Last weekend I attended the GFFAFest in Columbus. Being just 2.5 hours away in Toledo, I recognized several participating brands from previous gluten-free interweb searches, as well as my local gluten-free travels.
There were a variety of brands exhibiting at the expo, including wholesalers who provide to grocery stores, as well as local bakeries and restaurants who do their thang in the local market.
Favorite Gluten-Free Brands in Columbus
I really enjoyed getting to know Toasted Oat, LLC—otherwise known as the best gluten-free granola ever. My mom and I walked away with two packages! I also loved meeting the folks at GC Kitchen. Their baguettes are amazing and I’m going to try to get them in some local Toledo restaurant because we deserve some breadbasket love just like everyone else!
Finally, Eban’s Bakehouse is the bomb diggity. I have enjoyed their loaves before because a local farm-to-table sandwich shop in Toledo, Fowl and Fodder, uses them. It was great to taste the full line of products at GFFAFest—and pick up a loaf…or four, hehe. Don’t worry; my mom and I are sharing! And, of course it was amazing to see gfJules—who doesn’t love her products?!
I also tried a few products I had never had before, including Luna Kombucha—a special blend of fermented tea. They were right next to the blogger booth, so I enjoyed having a few conversations with the Luna team!
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Gluten-Free Bakeries in Columbus
As far as the treats go, the GFFAFest definitely wasn’t lacking. Being gluten free now for six years, I don’t usually seek out gluten-free desserts as much as I used to. It’s almost like you go through a cycle—at first you want all of the gluten-free desserts known to man simply because you’re unable to have the ones you used to, but then you get over it. Where I am currently in my gluten-free journey, I’m more about figuring out natural alternatives and getting busy in the kitchen with my own creations (i.e. my superfood chocolate balls), rather than cookie monstering it up all afternoon.
That being said, it was still fun to try the different cupcakes and cinnamon rolls available, although I’m still feeling a bit stuffed as I type this. I enjoyed Gigi Cupcakes, Soodles Baking Company and Bake Me Happy. I strongly suggest checking them out if you’re ever in the Columbus area and are looking for a gluten-free treat.
Savory Gluten-Free Food in Columbus
The tricky thing about going to gluten-free expos is the fact that there’s an endless amount of bread and sweets, but not so much natural, healthy food. That’s why I was SUPER pumped to see Portia’s Café as a vendor. I enjoyed the vegetable curry soup as well as their savory gluten-free wrap. In other words, in an expo hall full of free gluten-free food, I chose to spend money on Portia’s because the body needs fuel other than cookies and gluten-free pizza!
Supporting the Gluten-Free Community
It was of course amazing to see Celiac and the Beast, Vegetarian Mama, I’m a Celiac, and MI Gluten-Free Gal. These ladies have traveled all over the country with GFFAFest in order to spread the word and help the community through their gluten-free journey. Mad props ladies, mad props.