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Allergy & Gluten Free Expo at Crossgates

The fifth annual Allergen & Gluten Free Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., October 19, 2019, at the Crossgates Mall, in Albany, for those suffering from allergies, asthma, gluten sensitivities and celiac disease. Headlined by MVP Health Care, the event includes more than 40 exhibitors, including local favorite Sherry Lynn’s Gluten Free Bakery Booth, cooking demonstrations, food and product sampling/sales, and a taste of some national brands such as LUNA Bar, Crunchmaker, Pamela’s Gluten Free Products, Canyon Bakehouse Bread, Cabot and WOWButter.

Cooking demonstrations feature: Chef AJ (Anand Jayapal), of Swifty’s, in Delmar, Albany and Utica, and proprietor of Miss Sydney’s gluten-free sauces; author and blogger Jodi Fitz with a transformative demo on cooking for an allergenic family; and Jessica Smith, of Different Blend Bakery, a dedicated gluten-free bakery in Schenectady.

Exhibitor highlights include the “Ask the Doctor” booth with Dr. Arthur Ostrov, of Saratoga Schenectady Gastroenterology, the Albany Med immunology booth and industry-leading air purifiers by Aerus Electrolux. From gluten-free bread and rolls to desserts, baked goods, health care organizations and nutritionists, the Allergen & Gluten Free Expo covers all the bases.

Capital Affairs, LLC, owners Eileen Handelman and Christine Sisto Mertes have family members with celiac disease, as well as a variety of food and drug allergies. They understand the challenges that come with managing immune and allergen disorders and are thrilled to bring this much-needed expo to the Capital Region. The Expo can also provide a free one-stop-shopping experience in a great place to taste, try, explore and ask questions.

Photos: (Top) Chef AJ during a cooking demonstration, (Middle) Attendees visiting the selection of vendor booths for tastings and purchases (Bottom) “Ask the Doctor” booth with Arthur Ostrov.

Admission is free. Location: 1 Crossgates Mall Rd., Albany. For more information, call 518-388-9240, email Christine@CapitalAffairsllc.com or visit AllergenExpo.com.