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The Gluten Free Living Show showcases the growing ‘free from’ market

Kevin Dundon

The Gluten Free Living Show is taking place on Saturday the 1st of October 2016 in Dublin. The event is aimed at those interested in living gluten free as well as diagnosed coeliacs, and the exciting line-up promises visitors a food focused, interactive and informative day on gluten free living.

The line-up comprises a food fair with around 25 exhibitors, including many Irish gluten free food producers. These include BFree, whose just launched new sweet potato wraps are free from the top 14 allergens. Award-winning Co Cork craft butchers Hodgins Sausages will be sampling its range of gluten free sausages and puddings. Co Laois-based Rosie & Jim breaded and battered chicken products are a new addition to the Coeliac Society of Ireland Food List this year. Successful Irish start-up Cool Beans started out sampling on the music festival circuit and its snack tubs are now available in supermarkets in Ireland as well as Waitrose in the UK. West Cork dedicated gluten-free bakery Bia Ganbreise is probably best known for its award-winning Gookies gluten-free cookie dough and it produces a whole range of gluten-free baked products besides.

The food fair will also feature some of the bigger, international gluten-free brands including Fria Gluten Free, Juvela, Bunalun Organic and free’ist, as well as Hüfi and Daura Damm gluten free beer.

A number of cookery demonstrations also form part of the line-up including a Karma Kitchen Demo by television chef and cookbook writer Kevin Dundon.

An expert panel discussion on the theme of gluten-free on-the-go snacking will include Maria Betts of award-winning gourmet cereal brand Maria Lucia Bakes. SafeFood will be giving a talk on food labelling and how to read and understand them.

Expert talks will include one on medical diagnosis by Dr Nick Kennedy of Trinity College Dublin and President of the Coeliac Society of Ireland. A speed dating dietetics clinic will provide a forum for show-goers to discuss their gluten free matters. A fun Academy of GF Kids! will educate coeliac children on living a gluten free life.  

The Gluten Free Living Show is sponsored by SuperValu and Marketing Manager Tara Clifford said, “We are delighted to sponsor this event. SuperValu has supported the Coeliac Society of Ireland for the last three years as this market continues to grow year on year. SuperValu has invested heavily in developing a range of gluten free products that offer good value and great taste. Our Food Academy programme has also produced a large number of  innovative products demonstrating the potential for small producers to develop some nice niche products. This show is a great opportunity to showcase the range of gluten-free produce available and for us to engage with our shoppers to get their views.”   

The Gluten Free Living Show takes place on 1st October, 11am-4.30pm, in the Crowne Plaza Northwood, Santry, Co Dublin. Tickets are priced at €10 and can be booked in advance online via the Coeliac Society of Ireland website at www.coeliac-ireland.com. The first 100 entrants will receive a complimentary gluten free goodie bag.