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Mar 14 2010

Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim and Giveaway

Published by at 10:49 pm under Contests and Giveaways,Foodie Events

Over the weekend, we got the opportunity to check out the Natural Products Expo West at the Anaheim Convention Center, which is the world’s largest natural, organic, and healthy products trade show. We found out about this expo when a rep for Stonyfield contacted us and invited us to attend as Press. Reason? We have an organic garden! Stonyfield wanted to stress the importance of using organic farming and are most well-known for their yogurt line. After meeting the people at Stonyfield, we got to walk around the convention and check out all the great products at the show, and not to mention, all the samples & freebies that we got to take home. It was NUTS, I tell ya. So anyway, here’s a few pictures from the event – and keep scrolling down to see your chance to win some of the goodies we got!

The Natural Products Expo was divided into these 6 major categories: Health & Beauty, Natural & Specialty Foods, Natural Living, Organic, Pet Products, and Supplements. That was a lot of ground to cover in a few hours.

This convention brings in over 50,000 industry members, so as you can see, it was jam-packed! Check out the Stonyfield yogurt cup in the background. They had a special goody bag for us when we got there!

Samples of food & drinks were everywhere we turned - like Organic Bistro frozen food and Stubb's BBQ Sauce. It was like a buffet, except you only get a bite or two of each thing, and then you start feeling sick because you just mixed so many varieties of stuff in your stomach!

This is a dessert-lover's paradise - everything from cotton candy to macaroons by Galaxy Desserts. Along the way, you get chocolate, cupcakes, ice cream, cookies, and a heart attack.

This was cool - CocoPop was making their multigrain snack with their machine that shoots out the wheat/corn/rice cake. Can't get any fresher than that! Oh, and prime rib, anyone?

Japan had their own section of products, like soy sauce, ponzu sauce, tea, and sake. Panda brand used their mascot... no other than a Panda. Cute.

We got to chat with Chef Nathan Lyon, who stars in the show A Lyon in the Kitchen on Discovery Health and FitTV. His motto: Great Food Starts Fresh. And no, the next photo is not of someone from Cirque du Soleil. She is dressing the part of ginger to promote the brand Ginger People.

One of my favorite things at the expo was stuffing a stuffed doggy animal with organic cotton. Chester got a new friend and some treats in the Pet Products section of the convention.

There were an abundance of booths that had an eclectic array of teas. We got a ton of different tea bags to try. My favorite product of the show would have to be Coconut Water!! We got to take home full-sized bottles of these and that contributed to the heaviness of our bags. But it was worth it! I am lovin' Coconut Water!

You made it to the bottom! Here's your chance to win this bag full of samples that we want to share with you! Read below for what's included in this goody bag, and the simple rules to enter the contest.

What you get:

  • Stonyfield – blue bag
  • Stonyfield – 2 coupons for free Stonyfield yogurt
  • Oikos – rubber spatula
  • Oikos – SPF 15 Strawberry Lip Balm
  • Naked Juice – SPF 15 Green Machine Lip Balm
  • Soyjoy – Apple Walnut Bar
  • Sahale Snacks – Tuscan Almonds with Parmesan & Herbs
  • Sahale Snacks – Cashews with Pomegrante & Vanilla
  • The Ginger People – Ginger Chews
  • Country Choice Organic – Soft Baked Cookie
  • Xtreme Shreds – Shredded Beef Jerky on a keychain
  • Annie Chun’s – Roasted Seaweed Snacks, Wasabi flavor
  • Annie Chun’s – Korean Sweet & Spicy Sauce in a tube
  • Bakery on Main – Gluten Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola Bar
  • Bakery on Main – Fiber Power Triple Berry Granola
  • Redmond Real Salt – 2 oz. All Natural Sea Salt
  • Cascadian Farm – Chocolate Chip Chewy Granola Bar
  • Larabar – Chocolate Chip Brownie
  • Larabar – Carrot Cake
  • Blue Monkey – Instant Coconut Water Powder Pack
  • Noah’s Naturals – Anti-Aging Beauty Elixir
  • North American Hemp Co. – Shampoo, Conditioner, and Serum
  • Environne – Fruit and Vegetable Wash (to remove pesticides, waxes, and chemicals)
  • Justin’s – Chocolate Hazelnut Butter
  • Dagoba – Organic Chocolate
  • 8 different tea bags
  • Uh, basket is not included.  Sorry, guys.

