Gluten-Free Events

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Celebrate Nanaimo’s VIEX @ Pirate Chips Nanaimo
Aug 18 all-day

Celebrate Vancouver Island’s Exposition in Nanaimo – Friday – Saturday – Sunday

VIEX Nanaimo Pirate Chips

An Annual Country Fair is more than just entertainment. The one value we truly exhibit is Family. At our Fair, everyone of every age can participate, from displaying jams, jellies and livestock to showing heirloom quilts, artwork, pumpkins, prize flowers, home grown zucchini, fresh baked cookies and pies. Learn more … • Facebook

Count on Pirate Chips to serve you gluten-free fare! 

pirate-chips-memorabiliaPirate Chips doesn’t have just one, but TWO dedicated gluten-free fryers to serve their gluten-free and celiac customers! Not only that, the Buckaneers have the buns to serve us, too!

Gluten-free hamburger buns, oyster burger buns and halibut burger buns! Find Pirate Chips right downtown, near the cenotaph.

Gluten-free Clam Chowder, Fish Tacos, Soups and even New Grist Gluten-Free Beer!

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Plenty of Pirate Bling available for purchase!


Pirate Chips 3Check out what next week looks like:
TUESDAY: Kids Under 8 Eat Free
WEDNESDAY: All-You-Can-Eat Gluten-Free Cod Fish & Chips $15.95
FRIDAY and SATURDAY: Live Music! Singing!

Sun-Mon-Tues-Wed-Thurs 11am – 9pm Fri-Sat 11am – 10 pm


‘Pirate Notations’ on Menus below indicate Gluten-Free.
Be sure to tell your server that you require a gluten-free meal when ordering.

They will change aprons, clean all surfaces and take every precaution to prepare a safe and delicious meal for you. Pirate Chips staff will happily accommodate additional allergies & sensitivities. Please make your needs known when ordering.

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Thai Kaju Curry @ NoodleBox Canada
Aug 18 all-day

Noodlebox Canada Launches Guest Feature!

July 26, 2017, Vancouver, BC—Noodlebox Canada announces a guest feature recipe series, slated to launch in all twelve stores across BC and Alberta on August 8th.

Known for fresh food wok-cooked with flame, Noodlebox has partnered with local influencers to create feature dishes, each available for a week-long run this August.

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Vegan Thai Kaju Curry

Thai Kaju Curry is a creamy, plant-based vegan dish with vibrant colour and flavour. Made with a healthy house-made sauce of blended cashews, tomato, coconut milk and Thai red curry, emboldened with ginger and lime, it’s flame-cooked with fresh local vegetables and served with rice noodles and scattered with crunchy sprouts.

  • Gluten-Free Diners please let staff know that you require a gluten-free meal when ordering this feature item or any other item at Noodlebox.

About Dreena 

A vegan for almost 20 years, Dreena Burton is the author of five cookbooks, and is the mother of three plant-powered kids (#weegans). Passionate about creating nutritious recipes, she is an advocate of using the “vegan basics” to create healthy, delicious food for the whole family. Dreena is one of the pioneering vegan cookbook authors, with a loyal following and reputation for reliable, wholesome recipes. @DreenaBurton • www.plantpoweredkitchen.com • Facebook • Instagram


Noodle Box

Noodlebox was born out of a small food cart in Victoria BC’s Chinatown in 2001. Our unique style of Southeast Asian street food became so popular that people were willing to wait hours in the rain to get their fill. In 2003 we opened our first store in downtown Victoria, with many more opening throughout BC and Alberta to keep up with demand for our bold dishes.

 FRESH FOOD, MADE BY REAL PEOPLE

We’ve been concerned by the rise of the processed food generation and the departure of nutritious food sources. Our kitchens want to reverse that trend.

What we will always do best is prepare real food, by hand – made from fresh ingredients like non-gmo vegetables sourced locally whenever possible. Our special sauces are house made, with no added MSG.

We support sustainable & ethical producers, with farm-to-plate practices that deliver a premium product with trusted transparency.


Noodlebox prides itself on trusted transparency – premium ingredients, ethically raised protein, MSG-free, sustainable practices, farm-to-plate and committed to community.

  • Standard Protocol – every wok is scrubbed by hand, every time.
  • Gluten-Free Protocol – let staff know your dietary preferences or intolerances and the chef’s station will be re-set with fresh utensils, cloths and squeaky-clean hands.

