Tuesday, November 1, 2016

November Gluten-Free Events In and Around Philadelphia

As the calendar turns to November, the month brings many gluten-free events to the Philadelphia area.

This Saturday, The Rachel Way gluten- and dairy-free food pantry hosts a free gluten-free expo at the Plymouth Meeting Mall (500 W. Germantown Pike) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Among the vendors offering samples are The Happy Mixer Bakery, Sweet Megan, LUHV Foods and Krave Jerky. There will be several speakers as well as a holiday cookie decoration. If you're attending, please bring a gluten-free and dairy-free item to donate to the pantry.

On Sunday, the Southern New Jersey Celiac Support Group will hold its monthly meeting at the Hope Church in Voorhees (700 Cooper Rd.), where there will be a Thanksgiving pot luck. Be sure to bring your recipe with ingredient listings.

On Saturday, November 12, Childrens' Hospital of Philadelphia is hosting a kids' support group meeting at the CHOP Specialty Care & Surgery Center in Chalfont (500 W. Butler Ave.). To register, please send an email to the CHOP Celiac Center with the number of adults and number and ages of children.

As of this writing, there are several spots left for Paoli Hospital's seminar on Celiac Disease and gluten sensitivity, scheduled for Wednesday, November 16. The featured speaker is Benjamin Lebwohl, MD, MS, assistant professor of medicine and epidemiology from the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University. The event will be held at the hospital's Potter Room (255 W. Lancaster Ave.) from noon to 1 p.m. Online registration is available.

If you can't wait for the second annual Greater Philly Gluten-Free Expo slated for Saturday, May 20, 2017, the same organizer is hosting a sister event on Sunday, November 20 at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College (215 Innovation Blvd.). There will be several speakers and more than two dozen vendors sampling their products. VIP tickets are sold out, but general admission tickets can be purchased in advance online.
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