Gluten-Free Events Calendar

If it’s gluten free and happening in Victoria, Vancouver Island or the Gulf Islands, you’ll find it listed here! From tastings to contests, farmer’s markets to food trucks – this is your calendar to Gluten-Free Paradise!  Join Victoria’s Gluten-Free Foodies and add a new restaurant – and possibly a new gluten-free friend – to your repertoire!

Van Isle Poutinerie 100% Gluten-Free Food Truck @ Various Locations
May 24 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The  ‘VIP’ Food Truck is often at Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo but please, check The Celiac Scene’s Event Page or follow their Facebook & Instagram accounts for any given day’s location.

Van Isle Poutinerie May 2024 Schedule

  • Thursday, May 2  – Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo
  • Friday, May 3 – Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo
  • Sunday, May 5 – Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo
  • Wednesday, May 8 – Nanaimo Track
  • Thursday, May 9 – Nanaimo Track
  • Friday, May 10 – Springford Farm
  • Saturday, May 11 – Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo
  • Saturday, May 12 – Departure Bay, Nanaimo
  • Saturday, May 15 – Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo
  • Saturday, May 16 – Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo
  • Sunday, May 17 – Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo
  • Saturday, May 18 – Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo
  • Sunday, May 19 – Departure Bay, Nanaimo
  • Monday, May 20 – Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo
  • Thursday, May 23 – Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo
  • Saturday, May 25 – Wolf Brewing
  • Sunday, May 26 – Cedar Farmer’s Market
  • Wednesday, May 29 – Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo
  • Thursday, May 30 – Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo
  • Friday, May 31 – Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo
  • Saturday, June 1 – Coombs Pet Expo

Food Truck Fridays are Back this Summer at Maffeo Sutton Park!

  • Mark your calendars! May 17 • June 28 • July 19 • August 23
  • Van Isle Poutinerie will be the only 100% gluten-free food truck there!
Van Isle Poutinerie April 2024 Menu

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Van Isle Poutinerie (VIP) 100% Gluten-Free French Fry Food Truck! Also 100% tree-nut, peanut, seafood & shellfish free! Dairy-free and vegan options, too!

Van Isle using anti-tamper tape and always sends gluten-free, allergen-free and even vegan orders in separate, clearly marked bags to reduce the risk of confusion or cross contamination!
Check Van Isle’s Facebook & Instagram accounts to confirm the day’s location.

Danielle & Ashley have made our poutine dreams come true! They have committed to providing gluten-free, vegetarian & vegan customers with their right to delicious classic poutines + poutines with a twist! VIP will not compromise on their integrity and quality of what they serve! Full stop!

See Sample Menu or scroll down to view. Dips, sauces, floats & drinks also on offer. Almost anything can be adapted to dairy-free, vegetarian or vegan. Their VIP food truck is tree-nut and peanut-free.

Van Isle Poutinerie loves special events so look for them at Summer  by the Sea Street Market in Parksville, Commercial Night Market in Nanaimo & Ladysmith Days down at Transfer Beach Park.

Take advantage of the ‘beeper’ they offer so that you can enjoy the event while they get your order ready.  Wherever they are,  know that they are there to serve you – safely and deliciously!

Book Van Isle Poutinerie for YOUR private event!

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Van Isle Poutinerie’s chosen line of gluten-free, vegan cheese melts, bubbles & broils like ‘real’ cheese!

In fact, their cheese has become so popular that VIP is now selling ‘VEGCHEESE’  – on its own – right from their food truck!

Now available at MB Mart (Nanaimo.) Coming to Pomme Natural Market (Coquitlam) Saturday, September 2nd!

VEGCHEESE is made with organic ingredients and manufactured in a dedicated vegan, nut-free, seed-free & gluten-free facility.

VEGCHEESE Cheese Curds

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Cheese Curds 220gr $11.99

Looking for the perfect cheese for your vegan poutine? These dairy free cheese curds melt beautifully yet still hold their curd-like shape in your favourite dish. Please note…they don’t squeak.

Contact to preorder for pick up from the food truck.

VEGCHEESE Italian Truffle

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Italian Black Truffle 200 gr $14.99

A rich, bold and aromatic cheese made with 100% pure Italian black truffles and 0% mushrooms. Enjoy on a warm baguette or mixed into risotto for a deeply flavourful dish. Semi-soft.

