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!

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20% Off Gluten-Free Wednesdays @ Floating Fish Store
Sep 19 all-day
Floating Fish Store 20% Off

Mention ‘The Celiac Scene’ to receive your 20% Discount!

Gluten-Free Wednesdays! Mention ‘The Celiac Scene’ when you place your Gluten-Free OrderEnjoy a Whopping 20% Discount!

NEW! Now serving Merridale Ciders – Gluten-Free

Learn more about the Floating Fish Store at Fisherman’s Wharf

Why the Gluten-Free Love the Floating Fish Store

  • Dedicated deep fryer for fresh-cut, twice-fried gluten-free french fries
  • Certified Gluten-Free Sorghum light-crisp batter for deep-fried fish, cooked in a dedicated fryer)
  • Gluten-Free Home-Made Tartar Sauce & Coleslaw
  • Gluten-Free Halibut Malu – Local Halibut simmered w/ onions, lentils, tomatoes & a hint of curry, finished w/ cilantro & lime
  • Gluten-Free  Tacos – Soft corn tortilla, house smoked tomato salsa, shredded cabbage, citrus cream, fresh cilantro & lime
  • Salads with home-made, gluten-free dressings: Toasted Sesame • Balsamic Vinaigrette • Buttermilk Ranch • Olive Oil w/ Balsamic Vinegar & Lemon
  • Steamers​ – shellfish gently steamed & served when just done.
  • The finest live oysters from BC waters served on a bed of ice, lemon & your choice of cocktail sauce, hot sauce, ginger, mignonette, preserved lemon mignonette, cucumber & jalapeno mignonette, pickled red onion mignonette or freshly grated horseradish
  • Oyster selection varies by day. Come often!
  • Daily Buck-a-Shuck from 4-5 pm
  • View the menus below.

Celiac-Safe Touch – Let your server know that you require a gluten-free meal and they will call your order out,  all on its own.  No chance of collecting the wrong order.  Much appreciated!

GLUTEN-FREE WEDNESDAYS – mention The Celiac Scene and receive 20% Off Gluten-Free Orders!

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Not only does the Floating Fish Stores cook seafood, they sell and ship it!

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Kudos to The Floating Fish Store

  • North America’s first 100% Ocean Wise Seafood Store & Restaurant
  • Serving fresh catch from west coast waters – whenever possible
  • Situated on Fisherman’s Wharf in beautiful Victoria, BC, Canada
  • Experience a working harbour and stroll among colourful houseboats
  • Surrounded by seals in their natural environment – you can reach out and touch them!

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Charity Day at Noodlebox
Sep 19 all-day

charity day noodleboxCome and support Charity Day at Noodlebox, their annual day of giving back! All locations of  Noodlebox Canada will participate in a day of fundraising on Wednesday September 19th, with 50% of the day’s proceeds to be donated to the Canadian Mental Health Association, which Noodlebox has supported since 2014.

Charity day is held every September, and over the years has raised over $45,000 for CMHA. Noodlebox hopes to surpass last year’s daily total of $20,000, and customers are encouraged to visit their local Noodlebox to enjoy a meal while giving back.

The CMHA is an organization close the heart of Victoria Noodlebox franchisee co-owner Jim Hayden, who’s own family has been directly affected by the challenges surrounding mental illness. The CMHA is an invaluable resource to him and many families in all our Noodlebox communities, so we are proud to support the work and programs they do.

“Thanks to Noodlebox’s Charity Day last September our CMHA BC Division – Victoria office was able to partner with the Mental Health Commission of Canada and offer two youth anti-stigma summits to 8 local high schools in January of this year” says Jocelyn de Montmorency, CMHA’s Victoria program manager. “We are grateful for the funds as we continue our work with youth and the Mental Health Commission this fall.”

Noodlebox was born out of a small food cart in Victoria BC’s Chinatown in 2001. Our unique style of Southeast Asian street food became so popular that people were willing to wait hours in the rain to get their fill. In 2003 we opened our first store in downtown Victoria, with many more opening throughout BC and Alberta to keep up with demand for our bold dishes.


REAL FOOD, MADE FRESH, WITH FIRE.

Southeast Asian street food, made fresh for westcoast tastes. Noodlebox’s bold dishes start with delicious and nutritious ingredients because they believe real food is at the heart of great food. Noodlebox prides itself on trusted transparency – premium ingredients, ethically raised protein, MSG-free, sustainable practices, farm-to-plate and committed to community.

Dishes are made fresh, and can be easily customized. Please let them know when ordering what your specific dietary needs are.

 Can be made VEGAN
 Can be made GLUTEN-FREE.


  • Standard Protocol – every wok is scrubbed by hand, every time.
  • Gluten-Free Protocol – let staff know your dietary preferences or intolerances and the chef’s station will be re-set with fresh utensils, cloths and squeaky-clean hands.

Choose your box, choose your protein, choose your spice level.

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Gluten-Free Specials @ Route 14 Sooke
Sep 19 all-day

Fine food, casual atmosphere and great music.  Eat, drink, listen and relax.

Route 14 offers daily specials that are gluten-free or can be adapted to gluten-free!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW TODAY’S GLUTEN-FREE SPECIAL!

