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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!


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.


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.

light and lemony from Italpasta

This gluten-free, dairy-free pasta featuring seasonal asparagus is light and lemony—the perfect dish for a spring day.


Asparagus and Pancetta Gluten-Free Pasta with Hazelnuts
Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes | Serves: 6

1 pkg (340 g) Italpasta Gluten-Free Elbows
2 tbsp (30 mL) Italpasta Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 lb (500 g) asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch (2 cm) pieces
1/2 cup (125 mL) diced pancetta
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp (30 mL) lemon juice
1/2 tsp (2 mL) pepper
1/4 cup (60 mL) coarsely chopped toasted hazelnuts
2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped fresh parsley

Heat olive oil in large skillet set over medium heat; sauté asparagus, pancetta, onion and garlic for 5 to 7 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Meanwhile, in pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package directions; drain, reserving 3/4 cup (175 mL) of pasta water.

Add pasta, pasta water and lemon juice to skillet; toss to combine well. Season with pepper. To serve, sprinkle with hazelnuts and parsley.

Tip: To toast hazelnuts, place nuts on baking sheet; bake in 350°F (180°C) oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until fragrant and skins are blistered. Wrap nuts in clean tea towel and rub to remove loose skins.


We are so excited to welcome back Italpasta to Gluten Free Garage
for the 5th time as a Gold sponsor!

They’ll be sampling their new gluten-free pasta—made from a blend of corn, white and brown rice, buckwheat and quinoa—that’s GMO free and certified gluten free from the Gluten-Free Certification Program. Available in penne, fusilli, elbows and spaghetti, it looks and tastes like regular pasta. We can’t wait to taste what they’ll be serving up at #GFG17!

GFG guest speaker: Kathy Smart

Kathy Smart—holistic nutritionist and chef, bestselling author, TV personality, founder of Live The Smart Way, and did we mention North America’s gluten-free expert?—is speaking at Gluten Free Garage on Sunday May 28 at 11:30 am! She’s going to reveal the top 5 gluten-free foods you haven’t heard about and why you need to eat them. Then she’ll share some tasty ways to prepare and eat them. Below, she reveals a bit more about herself.

30 Questions for Kathy Smart

1. Three words to describe yourself. Happy/joyful, kind, loving.
2. Do you have a nickname? As a child, Squirt (I was little); to my husband, Sweet Pea; in my band, Rockstar; as a fitness trainer, Killer Kathy.
3. When did you find out you have celiac disease? When I was 12. (I’m turning 39.)
4. What food do you miss the most? Fresh bread rolls.
5. You travel a lot. What three things are always in your bag? Lipstick, gum and a little Strawberry Shortcake doll my best friend’s daughter gave me to look at if I get sad or scared.
6. What’s the last place you traveled to? Nicaragua.
7. What book are you reading right now? I am reading 5: The Optimum Nutrition Bible, All In (for the third time), Kindfullness, A Woman’s Spirit and Dr. Jensen’s Guide To Better Bowel Care.
8. Twitter or Instagram? Both.
9. Who should everyone be following right now? ME!
10. What’s your sign? Gemini
11. What’s your favourite food? Pancakes, and peanut butter. [See Kathy’s recipe for Protein Pancakes, below.]
12. Least favourite food? Caviar and pate (it tastes like cat food to me).
13. What’s the best thing about cooking? It feels like yoga in the kitchen—relaxing, fluid movements, peaceful, joyful and a dance of smells and flavours.
14. What do you love on your gluten-free pizza? Pineapple, bacon and hot peppers (salty, spicy and sweet—like me!).
15. When’s the last time you got glutened? Last year.
16. What was it you ate? Gravy sauce on a steak.
17. What happens to you? I become foggy and exhausted, have frequent bowel movements and typically throw up.
18. What do you do to make yourself feel better? Walk in nature.
19. Do you have a tattoo? If so, what and where? Not yet but I plan to! (It will be one word: peace.)
20. What’s your spirit animal? Wolf.
21. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? Make coffee.
22. Who do you want to have coffee with? Ghandi, Mother Teresa, Neil Young or Corrie ten Boom.
23. When do you feel most beautiful? When I am smiling and happy.
24. What’s the worst thing about having celiac disease? People not taking into consideration my dietary restrictions when I’m eating out.
25. What’s the best thing about having celiac disease? Discovering new foods and tastes in different countries.
26. What’s one talent you wish you had? To be able to dance really well! I am a total klutz on the dance floor.
27. Who do you look up to most in life? My mom.
28. What food is always in your fridge? Watermelon and avocados.
29. What’s your go-to gluten-free snack? Gluten-free avocado toast.
30. On a scale of 1 to 10 how excited are you about life right now? 15!!

Click below for Protein Pancake recipe


GlutenFreedom’s Creamy Tomato Pasta Bake

This Creamy Tomato Pasta Bake, created and photographed by Rachael Hunt of GlutenFreedom Inc., is free from gluten, dairy and nuts!


Gluten Free Garage sponsors Italpasta and Fiesta Farms sent Rachael Hunt, founder of GlutenFreedom Inc. (and my good friend), on a shopping spree to gather the ingredients to create a delicious family-friendly and allergy-friendly (gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free) pasta dish. She made a creamy tomato pasta sauce, otherwise known as a rosé. This kind of sauce is typically laden with heavy cream and butter, but not the GlutenFreedom version! (All the ingredients for this dish are available at Toronto independent grocery store Fiesta Farms.)



Creamy Tomato Pasta Bake

1 package Italpasta fusilli (or penne)
1 shallot, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 small eggplant, diced
1 bunch spinach
1 jar Neal Brothers tomato and basil marinara sauce
1/2 cup Yoso cashew cream cheese
salt and pepper, to taste
chili flakes (optional)
fresh basil (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Cook pasta according to package. When cooked al dente, strain but set aside 1/2 cup of pasta water.

In a large saucepan, sauté shallot, red pepper and eggplant until slightly softened. Add in marinara and season with salt and pepper. Mix in cashew cream cheese, stir thoroughly.

Wilt spinach in sauce. Remove from heat and add in cooked pasta.

Transfer pasta mixture into a large baking dish.  Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes.

Allow to cool, garnish with fresh basil and chili flakes.


Rachael Hunt has been living with a severe gluten intolerance since 2013. She founded GlutenFreedom Inc.—a resource for dining, cooking, traveling and living gluten free—to provide a platform for others navigating the challenges of going GF. Here she’s at the checkout counter at Fiesta Farms with all the ingredients for her Creamy Tomato Pasta Bake.


We are so excited to welcome back Italpasta to Gluten Free Garage
for the 5th time as a Gold sponsor!

They’ll be sampling their new gluten-free pasta—made from a blend of corn, white and brown rice, buckwheat and quinoa—that’s GMO free and certified gluten-free from the Gluten-Free Certification Program. Available in penne, fusilli, elbows and spaghetti, it looks and tastes like regular pasta. We can’t wait to taste what they’ll be serving up at #GFG17!