Contact to preorder for pick up from the food truck.

VEGCHEESE Garlic Chive

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Garlic & Chive 200 gr $13.99

A creamy, herb and garlic cheese. Perfect on a cheese platter, sliced and spread on a bagel or added to your favourite pasta for a rich and savoury sauce.  Semi-firm

Contact to preorder for pick up from the food truck

VEGCHEESE Mozzarella

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Fresh Mozzarella 200 gr $12.99

A mild, smooth and incredibly versatile cheese. Slice and serve on crackers, in a caprese salad or melted on a pizza.  Semi-firm

Contact to preorder for pick up from the food truck

Van Isle Poutinerie DanielleAbout Danielle!

“I’ve been working in restaurants for almost 20 years now. Food has been a big passion of mine most of my life. As a person who lives with food sensitivities and hearing from diners how hard it is for them to find safe – and tasty – gluten free food, I am became very aware of the challenges that many diners face.”

“My mom took me to a food truck festival in Edmonton when I was a kid and I was so hooked on the idea. I have friends from elementary school who say they remember me talking about having my own truck one day. My husband nurtured that dream and was instrumental in making my it come true.”

Van Isle Poutinerie x 3 ig“My business partner Ashley jumped on board to get the ball rolling and by early September 2022, we decided to go for it!  We purchased a truck just two weeks later and had our launch just a month after that, in what may have been the snowiest December on record!”

“We are over the moon to see how warmly we have been received, not only by people with food sensitivities, vegans and vegetarians, but by the food truck community who often sends their customers our way for the food they need. A big thanks to everyone!”

Van Isle Poutinerie April 2024 Menu

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10% Student Discount Every Day @ Pepper's Foods
May 25 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 •

SEE Pepper’s Foods Gluten-Free Flyer!

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Surf Rider & Vancouver Island Green BusinessPepper’s has received Surfrider Vancouver Island Ocean Friendly Business in 2022 for actively stewarding local beaches and waterways by reducing unnecessary single-use plastic waste  and Gold Award as a Vancouver Island Green Business in 2022. 

Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers Awards 2022

  • Award for Achieving 60 years of Independent Excellence
  • 2022 Award of Merit
  • Bronze Award in the Small Surface Category for Canada
  • Gold for the BC/Yukon Regional Award in the Small Surface Category

2022 Award of Merit

The annual awards recognize youth leadership and promote achievements of Vancouver Island family businesses and their contributions to their communities. Pepper’s Food Store, helmed by second-generation owner Cory Davits, was founded in 1962 and has grown to be a full-service grocer.

  • “Our goal is to maintain the small community-store feeling while providing all the services of the larger chain store,” said Davits.

What’s New at Pepper’s Foods!

“Any time a local vendor or distributor approaches us with a local product, we’re all ears and open to carrying their product.” Scott Zaichkowsky, Assistant Grocery Manager

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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

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CHURROS & MOR @ Moka House Cadboro Bay
May 25 all-day

Churro's Moka HouseGood news for Cadboro Bay! have made a connection!  Moka House & CHURROS & MOR have made a connection! WEEKENDS ONLY!

• Enjoy the Mexican versions of the beloved donut. Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside.
• Created in a 100% gluten-free, vegan setting by the beloved Churros and Mor Food Truck in Cook Street Village.
• Call Moka House at 778-433-6652 ahead of time to make sure they have arrived!
• Find Moka House at the corner of Cadboro By road and Penrhyn

CHURROS & MOR 100% Gluten-Free, Vegan Food Truck
What are churros? Think Mexican donuts, only better! A crispy exterior with soft, chewy insides, Jorge uses gluten-free flour to make them. Deep-fried, then rolled in cinnamon and sugar, topped with your choice of strawberry, chocolate or caramel sauce. Ask for ‘Roses’ if you love (vegan) ice cream’ • Instagram • Facebook (250) 986 9455

325 Cook St in the Food Court
Mon & Thurs Noon – 7.00. Fri – Sat – Sun 10.00 – 20.00
Closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays. Hours may vary by season.

Now available via Uber Eats, DoorDash & SkiptheDishes!


When the CHURROS & MOR Food Truck is not parked at the Food Court. find them at community gatherings, festivals, public events & exclusive celebrations. Vegan & gluten free, there’s always something for everyone!

