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!

May
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10% Student Discount Every Day @ Pepper's Foods
May 26 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 • info@peppers-foods.com

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

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

Mizu Real Fruit Ice Cream Food Trailer @ Various Locations
May 26 all-day

ADDED MAY LONG WEEKEND APPEARANCE: Sunday, May 19 – Holden Lake Farm from 3-5pm  :)
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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 https://mizu-real-fruit-ice-cream.square.site!

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  Mizurealfruiticecream@gmail.com • 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!


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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.

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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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Gluten Free Brunch @ Six Mile Pub
May 26 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Six Mile Pub Brunch Menu

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Saturdays & Sundays: enjoy a sumptuous celiac-safe brunch at Six Mile Pub Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 2pm. ‘GF’ or ‘GFO options’ are noted on their a la carte menu from Eggs Benny to Desserts. Families welcome! See video!

‘GF’ or ‘GFO options’ are noted on their a la carte menu from Eggs Benny to Desserts. Families welcome! View Menu

Find Six Mile Pub at 494 Old Island Highway in View Royal, British Columbia
250-478-3121 • Free Parking • Accessible •

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Six Mile Pub Believes in Great Food that just happens to be Gluten Free!
• All of Six Mile’s deep fryers are gluten free
• Proprietary gluten-free flours expertly blended in house
• Contraband flours are stored away from the prep hall
• Gluten-free kitchen guidelines in place
• Gluten-free education / staff training is ongoing
• Menu has GF icons marking house-made, gluten-free products. Enjoy!


SIX MILE PUB TC PEOPLE'S CHOICE #1 PUB

Providing us with the gluten-free options we love for Patio Dining, Take Out or Delivery: Bangers • Bean Tacos • Calamari • Crab Cake • Crispy Cauliflower • Fish & Chips • Nasi Goreng • Pan-Seared Cod • Perogies • Poutine • Seafood Paella • Shepherd’s Pie • SixNature Wings • Thai Chicken Salad & so much more! Decadent desserts, too!

Gluten-Free Beer! Whistler Forager in Bottles • Ciders • Glutenberg

Open for Indoor Dining, Take-Out & Delivery

  • MON – THURS 11:00am – 8:00pm
  • FRI & SAT 11:00am – 10:00pm
  • SUN 11:00am – 8:00pm
  • BRUNCH Sat & Sun 11am – 2pm
  • HAPPY HOUR Daily 3pm – 6pm
  • RIVERSIDE PATIO: open for seating between mid-Spring and mid-Fall.

The 160 year-old View Royal pub that served the Gold Rush has set the gold standard for gluten free! It has seating for over 300 guests, including some on the Riverside Patio that overlooks Millstream.

Their pub fare is created with culinary flare. Six Mile is proud to serve ‘SIX-Nature’ chicken wings, deep-fried halibut and – wait for it –  safe french fries, yam fries and even onion rings cooked in a dedicated deep fryer!

Six Mile Pub’s Red Seal Chefs and their protégées pride themselves on meeting the needs of celiac diners and  anyone with sensitivities i.e. dairy, soy, nuts or shellfish.

Be sure to ask for their ‘Feature Sheet!’Six Mile Gluten-Free Program

There’s a cozy corner,  a sun-drenched patio or a pool table just right for you. Families are welcome with a menu made with the celiac child in mind. The family room also makes a great space for group functions.

  • TESTIMONIAL:  Just had dinner last night at the 6 Mile Pub on Old Island Highway. Wow! I have eaten here before but was amazed again at the GF menu selection, presentation, deliciousness, and the feeling of safety eating there. We went with another family and it was so awesome that I could share food with others who easily ordered GF even though they aren’t Celiac because there is just so many good things to choose from. The calamari is the best I have had anywhere. All the desserts were gluten free. How is this possible I wondered? I asked the waitress and she told me the chef is Celiac! We need more Celiac chefs that are this creative!! This has got to be best restaurant for dinner for Celiacs in the Victoria area.
Six Mile Pub Gluten-Free Bun

Six Mile produces its own light and fluffy gluten-free buns with a Celiac Scene Approved Secret Ingredient!