Ask for rice noodles, jasmine rice or go no-carb / high-protein. Add in roasted cashews, crushed peanuts or even a fried free-range egg to gussy up any GF dish! Dial in your spice level and you’re ready to go!  Facebook • Twitter • Instagram

Five Locations on Vancouver Island Douglas Street •  Shelbourne • Uptown • Langford • Port Place in Nanaimo. Scroll down for their locations in Vancouver, BC and Alberta!


NOODLE BOX MENUDAILY SPECIALSFRIDAY FEATURES

Noodle Box Menu A FEB 2017
Noodle Box Menu B FEB 2017


In Victoria • Shelbourne • Douglas • Uptown • Langford •

In Nanaimo • Port Place •

Noodle Box Vancouver Island


In Vancouver • Kitsilano • Homer • Mt Pleasant • Gastown

Noodle Box Vancouver


In Alberta • Calgary • Airdrie • Deerfoot Meadows • Red Deer • Sherwood ParkNoodle Box Alberta

Flavour Trails Food & Farm Festival @ Deep Cove Market
Aug 18 @ 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Flavour Trails North Saanich Food and Farm Festival, August 18-20, 2017 is celebrating 10 Years and there is a great weekend in store!!  Consisting of over 20 venue stops and activities throughout the weekend, as well as two special events, the festival has something for everyone.  Learn More Here. Download festival Brochure and Map here!! (Side 1 and Side 2 of brochure.)

Be sure to stop in at Deep Cove Market – The Funky Market and Community Meeting Place in North Saanich! (10940 West Saanich Road near Wain Road)

Deep Cove Market 8Deep Cove Market has been serving celiacs for more than ten years with the most eclectic selection of gluten-free products that Vancouver Island has to offer. Their Gluten-Free Product List does not begin to do this celiac champion justice. Trust Deep Cove to carry the brands that are impossible to find at major retailers – honouring independent celiac manufacturers who are dedicated to supporting us – one kitchen to another.

A first and last stop shop for locals and tourists alike. Minutes from Schwarz Bay Ferry Terminal as you arrive or a last stop before heading to Vancouver or the Gulf Islands, you’ll be sure to leave with items you won’t find anywhere else.

An ideal destination for a Sunday drive or bicycle trip from Sidney or even Victoria. Be welcomed with wide verandahs, aisles jam-packed with goodies and shaded, picnic seating in a beautifully landscaped garden.

Open 8-8 Seven days a week

Visit Deep Cove Market on The Celiac Scene • Deep Cove Market • FacebookInstagram


A Small Business at the Heart of the Community

Rosemary Scott

Rosemary Scott, Seaside Magazine

“The Deep Cove Market is not your typical convenience store. A destination for foodies, it’s a charming country market nestled in North Saanich that has become, through much hard work, a gem of a meeting place for the community.

After the Deep Cove Farm on Wain Road was retired, I wanted to provide locals like myself with a place to meet over breakfast, lunch or lattes and have a place to shop that supports our local farming community. If you want locally raised lamb, beef, poultry and eggs, it’s a place worth visiting.  10 years ago, with no grocery experience whatsoever … more


Deep Cove 10th Anniversary Feature Review in the Peninsula News, March 2015.

Deep Cove Market“Walk into Deep Cove Market and the first thing you’ll notice is the abundance of smiling faces. With the smell of fresh coffee lingering in the air, the charming wood plank floor and woven baskets of produce capping off the aisles, it’s easy to see why the shoppers are in a good mood. There’s a quaint feeling of discovery that permeates the shop, as though the perfect ingredient is waiting just around the corner. “I’ve tried to offer a lot of organic products and local products. In the summer, we try to have 100 per cent local produce,” she said. “We try to make the choices really interesting, besides regular grocery, we try to have a lot of specialty items just to make it more fun for the consumer.” That includes spending sometimes hours on the internet trying to track down a supplier if a customer has made a special request, said Waddington, always prioritizing local first” … more


Rosemary is a frequent (gluten-free) recipe contributor to Sidney’s Seaside Magazine.
Here are just a few of her best!

Tomato Jam

Tomato Jam, recipe by Rosemary Scott

Island Dish: Tomato Jam

“What is tomato jam? It’s a thick, intensely tomato-flavoured condiment that is delicious enough to

  • spread on your favourite burger (you’ll never use ketchup again)
  • serve up on a fresh (gluten-free) baguette
  • toast point with cheese
  • toss into pasta with some fresh parmesan shavings
  • add to your homemade soup to elevate it to a whole new level
  • eat it all by itself right out of the jar. It should come with a warning on the label: “highly addictive.”

