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guest speaker: GFG muse Lily Eklove

Lily is the reason that Gluten Free Garage exists. Here she is with her fave gluten-free cupcakes from Almond Butterfly Bake Shop.

 

Ever since the early days of Gluten Free Garage, my daughter Lily has been asking to be a guest speaker. Since Gluten Free Garage is essentially a big party for Lily—and, by extension, other people with celiac disease and those with gluten intolerance—it only makes sense that the guest of honour gets to speak. Now, eight years after she was diagnosed with celiac disease, at 11 years old, Lily is going to take the stage at Gluten Free Garage and share the top 10 things she has learned from having celiac disease.

Come for the talk and stay for the cupcakes! After Lily does her top 10, gluten-free Almond Butterfly Bake Shop will join her to host a Cupcake Decorating Extravaganza! Bring your children to decorate gluten-free and dairy-free chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with colourful frosting, organic all-natural sprinkles, organic gummy bears, dairy-free chocolate chips, cookie crumbs, brownie bites, and more! Almond Butterfly does not use any artificial colours or sweeteners in any of its baking. The kids are sure to enjoy this yummy hands-on speaker session!

Here are a few of Lily’s favourite things:
Book:
Percy Jackson
TV show: Gilmore Girls
Movie: The Wizard of Oz
Song: “Scars to Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara
Hobbies: reading, swimming, dancing, playing basketball, drawing

Lily Eklove will be speaking at #GFG17 on Sunday May 28 at 2:30 pm in The Stop,
followed by a Cupcake Decorating Extravaganza with Almond Butterfly Bake Shop.

look who’s coming to #GFG17!

 

The 6th annual Gluten Free Garage, Toronto’s original (and only!) pop-up GF market, is returning to Artscape Wychwood Barns on Sunday May 28, 2017. A one-stop destination for any and all gluten-free needs, Gluten Free Garage is a curated food festival where GF people can safely indulge in a wide variety of delicious offerings from 65+ vendors. Think of it as a farmer’s market for foodies that happens to be safe for people with celiac disease!

S P E A K E R S

In addition to the plentiful food and beverage options at Gluten Free Garage, attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from industry influencers and experts at GFG’s speaker panels. This year’s special guests include North America’s leading gluten-free expert, nutritionist and cookbook author Kathy Smart, who will reveal “The 5 Gluten-Free Foods You Haven’t Heard About—and Why You Need to Eat Them”; Yorkville Health Clinic’s Dr. Katherine Kremblewski, ND, who will teach you to “Love Your MicroBiome: The Importance of Digestion in Optimizing your Health”; and 11-year-old Lily Eklove, GFG muse and daughter of festival founder RonniLyn Pustil, who will share her “Top 10 Things I’ve Learned from having Celiac Disease” and co-host a Cupcake Decorating Extravaganza with Almond Butterfly Bake Shop. Lily was diagnosed with celiac disease when she was three years old, so she’s learned a few things over the years.

“Gluten Free Garage is a tummy-lovin’ party that I wouldn’t miss for the world! I’m looking forward to inspiring my fellow gluten-free fans with the new foods that are in MY kitchen!” says returning speaker Kathy Smart.

S P O N S O R S

With the reputation of a truly one-of-a-kind food festival, Gluten Free Garage is proud to have satisfied gluten-free community staples like Italpasta, Neal Brothers Foods, Fiesta Farms and Hero Certified Burgers (look for their food truck!) as returning sponsors while bringing additional celiac-friendly powerhouses on board.

“We are very pleased to continue our lead sponsorship of the Gluten Free Garage—an essential gluten-free community resource. Italpasta Gluten Free Pasta—now made with a delicious blend of four grains: corn, rice, buckwheat and quinoa—is a great alternative for pasta lovers who suffer from a gluten allergy or sensitivity without having to sacrifice good taste or quality. We look forward to sharing samples with our gluten-free pasta lovers on May 28!” says Frank DeMichino, COO of Italpasta Limited.

“Here at Neal Brothers, we love making sure our products are accessible to as many people as possible, and part of that is making sure a range of our products are gluten free,” say Chris and Peter Neal on why their involvement and continued support of Gluten Free Garage is a priority.

New to the sponsor roster is Ste. Anne’s Bakery, a dedicated facility in Grafton, Ontario. Its affiliation with the iconic Ste. Anne’s Spa allows gluten-free spa-goers to enjoy a delicious and stress-free dining experience to ensure total relaxation.

“Ste. Anne’s Bakery is proud to be a sponsor of the Gluten Free Garage. We can’t wait to share our passion for gluten-free products with everyone at the May 28th event. Come see us for some delicious samples of our breads and granola!” says director of operations David Navia.

C O N T E S T  A L E R T S

STE. ANNE’S SPA: Upon entry to Gluten Free Garage, fill out a ballot to WIN an All-Inclusive Day Spa for Two. This deliciously relaxing getaway includes (per person): $120 spa allowance, 3-course lunch, afternoon tea and complete use of the facilities.

 

FIESTA FARMS: Look for the Fiesta Farms shopping cart at Gluten Free Garage and grab a ballot to WIN all the gluten-free goodies inside! Valued at $700, this gluten-free grocery giveaway is packed with pantry staples, snacks, sauces, sweets and more! Ballots must be handed in at the Fiesta Farms store (200 Christie Street) to qualify to win.

