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gluten-free roundup at the Veg Food Fest

The Vegetarian Food Festival is one of our favourite happenings  in the city. It's the perfect event for our daughter Lily, who has celiac disease, because there are so many healthy and delicious gluten-free offerings that she can indulge in. This year we planned on heading out on Saturday but we weren't brave enough to brave the rain.

The Vegetarian Food Festival is one of our favourite happenings in the city. It’s a fantastic foodie event for our daughter Lily, who has celiac disease, because there are so many healthy and delicious gluten-free offerings—many of them made locally!—that she can indulge in (this photo is from last year’s VegTO). This year we planned on heading out on Saturday but we weren’t brave enough to brave the rain. On Sunday morning the sun was shining as we did the Parkinson’s Walk. But after that Lily was too pooped to head down to Harbourfront Centre so I picked up my aunt Anne (aka Honey, she’s not vegan!), coach and therapist extraordinaire who’s visiting from Vancouver (coachinginanutshell.com), and we headed down to VegTO—with strict instructions from Lily to get some good stuff.

 

Our first stop: The Simply Bar. (Note: Vendors in this blog post are in order of appearance.)

Our first stop: The Simply Bar. (Note: Vendors in this blog post are in order of appearance as we walked the show.) These gluten-free bars are like a healthy rice crispy treat. Key word: “healthy”—each bar contains 12 or less ingredients. Simply Bar’s bragging rights include vegan, high protein, low sugar, non-GMO and free of gluten, casein, dairy and additives. Simply put, they’re really good for you. And, with flavours like cocoa coffee and maple pecan, they taste good too! Simply Choices also makes protein chips and a new sweet protein crunch snack.

 

We made a beeline to Bunner's, where we spotted co-owner Kevin MacAllister munching down on one of their vegan, gluten-free baked goods. We don't blame him!

We made a beeline to Bunner’s, where we spotted co-owner Kevin MacAllister munching down on one of their vegan, gluten-free baked goods. Who can blame him?

 

We'll take 3 Supersonic Cookies! We're going to need the energy to get through all these amazing veggie vendors!

We bought 3 Supersonic Cookies, knowing we’d need all the energy we could get to make our way through the festival. I polished off my cookie before we made it to the next booth.

 

The words "gluten free" beckoned us to Sweets from the Earth.

The words “gluten free” beckoned us to another one of our favourite local companies doing wonders with gluten-free baking, Sweets from the Earth. My aunt Honey couldn’t make up her mind about what to get but I knew exactly what I was after…

 

Hello dolly! Come to mama!

Hello dolly! Come to mama!

 

Owner Marc Kadonoff had some wise words for us all.

Sweets’ owner Marc Kadonoff got some words of wisdom off his chest. As long as the cookies are gluten free, we couldn’t agree more.

 

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it’s (a) live!

The new Live in Liberty Village

One hot day in the city, this little girl went to Live Market in Liberty Village.

 

And the sign said...

Little sister to Live Organic Food Bar on Dupont, the bright Liberty Village eatery is part cafe and part grab ‘n go, serving prepared items (salads, wraps, etc), food you can order at the counter (bowls, burritos, etc), bottles of fresh pressed juices, gourmet coffee and a selection of artisanal products—all vegan, organic and most importantly gluten free!

 

The girls were feeling the heat.

The girls took a seat while mama browsed.

 

It made our day that Augie's Gourmet Ice Pops were in the freezer. Juiciest popsicles ever!

Augie’s Gourmet Ice Pops are in the house! Some other faves include: Sweets from the Earth frozen cookie dough, Bunner’s Supersonic cookie, Stasis Preserves, RawFoodz salad dressing and Chocosol dark chocolate.

 

These wraps are a game changer!

Wrapper’s delight! We bought Live’s flax and corn tortillas for our breakfast burritos: scrambled egg and cheese with avocado.

 

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Ezra’s Pound teamed up with Live to bring the best espresso in the city to Liberty Village.

 

Refreshing Tonica Kombucha.

Lily refreshed with naturally sparkling Tonica Kombucha. She’s mad for mango passion!

it’s Fiesta time!

Running out to my local grocery store to pick up a few things. Look who's here!

We ran out to our favourite local grocery store this week to pick up a few things. Look who’s here!

 

Inside the store, it literally is a gluten-free fiesta!

Fiesta Farms is literally a gluten-free fiesta! Besides the incredible whole foods and fresh organic produce, the selection of gluten-free fare is something to party about. Here are just a few of our fave GF products available at Toronto’s largest independently owned grocery store.

 

Antipastos Kitchen's new line of frozen pastas.

Delicious authentic Italian frozen pastas from Antipastos Kitchen.

 

Sunflower Kitchen's hummus, pestos and soups.

Sunflower Kitchen‘s hummus (we basically live on it), pestos and soups.

 

 

Nud Fud's raw, organic, gluten-free snacks. (Goji Energy dipped in peanut butter rocks our world!)

Raw, organic, gluten-free snacks from Nud Fud. (Goji Energy dipped in peanut butter rocks our world!)

 

A variety of delectable, nutritionally dense salad dressings from RawFoodz.

A variety of delectable, nutritionally dense salad dressings from RawFoodz.

 

Saigon Soul Foods' best spring rolls on the planet, best accompanied by their roasted garlic plum sauce.

Saigon Soul Foods‘ crunchy spring rolls, best accompanied by their tangy roasted garlic plum sauce.

 

JK Gourmet's grain-free granola.

JK Gourmet‘s yummy grain-free granola.

 

Gaga for Gluten-Free's melt-in-your-mouth cookies.

Gaga for Gluten-Free‘s melt-in-your-mouth cookies.

 

What's a fiesta without Neal Brothers' salsa?

And what’s a fiesta without Neal Brothers‘ savoury salsas and tortillas?

 

We are double happy to have Fiesta Farms and Neal Brothers as sponsors of the Gluten Free Garage! 

 

 

love your gluten-free guts

We baked these

We baked these banana chocolate chip muffins today with JK Gourmet’s almond flour muffin mix. They were amazingly moist and, I’m going to use a word here I don’t use too often, scrumptious! We were off to The Mike Chalut Show on 103.9’s Proud FM, gluten-free goods in hand.

 

Lily, aka the GFG muse, made her radio debut with Mike Chalut on 103.9 Proud FM.

Lily, aka the GFG muse, in-studio for her radio debut with the handsome Mr. “Love Your Guts.”

 

We felt bad we didn't bring Mike's favourite— poutines—but he was thrilled with his muffin and his GFG bag.

We felt kind of bad that we didn’t bring Mike his favourite— poutine—but he was thrilled with his muffin and GFG bag. Tune in to Foodie Friday on 103.9 Pride FM!

 

We’re happy to have JK Gourmet as a sponsor of the Gluten Free Garage! They sample like crazy at the event so don’t forget to hit up their table!

quinoa gets crisp

We picked up this bag full of gluten-free goodness at Fiesta Farms.

We picked up this bag of organic gluten-free goodness at our favourite neighbourhood grocery store Fiesta Farms. But we had no intention of eating it for breakfast.

 

We took this recipe for crisp off of the Lotus website.

Instead we made a delicious juicy crisp with apples and raspberries!

 

And we dug right in!

Why didn’t we think of this sooner?! For the recipe, click here.

 

We’re happy to have Lotus Fine Foods as a sponsor of the Gluten Free Garage! They’ll be exhibiting their nutritious quinoa granola at the Neal Brothers table.