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Attending Appetite for Awareness 2012

Appetite for Awareness: A Gluten-Free Cooking Spree is a fundraiser hosted by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA). This family-friendly event includes plenty of gluten-free food, information and entertainment - all in support of NFCA’s mission to increase diagnoses of gluten-related disorders and improve quality of life for those on a lifelong gluten-free diet.

Event Highlights

Here's what you can expect:

  • Gluten-Free Cooking Spree: Philly’s top chefs serving gluten-free dishes with the area’s leading doctors
  • Chef Demos in front of the Grand Staircase
  • Vendor Marketplace with free samples
  • Children’s Pavilion with kid-friendly gluten-free food and fun
  • Gluten-Free Beer Garden with flat-screen TVs (Watch the Eagles game!)
  • And the opportunity to win a 1-year Mercedes-Benz lease

One ticket price gets you in the door, with unlimited gluten-free food and drink, an abundance of free samples and a reusable shopping bag.

Ticket Prices

Early Bird

Adults: $50
Students (age 12+): $25
Children (up to 12 years old): $20               
Families (of four): $125

Tickets at the Door

Adults: $75
Students with ID (age 12+): $35
Children (up to 12 years old): $25        
Families (of four): $150

Group Rate (New for 2012!)

Groups of 20 or more will enjoy a reduced rate of $40 per ticket ($10 off). The group coordinator will receive 1 free ticket. To request a group rate, contact Jennifer North at jnorth@celiaccentral.org.

Parking and Transportation

Appetite for Awareness will be held at the newly reopened Historic Strawbridge Building at 8th and Market Streets in Philadelphia.

There is abundant parking in the vicinity of the event venue.  The Philadelphia Parking Authority operates a lot at 801 Chestnut Street. The cost is $8. Park America’s lot at 615 Chestnut Street is $10 for the day. Free on-street parking on Sundays is also located throughout Chinatown, just north of the venue. The event location is also located on the PATCO Hi-Speedline, the Market/Frankford SEPTA line and a short walking distance from the Market East SEPTA stop.

Get driving directions here.

T-Shirt Design Contest

New this year, NFCA is hosting a T-Shirt Design Contest for gluten-free fans across the U.S. The winning design will be printed on NFCA t-shirts that will be sold at Appetite for Awareness 2012. Get the details.

Tweet #A4A12

We will be using #A4A12 as the official hashtag for Appetite for Awareness 2012. Follow the hashtag for event updates and for chances to win surprise giveaways during the event. Use it to tag a photo of the gluten-free dishes or tweet a shout out to your favorite booth.


Buy Tickets to Appetite for Awareness 2012

Thursday, October 10, 2013
6:30 - 9 p.m.
Arts Ballroom
1324 Locust Street

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Jefferson University Hospitals
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Springbank Foundation

Bob & Bea Bast

Alice & Will Bast

Laura Carlsmith &
Robert Bast

Pam & Rod Gagne

Amy & Bill Green,
The Green Family Charitable Foundation

Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust

The William T. Vogt & Lorine E. Vogt Charitable Foundation

Anne & Walter Waldie
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