

    Can I try Jerome Bettis? lol

  36. brooke October 13, 2014 at 12:34 pm Reply

    Ian’s or Enjoy Life.

  37. Lea October 13, 2014 at 1:32 pm Reply

    I would most like to try Divvies.

  38. Michelle October 13, 2014 at 3:12 pm Reply

    Anything from Enjoy Life or Ian’s. By the way I love contests, also all the great information you share back to us from these conferences you attend.

  39. EVA October 13, 2014 at 3:22 pm Reply

    I agree with the fish sticks! Now that my tastebuds have matured, I LOVE fish and want to re-try fish sticks again!

  40. Latha - Columbus Allergists February 23, 2015 at 1:08 pm Reply

    This would have been so cool to go to! I’d love the chance to go to the 2015 conference!

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