Wow, there is a lot of choice in food allergy conferences this year. What a great problem to have – choosing which conferences to attend!
The biggies are from our national organization, FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education.) This year, FARE will hold a single national conference; and from what I hear it’s going to be a powerhouse, including talks from key experts and researchers, and this year for the first time, community experts. I heard the teen summit last year rocked, and this year my child will be old enough to attend. The FABulous ladies from FABlogCon are having their second FA Bloggers conference. Last year’s was amazing, and had a wonderful atmosphere of kindness, empathy and support. The new kids on the block, FAACT (Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team) will host four *local* one-day conferences covering many different topics. And finally, a food allergy awareness convention for those with food allergies and celiac disease!
Right now, my plans include the FARE conference, the FABlogCon, and hopefully the FARE TEEN summit! I just wish I had the time and finances to go to all of these great events. Here is some more information that might help you decide.
FARE National conference June 20th-22nd, Rosemont IL
About: The conference is a great opportunity for patients, families, caregivers, school staff, and health care professionals to gather as a community to learn the latest in food allergy research, best practices, and to network with one another. There will be multiple tracks that will appeal to both newly diagnosed families and those who are very experienced with food allergies. The sessions will be include a mix of seminars, interactive sessions, forums, and experiential programs for anyone age 11 and up. Full conference and 1-day registrations will be available.
Location: Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, IL A discounted room tickets can be booked here: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/foodallergy. FARE has also negotiated a discounted parking rate of $10/night.
Date: Friday June 20th – Sunday June 22nd
More info: www.foodallergy.org/conference
FARE Teen Summit, Washington DC
About: The Teen Summit is a 3-day event that gives pre-teens & teens (age 11-19) living with food allergies a chance to meet with other teens from across the country. Topics important to teens are covered:
Social experiences and peer pressure / dining out and traveling / knowing how to be your own advocate / friendships and dating / navigating high school / preparing for college and more!
Location: Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
Date: November, 2014
More info: www.foodallergy.org/teensummit
Food Allergy Bloggers Conference September 26th – 28th, Las Vegas NV
About: A great way to learn about food allergy blogging, and to connect in a meaningful way, with others living with food allergies. Here are more descriptions from attendees of last year’s conference: foodallergybloggerconference.com/2013/11/12/fablogcon-review-round-up
Location: Southpoint Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
Date: Friday, September 26, 2014 at 6:00 PM – Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 9:00 PM
More info: foodallergybloggerconference.com
Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Connection Team
About: FAACT’s annual Food Allergy Conferences provide full day of educational sessions led by leading medical professionals and food allergy advocates. The conferences offer education and support for parents, grandparents, school personnel, caregivers, healthcare professionals, and teens.
Locations & Dates:
- Anaheim, CA, Saturday, September 13, 2014, Disneyland Hotel
- Atlanta, GA, Saturday, September 20, 2014, Evergreen Marriott at Stone Mountain
- Denver, CO, Saturday, October 11, 2014, The Denver Marriott City Center
- Philadelphia, PA, Saturday, October 18, 2014, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
More info: www.foodallergyawareness.org/programs
Food Allergy and Celiac Convention November 22nd
About: Disney is well-known for being one of the top food allergy and gluten free locations in the world, so we couldn’t think of a better spot to host an event dedicated to awareness of food allergies and celiac disease! Hosting this event at the Walt Disney World Resort yields the opportunity to collaborate with leaders in the food allergy industry; all of the food is created especially for the event by Disney’s Catered Events, and along with other leaders in the industry, various members of the Disney culinary team will be integrated in our workshops and speakers.
Location: Walt Disney World, Coronado Springs Resort.
Date: Saturday November 22nd
More info: celebrateawareness.com
That’s all, FA Folks!