As a gluten-free eater (80% of the time – I do cheat), I was immediately intrigued by Toronto’s Gluten Free Garage event. If you’re gluten free, you know that there isn’t as many places that cater to gluten free needs as there should be. Having a one stop shop for all things gluten-free was something I couldn’t pass up!
Luckily, the Gluten Free Garage invited me down to check out their Fall edition of their marketplace. How was it? In a word – perfection!
Come read some of the brands I got to interact (and eat) with at the event!
The GFG is all about ‘tummy love’ – bringing together brands and companies that cater to those with specific gluten-free needs, all in one place. As someone who has struggled with her ‘tummy’ for the past 8 years, I am so happy that events like this are offered in the great city of Toronto. For the first time since I can remember, I actually got to sample food while I was there and not fear repercussions! A BIG deal.
There were some amazing vendors at the GFG – here’s a roundup of some of my favourites:
I’ve heard AMAZING reviews about TORI’S BAKESHOP! The all natural and organic bakery that offers dairy-free, egg-free, and gluten-free treats was at the VEGETARIAN FESTIVAL earlier this year, but were completely sold out of all of their goodies! Anxious to ensure that it didn’t happen again, it was my first stop.
After hearing amazing things from local blogger In My 30’s and It’s Time, I knew my first stop had to be their amazing donuts. These gluten free vanilla donuts, made from brown rice flour, are DIVINE. Singlehandedly one of my favourite ‘gluten free’ products I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating. Good thing I bought two. On the right are TORI’S BAKESHOP’s infamous oatmeal cookies – completely organic and gluten free! Added bonus? The gluten free dark chocolate chips.
TORI’s BAKESHOP offers a variety of delish items on their menu – I would recommend a stop in at their Toronto bakery next time you’re in town.
Next up was BELMONTE RAW, who was showcasing their amazing (and colourful) line of juices.
If you check on BELMONTE’s website, they have a wide range of cleanses, juices, and raw food to appease your appetite. At the GFG, BELMONTE was showcasing three of their infamous juices – Refresh, Uplift and Strength.
Refresh aides with healthy blood pressure, circulation, and cardiovascular issues. Uplift is anti-inflammatory, aiding with your body’s natural ability to fight off illnesses. Strength is loaded with protein, Vitamin C, amino acids and the perfect addition to any workout routine. This is just 3 of their juices – there’s a wide variety available on their online menu (Chocolate, yes please!)
ORGANIC WORKS, based out of London, provides recipes for products that are gluten free, organic, nut-free, and vegan! Thank god they ship out to multiple stores within the provide (including one 10 minutes from my house – score!).
ORGANIC WORKS offers a range of breads, cakes, and cookies for your taste. Here, they were showcasing their delicious cookies (with taste testers provided – first picture). I tried their Double Chocolate Chip cookies, and they were melt in your mouth amazing. You couldn’t tell they were gluten free at all (some gluten free products have a heavy taste to them since the flour is different).
ORGANIC WORKS also offered a selection of breads for even-goers. These included Banana Bread, Garlic Bread, Cinnamon Raisin Bread, and others. If I had realized Raisin Bread was being offered at the time, I would have also picked that up as well. Lucky for fans, ORGANIC WORKS has their entire menu on their website, with online ordering!
The GFG wasn’t just catered to us humans – they even had organic options for our four legged friends! BARK N UP THE GREEN is an eco-friendly environment company that caters to healthier selections for our loyal friends.
These treats are all natural, free of preservatives, gluten, dyes, fillers, and unnecessary sugar. The shelf-life of their treats is the same as it is for any human food. These little treats are available in a variety of different flavours including Boston Cream, Pineapple Coconut, Peach Apple Crumble, and Red Velvet. Yum!
Interesting enough, also provides recycled collars and pet accessories.
DENDY & CO is a company that comes from the heart – when a British chef fell in love with a Canadian with a gluten allergy, thus DENDY & CO was born! Now, DENDY & CO provide a mixture of crisps and cookies for those with gluten sensitivities.
The crisps come in a bevy of flavours, with sophisticated and eye-catching packaging. They are currently available in flavours such as Rosemary & Roasted Garlic, Red Onion & Balsamic Vinegar, Parmesan Cheese & Black Pepper, and Turkish Fig & Chive.
I got to spend a few minutes chatting with the owners about the importance of social media – here’s hoping to see DENDY & CO on Twitter soon!
ECO EXISTENCE didn’t have to travel very far to get to the GFG – their shop was just around the corner! They’re all about educating their customers about making educated decisions about the products they use. Lucky for us beauty-junkies, they’ve got lots of eco-friendly products to choose from!
There was a large variety of gluten free organic makeup – which is amazing for those who have severe allergies.
Also provided were some organic shampoo and conditioner that were a best seller!
Lucky for us, ECO EXISTENCE isn’t just about beauty – they also provide food and treats for us with gluten sensitivities!
Look at how pretty this booth is! TWO MOMS is one of Toronto’s leading destination for nut free and kosher treats that are delicious for everyone to eat. Founded in 2007 by two mothers who wanted safe, healthy and natural products for their children, they currently offer amazing baked goods for the marketplace.
Currently available are cakes, squares, cupcakes and cookies. Don’t their creations look delish?
The company is the safe alternative for school-based functions where nut allergies always run high.
Interesting in learning how to make these tasty creations on your own? TWO MOMS offer exciting classes that incorporate children (for busy moms!). Learn how to bake while your children participates in fun crafts.
You may have heard of this next brand – they are Dragon’s Den alums! HOLY CRAP describes itself as the World’s Best Cereal, and tasting it myself, I have to agree. The idea was birthed out of owner Brian Mullin’s food sensitivities and the need to have healthy food that didn’t taste, well, like crap!
Watch a recap of the story here:
Fun fact – HOLY CRAP is the most successful product to come out of Dragon’s Den. Kudos.
Currently, HOLY CRAP has 4 different cereal versions – Holy Crap, Skinny B, Mary Jane, and Wild Chia.
Holy Crap is the perfect breakfast food that is rich in protein and will keep you full until lunch. Skinny B will a blend of ancient seeds that contains a high-fibre content that will aide in weight loss. Mary Jane is organic, non GMO hemp seeds. Wild Chia is organic, non GMO chia seeds. Happy eating!
There were great other booths at the event – here’s a quick picture recap of them!
I HIGHLY recommend this event for next year, for those who are gluten sensitive! Will you attend? Leave a comment! As always, be sure to like chic.toronto on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and now join me on bloglovin’. Don’t be afraid to say hi!