Friday Flash-Contest – Gluten Free Garage!

Trying to blog with a new full-time job has proven to be a bit difficult – as you may notice my last post was three months ago!

To get the ball rolling again, I’m going to make my first post back short and sweet. I’m going to kick it off with a contest (see below)! 
If you haven’t heard about the Gluten Free Garage, you’re going to wonder why you never had in the first place. 
Inspired by her daughter Lily, 8, who was diagnosed with Celiac disease in 2009, Gluten Free Garage (GFG) founder RonniLyn created the event to give people a taste of gluten-free options in Toronto (that are actually good) by bringing over 60 artisanal vendors under one roof. The idea behind GFG is to promote and provide better access to top-quality local gluten-free food, create awareness about celiac disease and prove that gluten-free fare can be super tasty.
Marking its fourth consecutive year, GFG showcases the best of the best in gluten free eats and lifestyle, including food trucks, guest speakers and for the first time, beer and cider tasting. This year’s guest speakers include gluten-free expert and author, Kathy Smart, Bunner’s Bake Shop co-owner Ashley Wittig and holistic culinary nutritionist Marni Wasserman. 

I’ve been the past couple of years and I just love the intimate setting that it’s in (Wychwood Barns). Everyone is so friendly and you leave feeling full and happy. It’s true tummy love! 
Do you and a guest want to attend for FREE this year? You have three ways of winning:
1. Comment below 
2. Follow @gutgazette on Twitter
3. Tweet: “I would love to win two tickets to @Glu10FreeGarage via @gutgazette” 
This is a flash contest – you have until tomorrow (Nov 8) at noon to enter! Good luck! 

An Afternoon of Tummy Love

A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Gluten Free Garage with my boyfriend and a good friend from NYC. The Gluten Free Garage is Toronto’s original pop-up marketplace of all things deliciously gluten free. Jordyn Taylor, from NYC (who works for the New York Observer) snapped photos, while we spoke with vendors and sampled delicious food.
The Gluten Free Garage took place Sunday Nov. 17 at Artscape Wychwood Barns; it was founder, RonniLyn Pustil’s, third time running it.
I have worked at various gluten free shows, including the Gluten Free Garage last June, however I have never walked around as press, or as a customer. I got to taste lots of products and I am excited to share some of my favourite finds that I tried on that Sunday afternoon.
The colourful smokestack at Wychwood Barns
Hero Burger food truck (with only gluten free options) outside of the entrance.
A bird’s eye view, inside Wychwood.
Jody Leigh for Gluten Free. Remember the interview I had with her?

 

Bunner’s Vegan and Gluten-Free Bake Shop. I didn’t try anything this visit, but last time I tried their red-velvet cupcake.
enerjive Quinoa SKINNY Crackers at the Neal Brothers’ booth. BELLA and FIX.

 

No. 7 Mexican Hot Sauce. This hot sauce was HOT! Raw, vegan, preservative-free and gluten free. Hand jarred and packaged in Toronto.

 

Tori’s Bakeshop. Gluten free donuts and cookies. Don’t they look beautiful?!

 

Tori’s Bakeshop ba”con”. Hickory smoked coconut flakes that resemble the smokey taste of bacon. Very yummy!
Organic Works – a hearty gluten free bread that is flavourful and moist. Stay tuned for a delicious review in the next few days.
Dendy & Co – Polenta Cookies and Crisps. I love their cookies, especially the Chocolate & Vanilla. They have a bit of a grainy taste to them and a very interesting texture.

 

Jamie’s Cracked Corn – amazing kettle corn! It was so crunchy, sweet and salty. Very addicting.

 

We ended off the afternoon with a warm cup of fresh pressed apple cider. It was delicious.
Bye Gluten Free Garage! Until next time!