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?

#tbt to last year’s GFG

 

Who’s excited for the 7th annual Gluten Free Garage?

Toronto’s pop-up gluten-free marketplace will be back at Artscape Wychwood Barns on Sunday, May 27th from 10 am to 5 pm! With 60-plus vendors, food trucks, libations, guest speakers and more, Gluten Free Garage is your one-stop shop for the latest and greatest gluten-free goods! We are grateful to welcome back platinum sponsor Italpasta (have you tried their new GF oven-ready lasagne noodles?!), along with silver sponsor and snack kings Neal Brothers.

Last spring, Chef Adam Heard, of Adam Cooks Everything, took his cooking video series Wheat Sucks! on the road to Gluten Free Garage.

Featured are GFG sponsor Ste. Anne’s Bakery, a few of our awesome local vendors, including Social Lite Vodka, Sudsatorium, Just Shut Up and Try It and Steambox Dumplings, and gluten-free queen Rachael Hunt who runs GlutenFreedom Inc., the popular blog dedicated to dining, cooking, travelling and living gluten free.

We still have room for more vendors this year, so let us know which brands or products you’d like to see at Gluten Free Garage! Drop us a line at info@glutenfreegarage.ca

 

guest speaker: GFG muse Lily Eklove

Lily is the reason that Gluten Free Garage exists. Here she is with her fave gluten-free cupcakes from Almond Butterfly Bake Shop.

 

Ever since the early days of Gluten Free Garage, my daughter Lily has been asking to be a guest speaker. Since Gluten Free Garage is essentially a big party for Lily—and, by extension, other people with celiac disease and those with gluten intolerance—it only makes sense that the guest of honour gets to speak. Now, eight years after she was diagnosed with celiac disease, at 11 years old, Lily is going to take the stage at Gluten Free Garage and share the top 10 things she has learned from having celiac disease.

Come for the talk and stay for the cupcakes! After Lily does her top 10, gluten-free Almond Butterfly Bake Shop will join her to host a Cupcake Decorating Extravaganza! Bring your children to decorate gluten-free and dairy-free chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with colourful frosting, organic all-natural sprinkles, organic gummy bears, dairy-free chocolate chips, cookie crumbs, brownie bites, and more! Almond Butterfly does not use any artificial colours or sweeteners in any of its baking. The kids are sure to enjoy this yummy hands-on speaker session!

Here are a few of Lily’s favourite things:
Book:
Percy Jackson
TV show: Gilmore Girls
Movie: The Wizard of Oz
Song: “Scars to Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara
Hobbies: reading, swimming, dancing, playing basketball, drawing

Lily Eklove will be speaking at #GFG17 on Sunday May 28 at 2:30 pm in The Stop,
followed by a Cupcake Decorating Extravaganza with Almond Butterfly Bake Shop.

Fiesta Farms gluten-free grocery giveaway!

The contents of this shopping cart from Fiesta Farms could be all yours!

 

Fiesta Farms 2nd annual Gluten-Free Grocery Giveaway!

As the official grocer of Gluten Free Garage, Fiesta Farms—Toronto’s largest independently owned grocery store with an incredible selection of local and imported gluten-free products—has stocked up a shopping cart full of our fave GF products. Valued at $700, this gluten-free giveaway is packed with pantry staples, snacks, sauces, sweets and more!

ENTER TO WIN:

♥︎ Pick up a ballot from the Fiesta Farms shopping cart at Gluten Free Garage on Sunday May 28th.

♥︎ Fill out your ballot and head about 5 blocks south to the Fiesta Farms supermarket (200 Christie Street) to submit it at the express checkout (and check out the store while you’re there!). You have to hand in your ballot at Fiesta Farms to qualify to win.

♥︎ The winning ballot will be drawn on June 10th and Fiesta Farms will contact the lucky person who gets to take it all home.

 

 

We are so excited to welcome Fiesta Farms back to Gluten Free Garage for the 5th time as a Gold sponsor!
Look for their shopping cart at #GFG17 and enter to win $700 worth of gluten-free products!