Six Mile Pub pulls out all the gluten-free stops – every Sunday! Gluten-free hotcake stack, eggs benedict, omelettes, hash browns and amazing desserts! Gots Kids? Ask to be seated in the Family Room and order from the Kids Menu!

Unique at The Six Mile

  • We do not own or use microwave ovens
  • Only high-quality oil is used in our fryers. While more costly, the quality is in the taste and the value is in its healthful properties
  • We serve handmade artisan products including pasta, sausages & bread
  • Our apiary produces an abundance of honey that we use in many recipes
  • All seafood options are recommended by the Vancouver Aquarium as ocean-friendly
  • Patrons of all ages (including minors) are always welcome

Six-Mile-Pub-Onion-Rings-Fish-ChipsThe historic Six Mile Pub is the Oldest Pub in BC. It has seating for over 300 guests, including some on the Riverside Patio that overlooks Millstream. All menu items, are prepared from scratch using thoughtfully and responsibly sourced ingredients.


David Wong, Six Mile PubOur Gluten-Free Hero & Industry Pioneer, David Wing is a 2023 BC Restaurant Hall of Fame Inductee! !

Owner of the Oldest Pub in British Columbia, the Six Mile Pub + Eatery, David considers himself an accidental restauranteur.

He was introduced to the restaurant industry by his brother-in-law, Joseph Heng, only as a means to pay for his studies at the University of Victoria. David had always aspired to become a clinical psychologist.

Chandlers Restaurant, a member of the Keg family of restaurants at the time, and where David was working as a bistro cook, offered him a full-time kitchen management position. David took the job, anticipating that he would eventually return to fulfill his dream of becoming a psychologist.

Before long, this accidental choice of livelihood had become a career. Ultimately, both the work of a clinical psychologist care of people, which had always been David’s impetus anyways.

Over the decades since, David has schooled himself across a wide spectrum of the industry – from managing corporate restaurants such as the Keg and Milestones, to running the food and beverage operations for a cruise ship, operating a tiny mom-and-pop wrap and smoothie health bar, and for the past 20+ years, owning and actively operating the oldest pub in BC, the Six Mile Pub + Eatery in Victoria. His focus on warm, authentic hospitality and wholesome foods has earned this heritage pub a “Best Pub to Take a Kid” award, as well as consecutive “Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Pub in Victoria”.

When he is not serving guests at his Pub, David along with his wife, Fancy, serves the community, with their Fancy + David Foundation, which funds charities, programs and activities that help steer local youths towards positive, productive pathways.

While he does not profess to know everything about the industry; In fact, he claims to know very little, he has been conducting weekly classes at his pub, to share what little he knows with his many young, passionate staff who are building careers in our industry.

At this stage of his accidental career, is to give a little back to the industry that has given him so much!


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Sunday Brunch @ El Faro Market
May 26 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

El Faro BrunchEvery Sunday from 12-3pm, 100% Gluten-Free El Faro Market  offers a modest but amazing Brunch Menu!

Their most popular seller is the El Faro Omelette – a delicious bowl of Crispy Hash Browns with a Back Bacon, Cheese Omelette served with fresh green onion, chipotle, Fried Mushrooms, Avocado and Fresh Fruit!

Also on offer –  wait for it – deep-fried onion rings! (Sundays only) 

Delectable desserts always available. Now licensed for wine, beer and cider!

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HOURS (starting June 29) Wednesday to Saturday 4-8:30pm.  Sunday 12-5pm

NEW! Ask about their 100% Gluten-Free Charcuterie Boards!