See recipe here


Spinach Salad Gluten Free

Summertime Spinach Salad, Seaside Magazine

Island Dish: Summertime Spinach Salad

“I have to be honest here and tell you that this recipe is courtesy of my sister-in-law, Ros Scott. I love this salad for many reasons: it is colourful, quick to prepare, super healthy and the dressing is to die for!

There are a number of ingredients in this recipe that are part of the top 100 healthiest foods list. First of all, we have the fresh local spinach that is readily available at markets this time of year. Spinach is among the top greens for folate, and it contains high amounts of vitamin A, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, and selenium, which offers antioxidant protection and supports thyroid function.” See recipe here 


Island Dish: Spring Fettucine

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Spring Fettucini, Seaside Magazine

“When I think of spring, lamb and asparagus come to mind! The Galloping Goose Sausage Co. in Metchosin makes excellent herbed lamb sausages. They are gluten- , MSG- and preservative free. We are fortunate here at the Deep Cove Market to be able to carry fresh asparagus from Raphael at Guités Farm on Oldfield Road. I’m a big fan of easy one-dish meals, so I have combined a number of items I carry here at the Market into one entrée. This dish could easily become gluten free by substituting the pasta with a rice pasta or quinoa. I also think the lemon cooking sauce would pair nicely with chicken if you are not a lamb fan. We carry farm-fresh, free-range, antibiotic-free chicken from Kildonan Farms located right here in North Saanich. I am also a huge lover of Greek food, so I combined the lemon and lamb with peppers, onions and feta. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! ” See recipe …


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Taco Revolution Food Truck @ Old Farm Market
Aug 18 @ 11:30 am – 6:00 pm

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Taco Revolution is helping Old Farm Market Celebrate its new owner – Lorne Campbell, formerly of Thrifty Foods!

Read Times Colonist article by Carla Wilson, July 21st, 2017

““I’ve been wanting to get back into the business for a while,” Campbell said Thursday.  Campbell grew up in the grocery business. He is the son of the late Alex Campbell Sr., co-founder of Thrifty Foods, which has been part of the Sobeys Grocery Group since 2007. The 29-year-old Old Farm Market is one kilometre south of Duncan. The market portion of the site includes locally grown produce, indoor groceries and a deli. The site also features an independently owned seafood shop, an ice-cream counter, a garden store and more. “It’s a very funky little roadside attraction,” said Campbell, who owns Budget Blinds in Victoria and is involved in real-estate development.”

Catch the Taco Revolution 100% Gluten-Free Food Truck in the parking lot 11:30 to 6pm

Did you know that Taco Revolution does on-site gluten-free catering? Contact PJ about your next event!

The Taco Truck’s combinations have been pulled from Mexico City’s street culture and spiced with authentic Mexican peppers – Guajillo, Ancho, Achiote, Chipotle. Each taco is handmade from scratch … each ingredient is  sourced to be gluten free! A true north Taco Revolution!

Did you know that Taco Revolution does on-site gluten-free catering? Contact PJ about your next event!

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Taco Revolution Gluten-Free Menu

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Taco Revolution caters birthday parties, Christmas parties, corporate events, weddings and any kind of public and private events.

Bring the Taco Revolution to your event. They can can take care of your guests with their “All-you-can-eat taco parties”. Basically, it’s like having an open bar, but with tacos! Our prices typically range from $15 to $20 per person depending on the menu.

Easy is their middle name! Taco Revolution  provides all necessary biodegradable serviceware (plates, napkins, forks, etc.) and for an extra cost we can provide non-alcoholic drinks as well. Let us give you the peace of mind you deserve during your event!

We’d love to hear about your upcoming event. Let them know the desired date, the proposed number of attendees and your preferred budget. [email protected] or call 250-244-6492

Taco Revoluion serves in Victoria, Duncan, Chemainus, Ladysmith, Cedar, Nanaimo, Lantzville, Parksville, Qualicum Beach and anywhere in between.
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Courtenay Night Market @ Union Street Grill
Aug 18 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Comox Valley Arts Council and the Downtown Courtenay BIA have joined forces to bring this new and fanciful addition to liven up our downtown core, throughout the summer, offering a fresh, urban experience for locals and visitors alike. Eclectic shopping, unusual sights, food & fun! Learn more … Facebook

Stop into Union Street Grill before, during or after you’ve taken in the evening. 

