Gluten-Free Events

Apr
10
Sat
10% Student Discount Every Day @ Pepper's Foods
Apr 10 all-day

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University & College Students – enjoy 10% off  EVERY DAY with provision of student ID card.

  • Some restrictions apply. No discount on sale items. 

Click Here for Pepper’s Foods ONLINE STORE
Gluten-Free Products ONLINE!

A bustling market just steps away from the University of Victoria and one of the largest playgrounds in Victoria, shop at Pepper’s Foods for a picnic, a barbecue or the gluten-free foods you need to sustain you week in and week out! A long-time supporter of the Canadian Celiac Association’s Annual Picnic, Pepper’s Foods is the very ‘heart’ of Cadboro Bay!

3829 Cadboro Bay Road • 250-477-6513 • [email protected]

SEE Pepper’s Foods Gluten-Free Flyer!

Follow Pepper’s Foods

• 10% Student discount EVERY day!

What’s New at Pepper’s Foods!

“Any time a local vendor or distributor approaches us with a local product, we’re all ears! ” Scott Zaichkowsky, Assistant Grocery Manager

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Gyro Park Pepper's Foods

Gyro Park & Beach at Cadboro Bay
The legendary home of the “Cadborosaurus” sea serpent, Cadboro Bay is a partially protected bay with the kind of long, sandy beaches that make for sublime summer swimming, strolling and boating. The park has a replica of the Cadborosaurus creature, said to be a relative of the Loch Ness Monster. Caddy, as it is known, usually allows itself to be seen once or twice a year. Cadboro Bay’s beaches are well-equipped for family outings with picnic facilities, public washrooms and a children’s playground. Pack a snack from Pepper’s and enjoy!


 Independent Grocer Award

Pepper’s Foods Wins Independent Grocer Award! Click for more information

All You Can Eat Fish & Chips $17.95 @ Pirate Chips Nanaimo
Apr 10 all-day

Thursdays to Mondays: All you can eat Fish & Chips – just $17.95. Dine-in only. No sharing.Pirate Chips FB logo
• Open for Dine-In, Take-Out or Delivery at #1-75 Front Street in Nanaimo. 250-753-2447
• piratechips.ca • FacebookInstagramGift Cards
• NEW! Online ordering – Memo option for each item allows for gluten-free request. To be certain, better to call. 250-753-2447.
• NEW! Gluten-Free Poutine has been perfected!
• OPEN: THURS to MON 4 – 10pm. CLOSED TUES-WED HOURS (Subject to change. Call ahead.)
• Licensed Patio (New Grist Gluten-Free Beer) • Delivery • Alcohol available by delivery, with food orders

Pirate Chips 3If you’re looking for local scratch cooking that isn’t afraid to get weird, set sail to Pirate Chips in the heart of Nanaimo, BC. Meet their quirky crew and try one of their unique gluten-free menu items in the relaxed atmosphere of our downtown diner – we won’t judge you, and your taste buds will thank you!

Fans from out of town love Pirate Chips for their legendary deep-fried gluten-free delights – Gluten-Free Deep-Fried S’mores – and locals know them as the best place for fresh local seafood in Nanaimo. With quality as the backbone of every one of their recipes, you can trust our food to make you and your family smile.

Pirate Chips staff will happily accommodate additional allergies & sensitivities. Make your needs known when ordering and the Pirate Chips Crew will change aprons, clean all surfaces and take every precaution to prepare a safe and delicious meal. Pirate Chips asks that we please allow time for this process.

Pirate Chips has TWO dedicated gluten-free fryers and offer gluten-free buns for hamburgers, oysters and halibut burgers! Gluten-free Poutine, Clam Chowder, Fish Tacos, Soups, Poke Bowls and New Grist Gluten-Free Beer! Plenty of vegetarian options, too! Pirate Bling available for purchase!

Daily Specials in Victoria & Courtenay @ Rawthentic Eatery
Apr 10 all-day

Click here for daily specials – refreshed every Tuesday!
Rawthentic Eatery

Rawthentic Eatery! Raw. Alive. Delicious.Why Raw Food?

Raw food is great for everyone. One of the main goals of eating and drinking more raw foods is to obtain plenty of nutrients in an easy-to-digest manner, one that our bodies are naturally suited for. While there’s no need to go completely raw or to declare yourself a “raw vegan,” consuming at least some raw vegetables and fruits every day is important for just about everyone. Learn more here!

Courtenay407-B Fifth St • 250-338-0571 •
Mon to Fri 8am-6:30pm • Sat 9am-6:30pm • Sun 10am-5pm

Victoria – Royal Oak – 108-4440 West Saanich Rd • 778-432-4800
Mon to Fri 8am-8pm • Sat 9:30am-7:30pm • Sun 10am-6pm

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Rawthentic’s Menu!

Rawthentic’s menu has a focus on high quality, raw, vegan, organic ingredients to achieve optimum flavour & health benefits. All items are raw, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, no sugar and 100% vegan. Learn more here!