Enjoy them with your favourite gluten-free brew – Bard’s Beer!

6686 Sooke Road (see map) • route14sooke.com • Facebook • Instagram • 778-352-1414 • Celiac Scene Review

If you’re visiting Vancouver Island for the first time – Route 14 Pub is your last chance to dine gluten free before you surf Jordan River, trek the West Coast Trail, party in Port Renfrew or drive the Pacific Marine Route to Lake Cowichan. Find Route 14 at the corner of Sooke Road and Townsend.

Reservations Recommended!

It doesn’t get any better than the testimony of a diagnosed celiac, cycling through Sooke with miles to go before he sleeps!

  • “Just had a great gluten-free meal at Route 14 in Sooke. Awesome menu with gluten-free notations and a great chef that isn’t afraid to use spices. I ordered a Morroccan Korma dish that was so good I asked for a spoon so I would not waste a drop. Owner Stew was a great host – well aware and talked to the chef immediately when I had a question about soup of the day. My small intestine can verify this is the best restaurant I have been to in months! I am celiac, diagnosed just 7 months ago, and I am absolutely confident this establishment is on the ball!”

Route 14 Sooke – Gluten-Free Offerings

Light Fare 

  • Charcuterie Board – Chef’s selection of Artisan Meats, Fine Cheeses, House-mixed Olives & Red Pepper Sweet Corn Relish

 Soups and Salads

  • Soup of the Day – Ask your server whether their Chef-inspired Daily Creation is gluten free. Cup or Bowl
  • Seasonal Organic Greens – Toasted Pumpkin & Sunflower Seeds, Sun-dried Cranberries, Cucumber, Heirloom Tomatoes, Capriny Goat Cheese, Honey Balsamic Dressing
  • Roast Carrot & Grapefruit Salad (GF) – Roast Baby Carrots & Grapefruit Slices, Arugala, Crumbled Cashews, Capriny Goat Cheese, Vegetable Chips, Orange Ginger Vinaigrette
  • Add to any Salad – Butter Prawns, Char Grilled Chicken Breast or Pan Seared Salmon

Daily Fare

Gluten-Free Reuben Route 14

Route 14’s Famous Gluten-Free Reuben

  • House Burger – 6oz Fresh Angus Chuck Beef Burger, Smoked Cheddar, Sundried Tomato Aioli, Caramelized Onions, Lettuce, Tomato & Pickle, Brioche Bun – ask for GF Udi’s Bun
  • Chicken Burger – Char Grilled 5oz Chicken Breast, Havarti Cheese, Sundried Tomato Aioli, Olive Tapenade, Lettuce & Tomato, Brioche Bun – ask for GF Udi’s Bun
  • Veggie Burger – 6oz Bell Pepper, Red Onion, Fresh Herb Quinoa House made Patty, Capriny Goat Cheese, Sundried Tomato Aioli, Roast Red Pepper & Corn Relish, Lettuce & Tomato – ask for GF Udi’s Bun
  • Chef’s Club Sandwich – Smoked Turkey Breast, Smoked Cheddar, Maple Bacon, Avocado Aioli, Lettuce & Tomato – ask for GF Udi’s Bun
  • Route 14 Reuben – Montreal Corned Beef Brisket stacked with Sauerkraut, Swiss Cheese, Dijon Aioli – ask for GF Udi’s Bun
  • Roast Beef Melt – AAA Seasoned Roast Beef, Gruyere Cheese, Carmelized Onions, Horseradish Aioli, Pretzel Sub – ask for GF Udi’s Bun
  • Add ons – Maple Bacon, Side Gravy or Free Range Fried Egg

Dinner – After 5pm

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  • Curried Vegetable Korma (GF) – A Traditional mildly spiced, savory Curry with a Cashew Coconut Masala base, Seasonal Vegetables & Basmati Rice (Add Chicken or Prawns)
  • Chef’s Signature Paella (GF) – Mussels, Prawns, Fresh Fish, Chicken, Chorizo Sausage, Basmati Rice and Seasonal Vegetables, Spicy Saffron Tomato Sauce
  • Free Range Chicken (GF) – Pan Fried Semi Boneless Chicken Breast stuffed with Herbed Capriny Goat Cheese & wrapped in Prosciutto. Sweet Corn & Red Pepper Risotto, Sundried Tomato Demi
  • Pan Roasted Pork Tenderloin (GF) – Cajun Rubbed Organic Pork Tenderloin, Whipped Roast Garlic Potato, Seasonal Vegetables, Maple Rosemary Demi, Curried Apple Gastrique\
  • Wild BC Salmon (GF) – Pan-Seared Wild Pacific Salmon, Sundried Cranberry & Toasted Pumpkin Seed Quinoa Pilaf, Seasonal Vegetables, Apple Ginger Gastrique
  • Brome Lake Duck (GF) – Pan roasted Duck Breast, Potato Gratin, Seasonal Vegetables, Port Wine Demi
  • Bard's BeerRoast Lamb Sirloin (GF) – Lemon Dijon Marinated Fresh Lamb, Whipped Roast Garlic Potato, Seasonal Vegetables, Mint Demi
  • 10oz AAA Sterling Silver Striploin (GF) – Our Char Grilled Peppercorn Crusted Striploin is chosen from the top 12% of all AAA Certified Beef. This perfectly cut Steak is grilled to your specifications & served with Potato Gratin, Seasonal Vegetables & Madagascar Green Peppercorn Whiskey Demi

