TORONTO, October 14, 2014 – Two of the hottest trends come together for Gluten Free Garage—a farmers’ market with a gluten-free twist—on Sunday, November 9. At its 4th pop-up at Artscape Wychwood Barns, Toronto’s go-to gluten-free event features more than 60 handpicked vendors showcasing the city’s best in gluten-free eats and lifestyle, including food trucks, guest speakers and, for the first time, beer and cider tasting.
More than 2,000 people are expected to attend this one-of-a-kind event—a testament to the growing demand for high-quality gluten-free products and services. “The gluten-free community is hungry for the latest, and Gluten Free Garage is my way of sharing fantastic new finds,” says founder RonniLyn Pustil (celiac mom). With 60-plus mostly local, artisanal vendors—sampling and selling everything from gluten-free baked goods to savoury foods to personal care items—GFG offers one-stop worry-free shopping in a hip, urban space.“It’s the one day when people with celiac and gluten intolerance can eat to their hearts’ content without fear of cross-contamination. And the food is so tasty that even the non-gluten-free will be happy to indulge.”
Leading gluten-free expert Kathy Smart says: “Gluten Free Garage is by far my favourite gluten-free event because of the focus on local. There are so many exhibitors serving up real food that is delicious and nutritious. And that’s the challenge with eating gluten free—choosing the right foods that are healthy and tasty.”
A strict gluten-free diet is the only known treatment for the estimated 1 in 100-133 Canadians living with celiac disease[i]—an autoimmune disorder in which the small intestine is damaged by gluten, leading to the body’s inability to absorb nutrients. Rates of celiac have nearly doubled in the last 25 years in Western countries[ii]. In addition to the rise in celiac incidence, there are increasing numbers of people with non-celiac gluten sensitivity and many people are leading a gluten-free lifestyle by choice. GFG offers something for everyone on the gluten-free spectrum—those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance, those who go gluten free for other health reasons or simply because it makes them feel better, and those who are gluten-free chic or just plain curious.
The GFG speaker series features Kathy Smart (“Gluten-Free Belly Be Gone”—how to navigate the gluten-free aisles to make better food choices for your health and waistline), Bunner’s Bake Shop co-owner Ashley Wittig (“Breakfast with Bunner’s”—granola and waffles, need we say more?) and holistic culinary nutritionist Marni Wasserman (“Abundant, Simple Gluten-Free Dinners”—and they’re gourmet too).
At the Gluten Free Garage…
- Discover local bakeries, caterers, restaurants and retailers that cater to your gluten-free needs
- Sample and purchase gluten-free food, drinks and personal care products
- Enjoy delicious gluten-free food prepared onsite by local chefs and caterers
- Learn more about the gluten-free diet and gluten-free cooking/baking from guest speakers Kathy Smart, Ashley Wittig and Marni Wasserman
- Taste a variety of gluten-free beers and ciders
- Grab a free tote bag for all your gluten-free goodies (the first 500 attendees)
MORE ABOUT GLUTEN FREE GARAGE: GFG launched in the fall of 2012 as Toronto’s first pop-up gluten-free marketplace. Inspired by her daughter Lily, 8, who was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2009, GFG founder RonniLyn Pustil created the event to give people a taste of what’s going on gluten free in Toronto. She aims to promote and provide better access to top-quality local gluten-free food, create awareness about celiac disease, and prove that gluten-free food can be super tasty. GFG 2014 sponsors include Italpasta, Lady York Foods, Organic Works Bakery, Hero Certified Burgers, JK Gourmet, Kelly’s Bake Shop, Lettuce Love Café, Neal Brothers and Zipcar. Media sponsors are Tonic and She Does the City.
Date: Sunday November 9, 2014
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Location: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
Admission: $10 for adults, free for kids 12 years and under
Tickets available at the door or online http://glutenfreegarage.ca/event-details/
Photos and video from the fall 2013 GFG: http://glutenfreegarage.ca
FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact:
Karen Nussbaum, Storia PR
[i]Canadian Society of Intestinal Research
[ii]Canadian Digestive Health Foundation
Packaged Facts 2013