Buy in Bulk Online

Shop for dry goods, grocery, health & beauty, home, lifestyle, makery & produce – at wholesale pricing! Learn more here!

  • Special Offer! Order over $25 online – receive a FREE large smoothie (value $10) when you pick up.
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Rawthentic Catering

At Rawthentic, we LOVE offering our raw food catering service for important events. We’ll provide everything you need to get your next party off the ground whether they are social or business. We can cater for up to 200 guests for weddings, birthdays, dinner parties & corporate events. Learn more here!

About Rawthentic

Rawthentic Eatery’s raw, plant-based menu is broad, delicious and diverse, perfect for anyone and everyone seeking the essential whole food energy that helps us THRIVE. All of Rawthentic’s menu items are made from hand-selected, high-quality, organic vegan ingredients to always achieve optimum freshness and flavour. Learn more here!

Rawthentic Delivery

Delivery available in Victoria and Courtenay

Apr
11
Sun
10% Student Discount Every Day @ Pepper's Foods
Apr 11 all-day

Pepper's Foods Banner

University & College Students – enjoy 10% off  EVERY DAY with provision of student ID card.

  • Some restrictions apply. No discount on sale items. 

Click Here for Pepper’s Foods ONLINE STORE
Gluten-Free Products ONLINE!

A bustling market just steps away from the University of Victoria and one of the largest playgrounds in Victoria, shop at Pepper’s Foods for a picnic, a barbecue or the gluten-free foods you need to sustain you week in and week out! A long-time supporter of the Canadian Celiac Association’s Annual Picnic, Pepper’s Foods is the very ‘heart’ of Cadboro Bay!

3829 Cadboro Bay Road • 250-477-6513 • [email protected]

SEE Pepper’s Foods Gluten-Free Flyer!

Follow Pepper’s Foods

• 10% Student discount EVERY day!

What’s New at Pepper’s Foods!

“Any time a local vendor or distributor approaches us with a local product, we’re all ears! ” Scott Zaichkowsky, Assistant Grocery Manager

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Bake My Day Pepper's FoodsStella's Gluten-Free Perogies New Packaging igWiseBites IG


Gyro Park Pepper's Foods

Gyro Park & Beach at Cadboro Bay
The legendary home of the “Cadborosaurus” sea serpent, Cadboro Bay is a partially protected bay with the kind of long, sandy beaches that make for sublime summer swimming, strolling and boating. The park has a replica of the Cadborosaurus creature, said to be a relative of the Loch Ness Monster. Caddy, as it is known, usually allows itself to be seen once or twice a year. Cadboro Bay’s beaches are well-equipped for family outings with picnic facilities, public washrooms and a children’s playground. Pack a snack from Pepper’s and enjoy!


 Independent Grocer Award

Pepper’s Foods Wins Independent Grocer Award! Click for more information

All You Can Eat Fish & Chips $17.95 @ Pirate Chips Nanaimo
Apr 11 all-day

Thursdays to Mondays: All you can eat Fish & Chips – just $17.95. Dine-in only. No sharing.Pirate Chips FB logo
• Open for Dine-In, Take-Out or Delivery at #1-75 Front Street in Nanaimo. 250-753-2447
• piratechips.ca • FacebookInstagramGift Cards
• NEW! Online ordering – Memo option for each item allows for gluten-free request. To be certain, better to call. 250-753-2447.
• NEW! Gluten-Free Poutine has been perfected!
• OPEN: THURS to MON 4 – 10pm. CLOSED TUES-WED HOURS (Subject to change. Call ahead.)
• Licensed Patio (New Grist Gluten-Free Beer) • Delivery • Alcohol available by delivery, with food orders

Pirate Chips 3If you’re looking for local scratch cooking that isn’t afraid to get weird, set sail to Pirate Chips in the heart of Nanaimo, BC. Meet their quirky crew and try one of their unique gluten-free menu items in the relaxed atmosphere of our downtown diner – we won’t judge you, and your taste buds will thank you!

Fans from out of town love Pirate Chips for their legendary deep-fried gluten-free delights – Gluten-Free Deep-Fried S’mores – and locals know them as the best place for fresh local seafood in Nanaimo. With quality as the backbone of every one of their recipes, you can trust our food to make you and your family smile.

Pirate Chips staff will happily accommodate additional allergies & sensitivities. Make your needs known when ordering and the Pirate Chips Crew will change aprons, clean all surfaces and take every precaution to prepare a safe and delicious meal. Pirate Chips asks that we please allow time for this process.

Pirate Chips has TWO dedicated gluten-free fryers and offer gluten-free buns for hamburgers, oysters and halibut burgers! Gluten-free Poutine, Clam Chowder, Fish Tacos, Soups, Poke Bowls and New Grist Gluten-Free Beer! Plenty of vegetarian options, too! Pirate Bling available for purchase!

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Welcome to Gluten-Free Paradise!

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 …