Gluten Free Garage, Toronto’s original pop-up gluten-free marketplace, has become a hotly anticipated foodie extravaganza that appeals to both the 100% gluten-free and those who are interested in learning about new food options.
Now in its seventh year, Gluten Free Garage was founded by RonniLyn Pustil, who was on a personal quest to find delicious and safe food products after her daughter tested positive for celiac disease. Today, GFG is one of the largest celiac-friendly happenings in North America, boasting 70+ food and drink vendors.
For those of you who’ve struggled with gluten issues your whole life, get ready to eat your heart out! Sip on Good Nectar Kombucha, snack on pierogies from La Vida Cocoa, gift your body with something from Live Organic Food, and find the best gluten-free pastas, granolas, breads and more to fill your pantry.
Beyond a lively marketplace that fills 7,500 square feet in the historic former TTC terminal building, GFG also brings in some of Canada’s brightest stars in holistic health and wellness to give talks during the day. This year, holistic nutritionist Joy McCarthy will present “Gut Feeling: How your microbiome affects your mood, skin and stress levels.” A panel of gluten-free influencers—all living with celiac disease—will discuss how to live your best gluten-free life, candidly sharing their journeys to optimal health. Get to know the group here.
Here are a few things to do at Gluten Free Garage:
- Discover local bakeries, restaurants and retailers that cater to gluten-free needs
- Sample and purchase gluten-free food, beverages and related lifestyle products from a wide variety of vendors
- Enjoy delicious gluten-free food prepared onsite
- Get information about celiac disease, gluten intolerance and the gluten-free diet
- Learn more about the gluten-free lifestyle from guest speakers
- Grab a free tote bag
- Take home coupons for future purchases as well as samples of gluten-free products
The Gluten Free Garage is happening Sunday, May 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street, two blocks south of St. Clair Avenue).
Admission: $10 / free for kids 12 and under (cash only at the door, or you can purchase tickets in advance here). Part of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Canadian Celiac Association. The first 1,000 people and all advance ticket holders get a GFG tote bag at registration!