About El Faro

El Faro Sign 2“At El Faro, we create 100% gluten-free, naturally hand-crafted fusion cuisine. We believe that good food heals the body as well as the soul. All our dishes are vibrant, delicious, fresh and fun and made with locally sourced, organic and sustainable ingredients.” Learn more …

Testimonial

  • “We stopped in on Sunday and this place is great. At first we drove right past it, the outside doesn’t jump out at you as a restaurant. Don’t let that fool you, the food was outstanding. To me, the hallmark of a good/great celiac eatery is that as you eat your food, you would never know that everything is gluten free. Four of us weren’t celiac and the meal was delicious. Any time we venture as far north as Nanaimo, we’ll be taking a detour through Parksville to eat here, we barely scratched the surface of the menu.”

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  • “Your flour has given me my life back. I can bake again for the first time in years, confidently.”

Watch the El Faro Flour video!
Secret El Faro Flour Scone Recipe!

From desserts to scones to fish & chips, El Faro’s Flour Blend forms the foundation of all of the baking at El Fusion’s 100% gluten-free restaurant. Now we can enjoy their artisan mix in our own kitchens!

“From hard times come small gifts. In the spring of 2019 we formulated our gluten free flour and then sidelined the project. During Covid we couldn’t find our favourite gluten-free flour and everything we tried just didn’t measure up to our expectations in creating our favourite baked goods.”

El Faro Double Chocolate Cake Bailey’s Buttercream Icing“We pulled out the formula we created and made our favourite scones with it. We nailed it!! The quality, taste and texture were beyond our wildest dreams for anything gluten free. We then shared it with our valued customers and friends for feedback and their overwhelming positive feedback and encouragement led us to you!! We are so excited for you to try our flour for all of your baking adventures!”

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“Today I made one of my favourite recipes that I haven’t been able to make for years … Toblerone Shortbread. Oh my goodness, they turned out so well! You’ve restored my faith in baking. Thank you so much!”

“We would love to hear from you. Please feel free to share your baking adventures with us at elfarofusion@yahoo.com

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“Little by little I am working through my favourite cookie recipes now using your flour. Nothing but success! These ones are particularly good, ginger crinkles! They turned out better than ever. With your flour I am actually thoroughly enjoying baking (and eating) my gluten-free treats again!”

Ingredients: Brown Rice Flour, White Rice Flour, Tapioca Starch, Potato Starch, Sorghum Flour, Sweet Rice Flour, Arrowroot Starch and Xanthan Gum.

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Van Isle Poutinerie 100% Gluten-Free Food Truck @ Various Locations
May 26 @ 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 vanislepoutinerie@gmail.com 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 vanislepoutinerie@gmail.com 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 vanislepoutinerie@gmail.com 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 vanislepoutinerie@gmail.com 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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May
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10% Student Discount Every Day @ Pepper's Foods
May 27 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 • info@peppers-foods.com

SEE Pepper’s Foods Gluten-Free Flyer!

Follow Pepper’s Foods


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!


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Burrito Mondays & Taco Tuesdays @ The Taco Hole
May 27 all-day

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Introducing The Taco Hole! Duncan’s Tex-Mex Paradise!

Download the free Getintheloop app for loyalty rewards!
Burrito Mondays – all burritos and burrito bowls only $9.95 + GST each
Taco Tuesdays – only $3.79 + GST each

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Hours: Monday to Friday 11am to 7pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am to 5pm

The Taco Hole is a 100% gluten-free, hole-in-the-wall eatery located inside Duncan’s Cowichan Community Centre (in the old concession space), right across from the Hockey Arena at 2687 James St.

The Cowichan Community Centre offers many different community events throughout the year. Count on The Taco Hole as your source for delicious, gluten-free food. Check the Rec Centre Events Schedule here!

Brought to you by the team behind Vancouver Island’s favourite taco truck, Taco Revolution. Trust in their 100% Gluten-Free Menu!  The only exceptions are the pre-wrapped ice cream bars, candy bars & canned beverages. All food prepared on site is gluten free – and delicious!