Union Street Grill Courtenay Night Market

Anyone tuned into Vancouver Island’s gluten-free dining scene has heard the call of Union Street Grill & Grotto’s amazing celiac-friendly menu – with its extensive selection of gluten-free appetizers, entrees and desserts. A must-experience gluten-free menu for locals and tourists alike, Union Street Grill’s recipe is simple and effective – provide the Comox Valley with three essential ingredients! Good Food, Good Drinks and Good Times!

Reserve: 250-897-0081 • [email protected] • unionstreetgrill.ca • Facebook

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NEWS! March 20, 2017: Union Street Re-Opens with Sleek New Design

Comox Valley posted Mar 20, 2017 at 11:00 AM

“Union Street Grill & Grotto is elevating the downtown Courtenay dining game. The Downtown Courtenay restaurant re-opened Monday, March 20 with a brand new look that paves the way for a new upper floor and a rooftop patio that, pending approval, will create the City of Courtenay’s first rooftop dining space.

“Building this new floor and possibly opening a rooftop patio changes the game in terms of what we offer our diners,” says Emily Cummings, one of the managers of the Union Street Grill & Grotto. “We’re so excited for this! Rooftop lounges are such a big city luxury – imagine sipping cocktails with your co-workers at lunch while you bask in the sun and watch the action buzzing on Fifth Street. We’ll be the only place in downtown Courtenay offering this kind of dining experience.”

A longtime favourite of Comox Valley locals – renowned for its made-from-scratch dishes, longtime support of local producers and vast selection of gluten-free options – Union Street Grill & Grotto has been serving up lunch and dinner in downtown Courtenay for more than 19 years.

Union Street Grill closed for renovations on February 16 and re-opened on Monday. During this first stage of renovations, the full-service dining section of the Grill underwent a sleek redesign and the foundation was laid for the addition of a second floor and, perhaps eventually, the rooftop patio.

Cummings says that future stages of the renovation will focus on revamping the Grotto to reflect the updated Union Street style, adding a second floor dining area and expanding the children’s play area.

“We want to create the best family-friendly dining experience in Courtenay,” she says, adding that they offer a wide selection of kid-approved menu options. “We don’t feel you should have to choose between enjoying an evening on the town and finding a sitter to entertain your kids. Sizzling-hot grill fare, great drinks and good times – we want to make sure your whole family can be there to enjoy it.”

Union Street Grill & Grotto is located at 477 Fifth Street in downtown Courtenay. The family-friendly, fully licensed restaurant offers a diverse lunch and dinner menu seven days a week, along with its popular gluten-free and take-out menus.”

Aug
19
Sat
Celebrate Nanaimo’s VIEX @ Pirate Chips Nanaimo
Aug 19 all-day

Celebrate Vancouver Island’s Exposition in Nanaimo – Friday – Saturday – Sunday

VIEX Nanaimo Pirate Chips

An Annual Country Fair is more than just entertainment. The one value we truly exhibit is Family. At our Fair, everyone of every age can participate, from displaying jams, jellies and livestock to showing heirloom quilts, artwork, pumpkins, prize flowers, home grown zucchini, fresh baked cookies and pies. Learn more … • Facebook

Count on Pirate Chips to serve you gluten-free fare! 

pirate-chips-memorabiliaPirate Chips doesn’t have just one, but TWO dedicated gluten-free fryers to serve their gluten-free and celiac customers! Not only that, the Buckaneers have the buns to serve us, too!

Gluten-free hamburger buns, oyster burger buns and halibut burger buns! Find Pirate Chips right downtown, near the cenotaph.

Gluten-free Clam Chowder, Fish Tacos, Soups and even New Grist Gluten-Free Beer!

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Plenty of Pirate Bling available for purchase!


Pirate Chips 3Check out what next week looks like:
TUESDAY: Kids Under 8 Eat Free
WEDNESDAY: All-You-Can-Eat Gluten-Free Cod Fish & Chips $15.95
FRIDAY and SATURDAY: Live Music! Singing!

Sun-Mon-Tues-Wed-Thurs 11am – 9pm Fri-Sat 11am – 10 pm


‘Pirate Notations’ on Menus below indicate Gluten-Free.
Be sure to tell your server that you require a gluten-free meal when ordering.

They will change aprons, clean all surfaces and take every precaution to prepare a safe and delicious meal for you. Pirate Chips staff will happily accommodate additional allergies & sensitivities. Please make your needs known when ordering.

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Thai Kaju Curry @ NoodleBox Canada
Aug 19 all-day

Noodlebox Canada Launches Guest Feature!

