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gluten-free gratitude for #GFG18

We know we say this every year,
but this year’s Gluten Free Garage was truly the best!
We couldn’t have done it without our super sponsors.

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Our lead sponsor Italpasta—hands down the best gluten-free pasta on the market! A GFG sponsor since 2013, this year not only were they a platinum sponsor and brought three different kinds of their GF pasta for guests to sample, they also sponsored our speaker session “Say Ciao to Boring Bowls of Pasta” with food stylist Irene Matys.

Longtime GFG sponsor Neal Brothers Foods—these snack kings have been with us since our very first pop-up in 2012 and they always bring the best gluten-free munchies! Be sure to check out their new bangin’ branding!

The official grocer of Gluten Free Garage, Fiesta Farms—this family-owned, independent gem of a grocery store has its finger on the gluten-free pulse! They stock so many high-quality gluten-free products, not to mention the best locally produced, organic produce!

First-time GFG sponsors The Burger’s Priest and Keto Buns—if you had a burger at GFG, you’ll know these two are a match made in heaven! If you missed out, you can  indulge at any Burger’s Priest location. (Note: The chicken burger and veggie option are not gluten free.) And the fries are gluten free, too! Just straight-up Yukon golds with salt!

Flow Alkaline Spring Water for keeping us all from melting! Everyone was in the flow at GFG!

The Canadian Celiac Association and the Gluten-Free Certification Program— the work of these GFG sponsors and community partners is truly invaluable to people with celiac disease and the gluten-free community. Thank you for advocating on behalf of people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance!

That’s a wrap for #GFG18! See you next year!

 

 

guest blog: Italpasta dishes it out

Italpasta‘s Ultimate Vegan Gluten-Free Pasta Salad

 

We are just days away from our favourite event in the city—Gluten Free Garage! And we couldn’t be happier to be supporting the GFG team again this year.

If you have attended Gluten Free Garage in the past, you know that our booth is BUSY—and that we’ve run out of plates two years in a row :/  Embarrassing, we know, but it just means that our #glutenfreepastalovers can’t get enough of our gluten-free pasta samples!

This year, we’re dialing it up a notch. We’ll be sampling THREE different recipes: Penne with Basil Tomato Sauce, our Ultimate Vegan Gluten Free Pasta Salad, and a Vegetarian Lasagna using our new Oven Ready Gluten Free Lasagne.

But that’s not all! We’re also sponsoring a GFG speaker session with the very talented Irene Matys, a local farm-to-table advocate and freelance food stylist who is a regular on The Marilyn Denis Show. Check out her mouth-watering Instagram account @TheSpicyOlive1 and look at the gorgeous farm-to-table Kale, Basil Pesto and Zucchini Gluten Free Lasagna that she created for Gluten Free Garage!

If you think that looks good, Irene is going to show 50 lucky GFG attendees how to take their gluten-free pasta dishes from ordinary to extraordinary with a few tips and tricks. You won’t want to miss her “Say Ciao to Boring Bowls of Pasta” presentation on Sunday May 27th at 12 noon! Everyone who attends will receive a gift bag with Italpasta gluten-free pasta samples to try their hand at saying ciao to boring bowls of pasta! Line up about 15 minutes early outside of the Wychwood Barns Community Gallery—it’s first come, first served.

We can’t wait to see our gluten-free pasta lovers at the 2018 Gluten Free Garage!

 

Irene Matys will show you how to take your pasta to the next level!

 

 

guest blog: Neal Brothers turns 30!

 

Gluten Free Garage is one of our all-time favourite events! Not only do we get to share lots of yummy gluten-free goodies with everyone, we get to introduce exciting new brands and looks!

This year is especially exciting for us, as Neal Brothers Foods turns 30. That’s right, the big 3-0, the dirty thirty, whatever you call it, we’re turning it! We are so happy to be at this point; Neal Brothers Foods has become so much more than a brand. It is a distribution company, it is a family, it is a household name, and it has brought various innovations to the market over the years.

