Wednesday, May 4th was the big event—a Gluten-Free Food Labeling Summit. The purpose of the event was to draw attention to the FDA’s inaction on finalizing standards for gluten-free labeling.
As a symbol of what a big deal this is, the event featured the world’s largest gluten-free cake which was unofficially measured to be 11 feet 2 inches tall.
I had trouble hearing the speeches and missed the name of the congresswoman who spoke. The Food and Drug Administration was represented by Mike Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Foods, who assured us that they are taking this seriously and will get it done.
Dr. Fasano, who was there with his mother, spoke. It was his mother’s birthday and a special cake was made for her and for Cynthia Kupper of the Gluten Intolerance Group whose birthday was last week.
We also heard from representatives of a few companies such as King Arthur Flour, who now has a gluten-free line of products, and Glutino.
I carpooled to the event with other members of my local support group. We arrived about 11:00 a.m. and spent the day stuffing 300 goodie bags to be given away, helping to assemble the cake, icing smaller cakes, cleaning up the bar area where the cake team was working, and anything else that was needed.
The event was well attended and I particularly enjoyed meeting a couple of other bloggers, Valerie of City|Life|Eats and Brittany of Brittany Angell. Both are sweet ladies and I was thrilled to meet them.
Brittany was there with other people from PBS. A local news station, ABC 7 was there early in the day and ran a short piece about the event on the evening news. You can see that video here. I also spoke with someone from Time magazine.
Here is a brief video of the cake with the last layer being put on top.
The day was a great success for the entire gluten-free community. Thank you Jules and John for making it happen!