July 26, 2017, Vancouver, BC—Noodlebox Canada announces a guest feature recipe series, slated to launch in all twelve stores across BC and Alberta on August 8th.

Known for fresh food wok-cooked with flame, Noodlebox has partnered with local influencers to create feature dishes, each available for a week-long run this August.

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Vegan Thai Kaju Curry

Thai Kaju Curry is a creamy, plant-based vegan dish with vibrant colour and flavour. Made with a healthy house-made sauce of blended cashews, tomato, coconut milk and Thai red curry, emboldened with ginger and lime, it’s flame-cooked with fresh local vegetables and served with rice noodles and scattered with crunchy sprouts.

  • Gluten-Free Diners please let staff know that you require a gluten-free meal when ordering this feature item or any other item at Noodlebox.

About Dreena 

A vegan for almost 20 years, Dreena Burton is the author of five cookbooks, and is the mother of three plant-powered kids (#weegans). Passionate about creating nutritious recipes, she is an advocate of using the “vegan basics” to create healthy, delicious food for the whole family. Dreena is one of the pioneering vegan cookbook authors, with a loyal following and reputation for reliable, wholesome recipes. @DreenaBurton • www.plantpoweredkitchen.com • Facebook • Instagram


Noodle Box

Noodlebox was born out of a small food cart in Victoria BC’s Chinatown in 2001. Our unique style of Southeast Asian street food became so popular that people were willing to wait hours in the rain to get their fill. In 2003 we opened our first store in downtown Victoria, with many more opening throughout BC and Alberta to keep up with demand for our bold dishes.

 FRESH FOOD, MADE BY REAL PEOPLE

We’ve been concerned by the rise of the processed food generation and the departure of nutritious food sources. Our kitchens want to reverse that trend.

What we will always do best is prepare real food, by hand – made from fresh ingredients like non-gmo vegetables sourced locally whenever possible. Our special sauces are house made, with no added MSG.

We support sustainable & ethical producers, with farm-to-plate practices that deliver a premium product with trusted transparency.


Noodlebox prides itself on trusted transparency – premium ingredients, ethically raised protein, MSG-free, sustainable practices, farm-to-plate and committed to community.

  • Standard Protocol – every wok is scrubbed by hand, every time.
  • Gluten-Free Protocol – let staff know your dietary preferences or intolerances and the chef’s station will be re-set with fresh utensils, cloths and squeaky-clean hands.

Ask for rice noodles, jasmine rice or go no-carb / high-protein. Add in roasted cashews, crushed peanuts or even a fried free-range egg to gussy up any GF dish! Dial in your spice level and you’re ready to go!  Facebook • Twitter • Instagram

Five Locations on Vancouver Island Douglas Street •  Shelbourne • Uptown • Langford • Port Place in Nanaimo. Scroll down for their locations in Vancouver, BC and Alberta!


NOODLE BOX MENUDAILY SPECIALSFRIDAY FEATURES

Noodle Box Menu A FEB 2017
Noodle Box Menu B FEB 2017


In Victoria • Shelbourne • Douglas • Uptown • Langford •

In Nanaimo • Port Place •

Noodle Box Vancouver Island


In Vancouver • Kitsilano • Homer • Mt Pleasant • Gastown

Noodle Box Vancouver


In Alberta • Calgary • Airdrie • Deerfoot Meadows • Red Deer • Sherwood ParkNoodle Box Alberta

Flavour Trails Food & Farm Festival @ Deep Cove Market
Aug 19 @ 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Flavour Trails North Saanich Food and Farm Festival, August 18-20, 2017 is celebrating 10 Years and there is a great weekend in store!!  Consisting of over 20 venue stops and activities throughout the weekend, as well as two special events, the festival has something for everyone.  Learn More Here. Download festival Brochure and Map here!! (Side 1 and Side 2 of brochure.)

Be sure to stop in at Deep Cove Market – The Funky Market and Community Meeting Place in North Saanich! (10940 West Saanich Road near Wain Road)

Deep Cove Market 8Deep Cove Market has been serving celiacs for more than ten years with the most eclectic selection of gluten-free products that Vancouver Island has to offer. Their Gluten-Free Product List does not begin to do this celiac champion justice. Trust Deep Cove to carry the brands that are impossible to find at major retailers – honouring independent celiac manufacturers who are dedicated to supporting us – one kitchen to another.