The Taco Hole Highlights

  • Authentic Mexican Flavors: Our talented chefs use locally sourced ingredients to create dishes that capture the essence of Mexican cuisine. Each meal is a culinary masterpiece, bursting with bold flavors and textures.
  • Wide Range of Options: Whether you’re a meatetarian, vegetarian, or vegan, we have something to tantalize your taste buds. French fries, too! All 100% Gluten-Free! Scroll down for menus.
  • Unique Drinks: Complement your meal with our selection of Mexican Sodas, local sodas, and non-alcoholic Cervezas to enhance your dining experience.

November 9th is the Grand Opening of The Taco Hole. They’ll be giving away 100 orders of churros with purchase. Churros are Mexico’s version of deep-fried donuts!

Come hungry, leave happy!

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Mizu Real Fruit Ice Cream Food Trailer @ Various Locations
May 27 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 https://mizu-real-fruit-ice-cream.square.site!

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  Mizurealfruiticecream@gmail.com • 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!


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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.

Mizu Food Trailer igThe Trailer!

  • 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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Van Isle Poutinerie 100% Gluten-Free Food Truck @ Various Locations
May 27 @ 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!


Veg Cheese igThe VEGCHEESE Connection! 

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

Click on image to learn more

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 vanislepoutinerie@gmail.com to preorder for pick up from the food truck.


VEGCHEESE Italian Truffle

Click on image to learn more

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 vanislepoutinerie@gmail.com to preorder for pick up from the food truck.


VEGCHEESE Garlic Chive

Click on image to learn more

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 vanislepoutinerie@gmail.com to preorder for pick up from the food truck


VEGCHEESE Mozzarella

Click on image to learn more

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 vanislepoutinerie@gmail.com 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 28 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 • info@peppers-foods.com

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!


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

Burrito Mondays & Taco Tuesdays @ The Taco Hole
May 28 all-day

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Introducing The Taco Hole! Duncan’s Tex-Mex Paradise!

Download the free Getintheloop app for loyalty rewards!
Burrito Mondays – all burritos and burrito bowls only $9.95 + GST each
Taco Tuesdays – only $3.79 + GST each

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Hours: Monday to Friday 11am to 7pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am to 5pm

The Taco Hole is a 100% gluten-free, hole-in-the-wall eatery located inside Duncan’s Cowichan Community Centre (in the old concession space), right across from the Hockey Arena at 2687 James St.

The Cowichan Community Centre offers many different community events throughout the year. Count on The Taco Hole as your source for delicious, gluten-free food. Check the Rec Centre Events Schedule here!

Brought to you by the team behind Vancouver Island’s favourite taco truck, Taco Revolution. Trust in their 100% Gluten-Free Menu!  The only exceptions are the pre-wrapped ice cream bars, candy bars & canned beverages. All food prepared on site is gluten free – and delicious!

The Taco Hole Highlights

  • Authentic Mexican Flavors: Our talented chefs use locally sourced ingredients to create dishes that capture the essence of Mexican cuisine. Each meal is a culinary masterpiece, bursting with bold flavors and textures.
  • Wide Range of Options: Whether you’re a meatetarian, vegetarian, or vegan, we have something to tantalize your taste buds. French fries, too! All 100% Gluten-Free! Scroll down for menus.
  • Unique Drinks: Complement your meal with our selection of Mexican Sodas, local sodas, and non-alcoholic Cervezas to enhance your dining experience.

November 9th is the Grand Opening of The Taco Hole. They’ll be giving away 100 orders of churros with purchase. Churros are Mexico’s version of deep-fried donuts!

Come hungry, leave happy!

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Mizu Real Fruit Ice Cream Food Trailer @ Various Locations
May 28 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 https://mizu-real-fruit-ice-cream.square.site!

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  Mizurealfruiticecream@gmail.com • 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!


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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.

Mizu Food Trailer igThe Trailer!

  • 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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Tuesday 2 for 1 @ Totchos Family Restaurant
May 28 all-day

Totchos logo wpTuesdays are 2 for 1 at Totchos!

One-of-a-kind gourmet topped taters and low carb, house-made salads and handhelds. The vegan ice cream is amazing! Across from Winners at West Shore Town centre. See map

Watch Totchos interview on CHEK News Order Up!
Take a video tour of Totchos

Totchos is a family owned and operated restaurant.  Owners Ashley and husband Dwayne and family were born and raised on Vancouver Island. Their family wants to welcome our family!

