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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.

Fiesta Farms gluten-free grocery giveaway!

The contents of this shopping cart from Fiesta Farms could be all yours!

 

Fiesta Farms 2nd annual Gluten-Free Grocery Giveaway!

As the official grocer of Gluten Free Garage, Fiesta Farms—Toronto’s largest independently owned grocery store with an incredible selection of local and imported gluten-free products—has stocked up a shopping cart full of our fave GF products. Valued at $700, this gluten-free giveaway is packed with pantry staples, snacks, sauces, sweets and more!

ENTER TO WIN:

♥︎ Pick up a ballot from the Fiesta Farms shopping cart at Gluten Free Garage on Sunday May 28th.

♥︎ Fill out your ballot and head about 5 blocks south to the Fiesta Farms supermarket (200 Christie Street) to submit it at the express checkout (and check out the store while you’re there!). You have to hand in your ballot at Fiesta Farms to qualify to win.

♥︎ The winning ballot will be drawn on June 10th and Fiesta Farms will contact the lucky person who gets to take it all home.

 

 

We are so excited to welcome Fiesta Farms back to Gluten Free Garage for the 5th time as a Gold sponsor!
Look for their shopping cart at #GFG17 and enter to win $700 worth of gluten-free products!

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.

brotherly love

Thanks, Neal Brothers, for my latest addiction.

One of seven flavours of Neal Brothers kettle chips, these were made in collaboration with Vikram Vij, owner of Vij’s award-winning Indian restaurant in Vancouver and former Dragon on CBC’s Dragon’s Den. They are, wait for it…Delhi-licious! Full of flavour and spice and salty lick-your-fingers goodness, they’re so tasty that I’m eating them right now as I type this at 11:51 pm.

Not to mention versatile. Besides being an outstanding choice of munchie, they can also play a supporting role in quick and tasty meals. Crush them up and use instead of breadcrumbs for coating chicken or fish. Or crumble them on top of casseroles. Because they’re already flavoured with natural Indian spices, and a hint of mango sweetness, you can skip the spice cabinet.

These crispy onion rings are super easy to make and will satisfy your cravings (because, come on, when’s the last time you had an onion ring?).

 

 

Delhi-licious Onion Rings
(recipe courtesy of Neal Brothers Foods)

Ingredients
1 package of Vij’s Delhi-licious chips
1/4 cup of corn meal
1 cup of buttermilk
2 large Spanish onions

Instructions
Set rack in the top third of oven and preheat to 450ºF.

Slice onions into 1/2-inch-thick rings.

Pulse chips and cornmeal in a food processor to form a fine flour. Pour into a mixing bowl.

Pour buttermilk into another bowl. Dip 1-2 rings at a time in buttermilk first, then press crumb mixture firmly into each ring (if it’s not sticking well, sprinkle some gluten-free flour into the crumb mixture).

Place coated onions on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer and bake for 15 minutes. You may need to do 2-3 batches at a time.

Serve with Neal Brothers Lime Mayo for dipping (also tastes amazing on BBQ’d corn on the cob, see below!).

 

Enjoy the contrast of zesty lime, creamy rich mayo and spiced crispy onions!

 

Tastes like summer: corn on the cob slathered in Neal Brothers lime mayo and grilled on the BBQ.

 

Neal Brothers Foods is a Silver sponsor of #GFG17 and veteran of Gluten Free Garage since our very first market in 2012!
Find them opposite Ste. Anne’s Bakery at the Wychwood (east) side of the Barns on May 28th.

Neal Brothers will be sampling their kettle chips at #GFG17—all gluten free, vegan and Non-Gmo Project Verified—including the newest flavour, Montreal Steak Spice! Plus, they’re bringing along Chickapea Pasta (tossed in Drew’s Organics salad dressing), enerjive crackers (including the new multigrain ranch), and The Gluten Free Bar (The GFB) in a variety of delicious flavours.