When it comes to buying the perfect gift for your gluten-free valentine, you’ve got your choice here in Victoria, Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands!
Scroll down for The Celiac Scene’s Top Picks – we guarantee that your Celiac Sweetheart will love them!
If you are considering a romantic brunch, lunch or dinner, check our list of Restaurants Serving Gluten-Free Valentine’s Day – then make your reservation!
Let’s Eat Guilt Free – Gluten-Free Nirvana in Nanaimo –
A 100% gluten-free oasis in Nanaimo that offers everything you could possibly want or need. Soft and delicious baking from carefully vetted ingredients; recipes crafted with taste and texture in mind. Offering many dairy-free options. precautions can be taken for the nut allergic … 435 Terminal Avenue North, Nanaimo • 250-754-4466
When it Comes to Chocolate – Choose Giddy Yoyo
A delicious chocolate explosion that happens when you take your first bite! Gluten, soy, dairy, and GMO free, this Canadian company is renowned for their comprehensive selection of raw, vegan, certified organic chocolates. Giddy Yoyo uses only Wild Ecuadorian Heirloom Arriba Nacional CACAO and commits to compensating workers with ‘above-fair-trade’ wages … where to buy
Hertel Meats is a beloved Family Enterprise on Vancouver Island. Established in 1967, Hertel’s pioneered the production of products seasoned without the use of monosodium glutamate. They are equally renowned for fresh sausages processed without gluten, lactose (milk) products or artificial preservatives. Hertel’s bacon products are naturally smoked i.e. cured without the use of sodium nitrite, nitrate or other chemical preservatives … where to buy
Santa Gluten-Free Cafe, the heart and soul of gluten-free eating in Victoria also offers a comprehensive inventory of unique, quality gluten-free products, carefully curated, many locally sourced and often at the lowest price in Victoria. Staff are ready to assist you with your purchases or take special occasion orders. Your complete satisfaction is Sante’s highest priority. 2630 Quadra Street, Victoria • 250-590-7174
Eat It Up Baking Classes
by Lisa Diamond, Registered Dietitian and Co-Author of The New Gluten-Free Resource Guide™
• Fun interactive classes with how-to basics, demonstrations and hands on practice
• Recipes, ingredients and equipment provided
• BONUS: The New Gluten-Free Demystifying Gluten-Free Baking A Resource Guide just $15 with the class … details here
Bard’s Beer is the first gluten-free beer made from sorghum and the only beer brewed with 100% malted sorghum. Beer sommeliers describe Bard’s as “medium clear amber gold colour with moderate head; aromas of roasted malt, toasted grains with sweet fruit notes; off-dry, medium bodied, with balanced hops, flavours of apple, caramel and sweet [gluten-free] grain.” Celiacs call it delicious … where to buy
Cascadia Gluten-Free Foods Delicious, gluten-free, oat-free granola and bars made with premium ingredients. A business borne out of necessity in Vancouver, BC, the granola and bars were a solution to breakfast and snacks when creator Pamela Baxter’s daughter was diagnosed with celiac disease. Enjoy granola with peanuts, nut-free granola, granola bars and nut-free bars … where to buy
Cloud 9 Specialty Bakery At last! Create your own nutritious, delicious granola combinations with their gluten-free mix of puffed quinoa, golden flax seed, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and oats as your starting point! Make quick, gluten-free granola bars for when you’re on the go, breakfast granola, desserts to protein smoothies … where to buy.
Real Foods Corn Thins contain the great taste of golden sun-ripened corn, popped at high heat for maximum crunch and flavor. Decidedly non-GMO and certainly gluten free, there is so much more than corn to this very versatile Australian brand: • Sorghum • Brown Rice • Buckwheat • Flax • Millet • Sesame • Sea Salt • Sunflower Oil. A fabulous sandwich substitute … available at most retailers.
Glutenull Bakery is a dedicated gluten-free bakery in Coquitlam, British Columbia. Otari and his family started their business in 2011. Their products are verified non-GMO, vegan, as well as dairy and yeast-free. The sweets have natural sweeteners and are low in sugar content. The yeast-free breads are low in starch. With a celiac in our family, it’s a relief to find that Glutenull’s products are Certified Gluten-Free … where to buy.
Gramma Dee’s Gourmet Snacks – A cheese bread like you have never enjoyed before. Think cream puffs filled with cheese. A delicate, crispy crust breaks open to a fluffy center with four kinds of cheese ready to melt in your mouth. So versatile and delicious, you’ll find a reason to enjoy them with meals, as snacks or entertaining. Gramma Dee makes them – you bake them … where to buy.
O’Dough’s – Too Good to Be Gluten Free! Healthful, high quality, soft, gluten-free savory breads, buns, pizza crusts, and absolutely delicious sweet cakes. Not only do O’Dough’s products taste great, they are made with wholesome, nutritious ingredients – from their family to yours … where to buy.