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Mon-Tues-Wed-Sat: 10-6. Thurs-Fri: 10-8. Sunday: 11-5 Holiday hours may vary.
Now online for delivery with Uber & Door Dash

Totchos are gourmet tater tots, cooked in a dedicated gluten-free deep fryer, then dressed like nachos, poutine, banh mi, pulled pork and even breakfast!  Add gooey cheese sauces or pickled jalapeños, crispy onions, bacon bits, sour cream guacamole &  gravy.You can even dip them in creamy franks sauce, tzatziki, creamy jalapeno cilantro, sweet chile or sweet sticky sauce. Totchos is happy to customize your order!

“All tator tots, toppings and dips are gluten free (with the exception of the Vegan Pulled Pork and Vegan Taco Totchos.) Ingredients are confirmed to be gluten free upon arrival at the restaurant.”


Totchos Best Seller• Totchos Tuesdays! ‘Two for the Price of One!’
• Friday Pop Up Contests!  Enter your suggestion for Totchos Friday Pop Up Tot for a chance to win a prize! 
• Gaming & Parties! 6 Totcho’s booths are equipped with retro table top gaming arcades! Video games with 2 remotes and tons of games to enjoy: 2 SEGAs, 1 NES (Nintendo Entertainment System),  3 SNES mini version (Super Nintendo Entertainment System). 20-40 games per console. Each table is bookable for one hour at a time. Walk-in or pre-book. 250-590-2322

  • “Great service! Great food! So many choices!”
  • “My daughter enjoyed playing Kirby and the food was fun and good.  100% will come back.”
  • “The creamy jalapeño cilantro dip and sticky sauce (sweet chili not spicy) is so good!”

Look for Gluten-Free Notations on Menus! All toppings house-made, daily!
Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan Soft Serve Dole Whip with Zero Sugar Toppings
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  • A year and a half in the making and the Westshore Town Centre is becoming more delicious by the minute! The first of its kind tater-tot shop, Totchos, has opened its doors with fanfare. Attributing the lengthy wait for the restaurant launch to implications involving labour shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Totchos co-owner, Ashley Reardon says the delayed launch has made all the difference to the early success of the business. It was insane. We were lined up outside the door on Friday (February 10th) when we opened. We had the tables flipping every half an hour to 45 minutes,” said Reardon. Having to close an hour early due to a shortage of food, Reardon tells Victoria Buzz the wave of support and welcome she and her husband have received at the Westshore Town Centre has helped them feel at home and further inspired them to run a business in Langford. “We moved out to Langford because it’s a quieter area but there’s less stuff going on for our kids. We are big kids so we kind of just brainstormed and we were like, let’s just do something fun,” says Reardon. Known as the only restaurant on Vancouver Island serving a delicious variety of tater-tot inspired meals, Totchos holds a deeper meaning to Reardon as a tribute to her late mother, Charlene, who passed away in October 2022. “She couldn’t see it open but she was really excited. Most of the recipes are hers and I learned all my cooking from her,” says Reardon. As a child, Reardon’s parents would infuse tater tots into meals with additional healthy ingredients to help inspire Reardon and her siblings to eat balanced meals. A concept that Reardon has passed onto her children, the new restaurateur tells Victoria Buzz that the realization of this business has come full circle as her eldest daughter encouraged her to pursue the business. “I was sitting with my oldest daughter one day and she’s like, mom if we ever can we should open a tater tot restaurant. I ended up getting a settlement, and we were just like, okay let’s try this,” says Reardon. For those curious about what’s offered on the menu, Reardon wants guests to know there’s a meal waiting for everyone. “We’re 90% gluten-free, there are only three things on our menu that isn’t gluten free. We also have plenty of vegan and keto options,” says Reardon.

