Gluten-Free Events

2 for 1 Burgers @ Pirate Chips
Oct 17 all-day


  • THURSDAYS: 2 for 1 burgers (while supplies last – $2 charge for GF bun)
  • FRIDAYS: Glasses of house wine $5 all day. 5-10pm: 2 for 1 appys
  • FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS: Live Music! Singing!
  • MONDAYS: Free coffee with any menu purchase. Strong, organic, free-trade. Roasted in Coombs.
  • TUESDAYS: Kids Under 8 Eat Free – when accompanied by adult (one kid per adult)
  • WEDNESDAYS: All-You-Can-Eat Gluten-Free Cod Fish & Chips $16.95

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‘$-Signs’ on menus  indicate Gluten-Free. Be sure to tell your server that you require a gluten-free meal when ordering.

#1-75 Front Street in Nanaimo – 250-753-2447 • Facebook • Mon-Thurs 11-10pm • Fri-Sat 11-midnight • Sundays 11-8

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If 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 Clam Chowder, Fish Tacos, Soups, Poke Bowls and New Grist Gluten-Free Beer! Plenty of vegetarian options, too! Pirate Bling available for purchase!


  • TREASURE CHEST – Hand breaded calamari, clam strips, Zucchini, O-rings, 3 Prawns
  • $BACON WRAPPED SCALLOPS – 3 huge scallops hand wrapped in prosciutto, finished on the grill
  • BUFFALO PRAWNS – Just like the chicken wings, served with blue cheese sauce with veggies
  • GRILLED$ OR PANKO PRAWNS – With veggies and dip
  • FRIED OYSTERS – 3 Large Fanny Bay Oysters Panko breaded and deep-fried. Served with house Chipotle and house Tartar
  • $STEAMED CLAMS – 1/2pound fresh local clams served in the shell, steamed open with white wine, garlic and butter with fresh fry bread
  • $STEAMED MUSSELS – 1LB of steamed pei mussels steamed in white wine, garlic and butter
  • $CALAMARI – Half & Full – tender Calamari, light and crisp. Served with house made tzatziki
  • $NACHO CRISPS – Half & Full – Crisp potato chips fried in house, topped with cheddar, green onion, and tomato. Fixings like guacamole, salsa, and sour cream all come on the side – ADD pulled Pork or ground Beef


  • DEEP FRIED PICKLES – Wedge cut breaded pickles, served with house dill
  • DEEP FRIED MAC and CHEESE BITES – Creamy nostalgic mac and cheese deep-fried
  • ZUCHINNI STIX – Breaded Zucchini served with house made Tzatziki
  • ONION RINGS – Beer battered Onion Rings, served with house made Tartar
  • $SWEET POTATO FRIES – Served with house made Chipotle on the side
  • $PIRATE CHIPS Small & Large – Hand cut, locally grown, double fried, Kennebec Potatoes. Voted the best in the city for 14 years


  • $CAESAR – Traditional Caesar Salad- enough for 2! with bacon and fry bread
  • $GARDEN SALAD – Romaine, shredded cabbage, cucumber, tomato, green onion
  • ADD grilled chicken – Grilled prawns, 5 buffalo prawns, or Salmon – 7.95
  • $CLAM CHOWDAR SOUP – Cup or Bowl – Fresh local clams served in the shell. Not heavy but still creamy. Seriously the very best in town. Limited supply.

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Fresh fried Fish in your choice of Original batter, Panko bread, or Gluten-free batter. Served with their Famous chips and house-made slaw.

  • $Pacific COD – one piece, two pieces, add more
  • $HADDOCK – one piece, two pieces, add more
  • $HALIBUT – one piece, two pieces, add more
  • VEGAN FISH – Plant based fish patties and fries – single or double portions – sorry no options on batter
  • $BBQ GRILLED SOCKEYE SALMON – one or two pieces – 6oz sockeye salmon filet, grilled with bbq sauce. Served with our famous fries and coleslaw.
  • PRAWNS AND CHIPS – Your choice of $prawns- grilled, panko, or spicy hot buffalo. Served with our famous chips and coleslaw.
  • $*-NEW-PIRATES POKE”’ BOWL – Coconut/cilantro infused rice, peppers cucumber, avocado, spicy sriracha mayo, seaweed, green onion and sesame seeds. Choose from ahi raw tuna, panko prawn or fried tofu


Made with our famous fries, fresh squeaky local cheese, and yummy gravy. Sub fries for- tater tots, sweet potatoes, or O-rings. Can add Small & Large.

