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!

Gluten-Free Tastings at Lifestyle Markets Victoria

New to the gluten-free diet? Wish you could try before you buy pricey gluten-free food? Drop in between 12 and 2pm every second and fourth Saturday of every month and learn to love the gluten-free diet! Food, fun and information with Celiac Disease Expert, Ellen Bayens. Embrace the good life in gluten-free paradise! Check the Tasting Schedule here!

Paradise Found Food @ Lifestyle Markets
Jun 30 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Wish you could try before you buy pricey gluten free food?  This is your chance! Join Ellen Bayens of  The Celiac Scene for a fun and informative taste extravaganza! Second and fourth Saturday of every month Lifestyle Markets on Douglas Street between 12 and 2 pm. Look for Ellen’s smile in the fabulous Bulk Food Department. No diagnosis or RSVP required.

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Can’t make it to the Tasting? No worries. Purchase Paradise Found Foods online – HERE.

Paradise Found Food on Vancouver Island

Healthy seed and vegetable crackers hand-made with love in small batches on Salt Spring Island, BC.

Jam packed with real goodness, Paradise Found Super-Seed Crackers are a savoury, high-protein, high-fibre and nutrient-rich, dehydrated vegetable & seed cracker. Raw, organic, mostly-local, no gluten and vegan, they’re delicious, nutritious and convenient.

Paradise Found Foods uses certified gluten-free seeds, flours and other ingredients and creates their crackers in Laughing Daughters Bakery’s dedicated gluten-free kitchen.

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Beet & Kale Cracker All Organic Ingredients

  • Soaked flax, beets, sprouted sunflower seeds, kale, sprouted buckwheat groats, sprouted pumpkin seeds, lemon, nutritional yeast, salt.

Cabbage & Zucchini Cracker All Organic Ingredients

  • Soaked flax, red cabbage, zucchini, sprouted sunflower seeds, sprouted buckwheat groats, sprouted pumpkin seeds, lemon, nutritional yeast, salt.

Granola Crisps (On Salt Spring Island Only)

  • Using the same Super Seeds in our crackers as a base, we’ve added the yummy goodness of chia, amaranth, sorghum and blue berries. Another high-protein, nutrient-dense food that’s perfect to start your day off with – a live, gluten-free, quick and easy meal to take on the run or add to your yogurt at home.

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The Back Story

Founder, Nomi Davis

Our crackers first made their appearance when I realized that I had a physical reaction whenever I ingested bread. Looking for a substitute. I use quotations here for “gluten-intolerance” because: with more research over the years into the rashes, wheat in general and GMO food, I’m  inclined to believe it more to be, for me, a reaction to the pesticide glyphosate in our food systems.

As a Natural Health Consultant with over 3 decades in the field, I have some knowledge into these subjects and in the creation of these crackers, health was the number one priority. We are what we eat after all and our conscious cracker are a perfect addition to our healing retreats here at Paradise Found.

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Gluten-Free Products have taken over at Lifestyle Markets!

 Lifestyle Markets Gluten-Free Shelf Tags

Now EVERY AISLE is ‘safe for celiacs,’ thanks to their ‘Wee Gluten-Free’ shelf tags. Look for the orange labels that shout out EACH and EVERY gluten-free item in throughout the store! Same goes for Lifestyle Markets’ sister store on Cook Street and Lifestyle Select in Sidney!

View their complete Gluten-Free Product List

For more than 20 years, Lifestyle Markets on Douglas Street in Victoria, BC was known as the ‘first-stop-one-shop’ for anyone new to the diet or new to town. Lifestyle Markets offers the most comprehensive selection of gluten-free flours and baking ingredients in British Columbia.

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9th Annual Island Showcase @ Pepper's Foods
Jul 5 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Pepper’s Foods presents its 9th Annual Island Showcase!
Our favourite gluten-free manufacturers will be there + many more!

A day devoted to showcasing the people that bring you the fantastic, local products that you’ve come to love. Come out and say hello, put a name and face to the products and have a chat. Sample many of the unique and delicious goodies that we are so very fortunate to be able to purchase day in and day out. And take advantage of lowered prices on the vendors’ products when you come inside and shop! Plus, there are prizes and give-aways (and one of them is BIG)! Don’t miss out; join Pepper’s and make the day an even bigger success than last year!

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Pepper’s Foods Wins Independent Grocer Award! Oct 6, 2015 by Jacob Zinn – Saanich News

 Independent Grocer Award

After 10 years, Pepper’s Foods made it back on the podium at the Independent Grocer Awards.

The Cadboro Bay grocery store took bronze in the small-surface category, which is open to grocery stores across Canada with less than 15,000 square feet of space. The award recognizes Pepper’s for its community engagement and ongoing efforts to serve customers in the area.

“This year is big for us because we’ve kind of gotten back into the mix,” said Scott Zaichkowsky, assistant grocery manager, adding that a decade ago, the small surface area capped at 10,000 square feet.

“We always competed in the smallest category, but they upped the size of it, so the competition has gotten larger. Bigger stores, bigger chains, so since then, we hadn’t really taken any awards home.”

Up through 2005, Pepper’s – which is only 4,000 square feet – medalled five times in six years at the Independent Grocer Awards in the same category. While the pool of competitors increased, Zaichkowsky said their latest win confirms that they’re doing something right. “Ten years ago, when we had the smaller category, the competition wasn’t as intense. For us to come back 10 years later and establish ourselves… it’s a big honour for us, for sure,” he said.

For more than 30 years, Pepper’s has been owned by John Davits, with his son, Cory, working as general manager. Prior to that, the store was called Shop Easy and was owned by John Pepper, after whom Davits named the current store. Zaichkowsky said the family-run Pepper’s has been a staple of Cadboro Bay and credited the store’s friendly staff and local products as a few of the reasons why the community has been so loyal to it.

“Any time a local vendor or distributor approaches us with a local product, we’re all ears and open to carrying their product,” he said. “It’s always nice to be acknowledged. We’re excited by the fact that doing what we’re doing is getting such a great response.”

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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!

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