A first and last stop shop for locals and tourists alike. Minutes from Schwarz Bay Ferry Terminal as you arrive or a last stop before heading to Vancouver or the Gulf Islands, you’ll be sure to leave with items you won’t find anywhere else.

An ideal destination for a Sunday drive or bicycle trip from Sidney or even Victoria. Be welcomed with wide verandahs, aisles jam-packed with goodies and shaded, picnic seating in a beautifully landscaped garden.

Open 8-8 Seven days a week

Visit Deep Cove Market on The Celiac Scene • Deep Cove Market • FacebookInstagram


A Small Business at the Heart of the Community

Rosemary Scott

Rosemary Scott, Seaside Magazine

“The Deep Cove Market is not your typical convenience store. A destination for foodies, it’s a charming country market nestled in North Saanich that has become, through much hard work, a gem of a meeting place for the community.

After the Deep Cove Farm on Wain Road was retired, I wanted to provide locals like myself with a place to meet over breakfast, lunch or lattes and have a place to shop that supports our local farming community. If you want locally raised lamb, beef, poultry and eggs, it’s a place worth visiting.  10 years ago, with no grocery experience whatsoever … more


Deep Cove 10th Anniversary Feature Review in the Peninsula News, March 2015.

Deep Cove Market“Walk into Deep Cove Market and the first thing you’ll notice is the abundance of smiling faces. With the smell of fresh coffee lingering in the air, the charming wood plank floor and woven baskets of produce capping off the aisles, it’s easy to see why the shoppers are in a good mood. There’s a quaint feeling of discovery that permeates the shop, as though the perfect ingredient is waiting just around the corner. “I’ve tried to offer a lot of organic products and local products. In the summer, we try to have 100 per cent local produce,” she said. “We try to make the choices really interesting, besides regular grocery, we try to have a lot of specialty items just to make it more fun for the consumer.” That includes spending sometimes hours on the internet trying to track down a supplier if a customer has made a special request, said Waddington, always prioritizing local first” … more


Rosemary is a frequent (gluten-free) recipe contributor to Sidney’s Seaside Magazine.
Here are just a few of her best!

Tomato Jam

Tomato Jam, recipe by Rosemary Scott

Island Dish: Tomato Jam

“What is tomato jam? It’s a thick, intensely tomato-flavoured condiment that is delicious enough to

  • spread on your favourite burger (you’ll never use ketchup again)
  • serve up on a fresh (gluten-free) baguette
  • toast point with cheese
  • toss into pasta with some fresh parmesan shavings
  • add to your homemade soup to elevate it to a whole new level
  • eat it all by itself right out of the jar. It should come with a warning on the label: “highly addictive.”

See recipe here


Spinach Salad Gluten Free

Summertime Spinach Salad, Seaside Magazine

Island Dish: Summertime Spinach Salad

“I have to be honest here and tell you that this recipe is courtesy of my sister-in-law, Ros Scott. I love this salad for many reasons: it is colourful, quick to prepare, super healthy and the dressing is to die for!

There are a number of ingredients in this recipe that are part of the top 100 healthiest foods list. First of all, we have the fresh local spinach that is readily available at markets this time of year. Spinach is among the top greens for folate, and it contains high amounts of vitamin A, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, and selenium, which offers antioxidant protection and supports thyroid function.” See recipe here 


Island Dish: Spring Fettucine

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Spring Fettucini, Seaside Magazine

“When I think of spring, lamb and asparagus come to mind! The Galloping Goose Sausage Co. in Metchosin makes excellent herbed lamb sausages. They are gluten- , MSG- and preservative free. We are fortunate here at the Deep Cove Market to be able to carry fresh asparagus from Raphael at Guités Farm on Oldfield Road. I’m a big fan of easy one-dish meals, so I have combined a number of items I carry here at the Market into one entrée. This dish could easily become gluten free by substituting the pasta with a rice pasta or quinoa. I also think the lemon cooking sauce would pair nicely with chicken if you are not a lamb fan. We carry farm-fresh, free-range, antibiotic-free chicken from Kildonan Farms located right here in North Saanich. I am also a huge lover of Greek food, so I combined the lemon and lamb with peppers, onions and feta. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! ” See recipe …


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Abuelo’s Corn Tortillas @ Comox Valley Farmer's Market
Aug 19 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Authentically Mexican, locally-produced, Abuelo’s Corn Tortillas and Chips
Hand-made right here on Vancouver Island from organic, non-GMO corn! 

