Gluten-Free Events

Jul
29
Fri
Taco Revolution Food Truck @ Sunfest
Jul 29 all-day

Taco Rev Sunfest

Find Vancouver Island’s first and only 100% Gluten-Free Food Truck at Sunfest, Laketown Ranch, Cowichan Valley, BC! Sunfest Facebook • Sunfest Twitter

Taco-Revolution-300-x-250-RedFrom Mexico City to a street near you – the Taco Revolution is here, there and everywhere! Enjoy the very best in Mexican Street Food – all gluten free! Tacos once found only under a hot Mexican sun can now be enjoyed along the gorgeous shores of Vancouver Island. Every item is handmade from scratch … and sourced to be gluten free! Tacos so good you will want them every day, and that’s okay! It’s okay to eat tacos every day!

Taco Revolution Website • Instagram • Facebook • Twitter • Check the Events Schedule for Today’s Location!


Tacos al Pastor

Tacos al Pastor

Tacos al Pastor – The King of the Mexico City street taco: Pork loin cut thin and slowly marinated with Guajillo and Ancho peppers, Achiote paste and a slew of herbs and spices; cooked on a vertical spit and served with roasted pineapple, onion and fresh cilantro and salsa.


Chorizo con Papas

Chorizo con Papas

Chorizo con Papas – Taco Revolution’s very own Chorizo fried up crispy and delicious with potato and onion. Finished with cilantro and salsa.


Tinga Vegetariana

Tinga Vegetariana

Tinga Vegetariana – The cabbage, carrot, onion trio allowed to simmer along with tomato, chipotle and garlic. Topped with lettuce, feta cheese, and crema


Tasty Tasty Fish Taco

Tasty Tasty Fish Taco

Tasty Tasty Fish Taco – Fresh cod lovingly marinated in lime and spices then seared up on grill. Placed on a tortilla along with fresh cabbage, crema, and chipotle.

Check the Events Schedule for Today’s Location

Jul
30
Sat
Taco Revolution Food Truck @ Sunfest
Jul 30 all-day

Taco Rev Sunfest

Find Vancouver Island’s first and only 100% Gluten-Free Food Truck at Sunfest, Laketown Ranch, Cowichan Valley, BC! Sunfest Facebook • Sunfest Twitter

Taco-Revolution-300-x-250-RedFrom Mexico City to a street near you – the Taco Revolution is here, there and everywhere! Enjoy the very best in Mexican Street Food – all gluten free! Tacos once found only under a hot Mexican sun can now be enjoyed along the gorgeous shores of Vancouver Island. Every item is handmade from scratch … and sourced to be gluten free! Tacos so good you will want them every day, and that’s okay! It’s okay to eat tacos every day!

Taco Revolution Website • Instagram • Facebook • Twitter • Check the Events Schedule for Today’s Location!


Tacos al Pastor

Tacos al Pastor

Tacos al Pastor – The King of the Mexico City street taco: Pork loin cut thin and slowly marinated with Guajillo and Ancho peppers, Achiote paste and a slew of herbs and spices; cooked on a vertical spit and served with roasted pineapple, onion and fresh cilantro and salsa.


Chorizo con Papas

Chorizo con Papas

Chorizo con Papas – Taco Revolution’s very own Chorizo fried up crispy and delicious with potato and onion. Finished with cilantro and salsa.


Tinga Vegetariana

Tinga Vegetariana

Tinga Vegetariana – The cabbage, carrot, onion trio allowed to simmer along with tomato, chipotle and garlic. Topped with lettuce, feta cheese, and crema


Tasty Tasty Fish Taco

Tasty Tasty Fish Taco

Tasty Tasty Fish Taco – Fresh cod lovingly marinated in lime and spices then seared up on grill. Placed on a tortilla along with fresh cabbage, crema, and chipotle.

Check the Events Schedule for Today’s Location

Abuelo’s Corn Tortillas @ Comox Valley Farmer's Market
Jul 30 @ 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! 