Contest Rules:

  • Be a subscriber of our blog
  • Leave a comment letting us know what your favorite item in this goody bag is and what you’re  most excited to try!
  • Contest ends at midnight Friday March 19th The winner of this giveaway goes to Alisa of One Frugal Foodie! Congrats!

38 responses so far

38 Responses to “Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim and Giveaway”

  1. Carolon 14 Mar 2010 at 10:51 pm

    The Ginger Chews! What, what great loot, hope I win.

  2. Katherineon 14 Mar 2010 at 11:49 pm

    Wow I absolutely love the dessert stands. How mouth watering.

  3. Sarah nhanon 15 Mar 2010 at 12:45 am

    Did you get other samples from pet food section? This goodies bag is the coolest one ever! Hope I win so I can try out the Cool lipbslms and other cool natural beauty products!!!! Deserts, tea, and all!!

  4. the wicked noodleon 15 Mar 2010 at 3:45 am

    Luckily I’m already a subscriber, so there’s one down! I’m most excited to try the nuts from Sahale Snacks – although it was difficult to choose since it all looks fabulous! What a great giveaway…crossing fingers! :-)

  5. Nicole-Lynnon 15 Mar 2010 at 4:09 am

    What a wonderful giveaway! I think the spatula is great as well as the Naked Juice – SPF 15 Green Machine Lip Balm! Yum! Everything looks awesome! I’d love to win!

    Already a subscriber via email!

  6. TrucVyon 15 Mar 2010 at 4:17 am

    I like to try Noah’s Naturals – Anti-Aging Beauty Elixir. Interesting!

  7. Shawnon 15 Mar 2010 at 4:20 am

    I am a subscriber. I am most interested in Noah’s Naturals – Anti-Aging Beauty Elixir. This sounds great and I can use all the help I can get!

  8. bunkycookson 15 Mar 2010 at 5:46 am

    Great goodie bag! The event looked like a lot of fun. I would like to try the gluten free granola bar. I do not think I have ever tasted something that is gluten free! It sounds yummy.

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  10. Caraon 15 Mar 2010 at 7:08 am

    I just subscribed to your blog today! Glad I found it. I would most like to try the Sahale snacks because I keep seeing them at Starbucks (I think they recently started carrying them) and they look so yummy!)

  11. Amyon 15 Mar 2010 at 7:39 am

    I’ve tried a few of the items before, however, my husband and I LOVE fresh ginger, so I think it would have to be the ginger chews. Sounds like it was a great expo!

  12. shirley rogerson 15 Mar 2010 at 8:38 am

    50 dunkin donuts gift cards…

  13. Maryon 15 Mar 2010 at 10:23 am

    I currently subscribe to you guys through Google Reader and love your blog!

    The expo looks like it was a ton of fun! I would want to try the cashews and pomegranate!

  14. Kristenon 15 Mar 2010 at 10:52 am

    I subscribe…have to go with the roasted seaweed snacks and korean spice paste…YUM!!

  15. christineon 15 Mar 2010 at 11:17 am

    Hmmmm, what to choose, what to choose ;) There are sooo many great goodies to choose from. I think that I am most excited about trying the ginger chews.
    The expo looked like a great one! I just love going to conventions to check out not only the old favs but all of the new and exciting items and ideas as well. TY for sharing with us :)

  16. christineon 15 Mar 2010 at 11:19 am

    :) I follow you on FB but am happy to say I am following your bog as well :) TY!

  17. Marioon 15 Mar 2010 at 11:41 am

    Can’t go wrong with beef jerky on a keychain…Gotta have it.

  18. joyceon 15 Mar 2010 at 12:56 pm

    I’d love to try the carrot cake!