  • TRADITIONAL – Small & Large – Squeaky-est local cheese curds. You’ will think you are in Quebec
  • PULLED PORK POUTINE – Made with slow roasted Dr. pepper pulled pork topped with chips and green onion
  • POUTINE WITH LOVE – Small & Large – Traditional poutine with green onions, real bacon, and house made Chipotle


  • CHILI CHEESE FRIES – Small & Large – House made chili with our famous fries, topped with Cheddar and green onions- SO FILLING!!
  • BOWL “O” CHILI – Topped with chedder and green onion. Served with fry bread,
  • $PULLED PORK SANDWICH – Slow roasted in house Dr. Pepper pulled pork, with swiss and slaw. On a multi grain bun, served with fries. Gluten free bun available for added charge
  • $CHICKEN STRIPS AND CHIPS – Breaded chicken strips served with our famous chips, with your choice of dipping sauce.
  • DEEP FRIED PEROGIES – Small & Large – Served with cheddar and green onion. Sour cream and fakin bits on the side. ADD real bacon for


All our beef is locally ground Albertan beef, handmade 5.5oz fresh beef with no filler • Buns are fresh and locally baked • All burgers include fries • ADD poutine, bacon,  sautéed mushrooms or onions • Sub fries for Soup Salad, sweet potatoes, crisps, O-rings, or tater tots • Gluten-free bun$ available – add $2

  • $BEEF BURGER – Comes with tomato, lettuce, pickles, garlic mayo. ADD cheese.
  • $DOUBLE BACON CHEESE BURGER – 2-5.5oz patties, with double bacon and cheese. No veg.
  • $PEANUT BUTTER BACON BURGER – Our best seller. Creamy peanut butter, bacon, cheddar, onion rings. Tomato, lettuce, pickle and garlic mayo.
  • BUFFALO CHICKEN BURGER – 4oz breaded chicken breast, tossed in hot Buffalo sauce, topped with blue cheese. Lettuce, tomato, mayo
  • CHICKEN BLT BURGER – Breaded or grilled chicken breast$, with bacon, lettuce, tomato, pickle, garlic mayo.
  • OYSTER BURGER – 2 large Fanny Bay oysters, breaded and fried, served with slaw and chipos
  • $FISH BURGER – 4oz Fried cod, with slaw, cheddar and tartar.
  • $SALMON BURGER – 6oz sockeye salmon charbroiled. BBQ sauce, Lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickle, and Garlic mayo.
  • VEGGIE BURGER – 4oz veggie patty, served with Lettuce, tomato, pickle, garlic mayo


  • DEEP FRIED NANAIMO BAR – Home of the original, featured on CBC’s Dragon’s Den 2010. Served with Vanilla ice cream and whipped cream, drizzled in chocolate sauce.
  • DEEP FRIED CHOCOLATE BAR – Mars, Snickers, or Toblerone. ADD whip cream .50 ice cream and whip cream 1.00
  • DEEP FRIED ICE CREAM – Way too good for kids! Maple Walnut ice cream, wrapped in phylo and topped with homemade caramel sauce.
  • DEEP FRIED BANANA SPLIT – 2 deep fried bananas served with ice cream, chocolate, caramel, and strawberry sauce. Topped with whip cream- Best if shared.
  • MINI DOUGHNUT SUNDAE  – French vanilla ice cream and mini doughnuts drizzled with caramel and chocolate sauce, topped with whip cream.
  • $DEEP FRIED SMORES – A Canadian classic with a twist, served with ice-cream and whip
  • DEEP FRIED NY CHEESECAKE – Cheesecake wrapped in tortilla, tossed in cinnamon sugar, served with whip cream and drizzled with your choice of sauce.
  • KEY LIME CHEESECAKE – Served with whip and chocolate sauce, perfect finish.
  • $CHOCOLATE TORTE – Super rich and chocolaty. Hits all the spots
  • OREO TREAT – 3 OREOS sandwiched together with Nutella and deep-fried, served with ice cream
  • $VANILLA ICE CREAM with choice of topping
Daily Gluten-Free Specials @ Union Street Grill & Grotto
Oct 17 all-day

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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.

Union Street Grill’s recipe is simple and effective – provide the Comox Valley with three essential ingredients! Good Food, Good Drinks and Good Times!

Check out their daily gluten-free specials here!

