Gluten Free Expo coming to Harrisburg area with vendors, speakers and food samples

If you adhere to a gluten-free lifestyle, you know how tricky it can be to navigate.

The Central PA Gluten Free Expo is here to help. The event will bring together more than 50 local and national vendors, educational presentations and demonstrations, door prizes and gluten-free samples.

It will take place 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg in East Pennsboro Township. Tickets cost $9 in advance and $13 at the door.

This marks the first year the festival is being hosted in the Harrisburg area. It was launched six years ago in State College.

During the festival, vendors will share samples for products ranging from cookies and pizza crusts to frozen onion rings and beer.

In addition, keynote speaker Jules Shepard, known as “gfJules,” will present “Is That Really Gluten Free? Why Safe Gluten Free Food is Getting Harder to Find, and What You Can Do About It.” She has written three cookbooks and is the founder of a line of gluten-free flours and baking mixes.

Dr. Emmanuelle Williams of the Penn State Hershey Celiac Clinic also will make a presentation.

According to the organization, about 1 percent of the U.S. population has celiac disease, along with an unknown number who deal with sensitivities to gluten or choose to eliminate gluten for other health reasons.

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