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.

Abuelos Corn Tortillas

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

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
Jul 30 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Find Bake My Day every week at Duncan’s Farmer’s Market with fresh, ready-to-eat gluten-free tarts, pies, turnovers, spanokopita and now 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!  Call ahead to place an order and it will be set aside for you to pick up.

• 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

Carrying retailers, restaurants and cafés … 
Complete Market & Craft Fair Schedule …
Order Online for Delivery or Pickup …
Follow Bake My Day on Facebook 
Outlet Store 3030 Dogwood Rd in Duncan, Tues – Sat 7am to 3pm

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Bake My Day @ James Bay Community Market
Jul 30 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

You will be amazed at the variety of products available at the James Bay Market. Whether you’re a local in need of some fresh red peppers, or a visitor looking for that unique something from Victoria, we’ve got it! Details here!

Bake My Day James Bay

Bake My Day will be there to offer fresh ready-to-eat gluten-free tarts, ready to eat or bake pies, turnovers, spanakopita, sausage rolls and more! 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!  Call ahead to place an order and it will be set aside for you to pick up.

Carrying retailers, restaurants and cafés … 
Complete Market & Craft Fair Schedule …
Order Online for Delivery or Pickup …
Follow Bake My Day on Facebook 
Outlet Store 3030 Dogwood Rd in Duncan, Tues – Sat 7 – 3


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Jul
31
Sun
Taco Revolution Food Truck @ Sunfest
Jul 31 all-day

Taco Rev Sunfest

Find Vancouver Island’s first and only 100% Gluten-Free Food Truck at Sunfest, Laketown Ranch, Cowichan Valley, BC! Sunfest Facebook • Sunfest Twitter

Taco-Revolution-300-x-250-RedFrom Mexico City to a street near you – the Taco Revolution is here, there and everywhere! Enjoy the very best in Mexican Street Food – all gluten free! Tacos once found only under a hot Mexican sun can now be enjoyed along the gorgeous shores of Vancouver Island. Every item is handmade from scratch … and sourced to be gluten free! Tacos so good you will want them every day, and that’s okay! It’s okay to eat tacos every day!

Taco Revolution Website • Instagram • Facebook • Twitter • Check the Events Schedule for Today’s Location!


Tacos al Pastor

Tacos al Pastor

Tacos al Pastor – The King of the Mexico City street taco: Pork loin cut thin and slowly marinated with Guajillo and Ancho peppers, Achiote paste and a slew of herbs and spices; cooked on a vertical spit and served with roasted pineapple, onion and fresh cilantro and salsa.


Chorizo con Papas

Chorizo con Papas

Chorizo con Papas – Taco Revolution’s very own Chorizo fried up crispy and delicious with potato and onion. Finished with cilantro and salsa.


Tinga Vegetariana

Tinga Vegetariana

Tinga Vegetariana – The cabbage, carrot, onion trio allowed to simmer along with tomato, chipotle and garlic. Topped with lettuce, feta cheese, and crema


Tasty Tasty Fish Taco

Tasty Tasty Fish Taco

Tasty Tasty Fish Taco – Fresh cod lovingly marinated in lime and spices then seared up on grill. Placed on a tortilla along with fresh cabbage, crema, and chipotle.

Check the Events Schedule for Today’s Location

Gluten-Free Sunday Brunch @ Six Mile Pub
Jul 31 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Six Mile Pub Sunday BrunchSix Mile Pub pulls out all the gluten-free stops – every Sunday! Gluten-free french toast, eggs bennedict, omelettes, hash browns and amazing desserts! Gear up with a Mimosa, a Caesar or even a gluten-free Bard’s Beer! Families with  children welcome – the more the merrier! Order from the gluten-free Kids Menu and ask to be seated in the Family Room. No line-ups!

The kudos continue  – it is not necessary to call ahead to announce a gluten-free diner, but those with additional sensitivities will be treated like royalty if you let the chefs know at 250-478-3121. They’ve yet to meet an allergy they have not been able to accommodate.