Dessert  Ask about their ever-changing Dessert Menu
Children – Rainbow Bread Grilled Cheese with Salad – ask for GF Udi’s Bun
Beverages

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Gluten-Free Specials @ Wild Poppy Bakery & Bistro
Sep 19 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

A must-visit destination for anyone who loves fabulous baking in general! Wild Poppy serves savoury breakfasts and light lunches with soup, baguettes and everything you could ask for in a deli – all from documented to be gluten-free, peanut-free ingredients. Find Wild Poppy just one quick block off the Trans Canada Highway 1 in Ladysmith – turn left at the Buller Street lights.

Hours: Tues-Fri 8-5 Sat 8-4 Closed Sundays, Mondays & Stat Holidays
Phone: 250-924-8696
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Testimonial: “We had Madeline’s cousin visiting from Halifax for a couple weeks. When we toured them up to Chemainus/Ladysmith all eight of us (one celiac) enjoyed a delicious meal at Wild Poppy. We had to have take out as the restaurant was full. Wonderful to see.”

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

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Old Town Wild Poppy Bakery

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

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

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

Gluten-Free Buffet @ Royal Spice Indian Restaurant
Sep 19 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Royal SpiceEnjoy a delicious gluten-free Northern Indian buffet from 11am to 3pm, 7 days per week for just $13.99! Guaranteed to satisfy. You can also order your favourite East Indian dishes from their comprehensive menu – 90% gluten-free. . Gluten-free items clearly noted on menu. Dedicated deep fryer. Pure heaven for East Indian aficionados!

Find them at 815 Cloverdale Ave (in the Designer Shoe Warehouse / HomeSense Mall.) See map.

Watch the Buffet Video!

Royal Spice Buffet

Royal Spice embraces the spirit of true Indian Cuisine with a mix of both traditional & inventive new takes on this beloved ethnic cuisine. Their team of chefs strive to give us our best gluten-free experience of Indian flavor. Enjoy authentic Indian cooking in a casual, family friendly environment. Learn more about Royal Spice

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Gluten-Free Starters
Royal Spice Veg-Pakora

  • Vegetable Pakora – Cauliflower, potato, onions, spinach, carrots deep fried in chickpea flour batter
  • Onion Bhaija – Deep Fried Onion Slices marinated with Chickpea batter
  • Aloo Tikka Chaat – Crispy potato patties served with chickpea masala
  • Gobhi Garlic – Crispy fried cauliflower tossed with garlic
  • Paneer Pakora – Batter fried cottage cheese served with mint sauce
  • Chicken Pakora – Batter fried boneless chicken served with mint sauce
  • Chicken Wings – Overnight marinated chicken wings finished in clay oven or sautéd with spices, served with mint and yogurt chutney
  • Fish Pakora – Batter fried fish served with mint sauce
  • Calamari Pakora – Crispy fried calamari served with mint sauce
  • Curried Mussels – Mussels simmered in onion sauce

Royal Spice Dal Soup Gluten-Free Soups

  • Dal – Lentil based soup
  • Tomato – Lentil based soup  with tomato
  • Vegetable – Mélange of vegetables flavored with coconut milk
  • Muligatawny – Lentil & Chicken based soup with fresh herbs & spices

Gluten-Free Salads

  • Lachha Onion, Garden Green, Kachumber and Caesar Salads

Gluten-Free Vegetarian Curries

  • Dal Makhani – Black lentil simmered overnight on slow charcoal fire finished with cream & butter
  • Dal Tadka – Yellow lentil tempered cumin seeds & chillies
  • Kadhi Pakora – A combination of dumpling in gram flour curry
  • Bhindi Masala – Ladyfinger cooked with onions, Indian spices & herbs

Royal Spice Dal Makhani

  • Aloo Gobhi – Fresh cauliflower & potatoes cooked with onion & tomatoes
  • Palak Kofta – Spinach & vegetable dumplings served in creamy spinach sauce
  • Mix Vegetable – Mélange of vegetables cooked with Indian spices & herbs
  • Vegetable Vindaloo – Mélange of vegetables cooked with tangy tamarind based ginger & spice blend
  • Eggplant Bharta (Seasoned Roasted Eggplant) – Mashed Eggplant cooked with peas, onion & tomato
  • Chana Masala – A favourite dish from North India has chickpeas cooked with herbs & spices
  • Shahi Paneer – Cottage cheese cubes cooked in cashew based curry with added dry fruits, saffron
  • Mutter Paneer – Cottage cheese & peas in tomato based gravy finished with cream
  • Chilli Paneer – Marinated cottage cheese deep fried, cooked with red chillies, onions, capsicum