CHURROS & MOR MENU (click on images for more information)


Traditional Churros


House Churros


Churro Bites


Churro Roses

ADD-ONS: Chocolate Dip | Strawberry Dip | Caramel Dip | Marshmallows | Graham Cookies | Chocolate Chips | Sprinkles

BEVERAGES: Chocolate Drink | Drip Coffee | Pop | Bottled Water | Tea


NEW! CATERING & MOR – Book the Truck

  • Perfect for events of all sizes! Weddings. Birthday Bash. Corporate Event. Simple celebration. Surprise Party.
  • Customizable Delights!  Tailor your churros to suit your event’s theme and preferences: classic cinnamon sugar, gourmet dipping sauces & toppings.
  • Guilt-Free! Dedicated to always be vegan and gluten-free!  A delicious experience for everyone.
  • Stress-Free! Professional team ensures a seamless catering experience from setup to cleanup.
  • Interactive Sweet Station! Skilled ‘churreros’ craft delectable delights right before your eyes.


When the CHURROS & MOR Food Truck is not parked at 325 Cook St in Food Court find them at community gatherings, festivals, public events & exclusive celebrations. Vegan & gluten free, there’s always something for everyone!


  • “We just visited the Food Truck this morning. Amazing food & amazing service!! My husband is not celiac so he’s tried churros multiple times in Mexico and locally. I ‘allowed’ him a couple of bites and he said they are the best he has ever had!” Kathy P.
  • “To die for! What’s not to love … cinnamon …  sugar… crunchy … strawberry sauce … marshmallows … chocolate chips … he even has a little baby flame thrower to roast the mallows! Family run business, so sweet. Very kind folks!”  Tanja Blondin, B-glutenfreevictoria

About Jorge

While pursuing a poli-sci degree, Jorge (pronounced ‘Hor-he’) was inspired to start his own business. What better motivation than to share the recipes that his grandmother developed for his celiac father.  CHURROS & MOR was born!

Yes! Celiac Disease and the gluten-free diet literally run through Jorge’s veins. His niece in England also shares the diagnosis. Her family has chosen a vegan lifestyle, so Jorge knows first hand how challenging it is to find delicious gluten-free AND vegan delicacies!

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Embrace Your 15% Off Epicure Discount Code
May 25 all-day

Epicure Good Food Mission

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Epicure is offering the gluten-free community its own discount code. Use ‘ THESCENE-1027 ‘ at check out until 11:59pm Friday, May 31st.

  • Applies to all sales – even those already discounted.
  • For direct purchases from Epicure website. Not available via Epicure Ambassadors. 


  • * 15% off  (before taxes/shipping)
  • * The Celiac Scene does not benefit financially from Epicure sales.

Everyone loves Epicure because it’s delicious! But did you know?! All of Epicure’s products are gluten-free! 

✅ 100% Gluten Free
✅ 100% Peanut / Tree Nut Free (excluding coconut)
✅ No added MSG
✅ Little to no sodium
✅ Little to no sugar
✅ No artificial flavours/colourings/additives/preservatives
✅ Non-irradiated
✅ Kosher certified
✅ Halal certified

Epicure NEVER uses eggs, shellfish, crustacean, sulphites or pork in any of their products. Even if a product’s name or recipe seems geared towards meat, the dish can be easily adapted for use with veggies, tofu and fish instead! Learn more here!

Click here to view Epicure’s ‘Never Ever Ingredient List.’ • FacebookInstagramPinterestBlogLinkedIn

Epicure Guarantee: “We know you will love our products! If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your Epicure products within 90 days of your purchase, we will exchange or fully refund your purchase.”

Epicure’s Customer Experience team can be reached at or 1-888-595-6363 for any and all questions from recipe ideas to shipping concerns.

Read all about The Celiac Scene’s Epicure Tour!

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Epic Box Program ALL 100% GLUTEN-FREE food subscription box!  Take the guesswork out of safe-for-celiac cooking!

Sign up month to month or for 3, 6 or 12 months

Discover the joy of effortless cooking. Subscribe to Epicure’s Monthly Epic Box Program and solve your dinner dilemmas with epic meal solutions, exclusive surprises and endless inspiration.

Packed with the ingredients to make healthy and delicious 20-minute meals,  delivered right to your door each month, it’s never been easier to decide on dinner with a variety of customizable meals that feed four people or more.