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Abuelo's Tortillas

Specialty flavors and salsa verdes only available at market appearances or at Abuelo’s Factory Outlet in Courtenay

There is only one way to make the perfect tortilla … by hand!” Abuelo’s corn tortillas are produced with pride in the Comox Valley from carefully selected, organic, non-GMO corn flour and tested well water, in a 100% gluten-free facility.  Hand-cut and flavored with real beets, garlic or habenaro chilies for a taste experience like no other. Find Abuelo’s year round at the Comox Valley Farmer’s Market and at Abuelo’s Factory Outlet where you can purchase specialty flavors (cinnamon) or salsa verdes so fresh – and without preservatives – that no retailer can stock them! Check Abuelo’s Corn Tortilla’s Demo Schedule here.

Abuelo’s Corn Tortillas and Tortilla Chips are available at the following Island retailers:

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Powell River, BC:
Ecossentials
Gold River, BC:
Strathcona Park Lodge
Campbell River, BC:
Healthyway Natural Foods
Discovery Foods Willow Point
Socal Restaurant & Bar
Discovery Foods Oyster River
Cortes Island, BC:
Cortes Natural Food Co-Op
Courtenay. BC:
Edible Island
Atlas Café
Union St. Grill
The White Whale Restaurant
Quality Foods
Sweet Surprise
Hen & Hog café
Marine Harvest
Comox, BC:
Avenue Bistro
Cumberland, BC:
Seeds Foods Market
The Waverly Hotel
Sunshine Organics
Hornby Island, BC:
Hornby Island Co-Op
Qualicum Beach, BC:
Village Bulk Foods
Tidal Tacos
Heaven on Earth
Port Alberni, BC:
Healthy Habits
Nanaimo, BC:
Island Natural
Ladysmith, BC:
Wild Poppy Bistro
Duncan, BC:
Communty Farm Store
Victoria, BC:
Sante Gluten-free Café
Red Barn-Latoria
Red Barn-Mattick’s Farm
Red Barn-West Saanich
Red Barn-Vanalman
The Market on Millstream
The Market on Yates
Lifestyles Markets
Peppers Grocery
Niagara Grocery
SPUD.CA
Local General Store

Bake My Day @ Duncan Farmer's Market
Aug 19 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

NEW for BC and Alberta! Order Bake My Day Online – Delivered to your Door!

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Find Bake My Day every week at Duncan’s Farmer’s Market, in front of the Green Door on Ingram Street, Duncan. Enjoy fresh, ready-to-eat gluten-free tarts, pies, turnovers, spanokopita and sausage rolls! Created in a dedicated gluten-free facility in Duncan, BC from documented to be gluten-free ingredients, these pastries are trusted to be safe for celiacs – and guaranteed to be delicious!

When to Pre-Order for Pick Up on Saturday? contact 250-478-8450 by noon, the day ahead of market. Special pies require 4 days’ notice.

• Ready-to-Eat Pies, Tarts & Turnovers
• Ready-to-Bake Fruit Pies, Fruit Turnovers, Pork Sausage Rolls and Spanakopita
• Ready-to-Bake Pie Shells and Tart Shells
• Ready-To-Roll Puff Pastry Dough

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ellen-baynesThe Celiac Scene™ is your premier resource for fabulous gluten-free living in Victoria, Vancouver Island & the Gulf Islands. Owned & operated by celiacs, we guide you to restaurants we trust and  local gluten-free products we love! We even tell you where to purchase them, at the very best prices. Enjoy national ‘celiac’ news, local reviews and non-stop gluten-free event notices. The Celiac Scene is your gateway to Gluten-Free Paradise!

Gluten-Free FAQs

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease occurs in individuals with a genetic predisposition for making antibodies to gluten. When gluten protein – found in wheat, barley and rye – is ingested, autoimmune antibodies not only attack the gluten, they also damage the lining of the small intestine. Symptoms may include digestive pain, constipation, diarrhea and fatigue. The resulting malabsortion of nutrients can lead to slowed growth and development in children and anemia, osteoporosis and fertility issues in adults. Untreated celiacs are also at an increased risk of developing digestive cancers and other autoimmune diseases. The only treatment is a strict gluten-free diet for life. The world-wide incidence of Celiac disease is estimated at 1 in 100. Of the number of people with Celiac disease in Canada, less than 5% will be properly diagnosed in their lifetimes despite the existence of a simple, prescreening blood test. Learn more …

Is there a test for Celiac disease?

