New Gluten-Free Food Stands for Victoria! Island Restaurant Update!

Something magical is happening in Victoria and Vancouver Island! Food stands  are popping up like spring flowers and best of all, they are 100% gluten-free. Add to that a number of other Latin American establishments setting up shop across the Island and we really have a reason to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this Friday!

Benjo’s Tacos Food Stand – SEE CHEK News video!

811 Craigflower Road inside Craigflower Foods – see map

  • Specializing in ‘Birria,’ a traditional ancestral slow stew made from a combination of chili pepper-based meat (chicken or beef) adobo, garlic, cumin, bay leaves, and thyme, and cooked at a low heat. Available  with chicken, beef, vegetarian or vegan – served on a gluten-free tortilla. Enjoy with cilantro, lime, hot sauces and more.
  • Husband and wife Johl and Samantha dared to dream a restaurant dream! Set up in a cozy corner of Craigflower Foods, they’ve only been in business one month and there are lineups daily. Open 11-4 on Monday, Wednesdays & Thursdays, call ahead to place your order before they sell out! Take out only. 250-433-3210.
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Los Panas Kitchen Food Stand

Market Square, Lower Courtyard in front of Whistle Buoy Brewing – See map

  • Venezuelan Arepas and Patacones.  Gluten free – Vegan – Vegetarian – Meat Lover. Enjoy the open air, refreshing drinks and festivities!
  • Thur & Fri 5-9pm – Saturdays 4 – 8pm 647-861-9446
  • Arepas: unleavened corn meal patties
  • Patacones (or tostones) green plantains peeled and cut cross-wise. Deep-fried, think of them as a Venezuelan alternative to french fries!
  • The food is as fun as it is delicious: Beach Babe, Black Jack, Blondie, Brunette, The King , Trio. Something for everyone – all gluten free!
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BarBurrito in Nanaimo & Courtenay!

  • Part of a national chain (barburrito.ca) offer an allergen menu but be sure to ask questions
  • 648 Terminal Ave, Nanaimo, British Columbia  – 250-591-2235 – See map
  • Coming soon 6361 Hammond Bay Rd – Phone number to follow – See map
  • 2751 Cliffe Ave, Courtenay – 250-338-1071 – See map

Taco Bandido Food Truck (Courtenay)

  • 2931 Moray Ave – 250-702-0615 – See map
  • Locals say it is 100% gluten free but please ask questions
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Bibliotaco (Cumberland)

  • Gluten-free ‘bowls,’ salads and huevos rancheros – tortillas & burritos contain wheat flour.
  • 2724 Dunsmuir Ave – 250-650-4907 – See map
  • bibliotaco.com

Last minute recommendation! Ichiban Sushi (Courtenay)

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