Last Sunday my son and I attended the Incredible, Edible Gluten Free Food Fair in Denver at the Denver Merchandise Mart. There were tons of GF vendors ready to serve up their yummy gluten free goods. I’m so used to asking, “Is this gluten-free?” before I accept a sample… but I had to stop doing that here because everything is gluten free – guaranteed!
One of the best reasons for attending the GF Food Fair is to get the rare opportunity to try before you buy. I can attest to wasting lots of money buying not-so-good GF goods. And because GF foods are typically more expensive, it is so nice to be able to taste-test foods to see what you like, and of course what you don’t.
Some of my favorite tried and true brands were on tap showcasing their fantastic GF products, including:
Love Grown Foods. They make wonderful cereals made from beans and rice vs. wheat. Our family chows down on Power O’s and Mighty Flakes. My son was so excited to see them on display (he is a BIG fan). I also got to say hi to my friend Maureen who was working the booth!
Cheatin’ Wheat. They make my son’s favorite pancake mix along with pie and bread mixes too. If you’re a buyer from a grocery store, you need to be carrying these mixes – they are so good.
Outrageous Baking. They make wonderful sweet breads that I enjoy very much – my mother in law buys them for me when she goes to Dazbog.
Cappello’s. Hands down the makers of the best gourmet GF and paleo pasta – and to think it’s all made from protein-rich almond flour. I also got to sample Cappello’s new cookie dough – yum!
Against the Grain. They make wonderful GF frozen pizza. I couldn’t resist sampling the cheese pizza at the fair even if I know what it already tastes like. Heaven!
Udi’s. If you don’t know Udi’s, you’ve been living under a rock… seriously. Udi’s makes just about everything GF and is the most widely available GF brand around. Always nice to see them support local food fairs.
Kinnikinnick Foods. They make pretty good GF donuts and other breads and baked goods. My son and I agree that the chocolate donut is the best.
NoGii: These are protein-packed energy bars created by Elisabeth Hasselback, a well-known celebrity with Celiac. They are perfect for tucking away in your purse in case of emergency. Glad to see them supporting a local GF food fair.
I also got to meet these new brands, which I enjoyed very much too:
Luce’s Gluten Free Artisan Bread. I bought a sourdough bread mix from this vendor – this artisan bread is seriously good.
Keen One Quinoa. These are conveniently packaged single serve pre-seasoned quinoa packages. My son and I both liked the taste – very flavorful. The owner was working the booth and was so nice to us. Definitely rooting for this brand!
Gluten Free Explorer. I really enjoyed their flatbreads and pizza crusts. We bought a few upon the prompting of my son who lit up when he ate the pizza crust sample.
My Bread Gluten Free Bakery: They make a delicious flatbread pita that I loved trying at the fair. I’m impressed!
Hemp Way Foods. Reluctantly I tried what looked like a lettuce cupped taco (see picture below) – it was actually a crumbled burger from Hemp Way Foods. How do I describe what I ate? I can’t describe it so I had to look it up online. Apparently I ate natural hemp seeds, lentils, raw quinoa, chia seeds and more all mixed together. It tasted pretty good – but I’m not sure how I feel about it quite yet. The owner was super passionate about hemp – I loved her! I just may have to try these again…
My son and I had a great time at the GF Food Fair here in Denver. We left stuffed, and we really enjoyed learning about new GF brands and sampling (and supporting) brands we already love. Until next year…