Wild Poppy Bakery & Bistro Gets Rave Reviews

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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. View their photo gallery.

541 1st Avenue, Ladysmith • Tues-Fri 8-5 Sat 8-4 • Closed Sundays & Stat Holidays • 250-924-8696 • Wild Poppy Facebook Page

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  • I had my first taste of gluten free chocolate cake from your bistro yesterday and it was the best cake I’ve ever had. I have requested this for my birthday in February and I do not have any food allergies Lindsay
  • Stopped by another place first, but upon hearing of our peanut allergy we were sent to the Wild Poppy, and I’m glad we were! Service excellent, menu interesting and varied and food was fresh and delicious. Interesting selection of drinks and great coffee! We went for breakfast, and next time we are north of the Malahat we will stop in for lunch.  Highly recommended. Matt
  • We ordered a pumpkin cheesecake as we had guests who are gluten intolerant this weekend and everyone said it was by and far the best they’d ever had (GF or not!) Well done! Lisa
  • What a delish bistro! Went for lunch after getting a gift certificate from a friend related to the owners when she found out I have Celiac disease. My husband and I both enjoyed our meals and dessert. It is very relaxing to walk into a restaurant knowing you are safe to order anything off the menu AND know there is no risk of cross contamination like at other restaurants that just provide GF options. I will be back! They should open a location in Nanaimo where they are seriously lacking GF restaurants that are safe to eat at. Robin
  • I just had the best gf muffin I’ve ever had – your Raspberry Cream Cheese. And I’m impressed with all your baked goods. Next time we will stay for breakfast. Well worth the drive from Victoria this morning – thanks! Kaarina
  • I had the best chicken pie with mashed potatoes today!! I didn’t even know you were gluten free until someone told me later. So delicious!! Angela
  • I was in Ladysmith on Friday to visit my brother and having a gluten allergy I was very happy to find a place that serves gluten free food. In the past my experiences with gluten free bread, buns and biscuits has left a lot to be desired. The cinnamon rolls looked so good and I purchased two. OMG they are to die for! I was so happy to finally have a gluten free cinnamon roll that actually tasted like a cinnamon roll! I was so disappointed that The Wild Poppy was closed when I left Ladysmith and was unable to get more to take home with me. Wish I didn’t live so far away! Katerina
  • Five of us for lunch all loved our meals. Would recommend stopping here for breakfast or lunch! Delicious! Linda
  • We came all the way from Nova Scotia for their donuts! It was worth it! Ky
  • Stopped by on my way through Ladysmith over the weekend….all I can say is NY CHEESECAKE!I think I’ve died and gone to heaven! Seriously thought there was no such thing as decent gluten free food…nevermind desserts. Was I ever wrong! I wish I lived closer, but it’ll definitely be a must to stop there anytime I’m driving through! Stacy
  • 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.” Amanda

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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!