Ste. Anne’s Spa: gluten-free getaway

This is me in one of my happy places—the eucalyptus steam room at Ste. Anne’s Spa. The only thing I was more excited about at my most recent visit to Ste. Anne’s was the bakery. Whether sweet or savoury, there were so many delectable gluten-free baked goods! Ste. Anne’s, an inn and health spa, has been a popular getaway for relaxation and rejuvenation for years. Now it’s also become a destination for people who are gluten free because of its delicious and celiac-safe gluten-free offerings (however, not all of the meals are GF, so be sure to tell the staff about your dietary needs). And it’s all thanks to Ste. Anne’s Bakery. To find out more about this little bakery in Grafton, Ontario, read our interview below with Ste. Anne’s Bakery manager David Salazar.

 

“Our facility is certified by the Gluten Free Certification Program, so everything in the bakery is 100% gluten free. It’s been a dedicated gluten-free facility for a couple of years now. We use organic certified gluten-free flour, a formula we developed that we still work with. Some of the baked goods are also vegan. We’re trying to offer more vegan options because we’re getting a lot of requests for this now. The bakery is like a lab because we have to try one product several times until we feel it’s ready to share it with the rest of the world. There’s math involved, too, because you have to make sure to have certain ratios of protein to starch.”

 

“The bread is the most popular product we offer, then the granola, the cookies, and the rest of the cakes and desserts. We offer fresh-baked gluten-free bread every day. Our most popular varieties are the multigrain, which we call five-seed bread, the almond milk bread, and the herb and cheddar cheese bread. We also bake vegan bread and cinnamon raisin, which goes over so well with the kids! Many stores have gotten into the habit of only selling frozen gluten-free breads. Ours is sold fresh. We don’t use any preservatives, so we recommend keeping the bread on your counter for three to four days and then putting in the freezer if you want to keep it for a longer time.” [Click here to see where to find the bread in Toronto.]

 

“And focaccia! They serve the focaccia in the restaurant at the spa. [Editor’s note: I asked for seconds with my lunch.] We also create products for the spa—for breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner. When the executive chef comes up with an idea and says he’s looking for a new dessert and he saw this cake in Italy and can we do it gluten free, I meet with my team and we develop something. Right now we’re working on a recipe for puff pastry. It’s a huge challenge.”

 

“The granola is a real part of the Ste. Anne’s experience: a high-quality organic mix of GF-certified seeds and nuts seasoned with Ste. Anne’s honey butter and spices. That’s all we use. We let the ingredients speak for themselves.”

 

“Our baked goods have a unique taste because we use ingredients that we grow on our own property. A lot of flavours used in the bakery are from our garden, including the extracts—rosemary, rose, lavender. We try to use a farm-to-table practice, and we’re lucky that we have this property and the staff to help us produce a lot of fresh ingredients. The honey used in our bread is also from our property.”

 

“This is where the magic happens. What we have here is walnut-almond banana bread.”

 

“This devil sponge cake with chocolate buttercream and vanilla buttercream writing will soon say: Happy 50th Michelle!” [Editor’s note: Lucky lady!]

 

“Customers come to the bakery from all over the place, it’s not just spa guests. We offer lunch here—quesadilla, panini, empanada, quiche. We like to follow the requests of our guests when it comes to developing new products. Interestingly, a lot of them are not gluten free, they’re just looking for healthy choices.”

 

Ste. Anne’s Bakery is a Silver sponsor of #GFG17 and a new vendor we’re excited to welcome!
Find them opposite Neal Brothers Foods at the Wychwood (east) side of the Barns on May 28th.

CONTEST ALERT!
Fill out a ballot at Gluten Free Garage to win an All-Inclusive Day Spa for Two at Ste. Anne’s!
This deliciously relaxing getaway includes (per person):
$120 spa allowance, 3-course lunch, afternoon tea and complete use of the facilities.
Approximate value is $542.40

 

from the mouth of a gf babe

This is Lily.

 

A few things about her:

She likes to read, draw and swim.

She takes dance lessons (hip hop) and plays on a basketball team.

She speaks French.

She has a younger sister who is the bomb.

She loves her tiny dog Chiquita.

Her favourite food is rice (brown and white)—in sushi, fried or just plain steamed.

Her favourite subject in school is math.

She has celiac disease. She was diagnosed when she was three.

On the morning of her 11th birthday, Lily woke up with a stuffy nose. When asked what she thinks it means to have a cold on her birthday, she replied, without missing a beat: “It’s going to be a SICK year!”

That’s Lily, always making lemonade out of lemons. See for yourself.

What is celiac disease?
It’s a disease that affects your gut [specifically your small intestine]. What happens is when you eat gluten, it doesn’t sit well with your gut and your body gets angry and tries to get it out. Some people have symptoms and there are many different kinds of symptoms—I throw up, get bloated and get bad stomach aches. Some people don’t get symptoms, but it’s still doing damage inside of them.

[For a more complete definition of celiac disease, go to www.celiac.ca]

What is gluten?
It’s a protein that’s in found in certain grains, like wheat, rye, spelt, kamut and barley. When I was younger my mom and I made a sign out of stickers with these words and taped it up in the kitchen to help me learn how to read them. It’s really important to read ingredients and not just assume something is safe to eat, unless it’s a fruit or vegetable of course.

 

 

Do you remember when you found out you had celiac?
I was only three, so I didn’t really know what was happening to me. I was getting sick (barfing) every night and I had lots of stomach pain. Then I remember one day we were at the doctor’s office and I was getting my blood taken. That’s how we found out I have celiac disease. After I stopped eating gluten I felt much better. My hair started to grow and I started to grow. more…