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Six Mile’s chefs take a personal interest in serving celiacs!

As soon as you are seated, your server will  on board to inform you about your options and may even escort you to meet the chef.  Many items at their buffet are gluten free but the chef will personally platter (an enormous) selection of options directly (safely)  from the kitchen. In fact, he may even personally deliver your appetizers, entrée and dessert right to your table, while everyone else has to get up to serve themselves. Be a Queen – or King – for a day!

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Yes! These meals are gluten free!

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Last but not least! A slice of gluten-free heaven!

Six Mile Pub’s gluten-free meals are absolutely delicious and may include a few firsts! French toast with whipping cream and maple syrup;  eggs benedict with ham or smoked salmon; omelettes and a pot pourri of salads; lentil, sweet asian slaw, cantaloupe and strawberries. Your server will be able to answer any questions you may have.

No need for ‘regular folks‘ to go without – Six Mile’s ‘standard’ brunch is famous among locals and tourists alike. View the collage below to view what  fans from all over North America rave about.


Bard's gluten free beer

Check out Six Mile’s Gluten-Free Pub Fare – includes Fish & Chips! Proud to serve the very best – 100% gluten-free Bard’s Beer!

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Bake My Day @ Breakwater Market at Ogden Point
Jul 31 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

BakeMyDay Ogden PointEnjoy Breakwater Market Sunday Market on the grassy area next to the Breakwater at Ogden Point.  Cruise ships from all over the world converge on Ogden Point, as many as 3 or 4 per day in the busy summer months, here in Victoria, BC.  Where they dock becomes a hub of activity as passengers exit and enter their ships.

Breakwater Market offers cruise ship passengers the very best of British Columbia with artisans showing and selling their wares!  Locals can rekindle memories of cruises past or enjoy the Market as the next best travel experience! See 2016 Cruise Ship Schedule at Ogden Point here.

Bake My Day will be there to offer fresh ready-to-eat gluten-free tarts, ready to eat or bake pies, turnovers, spanakopita, sausage rolls and more! 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!  Call ahead to place an order and it will be set aside for you to pick up.

Carrying retailers, restaurants and cafés … 
Complete Market & Craft Fair Schedule …
Order Online for Delivery or Pickup …
Follow Bake My Day on Facebook 
Outlet Store 3030 Dogwood Rd in Duncan, Tues – Sat 7 – 3


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Aug
2
Tue
Kids Under 8 Eat Free @ Pirate Chips
Aug 2 all-day

TUESDAYS – KIDS UNDER 8 EAT FREE!

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Pirate 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 at their new location – downtown, near the cenotaph.

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

Check out what next week looks like:
WEDNESDAY – All-You-Can-Eat Gluten-Free Cod Fish & Chips $15.95
FRIDAY and SATURDAY – Live Music! Singing!
GLUTEN LOVERS – there’s a menu for you, too! Click here!

See Pirate Chips Feature Page

Aug
3
Wed
All You Can Eat Fish & Chips @ Pirate Chips
Aug 3 all-day

WEDNESDAYS! ALL YOU CAN EAT FISH & CHIPS $15.95fish and chips all you can eat

Pirate 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 at their new location – downtown, near the cenotaph.

NEW! Gluten-Free Clam Chowder, Fish Tacos, Soups and even New Grist Gluten-Free Beer! Check out what next week looks like:

TUESDAY: Kids <8 Eat Free
FRIDAY and SATURDAY: Live Music! Singing!
GLUTEN LOVERS – there’s a menu for you, too! Click here!

Visit Pirate Chips Feature Page

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Welcome to Gluten-Free Paradise!

ellen-baynesThe Celiac Scene™ is the premier resource for fabulous gluten-free living in Victoria, Vancouver Island & the Gulf Islands. Owned & operated by celiacs, we guide you to the restaurants we trust and the 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 a non-stop gluten-free events page to keep you connected. 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 …