Royal Spice Bhindi-Masala

  • Paneer Saag – Cottage cheese cooked with pureed spinach & spices
  • Paneer Tikka Masala – Marinated cottage cheese cubes grilled and cooked in rich tomato based gravy
  • Malai Kofta – Soft cottage cheese dumplings simmered in aromatic cashew nut gravy
  • Navratan Korma – Mix Vegetable and paneer in cashew based gravy
  • Kadhai Paneer – Cottage cheese in a thick gravy made with cream, tomatoes and spices
  • Paneer Handi – Cottage cheese in dry brown gravy base of onion with bell pepper & rich in spices
  • Paneer Makhni – Cottage cheese cubes in rich tomato based gravy
  • Aloo Mutter – Peas & potatoes in spiced creamy tomato based sauce

Gluten-Free Meat Curries
Royal Spice Butter-Chicken

  • Butter Chicken – Clay oven cooked chicken, in authentic rich tomato based gravy
  • Chilli Chicken – Fried chicken is cooked in the combination of Indian vegetables and Chinese flavour
  • Chicken Lababdar – Chicken in onion tomato and cream gravy
  • Lamb Roganjosh – Tender lamb simmered with onion tomatoes ginger garlic yogurt & spices
  • Goat Curry – Goat meat cooked in traditional Indian style tangy curry
  • Chicken Curry (w’ bone) – chicken stewed in an onion and tomato-based sauce, flavored with spices
  • Cashew Curry – Rich cashew paste blend with spices
  • Coconut Curry – Roasted coconut gravy

Royal Spice Vindaloo-Curry

  • Vindaloo Curry – A spicy delight cooked in tamarind, ginger and spices
  • Handi – Dry brown gravy base of onion enriched with bell pepper
  • Spinach Curry – Pureed fresh spinach flavored with herbs & spices
  • Tikka Masala – Creamy tikka sauce base of tomatoes
  • Pomegranate Curry – A tangy puree infused with dried Afghani pomegranate seeds
  • Kashmiri Curry – Onion-tomato gravy with mild spicy, creamy, rich in dry fruits & cherries
  • Pasanda Curry – Curry sauce made with cream, coconut milk, almonds and mint
  • Kadhai Curry – Thick gravy made with cream, tomatoes and spices

Gluten-Free Tandooris – baked in a clay oven and served with mint and yogurt chutney

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  • Tandoori Paneer – Cottage Cheese pieces barbequed on skewers in a traditional Indian Clay oven
  • Tandoori Veg – Broccoli, cauliflower, bell pepper & potato barbequed on skewers in clay oven
  • Fish Tikka – Marinated fish finished in clay oven
  • Chicken Tikka – Marinated boneless pieces of chicken with yoghurt ginger & spices
  • Chick Mali Tikka – Chicken marinated in cream cheese, ginger, garlic & exotic spices
  • Tandoori Chicken – Chicken barbequed on skewers in Tandoor
  • Lamb Kebab – Lamb meat marinated with yoghurt, ginger- garlic paste & spices skewered in Tandoor
  • Seekh Kabob – Minced Lamb Infused with Ginger, Chilies, Coriander, Cumin Skewered in Tandoor
  • Tandoori Prawns – Prawns barbequed on skewers in Tandoor
  • Tandoori Platter – Make your own platter with a blend of any of above four tandoori entrees’
  • Lamb Chops – Marinated Lamb Chops with yoghurt, ginger- garlic paste & spices skewered in Tandoor

Gluten-Free Biryani 
Royal Spice lamb-biryani

  • One dish- rice based meals made with your choice of vegetable, chicken, lamb, beef, prawn or goat.

Gluten-Free Salads

  • Lachha Onion, Garden, Kachumber and Tandoori Caesar

Gluten-Free Side Orders

  • Pickles, Mango Chutney, Papadams & Mint/Tamarind Chutney

Gluten-Free Rice Dishes

Royal Spice Coconut-Rice

  • Steamed Rice
  • Pulao – Sautéed vegetable,cumin & peas tossed with rice
  • Coconut – Rice cooked with coconut milk

Gluten-Free Sides

  • Pickles, Mango Chutney, Papadams and Mint/Tamarind Chutney

Gluten-Free Yogurts

  • Plain Yoghurt – Homemade curd
  • Mix Raita – Yoghurt mixed with coarse vegetables
  • Boondi Raita – Yoghurt mixed with tiny fried gram flour balls
  • Pineapple Raita – Yoghurt mixed with pineapple

Gluten-Free Desserts
Royal Spice Ras-Malai

  • Rasmalai – Cheese dumplings, steeped in a concoction of reduced milk
  • Rice Pudding – Indian sweet made with rice & milk flavored with cardamom
  • Gajar Ka Halwa – Shredded sweet carrots simmered with milk
  • Sponge Rasgulla – Dumplings of cottage cheese cooked in light sugar syrup
  • Ice Cream – Cardamom, Mango, Rose and Coconut

Royal Spice also offers catering services to events, weddings, graduations, corporate and holiday parties. Exceptional Indian food made with quality ingredients at affordable prices.

Gluten-Free Specials @ Union Street Grill
Sep 19 @ 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Anyone tuned into Vancouver Island’s gluten-free dining scene has heard the call of Union Street Grill’s amazing celiac-friendly menu – with its extensive selection of gluten-free appetizers, entrees and desserts.