Screamin Brothers Dairy-Free Frozen Treats We owe it all to Dawson and his food sensitivities! Screamin Brother JR may be tall, and little brothers Joseph and David cute, but if you have gluten-intolerance and/or allergies to milk, egg, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, sulphites, sesame seeds, seafood and mustard, these dairy-free frozen treats, Dawson deserves all of our thanks … where to buy.
Wendel’s True Foods believe that, “Life can be complicated, food shouldn’t be.” Famous in the gluten-free community – and beyond – for their sumptuous line of fine squares, pies, cheesecakes and more, their newly-launched line of Cake, Muffin, Pancake and All Purpose mixes will make you a Master Baker … where to buy.
Bake My Day creates sumptuous baking, by any standard!
- Ready-to-Eat Tarts
- Ready-to-Bake Fruit Pies, Fruit Turnovers, Pork, Sausage Rolls and Spanakopita
- Ready-to-bake Pie Shells and Tart Shells
- Ready-To-Roll Puff Pastry Dough
Made in a dedicated gluten-free facility in Duncan, BC from documented to be gluten-free ingredients, these pastries are not only trusted to be safe for celiacs – they are guaranteed to be delicious … where to buy.
Benjamin’s Bites – Debbie Esposito was determined create a cookie that her food-sensitive toddler Benjamin could enjoy. Many batches of cookies later, Benjamin’s Bites‘ was born, free of the top allergens: gluten, eggs, soy, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame seeds or sulphites. Benjamin’s has become the go-to cookie for anyone who loves a delicious treat … where to buy.
La Nougaterie is a Quebec company that specializes in producing traditional, soft and sumptuous nougat from real egg whites in combinations of black current, blueberry, candied orange, cranberry, honey almond and maple. A guilty gluten-free pleasure of the highest order, perfect for Valentine’s Day … where to buy.
Okanagan Rawsome products are shining stars within the gluten-free, health conscious community. Afke Zonderland, Raw Food Chef and Co-Founder/daughter Anna, turn Okanagan apples and carrots into a made-in-BC success story. They’ve mastered mixing what farmer’s grow in the Interior with carefully sourced and sprouted seeds and fruit. With the tincture of time and low temperature as final ingredients, you’ve got a great gluten-free ‘Smoothie in a Cracker!’ … where to buy.
Stella’s Gluten-Free Perogies – Keri Adams is the uncontested Rockstar for Gluten-Free Ravioli (and perogies) in Canada! Starting with fresh potatoes from a local farmer at her home base in Lacombe, Alberta, Stella’s non-GMO and preservative-free products took the 2014 Canadian Celiac Association National Conference by storm. Dedicated to purity, Stella’s uses only certified gluten-free ingredients, are egg, soy, and sulfite free and come in dairy, lactose, casein-free versions. Available at Sante Gluten-Free Cafe, Country Grocer, Thrifty Foods, SaveOn Foods, Fairway Markets …
Total Prepare – In times of crisis, can you trust that there will be food options for yourself and/or the gluten-free person in your life? For the ultimate gift, protect your family / friends by assuring their health in a time of need. Legacy Premium Meals available through TOTAL PREPARE are Certified Gluten-Free, absolutely safe for celiacs, the gluten-sensitive and the wheat-allergic … where to buy.
Abuelo’s Corn Tortillas & Chips – Vancouver Island is home to the freshest, authentically Mexican, locally-made, gluten-free, organic corn tortillas and tortilla chips.Produced by hand and with pride in the Comox Valley, only non-GMO, organic corn flour and locally grown ingredients are used in these top-quality products … where to buy.
Grimm’s Fine Foods – is a gluten-free brand that celiacs can count on. 50 gluten-, lactose- and soy-free premium meat products combine European tradition with the needs of their most discerning customers. Their products do not contain fillers, by-products, artificial flavoring or coloring and only naturally occurring glutamic acids. That means no added MSG. NEW! Gluten-free tortillas … where to buy.
Portofino Bakery – Tested to be Gluten Free – Portofino Bakery had its beginnings in the very best European style (gluten) baking to be had on Vancouver Island. Now, independently tested to be gluten free, post-production, Portofino is committed to helping celiacs celebrate the very best – every day and every season … where to buy.
Real Food Made Easy – From the moment I laid eyes upon Janice Mansfield’s gluten-free cake gallery, I was in love! Available on a daily basis at Sante Gluten-Free Cafe, the heart and soul of gluten-free eating in Victoria (2630 Quadra Street). For special cake orders and catering for all dietary needs … contact Real Food Made Easy.
Cream Hill Estates Pure Oats – is the industry leader for the production of pure, gluten-free oats in Canada. Setting standards for safe oats for most celiacs, they support our community with products and a host of dietitian-developed recipes. Visit their online store or a retailer near you.
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