Reserve: 250-897-0081 • 477 5th Street in Courtenay • Facebook • Twitter • [email protected]

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Daily Gluten-Free Specials @ Wild Poppy Bakery & Bistro
Oct 17 all-day

A must-visit destination for anyone who loves fabulous baking – full stop!
(Closed Sundays, Mondays & Stat Holidays)

Wild Poppy serves savoury breakfasts and light lunches with soup, baguettes and everything you could ask for in a deli – all from documented to be gluten-free, peanut-free ingredients. Nut-free and vegan options available.

Daily Specials – with delicious photos – are posted on their Facebook page!

Find Wild Poppy just one quick block off the Trans Canada Highway 1 in Ladysmith – turn left at the Buller Street lights. Click here for map.

Hours: Tues-Fri 8-5 Sat 8-4 Closed Sundays, Mondays & Stat Holidays • 250-924-8696

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Testimonial: “We had Madeline’s cousin visiting from Halifax for a couple weeks. When we toured them up to Chemainus/Ladysmith all eight of us (one celiac) enjoyed a delicious meal at Wild Poppy. We had to have take out as the restaurant was full. Wonderful to see.”

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“After every bite, Sophie said, “Yum! Best eggs I’ve ever had.”

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Old Town Wild Poppy Bakery

As co-owners of the Old Town (Wheat) Bakery at 510 1st Avenue in Ladysmith, Vancouver Island, Kate Cram and husband Geoff could easily be considered local celebrities!  As an ‘Associate with the Culinary Institute of America‘ who also undertook to certify as a Red Seal Baker in Canada, Kate is truly baker’s baker!

Watch the video that tells the tale of these husband and wife bakeries. Wild Poppy starts at the 3 minute, 15 second mark!

Two children later, Kate and Geoff’s young sons began to experience persistent health issues that had them resorting to a gluten-free diet in search of relief.  The improvement was nothing short of remarkable and a heads up to Kate that gluten may be taking a toll on her own health. The couple found themselves at a professional and personal cross roads with Kate contemplating the end of a career she loved, and their children unable to  set foot within the family business.

That’s how Wild Poppy Bakery and Bistro was born! 

Daily Gluten-Free Specials @ Rawthentic Eatery
Oct 17 all-day

Happy  Thanksgiving Weekend to You from Rawthentic Eatery!

Our store hours are the same for Saturday and Sunday but we will be closed on Monday.

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

Parksville144 Morison Ave • 250-586-4406
Mon to Sat 9am-7pm • Sat 9am-6:30pm • Sun 10am-5pm

Whether it is a healthy dessert, a meal to bring to dinner or ingredients for your own dishes, Rawthentic hopes to help anyone over the holiday weekend for their vegan needs.

Raw Alive Delicious … See you at Rawthentic.

  • Pumpkin Pie is on special until the end of the weekend … Regular $5.50 a slice on for only $3.99.
  • Vegan raw gravy that goes on our Comfort bowl in case you crave a familiar flavor during the holidays.
  • Ask the staff about our specials and new desserts as well.
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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!

Find a Location

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

Parksville144 Morison Ave • 250-586-4406
Mon to Sat 9am-7pm • Sat 9am-6:30pm • Sun 10am-5pm


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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

Place Your Gluten-Free Order @ WOLF Meal Prep Victoria
Oct 17 all-day

ORDER NOW! – Order weekly between Sunday 5pm – Thursday 11am. FREE delivery every Sunday. $80 minimum.

Way Of Life Foods A.K.A “Wolf” is a freshly prepared weekly 100% gluten-free meal prep delivery service. We make it easy, so you don’t have to make it at all! Order for the week from our gluten-free and refined sugar-free menu, offering healthy and affordable homestyle meals, conveniently ready to re-heat and eat. Excellent variety and flexibility with easy online ordering and FREE delivery every Sunday! Eat Better, Feel Better, Live Better. Learn more …
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  1. Order Online Sunday 5pm – Thursday 11am
  2. FREE Delivery Every Sunday
  3. Meals – Delivered fresh for the week (Stored in fridge up to 7 days)

Delivery Info

  • Free delivery every Sunday. Your delivery time may vary, however, should continue to be around the same each week/delivery. As we grow, delivery info may be subject to change but we will always do our best to keep you informed. If you would like to know an approx. eta. for an upcoming delivery, please contact us the day before (Saturday) delivery. Learn more …

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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 …