Victoria Buzz, August 17, 2022

  • Get your bellies ready, Langford. A new eatery is coming to town and there’s nothing like it in the region. Opening across from Winners / HomeSense in at Westshore Town Centre, Totchos will be serving up loaded tater tots, hand-helds (fancy tacos), snacks and soft serve ice cream, with lots of vegan, low-carb and no sugar options as well. “⁠We are thrilled to announce the arrival of a brand-new retailer opening at Westshore Town Centre this Fall,” Marketing Manager Kelly McClure⁠⁠ Marketing said in an email to Victoria Buzz. Totchos is locally owned and while no specific opening date was announced, it is slated to open this fall. “The owners are very excited to be opening this first-of-its-kind restaurant at Westshore Town Centre and to serve up delicious food and fun to the Westshore community,” said McClure. Even better, each table at the restaurant will be equipped with a built-in retro video gaming system for loads of family fun!⁠

 

Van Isle Poutinerie 100% Gluten-Free Food Truck @ Various Locations
May 28 @ 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

Click on image to enlarge


Van Isle Poutine Paris wp

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!


Veg Cheese igThe VEGCHEESE Connection! 

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

Click on image to learn more

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 vanislepoutinerie@gmail.com to preorder for pick up from the food truck.


VEGCHEESE Italian Truffle

Click on image to learn more

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 vanislepoutinerie@gmail.com 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 vanislepoutinerie@gmail.com to preorder for pick up from the food truck


VEGCHEESE Mozzarella

Click on image to learn more

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 vanislepoutinerie@gmail.com 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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Tuesday Night Pasta @ Six Mile Pub
May 28 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Gluten-free diners are included in Six Mile Pub’s Tuesday Night Pasta!

Your choice of Italy’s Gluten-Free Rummo Pasta’s penne, spaghetti, macaroni or linguine. GF Garlic Bread, too!
‘GF’ or ‘GFO options’ noted on menu below!

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SIX MILE PUB GLUTEN FREE PASTA NIGHT

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Daily Gluten-Free Happy Hour 3 – 5pm 
Saturdays & Sundays! Enjoy a sumptuous celiac-safe a-la-carte brunch from 11am to 2pm. See video! ‘GF’ or ‘GFO options’ are noted on their a la carte menu from Eggs Benny to Desserts. Families welcome! View Menu

Find Six Mile Pub at 494 Old Island Highway in View Royal, British Columbia
250-478-3121 • Free Parking • Accessible •

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Six Mile Pub Believes in Great Food that just happens to be Gluten Free!
• All of Six Mile’s deep fryers, breadings & coatings are gluten free
• Proprietary gluten-free flours expertly blended in house
• Contraband flours are stored away from the prep hall
• Gluten-free kitchen guidelines in place
• Gluten-free education / staff training is ongoing
• Menu has GF icons marking house-made, gluten-free products. Enjoy!


SIX MILE PUB TC PEOPLE'S CHOICE #1 PUB

Providing us with the gluten-free options we love for Patio Dining, Take Out or Delivery: Bangers • Bean Tacos • Calamari • Crab Cake • Crispy Cauliflower • Fish & Chips • Nasi Goreng • Pan-Seared Cod • Perogies • Poutine • Seafood Paella • Shepherd’s Pie • SixNature Wings • Thai Chicken Salad & so much more! Decadent desserts, too!

Gluten-Free Beer! Whistler Forager in Bottles • Ciders • Glutenberg

Open for Indoor Dining, Take-Out & Delivery

  • MON – THURS 11:00am – 8:00pm
  • FRI & SAT 11:00am – 10:00pm
  • SUN 11:00am – 8:00pm
  • BRUNCH Sat & Sun 11am – 2pm
  • HAPPY HOUR Daily 3pm – 6pm
  • RIVERSIDE PATIO: open for seating between mid-Spring and mid-Fall.

The 160 year-old View Royal pub that served the Gold Rush has set the gold standard for gluten free! It has seating for over 300 guests, including some on the Riverside Patio that overlooks Millstream.