Yes! There are two pre-screening blood tests that can determine whether your body makes the antibodies that are associated with Celiac disease:

  • tTg: IgA anti-transglutaminase antibody test
  • Total Serum IgA

While these blood tests are very sensitive, they are not 100% accurate. If the tTg test is positive or the IgA test shows a deficiency, a duodenal biopsy is required to make a diagnosis. Collected under mild sedation, evidence of damage to the lining of the small intestine is definitive proof of Celiac disease.

*Blood tests and intestinal biopsies are diagnostic services that are provided at no charge to residents of British Columbia. See Medical Services Plan.

Ask to be tested if you have unexplained iron deficiency, osteoporosis, brittle type 1 DM, a family history of Celiac disease, have experienced 3 months of frequent diarrhea, weight loss, dairy intolerance or exceptional gas and bloating. Learn more …

Can I be diagnosed if I’ve already gone gluten free?

It is essential that prescreening blood tests and the biopsy be performed while a person is consuming gluten in order to measure the antibodies associated with the disease and observe associated damage to the small intestine. Test results may appear falsely negative if gluten has already been removed from the diet.

Adults should consume 10 grams of gluten (4 slices of bread or equivalent) for at least 1 month prior to testing. Children should consume 5 grams of gluten (2 slices of bread or equivalent).

It may take 2-3 months on a gluten challenge to turn the tTg and biopsy positive. Because it can be very uncomfortable to reintroduce gluten to one’s diet – the gluten challenge is truly a challenge – consult your medical care provider about being prescreened for CD BEFORE choosing to go gluten free. Learn more …

Can I view my test results online?

Yes! My e-health  offers a fast and secure method for patients to receive their results electronically. As soon as results are released from the performing lab, they’re available online in my ehealth. A variety of secure technologies and procedures to help protect your information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. My ehealth is a free service available to residents of British Columbia registered with the Medical Services Plan and is available in 4 languages. Learn more …

What is Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity?

Individuals with Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) experience digestive symptoms that are similar to those experienced by individuals with Celiac disease. Like celiacs, their symptoms improve when gluten is eliminated from their diet. Unlike celiacs, their bodies do not create antibodies to gluten, nor do they exhibit the damage to the small intestine that is the hallmark of Celiac disease. People with NCGS are at no greater risk of developing additional autoimmune conditions or digestive cancers. At the moment, there are no tests that can prove whether one has NCGS. A diagnosis of NCGS can be made when tests for Celiac disease are negative. It is estimated NCGS affects 6-10% of the population. Learn more …

Dermatitis Herpetiformis – Little Sister to Celiac Disease

Dermatitis Herpetiformis (DH) is an inherited autoimmune disease of the skin marked by groups of watery, itchy blisters. Like Celiac disease, ingesting gluten triggers an immune system response that deposits inflammatory lgA antibodies under the top layer of skin.

The lgA deposits result in eruptions similar to the beginning of a pimple. This painfully itchy rash may progress to red, raised patches of skin that develop into small, watery blisters. The itching and burning of the eruptions are severe and the urge to scratch them is intense. Eruptions commonly occur on pressure points – around the elbows, the front of the knees, the buttocks, back, shoulders, face, and scalp and typically occur on both sides of the body. Sixty percent of those diagnosed are men and the most common ages at diagnosis are between 15 and 40 years old.

A small biopsy of unaffected skin, next to an eruption that reveals the presence of IgA deposits confirms a diagnosis of DH. A strict gluten-free diet for life is the only treatment, but the diet should only be started once a diagnosis has been made. The medication Dapsone may be prescribed to ease symptoms until the gluten-free diet reduces the severity and frequency of eruptions. Learn more …

Why can’t I just go gluten free?

Knowing whether or not you have a chronic autoimmune disorder is important to your future health and the health of your family. There may be a price for choosing not to know.

• Screening for Celiac disease is free in British Columbia
• Blood samples can be collected at your local out patient laboratory
• A diagnosis will tell you how strict your diet needs to be
• In conjunction with a lifelong commitment to the diet,  health complications may be reduced
• Your doctor can better monitor your health for other autoimmune disorders
• Celiac disease is genetic. A diagnosis confirms for your family that they may also be at risk
• Familial screening provides an early diagnosis for those with latent (asymptomatic) Celiac disease
• A diagnosis offers eligibility for future therapies that require a definitive diagnosis
• You may qualify for a Medical Expense Tax Credit
• If Celiac disease is ruled out, your doctor can proceed to test you for other disease(s)
• You can save money on gluten-free food if celiac disease is ruled out! Learn more …