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

CHECK OUT THEIR DAILY GLUTEN-FREE SPECIAL HERE!

SUNDAYS AFTER 5PM: Kids’ meals are $2 off. Seniors receive a 10% discount. Frequent Diners earn double points!

Reserve: 250-897-0081 • 477 5th Street in Courtenay
Monday – Friday: 11 AM – 9 PM •  Saturday – Sunday: 11 AM – 9 PM

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NEWS! March 20, 2017: Union Street Re-Opens with Sleek New Design

Comox Valley posted Mar 20, 2017 at 11:00 AM

“Union Street Grill & Grotto is elevating the downtown Courtenay dining game. The Downtown Courtenay restaurant re-opened Monday, March 20 with a brand new look that paves the way for a new upper floor and a rooftop patio that, pending approval, will create the City of Courtenay’s first rooftop dining space.

“Building this new floor and possibly opening a rooftop patio changes the game in terms of what we offer our diners,” says Emily Cummings, one of the managers of the Union Street Grill & Grotto. “We’re so excited for this! Rooftop lounges are such a big city luxury – imagine sipping cocktails with your co-workers at lunch while you bask in the sun and watch the action buzzing on Fifth Street. We’ll be the only place in downtown Courtenay offering this kind of dining experience.”

A longtime favourite of Comox Valley locals – renowned for its made-from-scratch dishes, longtime support of local producers and vast selection of gluten-free options – Union Street Grill & Grotto has been serving up lunch and dinner in downtown Courtenay for more than 19 years.

Union Street Grill closed for renovations on February 16 and re-opened on Monday. During this first stage of renovations, the full-service dining section of the Grill underwent a sleek redesign and the foundation was laid for the addition of a second floor and, perhaps eventually, the rooftop patio.

Cummings says that future stages of the renovation will focus on revamping the Grotto to reflect the updated Union Street style, adding a second floor dining area and expanding the children’s play area.

“We want to create the best family-friendly dining experience in Courtenay,” she says, adding that they offer a wide selection of kid-approved menu options. “We don’t feel you should have to choose between enjoying an evening on the town and finding a sitter to entertain your kids. Sizzling-hot grill fare, great drinks and good times – we want to make sure your whole family can be there to enjoy it.”

Union Street Grill & Grotto is located at 477 Fifth Street in downtown Courtenay. The family-friendly, fully licensed restaurant offers a diverse lunch and dinner menu seven days a week, along with its popular gluten-free and take-out menus.”


 

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Family Appreciation Day @ Mother Nature's Markets & Delis
Sep 20 all-day

Thursdays are Family Appreciation Days at Mother Nature’s Market & Deli!
Shop over $50 and receive a 10% discount!

Become a Natures Lover! Membership is free!

  • Add the handy Nature Lovers’ member card to your key chain and earn valuable points each time you shop.  Points earned can be redeemed toward future purchases.
  • Receive 10 points for every dollar you spend. Donate or redeem 1000 points for $1.00.
  • SILVER LEVEL – Spend $500 within one month and receive a discount of 2% on all your purchase in the following month.
  • GOLD LEVEL – Spend $750 within one month receive a discount of 5% on all your purchases in the following month.
  • Students and Seniors need only $ 200 (Silver) or $ 350 (Gold) to achieve the respective levels
  • Click here for more information

Sidney Location – Shopping in a Seaside Ambience! 778-351-0506
Cook Street Location – Think Paris in Victoria! 250-590-7390

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Tuesdays are Senior and Student Day at Mother Nature’s! Receive a discount of 7%!


Be Healthy, Go Natural! It makes a difference!
Natural foods, Organic Produce and Local Products. 

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Mother Nature’s Market and Deli is committed to making every shopping experience a positive one. Proud to offer local and natural foods, Mother Nature’s feature organic fruits and vegetables and a wide selection of meat, fish and poultry, all non-medicated and ethically raised.

Competitive pricing values both the work and dedication of the producer (go farmers!) and the consumer, with no artificial ingredients, additives, GMO’s, preservatives or pesticides.

Gluten-free meal solutions, baking and snacks can be found throughout the store and enjoyed outside on surrounding patios while watching the world go by.


Mother Nature’s is  committed to supporting both local farmers and suppliers and offering our customers excellent service and the healthiest products available. Staff does their best to make every shopping experience a happy one. Mother Nature’s is gentle on the environment and always provides a positive face to the community.

Our Vision – Healthy store, happy staff, exceptional customer service, sustainable products, satisfied customers.

Our Mission – Provide top-quality natural foods, organic produce and local products priced competitively, both to value the work and dedication of the producer, and meet the needs of the consumer.

Our Goals

  • Support local producers and growers, thereby promoting sustainable agriculture and the local economy and reducing our environmental footprint.
  • Provide our customers with access to healthy and local foods offered in a welcoming and friendly environment.
  • Hire and retain well-trained, knowledgeable staff who excel in providing exceptional customer service.
  • Foster a work environment that promotes health and wellness and evokes teamwork, loyalty and pride in the workplace.
  • Provide all staff with the opportunity to grow within the structure of Mother Nature’s Market and Deli through continuous quality improvement and recognition of individual and team efforts.