Their pub fare is created with culinary flare. Six Mile is proud to serve ‘SIX-Nature’ chicken wings, deep-fried halibut and – wait for it –  safe french fries, yam fries and even onion rings cooked in a dedicated deep fryer!

Six Mile Pub’s Red Seal Chefs and their protégées pride themselves on meeting the needs of celiac diners and  anyone with sensitivities i.e. dairy, soy, nuts or shellfish.

Be sure to ask for their ‘Feature Sheet!’Six Mile Gluten-Free Program

There’s a cozy corner,  a sun-drenched patio or a pool table just right for you. Families are welcome with a menu made with the celiac child in mind. The family room also makes a great space for group functions.

  • TESTIMONIAL:  Just had dinner last night at the 6 Mile Pub on Old Island Highway. Wow! I have eaten here before but was amazed again at the GF menu selection, presentation, deliciousness, and the feeling of safety eating there. We went with another family and it was so awesome that I could share food with others who easily ordered GF even though they aren’t Celiac because there is just so many good things to choose from. The calamari is the best I have had anywhere. All the desserts were gluten free. How is this possible I wondered? I asked the waitress and she told me the chef is Celiac! We need more Celiac chefs that are this creative!! This has got to be best restaurant for dinner for Celiacs in the Victoria area.
Six Mile Pub Gluten-Free Bun

Six Mile produces its own light and fluffy gluten-free buns with a Celiac Scene Approved Secret Ingredient!

Six Mile Pub pulls out all the gluten-free stops – every Sunday! Gluten-free hotcake stack, eggs benedict, omelettes, hash browns and amazing desserts! Gots Kids? Ask to be seated in the Family Room and order from the Kids Menu!

Unique at The Six Mile

  • We do not own or use microwave ovens
  • Only high-quality oil is used in our fryers. While more costly, the quality is in the taste and the value is in its healthful properties
  • We serve handmade artisan products including pasta, sausages & bread
  • Our apiary produces an abundance of honey that we use in many recipes
  • All seafood options are recommended by the Vancouver Aquarium as ocean-friendly
  • Patrons of all ages (including minors) are always welcome

Six-Mile-Pub-Onion-Rings-Fish-ChipsThe historic Six Mile Pub is the Oldest Pub in BC. It has seating for over 300 guests, including some on the Riverside Patio that overlooks Millstream. All menu items, are prepared from scratch using thoughtfully and responsibly sourced ingredients.


David Wong, Six Mile PubOur Gluten-Free Hero & Industry Pioneer, David Wing is a 2023 BC Restaurant Hall of Fame Inductee! !

Owner of the Oldest Pub in British Columbia, the Six Mile Pub + Eatery, David considers himself an accidental restauranteur.

He was introduced to the restaurant industry by his brother-in-law, Joseph Heng, only as a means to pay for his studies at the University of Victoria. David had always aspired to become a clinical psychologist.

Chandlers Restaurant, a member of the Keg family of restaurants at the time, and where David was working as a bistro cook, offered him a full-time kitchen management position. David took the job, anticipating that he would eventually return to fulfill his dream of becoming a psychologist.

Before long, this accidental choice of livelihood had become a career. Ultimately, both the work of a clinical psychologist care of people, which had always been David’s impetus anyways.

Over the decades since, David has schooled himself across a wide spectrum of the industry – from managing corporate restaurants such as the Keg and Milestones, to running the food and beverage operations for a cruise ship, operating a tiny mom-and-pop wrap and smoothie health bar, and for the past 20+ years, owning and actively operating the oldest pub in BC, the Six Mile Pub + Eatery in Victoria. His focus on warm, authentic hospitality and wholesome foods has earned this heritage pub a “Best Pub to Take a Kid” award, as well as consecutive “Readers’ Choice Awards for Best Pub in Victoria”.

When he is not serving guests at his Pub, David along with his wife, Fancy, serves the community, with their Fancy + David Foundation, which funds charities, programs and activities that help steer local youths towards positive, productive pathways.

