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…

Celebrate the Forthcoming GF Labeling Regulations with ‘Cake for One’

“In 2004, the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) tasked the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to develop and finalize standards for gluten-free labeling. Due in 2008, the Celiac community is still waiting for FDA to fulfill that mandate. A year ago, news outlets from coast to coast were buzzing about gluten-free labeling. Activist chefs gathered in Washington, DC, to build the world’s tallest gluten-free cake, while advocates hosted a summit for gluten-free labeling.” [Source: 1in133.org]

As a result of these efforts, the FDA reopened the comment period for the gluten-free labeling regulations in the United States (FDA news release- August 2, 2011). They have since promised to issue the labeling regulations by the end of the third quarter of 2012 .

In anticipation of the release of these regulations, the American Celiac Disease Alliance (ACDA) invites you to make cupcakes — one for every year you have been gluten-free! Take a picture of your cupcakes and post to the ACDA’s Facebook page. Then spread awareness by sharing the link with your friends and family via email, Facebook, Twitter, Blog, etc.

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‘Genius by Glutino’ Contest

Visit Glutino’s Facebook page and vote on your favourite sandwich name for a chance to win a free loaf of Genius by Glutino bread. For every vote, you will also receive an entry into their grand prize drawing for an $1,000 gift certificate to glutenfree.com!

Gluten-free Paradise at Breezes Bahamas

The moment I booked my “all-inclusive” vacation to Breezes Bahamas (March 20-24, 2011), the panic began to set in. What was I thinking… what could someone with gluten allergies possibly eat at a resort buffet?! Hadn’t I learned my lesson after my last ‘hot spot’ attempt in the Dominican Republic two years ago?! I knew I would be in trouble unless I was super well-prepared this time. Since I booked very last minute (literally the week before!), I didn’t think there was a point in contacting the hotel in advance to let them know I was coming (half expecting a “what’s gluten?”). It was only 4.5 days, so I decided my best option was to load up on GF snacks! Enjoy Life cocoloco bars and cookies, Oskri sesame bars, Glutino pretzels, etc. (you know, the regulars). I even bought one of those As Seen On TV ‘magic’ pasta cookers; the ones where you add boiling water to a plastic-looking tube! Hey, I wasn’t taking any chances on starving (or getting sick) this time!

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