GF Expo Comes to Vancouver January 13

Get ready, B.C.! The Gluten Free Expo is coming to Vancouver (Vancouver Convention Center – 999 Canada Way) on Sunday January 13, 2013 from 10:00am – 5:00pm.

  • Sampling and purchasing from over 100 exhibitors
  • Free presentations on gluten free living & cooking.
  • Free re-usable shopping gift bag (first 2000 attendees)
  • Coupons for future purchases after the show
  • Access to hard-to-find products
  • And so much more!

For more information, visit glutenfreeexpo.ca/bc/vancouver.

Pop-up GF Marketplace: November 11

THE INAUGURAL ‘GLUTEN FREE GARAGE’ IS POPPING UP WITH 40+ VENDORS!

Date: Sunday November 11, 2012, 10 am – 4 pm

Location: Artscape Wychwood GF_GarageBarns (in the Covered Street Barn): 601 Christie Street (just south of St. Clair Avenue), Toronto

Admission: $10 for adults / free for kids under 12
Pay at the door / Cash only
Many of the vendors are cash only. Come prepared!

“Located on the site of the historic Wychwood streetcar barns at Christie and
St. Clair, the Artscape Wychwood Barns is the perfect venue for our pop-up gluten-free marketplace! The Gluten Free Garage will take place in the bright Covered Street Barn, which is over 7,600 square feet, with a capacity of 650 people. This unique space is home to The Stop Community Food Centre’s Farmers Market every Saturday morning and hosts many other popular foodie events in the city.” ~source: glutenfreegarage.ca/event-details/

For more information, visit glutenfreegarage.ca.

Gluten-Free Expo Comes to Toronto

Today, I had the pleasure of visiting the Gluten-Free Expo in Toronto, with over 100 vendors both sampling and selling their products. GF Expo TorontoHere are some of the highlights from my visit:

  • Stocking up on Sweets From The Earth peppermint nanaimo bars (see My Favourite GF Things)
  • Sampling Glutino‘s new Rosemary & Olive Oil snack crackers (absolutely delicious!)
  • Indulging in chocolate, chocolate, chocolate! Between dark chocolate-covered marshmallows at Charlinda Belgian Chocolates (representing Stouffville!), dark Fair Trade bars at Zazubean Organic Chocolate (with fun names like ‘lunatic’ and ‘flirt’), and chocolate surprise cupcakes at Molly B’s, the event was definitely a GF chocolate-lover’s dream
  • Taking advantage of El Peto‘s pie crust offer for my Thanksgiving apple pie attempt (stay tuned for the post!)
  • Chatting at the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Centre booth about next year’s ‘Celiac Disease Symposium’ in Chicago (September 22-25, 2013)
  • Checking out some of the other vendors: Bubbie’s Biscotti, Cocomira, DiGusto Bakery, Kinnikinnick, Pamela’s, PatsyPie, Udi’s, and many more…

Sadly, I was not able to get to some of the booths, like Frankie’s Ristorante and Mmm…Crepealicious, because of the line-ups, but it just goes to show you how popular this event was. Hopefully next year, the organizers will consider a larger venue and/or extending the one-day event to multiple days. Either way, I look forward to future events…

Have a favourite moment from the Expo that you’d like to share? Drop us a comment below…

GF Expo Coming to Toronto September 30

The Gluten Free Expo is coming to Toronto (655 Dixon Rd, DoubleTree by Hilton) on September 30, 2012, featuring over 100 vendors both sampling and selling their products. There is also a public stage with topics pertaining to gluten free living throughout the day. Whether you’re looking for great tasting products, or Gluten Free education, the Expo is your source!

For more information, visit glutenfreeexpo.ca/on/toronto.

Show Support for Food Allergy Awareness

May is Food Allergy Awareness Month in Canada.  Anaphylaxis Canada is seeking nominations for “Difference Makers,” people who have improved the lives of those with food allergies. Nominate someone at: anaphylaxis.ca.

The EpiPen Take Action Event is a series of fun, family walk/runs organized in support of the Allergy/Asthma Information Association. This year, the events take place in Ottawa, ON (May 5), Winnipeg, MB (May 12), Brooklin, ON (May 12), Windsor, ON (May 26), and Mississauga, ON (May 27). A substantial portion of the money raised at the events goes to the Canadian Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Foundation (CAIFF) in support of allergy research and patient education. Learn more about participating or donating.

In the United States, Food Allergy Awareness Week takes place from May 13 to 19. The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) is off to Capitol Hill on May 16 in support of the School Access to Epinephrine Act, which “encourages states to adopt laws requiring schools to have ‘stock’ epinephrine auto-injectors on hand that could be used for any student having an anaphylactic reaction.[Source: Allergic Living]. Some states have already issued proclamations supporting the event. Visit FAAN’s website for a sample proclamation to send to your governor.

National CCA Conference and Expo in Kelowna B.C.

Kelowna Chapter is proud to host the 2012 National Canadian Celiac Association Conference (May 25-27) and Expo (May 26), at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna, British Columbia. Kelowna 2012 features 5 great speakers and over 40 gluten free exhibitors, door prizes and more.

For more information, or to register, click here.

‘Chef to Plate’ to Begin May 1

Gluten Intolerance Group‘s ‘Chef to Plate’ International Awareness Campaign is an initiative designed to help spread awareness of Celiac Disease and gluten intolerance via restaurants with gluten-free menus (and a strong understanding of serving the gluten-free community). The campaign will take place internationally throughout the month of May.

Get involved: Add your restaurant, find participating restaurants across the United States, Canada and Italy (map), OR become a Sponsor or Campaign Leader. Visit gluten.net for more info.

Gluten-Free & Green Living

This past weekend, I had the chance to pop by the Green Living Show in Toronto and was delighted with the gluten-free options available. Here are some of the GF highlights from my visit:

Have a favourite moment from your visit that you’d like to share? Drop us a comment below…