While he does not profess to know everything about the industry; In fact, he claims to know very little, he has been conducting weekly classes at his pub, to share what little he knows with his many young, passionate staff who are building careers in our industry.

At this stage of his accidental career, is to give a little back to the industry that has given him so much!


Celiac Scene Membership Badge

May
29
Wed
10% Student Discount Every Day @ Pepper's Foods
May 29 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 • info@peppers-foods.com

SEE Pepper’s Foods Gluten-Free Flyer!

Follow Pepper’s Foods


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

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

Mizu Real Fruit Ice Cream Food Trailer @ Various Locations
May 29 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 https://mizu-real-fruit-ice-cream.square.site!

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  Mizurealfruiticecream@gmail.com • 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!


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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.

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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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Van Isle Poutinerie 100% Gluten-Free Food Truck @ Various Locations
May 29 @ 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 vanislepoutinerie@gmail.com 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 vanislepoutinerie@gmail.com to preorder for pick up from the food truck.


VEGCHEESE Garlic Chive

Click on image to learn more

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 vanislepoutinerie@gmail.com to preorder for pick up from the food truck


VEGCHEESE Mozzarella

Click on image to learn more

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 vanislepoutinerie@gmail.com 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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Shine a Light for Celiac Awareness @ Parliament Buildings of BC's Legislative Assembly
May 29 @ 9:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Shine a Light Celiac Awareness igDue to technical problems, The BC Legislature will once again try to light up in GREEN on the evening of Wednesday, May 29th in honor of Celiac Canada’s “Shine A Light on Celiac Disease” for International Celiac Disease Awareness Day! A First! 

Please join us this time at 9:30pm for this precedent setting phot op! Then post on social media using #ShineALightOnCeliac!

LOOK FOR ELLEN IN HER REFLECTIVE YELLOW JACKET!

While quantities last, attendees will receive

Country Grocer Bag with Discount Card
Yummy Cupcakes from Origin Bakery

COMPLETE DETAILS HERE!

Participating Locations Across Canada*

May 14

  • Bloedel Conservatory, Vancouver, BC

May 15

  • Civic Plaza, Surrey, BC

May 16

BRITISH COLUMBIA

  • Science World, Vancouver, BC
  • City Hall, Victoria, BC
  • BC Legislature, Victoria, BC (in-person event planned)
  • City Hall, Port Moody, BC
  • Pier, White Rock, BC

ALBERTA

  • Calgary Tower, Calgary
  • Peace Bridge, Calgary
  • Reconciliation Bridge, Calgary
  • Telus Spark, Calgary
  • Lethbridge City Hall, Lethbridge
  • Medicine Hat TeePee, Medicine Hat*
  • Airdrie City Hall, Airdrie*
  • High Level Bridge, Edmonton
  • Epcor Tower, Edmonton
  • Fairmont Hotel, Edmonton
  • Clock/Bell Tower, Walterdale Theatre, Edmonton
  • Community Centre, Sherwood Park
  • Festival Place, Sherwood Park
  • Legislature Building, Edmonton

NEW BRUNSWICK

  • Dieppe City Hall, Dieppe
  • Avenir Centre, Moncton

ONTARIO

  • Ottawa Sign, ByWard Market
  • Shaw Centre, Ottawa
  • Toronto Sign in Nathan Phillips Square
  • Niagara Falls
  • CN Tower

QUEBEC

  • Olympic Stadium, Montreal*
  • Complexe Jules-Dallaire, Quebec City*

PEI

  • Charlottetown City Hall
  • Summerside City Hall, Summerside

MANITOBA

  • Winnipeg Sign at the Forks*
  • Manitoba Legislative Building, Winnipeg*

*Locations requested, awaiting confirmation.

 

May
30
Thu
10% Student Discount Every Day @ Pepper's Foods
May 30 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 • info@peppers-foods.com

SEE Pepper’s Foods Gluten-Free Flyer!

Follow Pepper’s Foods


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

art of slow food pepper's igPepper's Foods Gluten-Free Flyer

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


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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

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