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Gluten-Free Specials @ Route 14 Sooke
Sep 20 all-day

Fine food, casual atmosphere and great music.  Eat, drink, listen and relax.

Route 14 offers daily specials that are gluten-free or can be adapted to gluten-free!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW TODAY’S GLUTEN-FREE SPECIAL!

Enjoy them with your favourite gluten-free brew – Bard’s Beer!

6686 Sooke Road (see map) • route14sooke.com • Facebook • Instagram • 778-352-1414 • Celiac Scene Review

If you’re visiting Vancouver Island for the first time – Route 14 Pub is your last chance to dine gluten free before you surf Jordan River, trek the West Coast Trail, party in Port Renfrew or drive the Pacific Marine Route to Lake Cowichan. Find Route 14 at the corner of Sooke Road and Townsend.

Reservations Recommended!

It doesn’t get any better than the testimony of a diagnosed celiac, cycling through Sooke with miles to go before he sleeps!

  • “Just had a great gluten-free meal at Route 14 in Sooke. Awesome menu with gluten-free notations and a great chef that isn’t afraid to use spices. I ordered a Morroccan Korma dish that was so good I asked for a spoon so I would not waste a drop. Owner Stew was a great host – well aware and talked to the chef immediately when I had a question about soup of the day. My small intestine can verify this is the best restaurant I have been to in months! I am celiac, diagnosed just 7 months ago, and I am absolutely confident this establishment is on the ball!”

Route 14 Sooke – Gluten-Free Offerings

Light Fare 

  • Charcuterie Board – Chef’s selection of Artisan Meats, Fine Cheeses, House-mixed Olives & Red Pepper Sweet Corn Relish

 Soups and Salads

  • Soup of the Day – Ask your server whether their Chef-inspired Daily Creation is gluten free. Cup or Bowl
  • Seasonal Organic Greens – Toasted Pumpkin & Sunflower Seeds, Sun-dried Cranberries, Cucumber, Heirloom Tomatoes, Capriny Goat Cheese, Honey Balsamic Dressing
  • Roast Carrot & Grapefruit Salad (GF) – Roast Baby Carrots & Grapefruit Slices, Arugala, Crumbled Cashews, Capriny Goat Cheese, Vegetable Chips, Orange Ginger Vinaigrette
  • Add to any Salad – Butter Prawns, Char Grilled Chicken Breast or Pan Seared Salmon

Daily Fare

Gluten-Free Reuben Route 14

Route 14’s Famous Gluten-Free Reuben

  • House Burger – 6oz Fresh Angus Chuck Beef Burger, Smoked Cheddar, Sundried Tomato Aioli, Caramelized Onions, Lettuce, Tomato & Pickle, Brioche Bun – ask for GF Udi’s Bun
  • Chicken Burger – Char Grilled 5oz Chicken Breast, Havarti Cheese, Sundried Tomato Aioli, Olive Tapenade, Lettuce & Tomato, Brioche Bun – ask for GF Udi’s Bun
  • Veggie Burger – 6oz Bell Pepper, Red Onion, Fresh Herb Quinoa House made Patty, Capriny Goat Cheese, Sundried Tomato Aioli, Roast Red Pepper & Corn Relish, Lettuce & Tomato – ask for GF Udi’s Bun
  • Chef’s Club Sandwich – Smoked Turkey Breast, Smoked Cheddar, Maple Bacon, Avocado Aioli, Lettuce & Tomato – ask for GF Udi’s Bun
  • Route 14 Reuben – Montreal Corned Beef Brisket stacked with Sauerkraut, Swiss Cheese, Dijon Aioli – ask for GF Udi’s Bun
  • Roast Beef Melt – AAA Seasoned Roast Beef, Gruyere Cheese, Carmelized Onions, Horseradish Aioli, Pretzel Sub – ask for GF Udi’s Bun
  • Add ons – Maple Bacon, Side Gravy or Free Range Fried Egg

Dinner – After 5pm

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  • Curried Vegetable Korma (GF) – A Traditional mildly spiced, savory Curry with a Cashew Coconut Masala base, Seasonal Vegetables & Basmati Rice (Add Chicken or Prawns)
  • Chef’s Signature Paella (GF) – Mussels, Prawns, Fresh Fish, Chicken, Chorizo Sausage, Basmati Rice and Seasonal Vegetables, Spicy Saffron Tomato Sauce
  • Free Range Chicken (GF) – Pan Fried Semi Boneless Chicken Breast stuffed with Herbed Capriny Goat Cheese & wrapped in Prosciutto. Sweet Corn & Red Pepper Risotto, Sundried Tomato Demi
  • Pan Roasted Pork Tenderloin (GF) – Cajun Rubbed Organic Pork Tenderloin, Whipped Roast Garlic Potato, Seasonal Vegetables, Maple Rosemary Demi, Curried Apple Gastrique\
  • Wild BC Salmon (GF) – Pan-Seared Wild Pacific Salmon, Sundried Cranberry & Toasted Pumpkin Seed Quinoa Pilaf, Seasonal Vegetables, Apple Ginger Gastrique
  • Brome Lake Duck (GF) – Pan roasted Duck Breast, Potato Gratin, Seasonal Vegetables, Port Wine Demi
  • Bard's BeerRoast Lamb Sirloin (GF) – Lemon Dijon Marinated Fresh Lamb, Whipped Roast Garlic Potato, Seasonal Vegetables, Mint Demi
  • 10oz AAA Sterling Silver Striploin (GF) – Our Char Grilled Peppercorn Crusted Striploin is chosen from the top 12% of all AAA Certified Beef. This perfectly cut Steak is grilled to your specifications & served with Potato Gratin, Seasonal Vegetables & Madagascar Green Peppercorn Whiskey Demi