Subscribe here!

Step 1: Subscribe today and get your Epic Box delivered monthly
Step 2: Choose from on-pack directions or find recipes online
Step 3: scan the QR code on the package and access tons more recipes

  • Each Epic Box includes:
    • Seven Tasty Products: Some months may feature a jar in place of a sachet, or even an exclusive product for an extra-special treat!
    • One Printed Recipe Card: Follow along with an inspiring and easy-to-understand recipe card, putting your new ingredients to good use.
    • Recipe eBook containing fun themed recipes for each month.
  • Save time & money
    • Your monthly Epic Box ships for free! Use the ingredients to make healthy and delicious meals in 20 minutes at less than $4/serving. Pause your subscription at any time for up to 2 months, forward to a friend or purchase a subscription as a gift.
  • Eat good food
    • All of our ingredients are gluten free, sodium and sugar conscious, and lovingly created in adherence to our Never Ever List®.
  • Enjoy the flexibility
    • Your Epic Box is non-perishable – you can enjoy the meals at your own pace. With customizable recipes, cook with the fresh ingredients you have on hand or what’s in season/on sale to reduce food waste.
  • Give back with your subscription: For every Epic Box you receive, Epicure donates 7 meals to families in need across North America.

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Enjoy this Taste of Summer!

All the Possibilities!

  • Delicious images, clear  ingredient labeling, allergen listing, recipe ideas and coming soon, how-to videos, ratings & reviews!

New Arrivals • Best Sellers • Biscuits & Breads • Broths • Burgers & Fries • Collections • Condiment & Sauces •  Cookware • Desserts & BakingDipsEpic LifeHerbs & SpicesPantry StaplesRubs & Dry GlazesSalad DressingsSmoothies •  Summer SippersSweet SeasoningsToppersWhat’s For DinnerWings

Epicure’s Summer 2023 Catalogue – 52 pages of products, recipes & inspiration.

Search Epicure by Product – Alphabetical

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  • Meal Type: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner, Dessert, Appetizers, Small Bites, Side Dishes, Beverages, Sauces & Condiments. Learn more …
  • Dietary Preferences: Dairy-free, Garlic-Free,  High Protein, Sugar Conscious, Low Sodium, Onion Free, Vegan, Vegetarian. Learn more …
  • Cooking Method: Air Fryer, BBQ, Microwave, No-Cook, One Dish, Programmable Pressure Cooker, Instant Pot™, Sheet Pan, Slow Cookers, Roasts, Steamers, Stove Top, Wok. Learn more …
  • Protein: Beef, Chicken, Poultry, Pork, Vegan Vegetarian. Learn more …
  • Product Name. Learn more …

Epicure Recipes

Search Recipes by Occasion (within each category – shop by price!)

Search Recipes by Requirements: Low Sodium • Nut FreeVeganKosher

Search Recipes by Meal Plans – Complete with Shopping Lists

Epicure Better Than Take Out

Epic Life Challenge

  • Join the Epic Life Challenge to achieve healthy, lasting weight loss—no potions, magic bullets, or deprivation required. Backed by science, this program will help you learn new eating habits and provide training from nutrition, fitness, and mindset experts. Plus, there are hundreds of dollars in weekly prizes! Participants lost more than 70,000 pounds in our last challenge. Learn more …

More About Epicure

Sylvie Rochette & Amelia Warren

Sylvie Rochette & Amelia Warren

Since day one, Epicure has embraced its vision to inspire good. Sylvie Rochette founded Epicure in 1997 with a passion to answer every family’s eternal question: What’s for dinner? Sylvie’s response has given rise to a food movement that today has nourished and changed millions of lives. Now, Sylvie and her daughter, Amelia Warren, continue that legacy, helping time-starved families connect across the table to share epic food, eat healthier and live better lives. 100% women-owned.

