The Lowdown on the Gluten Free Garage
The Gluten Free Garage is a pop-up marketplace of all things deliciously gluten free—like a farmers’ market with a gluten-free twist! At our inaugural event on November 11, 2012, 1,500 hungry patrons flocked to the Gluten Free Garage, where they sampled and purchased gluten-free food and lifestyle products from about 50 (mostly local) vendors. Attendees and exhibitors alike felt the tummy love!
On Sunday, April 28, 2013, the Gluten Free Garage returns! We will bring the community together under one roof for a taste of what’s going on gluten free in Toronto. Come shop, sample and discover what’s new and exciting in the gluten-free world and connect with the gluten-free community. With over 50 vendors, food trucks and a handful of terrific guest speakers, we’ll be spreading the g-free tummy love once again!
Why the Gluten Free Garage?
When our daughter Lily, 7, was diagnosed with celiac disease four years ago, we made our house a gluten-free zone. Since her diagnosis, gluten-free food options have certainly become more plentiful, but that doesn’t mean they’re necessarily delicious or nutritious. Why should she, and we, settle for less than that? In my quest for good gluten-free fare, I am constantly navigating the city and have discovered many g-free gems. My vision is to bring together all of our favourite gluten-free suppliers—the bakeries, the specialty stores, the restaurants—and the tried-and-true products we enjoy for a perfect day of delicious one-stop shopping at the Artscape Wychwood Barns…and, ultimately, to make the gluten-free lifestyle more enjoyable and less challenging. Whether you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance, whether you’re eating gluten free simply because it makes you feel better, whether you’re gluten curious or “gluten chic”…we hope to see you at the Gluten Free Garage! —RonniLyn Pustil