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.
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
Coasting into Celiac Awareness Month like this… because we know we’re gonna party on May 28 at #GFG17!!!
Branding & Buzzing’s gluten-free division knows the stats! This is why we’ve chosen them to be the agency of record for #GFG17. This top Toronto food marketing agency launched Canada’s first-ever gluten-free division in October 2016. How awesome is that?!
Gluten Free Garage selects Branding & Buzzing as Agency of Record for Digital and Social Marketing
TORONTO (April, 2017) – For the 6th annual Gluten Free Garage, Toronto’s original pop-up gluten-free marketplace, we are excited to announce that we have joined forces with Toronto agency Branding & Buzzing.
“When it came to the PR and social media marketing for this year’s Gluten Free Garage, Branding & Buzzing was a no-brainer, especially after they announced the launch of their gluten-free division,” says GFG founder RonniLyn Pustil. “I also knew that Rachael Hunt, the creator of GlutenFreedom Inc., a valuable resource in the gluten-free community, is heading up the GF division and I know that she understands the audience and the gluten-free lifestyle and truly appreciates what Gluten Free Garage is all about.”
Branding & Buzzing, which launched Canada’s first gluten-free marketing division last year, is taking on the festival’s on- and off-site social media plus premium pitches for television and radio coverage. At the helm is agency VP Marian Staresinic and the gluten-free division’s account director Rachael Hunt, both of whom have lived gluten-free lifestyles for many years.
“With our five-plus years of experience working alongside food festivals citywide, our in-depth knowledge and involvement in the GF niche and this being the only gluten-free festival in Ontario, I feel that this was the most perfect fit for both sides and couldn’t be more thrilled with our involvement,” Staresinic says.
Hunt has worked before with Gluten Free Garage through her personal venture GlutenFreedom Inc., an online community dedicated to dining, cooking, traveling and living gluten-free. “I’ve always been a big supporter of Gluten Free Garage and have taken to my channels to promote and share the event highlights with my audience,” she says. “I’m looking forward to working closer on the festival and being involved in the exciting elements that make it such a success.”
The 6th annual Gluten Free Garage (#GFG17) is taking place during Celiac Awareness Month on Sunday May 28 at Artscape Wychwood Barns from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.
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!
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!
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 email@example.com for information on how your brand can participate.
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.
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.
Serving up some attitude with a side of 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!
Keep on truckin’ / All photos by Lewis Mirrett
Hero Certified Burgers is a Silver sponsor of Gluten Free Garage.