Gluten Free Expo Arrives at Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Gluten free pizza made with rice flour crust, photo swanksalot
Gluten free pizza made with rice flour crust, photo swanksalot
Gluten free pizza made with rice flour crust, photo swanksalot
Gluten free pizza made with rice flour crust, photo swanksalot

By Lori Bosworth

Have you gone gluten free? You may want to check out the Gluten Free Expo at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from September 14-15, 2013. You’ll be able to learn about new gluten free products, attend seminars and cooking demonstrations and sample and buy gluten free products.

According to the Mayo Clinic, gluten, a protein, is found in wheat, rye, barley and triticale. For people suffering from Celiac disease, eating gluten results in inflammation of the small intestine leading to potential abdominal pain and diarrhea. Wheat products to avoid on the Gluten Free Diet include bulgur, kamut, durum flour, semolina, farina, graham flour and spelt.

Learn more about the Gluten Free Diet from these speakers at the Gluten Free Expo in Toronto:

How It’s Made: The Gluten Free Challenge with Jerry Bigam, 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Jerry Bigam, President & CEO of Kinnikinnick Foods, a dedicated gluten free bakery, shares what goes into making gluten free products including ingredients, technology and testing.

Thriving With Multiple Food Intolerance with Ricki Heller, RHN, 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Learn how to make great food choices when preparing your own food, eating out in restaurants or traveling while living with multiple food sensitivities.

Using Immune boosting Gluten Free Grains with Chef Kathy Smart, 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Chef and Nutritionist Kathy Smart will discuss how to use nutrient-rich gluten free grains to boost your energy.

Properly Fueling a Gluten Free Body with Dietitian Alexandra Anca, 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Registered dietitian Alexandra Anca discusses how to ensure that your gluten free diet includes nutrients to meet your daily recommended requirements.

Advanced ticket holders are eligible to win prize packages from $50 to $100 from the following retailers:

Wellness Foods, Shaklee, Antipastos, Bob’s Red Mill, Eli’s Body Shop, Pamela’s Products, Kind Snacks, Nature’s Path, Nutrisoya Foods, Oh! Naturals, Holy Crap Cereal, Martin’s Marvelous

The Gluten Free Expo runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for advance ticket holders. Onsite ticket sales take place from 12 noon to 5 p.m. both days. Tickets are $12 online and $15 (cash only) at the door. Children 10 and under are Free.

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, 222 Bremner Boulevard