Dessert  Ask about their ever-changing Dessert Menu
Children – Rainbow Bread Grilled Cheese with Salad – ask for GF Udi’s Bun
Beverages

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Gluten-Free Specials @ Wild Poppy Bakery & Bistro
Sep 20 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

A must-visit destination for anyone who loves fabulous baking in general! Wild Poppy serves savoury breakfasts and light lunches with soup, baguettes and everything you could ask for in a deli – all from documented to be gluten-free, peanut-free ingredients. Find Wild Poppy just one quick block off the Trans Canada Highway 1 in Ladysmith – turn left at the Buller Street lights.

Hours: Tues-Fri 8-5 Sat 8-4 Closed Sundays, Mondays & Stat Holidays
Phone: 250-924-8696
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Testimonial: “We had Madeline’s cousin visiting from Halifax for a couple weeks. When we toured them up to Chemainus/Ladysmith all eight of us (one celiac) enjoyed a delicious meal at Wild Poppy. We had to have take out as the restaurant was full. Wonderful to see.”

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

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Old Town Wild Poppy Bakery

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

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

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

Gluten-Free Buffet @ Royal Spice Indian Restaurant
Sep 20 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Royal SpiceEnjoy a delicious gluten-free Northern Indian buffet from 11am to 3pm, 7 days per week for just $13.99! Guaranteed to satisfy. You can also order your favourite East Indian dishes from their comprehensive menu – 90% gluten-free. . Gluten-free items clearly noted on menu. Dedicated deep fryer. Pure heaven for East Indian aficionados!

Find them at 815 Cloverdale Ave (in the Designer Shoe Warehouse / HomeSense Mall.) See map.

Watch the Buffet Video!

Royal Spice Buffet

Royal Spice embraces the spirit of true Indian Cuisine with a mix of both traditional & inventive new takes on this beloved ethnic cuisine. Their team of chefs strive to give us our best gluten-free experience of Indian flavor. Enjoy authentic Indian cooking in a casual, family friendly environment. Learn more about Royal Spice

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Gluten-Free Starters
Royal Spice Veg-Pakora

  • Vegetable Pakora – Cauliflower, potato, onions, spinach, carrots deep fried in chickpea flour batter
  • Onion Bhaija – Deep Fried Onion Slices marinated with Chickpea batter
  • Aloo Tikka Chaat – Crispy potato patties served with chickpea masala
  • Gobhi Garlic – Crispy fried cauliflower tossed with garlic
  • Paneer Pakora – Batter fried cottage cheese served with mint sauce
  • Chicken Pakora – Batter fried boneless chicken served with mint sauce
  • Chicken Wings – Overnight marinated chicken wings finished in clay oven or sautéd with spices, served with mint and yogurt chutney
  • Fish Pakora – Batter fried fish served with mint sauce
  • Calamari Pakora – Crispy fried calamari served with mint sauce
  • Curried Mussels – Mussels simmered in onion sauce

Royal Spice Dal Soup Gluten-Free Soups

  • Dal – Lentil based soup
  • Tomato – Lentil based soup  with tomato
  • Vegetable – Mélange of vegetables flavored with coconut milk
  • Muligatawny – Lentil & Chicken based soup with fresh herbs & spices

Gluten-Free Salads

  • Lachha Onion, Garden Green, Kachumber and Caesar Salads

Gluten-Free Vegetarian Curries

  • Dal Makhani – Black lentil simmered overnight on slow charcoal fire finished with cream & butter
  • Dal Tadka – Yellow lentil tempered cumin seeds & chillies
  • Kadhi Pakora – A combination of dumpling in gram flour curry
  • Bhindi Masala – Ladyfinger cooked with onions, Indian spices & herbs

Royal Spice Dal Makhani

  • Aloo Gobhi – Fresh cauliflower & potatoes cooked with onion & tomatoes
  • Palak Kofta – Spinach & vegetable dumplings served in creamy spinach sauce
  • Mix Vegetable – Mélange of vegetables cooked with Indian spices & herbs
  • Vegetable Vindaloo – Mélange of vegetables cooked with tangy tamarind based ginger & spice blend
  • Eggplant Bharta (Seasoned Roasted Eggplant) – Mashed Eggplant cooked with peas, onion & tomato
  • Chana Masala – A favourite dish from North India has chickpeas cooked with herbs & spices
  • Shahi Paneer – Cottage cheese cubes cooked in cashew based curry with added dry fruits, saffron
  • Mutter Paneer – Cottage cheese & peas in tomato based gravy finished with cream
  • Chilli Paneer – Marinated cottage cheese deep fried, cooked with red chillies, onions, capsicum

