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The Nourished Festival, formerly The Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo, relaunched this year with expanded offerings, exhibitors and new locations. The event is returning to Dallas Market Hall on September 7 and 8 for the ninth year and expects to exceed the 3000 attendees welcomed last year. The festival is traveling to nine other cities this year: San Diego, Atlanta, Sandy, Utah, Denver, Schaumburg, Illinois, Worcester, Massachusetts, Seattle, Secaucus, New Jersey, and San Mateo, California and expects to receive over 35,000 attendees.

To better serve individuals with food allergies, specialty diets and those interested in- holistic or healthy living, the Festival will be adding an array of exhibitors to grow with their expanding audience. In addition to the existing gluten-free and nut-free zones, paleo, keto and plant-based zones have been added, along with a variety of health and wellness practitioners. The festival will continue to provide attendees with new products, services and educational opportunities.

At this family-friendly event, attendees are able to sample food and health products, meet with companies and practitioners, learn about the most current food lifestyles, receive coupons and attend educational sessions with industry experts.

Jen Cafferty, founder and CEO of The Nourished Group, says, “For 12 years, attendees have enjoyed our gluten-free and allergen-friendly events. However, as the movement advances, we are finding that more attendees are looking for healthy living options beyond gluten-free. Our festivals will continue to meet the needs of our specialty diet consumers, but a greater emphasis on health and wellness will allow us to help more people. We want to be a marketplace where Dallas-Fort Worth wellness professionals can better connect with our Festival attendees seeking their services.”

The Festival is looking for new speakers and exhibitors in the Dallas-Forth Worth Metroplex, including those specializing in nutrition, integrative modalities and general health and wellness.

Natural Awakenings readers receive $5 off festival admission with code NATURAL5 at To inquire about the new exhibitor discount and speaking opportunities, email



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