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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!

 

 

from the mouth of a gf babe

This is Lily.

 

A few things about her:

She likes to read, draw and swim.

She takes dance lessons (hip hop) and plays on a basketball team.

She speaks French.

She has a younger sister who is the bomb.

She loves her tiny dog Chiquita.

Her favourite food is rice (brown and white)—in sushi, fried or just plain steamed.

Her favourite subject in school is math.

She has celiac disease. She was diagnosed when she was three.

On the morning of her 11th birthday, Lily woke up with a stuffy nose. When asked what she thinks it means to have a cold on her birthday, she replied, without missing a beat: “It’s going to be a SICK year!”

That’s Lily, always making lemonade out of lemons. See for yourself.

What is celiac disease?
It’s a disease that affects your gut [specifically your small intestine]. What happens is when you eat gluten, it doesn’t sit well with your gut and your body gets angry and tries to get it out. Some people have symptoms and there are many different kinds of symptoms—I throw up, get bloated and get bad stomach aches. Some people don’t get symptoms, but it’s still doing damage inside of them.

[For a more complete definition of celiac disease, go to www.celiac.ca]

What is gluten?
It’s a protein that’s in found in certain grains, like wheat, rye, spelt, kamut and barley. When I was younger my mom and I made a sign out of stickers with these words and taped it up in the kitchen to help me learn how to read them. It’s really important to read ingredients and not just assume something is safe to eat, unless it’s a fruit or vegetable of course.

 

 

Do you remember when you found out you had celiac?
I was only three, so I didn’t really know what was happening to me. I was getting sick (barfing) every night and I had lots of stomach pain. Then I remember one day we were at the doctor’s office and I was getting my blood taken. That’s how we found out I have celiac disease. After I stopped eating gluten I felt much better. My hair started to grow and I started to grow. more…

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.