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Mizu Real Fruit Ice Cream Food Trailer @ Various Locations
May 25 all-day

ADDED MAY LONG WEEKEND APPEARANCE: Sunday, May 19 – Holden Lake Farm from 3-5pm  :)
Mizu May 2024 ScheduleConfirm daily locations at Mizu Real Fruit Ice Cream FacebookInstagram • All appearances are weather dependent

Upcoming Standard Events

  • Fridays – Spectrum School in Victoria –  May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24 & 31 | June 7 & June 14 from 5:30 – 8:30
  • Mondays & Tuesdays – Transfer Park in Ladysmith –  starting May 13 & 14. Time to be determined.
  • Tuesdays – Parksville Summer by the Sea 6-9pm June 4 – August 27
  • Thursdays – Commercial Street Night Market, Nanaimo Thursdays 5 – 9pm June 13, 20, June 27 | July 4, 11, 18, 25 | August 22
  • Saturdays – Duncan Farmer’s Market from 9am – 2pm unless otherwise
  • Sundays – Cedar Farmer’s Market 10am to 2pm May 12 to October 27

A taste of New Zealand in the heart of Vancouver Island!

Jamie has switched to ORGANIC fruit, taking her soft serve flavours to a whole new level!

Mix your favourites – strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, mixed berries, banana, mango or pineapple – with ice cream or vegan soft serve made with coconut and cashew ‘milk.’ Served in a gluten-free, vegan waffle cone. No added colours, flavours or sugar.

NEW! Pre-order ‘Pints-to-Go’ via!

Order via PM on Facebook or via DM on Instagram
Payment in advance by e-Transfer, Square or Cash.

Book the Mizu Trailer for your special event! Contact Jamie at • 1-250-319-5212 • Instagram

Mizu’s Real Fruit Ice Cream trailer is often at Nanaimo’s Departure Bay Beach, but please confirm today’s location via Mizu’s Facebook Page or Instagram Account for daily locations and times!

For years, Jamie Lynn has been obsessed with owning her own ice cream trailer. Lucky for us, she made her dreams – and ours – come true! Catch her before she flies away to chase another dream – obtaining her pilots’s license!

Jamie and her husband Vinny, a heavy-duty mechanic by trade, built the ice cream trailer from scratch, then decorated it with images ofd beautiful berries. You can’t miss it at Departure Bay Beach in Nanaimo or at a host of special events. Look for the line up!

Mizu by the PintThe Soft Serve – You Choose!

  • Gluten-free, 100% Canadian, vanilla ice cream soft serve is made with premium ingredients by Island Farms.
  • Gluten-free, vegan, vanilla soft serve is made with coconut oil and Nora’s Creamy Cashew Milk.
  • Mizu dedicates a scooper, an auger and freezer for vegan, dairy-free soft serve.
  • Choose your favourite fruit. Mizu is happy to offer combos or mixes!
  • Enjoy your soft serve in a gluten-friendly cone, a gluten cone, or in a bowl!
  • NEW! Pints of Mizu are now available for purchase! Enjoy strawberry, strawberry-banana, raspberry, blueberry, blackberry & mixed berry!

Coming soon! Special flavours like Hokey Pokey Toffee in a pint, special orders & pre-ordering.

Mizu 2The Cones!

  • ‘Unique Cake (gluten) Waffle Cones’ and ‘Gluten-Friendly Waffle Cones’ are dairy-free, egg-free and ‘vegan-friendly.’
  • Made in a facility in Metro Vancouver that has been making waffle cones since 1982.
  • Gluten-friendly cones are made with documented to be gluten-free rice flour, arrowroot, soy lecithin, canola oil & cellulose.
  • Shared equipment is blown off and thoroughly scrubbed between gluten and gluten-friendly production.
  • Packaging is colour-coded to clearly identify gluten & gluten-friendly cones.

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  • On the trailer, gluten-friendly cones are stored in a sealed, labelled bin, entirely separate from gluten cones.
  • When you make your dietary needs known upon ordering, staff will wash their hands and put on clean gloves before handling the cone.
  • Choose your fruit flavour, mixed with ice cream or vegan soft serve.

Mizu Raincoast Rescue SocietyWhy Mizu!

  • Named after Jamie & Vinny’s beloved Belgian Malinois!
  • Got a pup? Ask for Mizu’s ‘Pet-Friendly Dog Scoop’ made with a Sugar-Free Cake Cone, scoop of ice cream and a dog treat on top!
  • 50% of Mizu’s ‘Pet-Friendly Dog Scoop’ sales are donated to Sooke’s Raincoast Dog Rescue.

Little Jem Mixer

What is the New Zealand connection?

  • Mizu’s Little Gem Mixer has made New Zealand famous for its soft serve! Components are easy to remove and completely washable. What’s not to love!


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