In just two weeks, the whirlwind begins … pack and move (out of state), then head to Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, back to Lake Tahoe for a friend’s wedding, and finally, Boulder. Though I’m very excited for all of these events, I am already looking forward to July, when I can dip my toes in the lake at our summer cabin, and simply relax.
But first, I want to share my schedule with all of you, and find out who will be at these great events …
Gluten & Allergen-Free Expo in Chicago (April 29 – May 1, 2011) – This will be a very fun event and it is open to the public! There will be a vendor fair with exhibits and goodies to sample … and a stage where several of us will be doing presentations! I’ve been asked to speak on dairy-free living and do a couple of recipe demonstrations. You will have to show up to see what I’ve got cooking. My presentation will be from 12:45 to 1:45 on Sunday May 1, but plan to be there the whole day on Sunday, as my friends Kelly Brozyna (The Spunky Coconut) and Carol Kicinski (Simply Gluten Free) will take the stage after and before me (respectively). We will each be on hand throughout the vendor fair to chat too. Just look for us in the “book” section. To get tickets to the fair (just $10 online) and find out more info, visit www.gfafexpo.com.
Now, for those of you who want the whole shabang, there will be cooking classes at the Expo too. These cost a bit more to attend, but will include superstars like Stephanie O’Dea (Make it Fast, Cook it Slow), Cybele Pascal (Allergen-Free Cuisine), Shirley Braden (Gluten Free Easily), and Amy Green (Simply Sugar & Gluten Free). Check out the full schedule of classes here.
CDF Conference in Los Angeles (May 14, 2011) – This is the Celiac Disease Foundation Annual Education Conference & Food Faire. No, I don’t have Celiac Disease (that I know of), but I’m pretty down with the gluten-free community, and have been asked by Attune Foods to help them out at the food faire. I won’t be speaking at this one, but I will be hanging out noshing and available for book signing. This is my “mellow” conference, but I’m really looking forward to meeting new people and picking up some knowledge from the various speakers they have scheduled. If you are in the L.A. area and have interest in Celiac disease, this is the premier conference.
BlogHer Food in Atlanta (May 20 – 21, 2011) – So it seems I just couldn’t get enough of BlogHer Food in October. Just 7 months later, I’m heading back. This time it will be a wee bit different, but more on that later. For now, if you are going to BlogHer Food, drop a comment, it would be great to meet some of you in person!
Fitness Blogger’s Conference in Boulder (June 24-26, 2011) – This is a brand new conference, and I’m pretty excited about it. It is three full days and did I mention it is in Boulder? Seriously cool little city. Anywho, the conference covers a range of topics and offers some good physical activity too. Interestingly enough, I won’t be speaking on food or fitness at this one, but will be speaking on publishing and self-publishing along with my good friend Elana of Elana’s Pantry. I’m guessing many of you haven’t heard about this event since it is the first year, but check out the agenda on their website – you may not be able to resist attending!
Sleeping, Swimming, and Sunning Summit in B.C. (July 1 – ???) – Where I’ll be sans electricity. Sorry, this event is not open to the public. I love you all, but sometimes a girl has got to disconnect, and I think I will need a little R&R by then.
So what about you? Will you be at any of these events? What other awesome events are there this year? Do tell!