Canada’s largest gluten-free expo set for this weekend

Hippie Foods will be exhibiting at the Vancouver Gluten Free Expo. Chocolate cashew cookies photo from Hippie Foods website.

Hippie Foods will be exhibiting at the Vancouver Gluten Free Expo. Chocolate cashew cookies photo from Hippie Foods website.

Whether or not you eat gluten-free yourself, you probably know somebody who does. Interest in the gluten-free lifestyle has skyrocketed in the past few years, and more products have been developed to meet demand. But which ones actually taste good? Often, you need to try them to find out.

The Vancouver Gluten Free Expo started small in Vancouver in 2012 and has grown exponentially since then. It’s now Canada’s largest gluten-free event, and attracts tens of thousands of people—largely because it offers an opportunity to sample a wide variety of GF products. This year, there will be 120 exhibitors.

After a year at the PNE Forum, the expo returns to Canada Place this weekend on January 17 and 18. Health-conscious eaters will also be interested to know that there’s another foodie show happening just down the hall.

The Non-GMO Show has a separate entrance fee from the Vancouver Gluten Free Expo and concentrates on non-genetically modified products that are not necessarily gluten-free.

Like the first fair, it features exhibitors (over two dozen at last count) and speakers on stage. These include Harold Steves, the vice chair of planning and agriculture for Metro Vancouver, on the topic of understanding the green movement and genetic diversity.

Both events run Saturday, January 17 and Sunday, January 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adult tickets to each show are $12 online until January 16, or $19 combined; you can buy them through either the Vancouver Gluten Free Expo or Non-GMO Show websites.

Or, tickets at the door will sell for $15 for each show; kids 10 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.

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