Gluten has become the butt of many jokes in the past few years. As the gluten free diet continues to rise in popularity, so do the pop culture references. Most recently, one of Vancouver’s most famous hometown heroes Ryan Reynolds even tweeted: “People in LA are deathly afraid of gluten. I swear to god, you could rob a liquor store in this city with a bagel“.
So, it may be a relief for you gluten avoiders and Celiac sufferers that there’s an event happening in Vancouver this weekend that lets you be with your brethren. Those who understand the pains of paying $10 for a tiny pizza or having to order another damn salad with no croutons at a restaurant.
The Gluten Free Expo in Vancouver is Canada’s largest gluten free event and it’s happening on Saturday, Jan 14 – Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at Canada Place East.
The Gluten Free Expo has modest roots. It was once held in the much smaller venue of Croatian Cultural Centre, but this year there will be over 100 booths featuring 300 to 400 gluten-free products and most will be available for sampling and purchasing.
The best thing about food shows is the free product sampling! Beer, pizza, breads, perogies, and much more will be available for your sampling pleasure. Plus you’ll likely find coupons and great deals on GF products.
There will also be live cooking demonstrations from professionals providing creative recipes, passing on nutrition knowledge, and sharing tips for dealing with sensitive stomachs.
If you’ve been gluten free for a long time or you’re just starting to tackle the diet and all the pain that it brings (i.e. longing for real bread), this is a great space to learn that avoiding wheat flour isn’t as hard as you thought. No tasteless, dry and crumbly food need apply.
The Vancouver Gluten Free Expo will take place on Saturday, Jan 14 – Sunday, Jan 15, 2017 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at Canada Place East. Tickets are available online for $12 each day ($20 for both days) or you can buy tickets at the door (cash only) for $15. Free admission for children 10 and under.