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6th annual Gluten Free Garage!

Toronto’s highly anticipated go-to gluten-free event is a prominent playground for gluten-free people looking to discover new brands, try different foods and meet fellow foodies. Carefully curated for people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance, GLUTEN FREE GARAGE places quality and taste at the forefront, allowing it to be experienced by all food lovers as the perfect, most delicious way to celebrate Celiac Awareness Month.

 

HERE’S A TASTE OF WHAT TO EXPECT AT #GFG17!

 

60+ VENDORS

More than 60 handpicked vendors (mostly local and artisanal) will offer attendees a wide variety of gluten-free options appealing to different tastes. Indulge in freshly baked goods—such as bagels, scones and baguettes—that you never thought could taste so good. Enjoy savoury made-to-order foods—like falafel (pictured here from My Little Chickpea), tacos and dumplings—for lunch. Sample and purchase sweet and savoury snacks, sauces, soups, pizza, pasta, gelato and even skincare! Not just for people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance, GLUTEN FREE GARAGE offers something for everyone on the gluten-free spectrum—meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans alike. Come hungry for a delicious day of one-stop shopping and taste for yourself how gluten free has come a long way, baby!

 

FOOD TRUCKS

Take advantage of the opportunity to eat al fresco from a food truck on the Wychwood Barns grounds. Participating trucks include 50 Pesos and Bar Ape.

 

LIBATIONS IN THE COURTYARD

Those who are 19+ can partake in Libations in the Courtyard, featuring tastings from various beer, cider and vodka brands. There is still space at the bar for additional beer and cider brands. Send a note to info@glutenfreegarage.ca for information on how your brand can participate.

 

SAMPLING

Not all brands are able to exhibit at GLUTEN FREE GARAGE, so there’s an opportunity to offer festival-goers the chance to discover and try new products through sampling. Ask about how your brand can get involved.

 

SPEAKERS

Take a break from eating and tune into a talk or live demonstration in The Stop. Past speakers include holistic nutritionist Joy McCarthy, Bunner’s Bakeshop cofounder Ashley Witting, gluten-free expert Kathy Smart, and celiac advocate Jordan Middlebrook, aka King Gluten Free. This year’s speakers will be announced soon.

 

SHOW SPONSORS

The success of GLUTEN FREE GARAGE is made possible with the continued support of our sponsors. This year we welcome back Italpasta, Neal Brothers and Fiesta Farms and are excited to have Ste. Anne’s Bakery on board! Thanks also to the Gluten-Free Certification Program for their ongoing support!

 

Fries before guys

Serving up some attitude with a side of fries.

Serving up some attitude with a side of fries.

 

Flashback to Gluten Free Garage in the fall of '14 with gluten-free girl Lily and her pal Axel going to town on some Hero Burger fries.

Flashback to fall 2014 Gluten Free Garage with gluten-free girl Lily and her pal Axel going to town on some Hero Burger fries.

 

This year Gluten Free Garage is hosting an unprecedented number of vegan and vegetarian vendors. But we know that there are many gluten-free carnivores out there who will be asking: “Where’s the beef?”

Enter Hero Certified Burgers.

You know what my beef is with Hero Burgers? Their french fries, which themselves are gluten free, are made in a shared fryer, so there is a risk of cross-contamination. Hence, my daughter, and everyone else with celiac disease, cannot have them. Which is a bummer, because Lil loves fries.

But I appreciate that Hero Burgers is very clear about this in their communications, because it keeps people with celiac and gluten intolerance safe. Also on the plus side, most of their proteins (except for the hot dog) and condiments are gluten free and they have gluten-free buns from O’Doughs that are warmed in a dedicated toaster. And, most recently, they added gluten-free naturally smoked beef bacon to the menu.

Click here for a full list of the gluten-free offerings at Hero Burgers.

Back to the fries. You may wonder why Lily is eating them in the above photos. Is it an act of gluten-free child rebellion? No, she knows how much it sucks to get glutened. It’s because at Gluten Free Garage the Hero Burgers food truck serves up fries—and poutine!—made in a dedicated fryer with fresh, clean oil. So Lily and her fellow celiacs get to order a side of fries with that!

GFG sponsor Hero Burgers / Photo: Lewis Mirrett

Keep on truckin’ / All photos by Lewis Mirrett

 

Hero Certified Burgers is a Silver sponsor of Gluten Free Garage.

 

Win this shopping cart from Fiesta Farms!

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This could all be yours (minus the actual shopping cart)!

 

Fiesta Farms Gluten-Free Grocery Giveaway!!!

Fiesta Farms, the official grocer of Gluten Free Garage, has loaded up a shopping cart full of our fave gluten-free products, local and imported. Valued at $700, this gluten-free giveaway is packed with pantry staples, snacks, sauces, sweets and more!

Enter to Win
♥︎ Fiesta Farms staff will hand out ballots at Gluten Free Garage on Sunday May 1st. Make sure to get one!

♥︎ Fill out your ballot and head about 5 blocks south to Fiesta Farms to submit it at the express checkout.

♥︎ The winning ballot will be drawn on May 16th and Fiesta Farms will call the lucky winner.

Bonus: When you hand in your ballot at the store, you’ll get a free Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free instant oatmeal cup, compliments of Fiesta Farms!

 

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Some of the products in the Fiesta Farms Gluten-Free Grocery Giveaway:
Earth + City
Giddy Yoyo
Grain-Free JK Gourmet
Italpasta
Jax Coco
Mad Mexican
MadeGood
Neal Brothers
No. 7 Mexican Hot Sauce
…and more!

Fiesta Farms is a Gold sponsor of Gluten Free Garage.

 

Off the hook

This dish takes fish and chips to the next level!

This recipe takes fish and chips to the next level! (from Goodness: Recipes & Stories)

 

Halibut Crunch
Serves 4

Ingredients
2½ cups potato chips (we like Neal Brothers Srirachup Kettle Chips)
2 heaping tbsp spicy mayo (we like Neal Brothers Sriracha Mayonnaise)
4 halibut fillets, skin-on (4-6 ounces each)
Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves (optional)

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place potato chips in a food processor fitted with the metal blade and process until they resemble coarse breadcrumbs. (Alternatively, crush them right in the opened bag using a rolling pin.)

Place fish on the prepared baking sheet. Spread mayonnaise evenly overtop. Coat fish in chip crumbs (only the top of the fish), pressing lightly so they stick to the mayo.

Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes until coating is crispy and golden brown and fish is opaque and flakes easily with as fork. Garnish with parsley if using.

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Neal Brothers is a Silver sponsor of Gluten Free Garage.

Come and get it!

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Here’s a sneak preview of some of the products you can score at Gluten Free Garage. We’re handing out free tote bags for your gluten-free loot!

  For the first 1,000 people who come through the doors of Wychwood Barns on Sunday May 1st.

Entrance is on Christie Street. Doors open at 10 am.

Our new bags for #GFG16 will also feature the logos of our Gold sponsors Italpasta and Fiesta Farms, the official grocer of GFG.

Photo by Franco Deleo