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Central PA Gluten Free Expo set for Sunday, November 10 in State College

The State College Celiac Support Group is hosting the event, which will include over 35 local and national exhibitors, educational presentations, door prizes and samples.
State College —The first annual Central PA Gluten Free Expo will take place at the Ramada Hotel and
Conference Center, 1450 South Atherton Street, State College, PA, on Sunday, November 10, 2013.
The State College Celiac Support Group is hosting the event, which will include over 35 local and
national exhibitors, educational presentations, door prizes and samples. The expo will be open from
noon to 5:30 pm. A tote bag with offers and gluten free samples will be given to the first 500 attendees
that day. Advance tickets are currently on sale for $5 at area locations, or at the door for $8. Youth 16
and under are free.
Thirty percent of adults are interested in avoiding or cutting down on gluten in their diets, according to
a 2013 survey from the NPD Group consumer research firm. The gluten-free food market is now a
$4.2 billion industry, and interest has extended to the restaurant industry as well. NPD found that 200
million restaurant visits in the past year included a gluten-free order. Studies have shown that about 1
in 133 of the U.S. population have celiac disease, a condition which requires a gluten-free lifestyle.
The purpose of the expo is to show people the variety of gluten free food and supportive resources that
are available to them, said Heidi Watson, president of the State College Celiac Support Group. The
event is about showing those who have celiac disease how to live well and be healthy, she said.
Confirmed vendors who will be sampling gluten free products include national companies Udi's,
Kinnikinnick and Namaste Foods.
At 1 pm., Keynote Speaker Alice Bast, founder and president of the National Foundation for Celiac
Awareness (www.celiaccentral.org), will discuss taking an active approach to personal health. The
National Foundation for Celiac Awareness is dedicated to improving the quality of life for those with
celiac disease through education, empowerment, advocacy and research, Bast said. "The expo is a
great opportunity to bring the work we're doing to central Pennsylvania," Bast said. "I'm hoping people
walk away knowing they can come to us as a one stop resource and that they don't have to be afraid to
eat." Seminars also will include speaker Anne Roland Lee, director of nutritional services at Dr. Schar
USA and a Celiac 101 Session presented by the State College Celiac Support Group.
Central PA Gluten Free Expo Schedule:
12:00 pm. Doors Open
1:00 pm.: Keynote Speaker, Alice Bast, founder NFCA
2:00 pm.: Director of Nutritional Services Dr. Schar USA, Anne Roland Lee
3:00 pm.: Celiac 101 Educational Session
4:15 pm: Living Gluten Free with Wegmans by Marda Heuman, Wegmans Nutritionist
Admission: Advance tickets $5.00, ages 16 and under free. At the door cost $8.00
Free parking
Advance tickets available at any Wegmans location or Sunflower Cafe and Bakery, 145 W Fourth St,
Williamsport. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 1-800-827-6397, or online at http://bit.ly/1afheLC
Follow the event at www.twitter.com/PAGFExpo or by searching Central PA Gluten Free
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