Royal Spice Bhindi-Masala

  • Paneer Saag – Cottage cheese cooked with pureed spinach & spices
  • Paneer Tikka Masala – Marinated cottage cheese cubes grilled and cooked in rich tomato based gravy
  • Malai Kofta – Soft cottage cheese dumplings simmered in aromatic cashew nut gravy
  • Navratan Korma – Mix Vegetable and paneer in cashew based gravy
  • Kadhai Paneer – Cottage cheese in a thick gravy made with cream, tomatoes and spices
  • Paneer Handi – Cottage cheese in dry brown gravy base of onion with bell pepper & rich in spices
  • Paneer Makhni – Cottage cheese cubes in rich tomato based gravy
  • Aloo Mutter – Peas & potatoes in spiced creamy tomato based sauce

Gluten-Free Meat Curries
Royal Spice Butter-Chicken

  • Butter Chicken – Clay oven cooked chicken, in authentic rich tomato based gravy
  • Chilli Chicken – Fried chicken is cooked in the combination of Indian vegetables and Chinese flavour
  • Chicken Lababdar – Chicken in onion tomato and cream gravy
  • Lamb Roganjosh – Tender lamb simmered with onion tomatoes ginger garlic yogurt & spices
  • Goat Curry – Goat meat cooked in traditional Indian style tangy curry
  • Chicken Curry (w’ bone) – chicken stewed in an onion and tomato-based sauce, flavored with spices
  • Cashew Curry – Rich cashew paste blend with spices
  • Coconut Curry – Roasted coconut gravy

Royal Spice Vindaloo-Curry

  • Vindaloo Curry – A spicy delight cooked in tamarind, ginger and spices
  • Handi – Dry brown gravy base of onion enriched with bell pepper
  • Spinach Curry – Pureed fresh spinach flavored with herbs & spices
  • Tikka Masala – Creamy tikka sauce base of tomatoes
  • Pomegranate Curry – A tangy puree infused with dried Afghani pomegranate seeds
  • Kashmiri Curry – Onion-tomato gravy with mild spicy, creamy, rich in dry fruits & cherries
  • Pasanda Curry – Curry sauce made with cream, coconut milk, almonds and mint
  • Kadhai Curry – Thick gravy made with cream, tomatoes and spices

Gluten-Free Tandooris – baked in a clay oven and served with mint and yogurt chutney

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  • Tandoori Paneer – Cottage Cheese pieces barbequed on skewers in a traditional Indian Clay oven
  • Tandoori Veg – Broccoli, cauliflower, bell pepper & potato barbequed on skewers in clay oven
  • Fish Tikka – Marinated fish finished in clay oven
  • Chicken Tikka – Marinated boneless pieces of chicken with yoghurt ginger & spices
  • Chick Mali Tikka – Chicken marinated in cream cheese, ginger, garlic & exotic spices
  • Tandoori Chicken – Chicken barbequed on skewers in Tandoor
  • Lamb Kebab – Lamb meat marinated with yoghurt, ginger- garlic paste & spices skewered in Tandoor
  • Seekh Kabob – Minced Lamb Infused with Ginger, Chilies, Coriander, Cumin Skewered in Tandoor
  • Tandoori Prawns – Prawns barbequed on skewers in Tandoor
  • Tandoori Platter – Make your own platter with a blend of any of above four tandoori entrees’
  • Lamb Chops – Marinated Lamb Chops with yoghurt, ginger- garlic paste & spices skewered in Tandoor

Gluten-Free Biryani 
Royal Spice lamb-biryani

  • One dish- rice based meals made with your choice of vegetable, chicken, lamb, beef, prawn or goat.

Gluten-Free Salads

  • Lachha Onion, Garden, Kachumber and Tandoori Caesar

Gluten-Free Side Orders

  • Pickles, Mango Chutney, Papadams & Mint/Tamarind Chutney

Gluten-Free Rice Dishes

Royal Spice Coconut-Rice

  • Steamed Rice
  • Pulao – Sautéed vegetable,cumin & peas tossed with rice
  • Coconut – Rice cooked with coconut milk

Gluten-Free Sides

  • Pickles, Mango Chutney, Papadams and Mint/Tamarind Chutney

Gluten-Free Yogurts

  • Plain Yoghurt – Homemade curd
  • Mix Raita – Yoghurt mixed with coarse vegetables
  • Boondi Raita – Yoghurt mixed with tiny fried gram flour balls
  • Pineapple Raita – Yoghurt mixed with pineapple

Gluten-Free Desserts
Royal Spice Ras-Malai

  • Rasmalai – Cheese dumplings, steeped in a concoction of reduced milk
  • Rice Pudding – Indian sweet made with rice & milk flavored with cardamom
  • Gajar Ka Halwa – Shredded sweet carrots simmered with milk
  • Sponge Rasgulla – Dumplings of cottage cheese cooked in light sugar syrup
  • Ice Cream – Cardamom, Mango, Rose and Coconut

Royal Spice also offers catering services to events, weddings, graduations, corporate and holiday parties. Exceptional Indian food made with quality ingredients at affordable prices.