Today I’m sharing a quick recap of our experience at the Kids with Food Allergies (KFA) Mall Walk & Expo that we attended in early September.
Being new to the food allergy world it was our first time participating in the event as a family and also with my new food allergy support group and I was surprised at the turn-out and how well run the event was.
We decided to be “team tie dye” and fundraise together as a support group team and took top fundraising group for the event which was an exciting surprise we learned the day of the event!
KFA were such great hosts and allowed us to have our own table to promote the new support group and speak with other families in our area to tell them about us. Since the event was held in our area we definitely had some new families come up to speak with us and interested in joining… and at our meeting last Monday we already had two families join us that we met at the event, which was wonderful.
Before the event I heard a lot about Kyle Dine, the food allergy “rock-star,” and I was blown away at how well his performance was and how excited the kids got when they saw him. Kyle creates fun children’s music that educates and entertains about food allergies and performs at schools, events, and expos like this one. How is that for a niche. He was so pleasant throughout the day and you can tell he really enjoys doing what he does.
Along with Kyle there were some other wonderful food allergy names that I finally could put faces to including Colette Martin a food allergy mom and an expert on how to bake allergen-free, writer of two allergy cooking books: Learning to Bake Allergen-Free: A Crash Course for Busy Parents on Baking without Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy or Nuts and The Allergy-Free Pantry: Make Your Own Staples, Snacks, and More Without Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy or Nuts); The Sneaky Chef, Missy Chase Lapine; as well as some other local group support leaders.
There were also companies handing out samples including Enjoy Life, Surf Sweets, SunButter, Lucy’s Cookies, and more. We came home stocked up with those 🙂 I am already looking forward to next year and cannot wait to join in on all the fun again!
Below are some photos from this wonderful event!
Here is Lynda Mitchell, she’s in the center among a sea of some of the kids that attended the event sporting their KFA Strides for Safe Kids t-shirts…. and here’s the snippet that we are mentioned in the KFA newsletter this week!
One of our signs that I designed for the group!
Kyle Dine was fabulous!
Here I am (left) pictured with Denise who co-founded our new local support group! I also donated a Vintage Vinyl Journal as a raffle prize and one of our members, Lora, donated her new allergy-friendly cookbook to the event.
It was a wonderful event to be a part of and see and meet other local food allergy families. We are looking forward to being a part of this event again next year!