This year will be no different. Not only are we changing up the outside of our packages, we are also changing up some of the insides as well! Don’t worry, all the favourite snacks (corn salsa, blue with flax tortillas, etc.) are staying exactly as they are. But we have completely overhauled our pasta sauce and organic salsa lines. Our pasta sauce line is now 100% organic. In addition, we have added a flavour, Greens & Pepperoncini, to make a total of six all-organic delicious sauces. New formulations are currently out on the market in new packaging! Our organic salsa line has also had some tweaking, with new packaging and a new formulation inside, giving a fresher and lighter taste!

We can’t wait for everyone to see and try these tasty new products! At Gluten Free Garage, our new logo will be on display while we sell the favorites: kettle chips, cheese snacks and our new organic white tortilla! Stop by to check out our show special, we promise you won’t be disappointed! At the Neal Brothers booth you’ll also find:

enerjive quinoa crackers

Primal Kitchen dressings and marinades

Chickapea gluten-free pasta (with only two ingredients)

YumEarth candies

Hippie Snacks sesame snacks

 

Neal Brothers at the 2016 Gluten Free Garage!

 

Neal Brothers Foods has been a sponsor of Gluten Free Garage since the very first event in 2012! Look for their booth at the Wychwood (east) side of Artscape Wychwood Barns.

 

Skip the line at #GFG18

Purchase your tix in advance, skip the line and don’t forget to grab your free GFG tote bag on your way in!

 

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First, a HUGE thanks to you for coming to Gluten Free Garage.

Whether this will be your first show or your fourth, welcome (or welcome back)! Though I never get tired of seeing your happy faces as you dig in to a dumpling for the first time or bite into a fresh bagel, I have to admit you are not the reason I started this pop-up gluten-free market. This girl is.

The GFG muse decked out in GFG swag at our 2017 event. Gluten Free Garage is her favourite day of the year. Last year she was a guest speaker to a full house!

 

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When I launched Gluten Free Garage in 2012, I told Lily it was going to be a big party for her where she can eat anything she wants. Just like we turned our house into a gluten-free zone, this party was going to be 100% G to the F. Heading into our 7th event, I know that it’s become a big party for so many other people. A festival that is entirely gluten free and worry free, featuring more than 60 vendors sampling and selling a delicious variety of food and other goodies. An event where the community gathers to eat, drink, shop and learn from one another.

We have got a fantastic lineup this year—some of our fave GFG regulars and a whole new bunch of gluten-free finds! Lead sponsor Italpasta is back, along with Neal Brothers and Fiesta Farms! And we’d like to welcome Burger’s Priest and Keto Buns as new sponsors this year! Check out our vendor page to get pumped!

We’re pretty excited about our speaker sessions too. Check back for more speakers soon!

When you buy your tickets in advance on Eventbrite, you’ll go to the ticket holder registration when you arrive at the event, grab a free tote bag we’ve set aside for you (guaranteed if you buy your ticket online, no matter what time you show up at the event), and head right in. And basically start eating your face off.

Last fall we did a survey to get to know a bit more about our visitors so we can make Gluten Free Garage even better. Thanks to everyone who participated! You shared your thoughts about the event and told us some interesting things about yourselves and your gluten-free lifestyles.

A few things we learned:

♥︎ 48% of you have celiac disease and 31% of you are gluten intolerant (that’s nearly 80% of you who eat gluten free for health reasons)

♥︎ 85% of you say the highlight of Gluten Free Garage is “discovering new products” (almost half of the vendors are new to GFG this year!)

♥︎ 82% of you plan on coming to the next Gluten Free Garage! (Yay! Come hungry!)

Also, many of you have other nutritional interests, such as dairy free (61%), organic (49%) and vegan or vegetarian (38%). We’re happy to announce that this year GFG is going to showcase more of these options than ever before.

There’s something for everyone at GFG. Vegan, vegetarian, paleo, kosher, keto, meat eating…you name it. Sweet and savoury. Decadent and healthy. What all the vendors have in common is that they’re gluten free (but you don’t have to be!).

See you on May 27th! Maybe wear some loose-fitting pants?