|Joy McCarthy Joyous Health|
In the never ending quest to find better foods and to see if I could find products that would help my friends I decided to go to the GLUTEN FREE GARAGE event that was held at Wychwood Barns this past sunday. I brought my friend who is in search for bread with me to see if he could find some things.
We tried many samples but unfortunately there weren't any samples of bread for him to try but there were a lot of crackers. It's easy to make a cracker taste good because you can use flax seeds and dried herbs to make a crispy cracker. It's a lot harder to make a light and tasty bread that rises without the gluten. He did find a vendor that sold various flours and had a multi grain bread mix which my friend bought to try out. He paid $5 for the package and will get 2 loaves from that. We will see how they turn out as soon as he tries it.
The other thing that I have tried in the past that was never very good was Pasta. I'm a purist and just prefer the taste of regular pasta, but I must say that I was impressed with the taste of Ital Pasta's penne in tomato sauce that they sampled at the event. It just tasted good. A pleasant surprise. They were also sampling polenta which I suppose a lot of people use to instead of some other things. That was tasty as well.
There were many bakery products but I didn't try much of them, I only tried the samples.
One thing I must say is that there are companies trying to cash in on the gluten free trend where they really shouldn't be marketing it that way because the products have probably always been gluten free like the use of corn in products and say a tomato sauce that doesn't have a flour or cornstarch thickener.
You need to be careful still when buying some products because they may increase the fats or sugars to make the products taste better when they take out the gluten. It's the same as yoghurt, when it says zero fat it has increased the sugar content for flavour.
At the event there was also Tonica Kombucha which I have written about before and there were other Kombucha and smoothie drinks. There were dips and spreads, and falafels which are probably normally gluten free as well.
But I have to say that most of the food I sampled tasted very good. There was only a couple of things that I tried that I didn't love but I suppose there are people that get used to some of the products when it's the only thing they can eat.
I sat in on one demo with the owner of Bunner's Bakery which just opened a location in Kensington Market. She made a really tasty granola and a breakfast waffle that would be a great breakfast substitute item. She had a beautiful cookbook on display and a large booth where my other friend tried a cinnamon bun and said you couldn't tell that it wasn't gluten free.
So all in all I would say the event was very successful and I am sure it helped a lot of people find products in one place instead of searching all over town. It enabled them to sample before buying a lot of the products so it would save them a lot of time and money which is always a good thing these days.
And for me I learned a few new products that I can recommend to my gluten struggling friends and I know that if I have a dinner party that there are options out there that will accommodate people's ever changing diets.
for more info about the show and the vendors check out the website www.glutenfreegarage.ca