  19. Alessaon 15 Mar 2010 at 1:18 pm

    I love greek yogurt, so can I say my favorite items are the yogurt coupons? I would also love to try the carrot cake larabar.

  20. Alisaon 15 Mar 2010 at 2:08 pm

    I just subscribed! I haven’t tried many of those items, but of those I have, the Sahale Snacks Pom and Vanilla Cashews are awesome! I want to try so many of those things that it is near impossible to choose, so I will go with the top three … Carrot Cake Larabar, Annie Chun’s Korean Sauce, and Justin’s Chocolate Nut Butter … how’s that for three items you wouldn’t want to combine in your stomach at once :)

  21. tiffanyon 15 Mar 2010 at 2:41 pm

    larabar chocolate chip brownie! i love stoneyfield!

  22. Kellyon 15 Mar 2010 at 5:57 pm

    I am a subscriber. Everything looks great. I love the Sahale Snacks. The Beef Jerky looks interesting and I would like to try that. I would love to go to this event next year. Thanks!

  23. 5 Star Foodieon 15 Mar 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Wow, awesome goodie bag! I would love to try those Sahale Snacks!

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  25. Hannaon 15 Mar 2010 at 9:09 pm

    It must be a full day for you guys at the event….I wonder what flavors are those 8 different tea bags since I like to drink tea alot :-)

  26. Kitchen Mon 15 Mar 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Oh my goodness! You guys are so generous for the giveaway!
    I don’t recognize too many things, but I LOVE Dogoba chocolates!! I just bought some last week too. :D

  27. Sherrillon 15 Mar 2010 at 11:09 pm

    I have a crazy obsession for lip therapy so both Oikos and Naked Juice lip balms sound amazing, plus it’s organic AND SPF 15!! Plus, I can’t deny being totally excited to try the instant coconut water powder.

  28. nanceeon 16 Mar 2010 at 10:22 am

    wow what a lot of goodies, it is hard to pick only one as a favorite. I choose the xtreme shreds beef jerky on a keychain because I could hook it on my backpack and have instant access to yumminess.

  29. Eileenon 16 Mar 2010 at 10:30 am

    I found you via foodbuzz and subscribed right away! I have read so much about lara bars but never tried one, so I’d be most excited to try those first. Everything looks fun to try though!

  30. The Duo Disheson 16 Mar 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Lucky. This looks like a fun day, as well as eye-opening to even more natural and organic food products.

    The Cascadian Farms bars are really good! We’re followers too. :)

  31. crystalpon 16 Mar 2010 at 4:24 pm

    My favorite item is the 8 different tea bags… I heart tea.

    I would like to try the Annie Chun’s – Roasted Seaweed Snacks, Wasabi flavor… I have a friend who says they are really good!

  32. Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug}on 16 Mar 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Subscribed to The Food Addicts in reader. That looks like a dream convention — My favorite item is the Sahale Snacks – Cashews with Pomegrante & Vanilla :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  33. Lenaon 16 Mar 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Sahale Cashews!

  34. Bizon 17 Mar 2010 at 11:18 am

    What a wonderful Expo! I’d love to try the Annie Chun’s seaweed snacks – interesting!!

    Oh, and for what it’s worth – my birthday is March 19 – so pick me! :D

    I think I’ll show my husband your calari salad – I think he’d like it!

  35. Christina@Health-Foodieon 17 Mar 2010 at 11:33 am

    Wow, this looks like so much fun! I have never been to a food expo, but I NEED to. haha

  36. Christine @ Fresh Local and Beston 17 Mar 2010 at 11:34 am

    This is a great giveaway, with so many great organic goodies in the bag! The conference looks like it was quite successful with several vendors and attendees!
    I’m looking forward to trying the Sahale Snacks – Tuscan Almonds with Parmesan & Herbs.

  37. ikkinlalaon 17 Mar 2010 at 12:39 pm

    May Canadians enter? I haven’t tried any of the products, but the one I’d be most interested in is the Tuscan Almonds.

  38. bdoanon 17 Mar 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Just subscribed. So glad I found your website. I love all the pics of your garden.

    I’d like to try the Dagoba – Organic Chocolate.

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