The weekend of 25 -26 July 2015 was a big one on the Adelaide food calendar last year when the city hosted its first Gluten Free and Healthy Lifestyle Expo. We know, because we were there. We even may have sai hello!
Around 50 exhibitors at the Wayville Showgrounds mingled with the thousands of pastry, bread, beer craving crowd, anxious to see the latest and freshest gluten free treats all in one place for the first time in Adelaide. Coeliacs, gluten intolerant people and just those wanting to eat better, were educated and entertained by a wonderful line up of interesting guest speakers, and tempted by cooking demonstrations and treats to try and buy. And from the feedback we heard and read, people did not leave disappointed.
We were overwhelmed by the turn out, the wonderful people we met on the Silly Yaks stand, and the support of Coeliac South Australia and Northern Territory, their members, guests and volunteers. One of the best things about attending an expo is being able to talk to you all, face-toface.
The Gluten Free café was a particular hit on the day. No one had to worry that they asked too many questions when they ordered their food, or to fear that their concerns might be brushed off. Instead questions were firing because of enjoyment and anticipation of great products and service, and the camaraderie of like-minded diners added to the buzz and atmosphere of the event.
“After I was diagnosed with coeliac disease, I said yes to food, with great enthusiasm. . . . I vowed to taste everything I could eat, rather than focusing on what I could not.” ― Shauna James Ahern
If you did visit us at the Silly Yaks stand, you may recall these products are supplied to Foodland Supermarkets across South Australia, with more and more orders and outlets being added every week. We are the proud distributor of these incredible quality products (as well as many others!) for the region. The amazing taste and mouthfeel, without a hint of cardboard, are the hallmarks of our incredible gluten free range and it’s an honour to be reintroducing much loved and missed treats such as cookies, muffins, pizza bases and savoury pies and pastries to the diets of Coeliacs and gluten intolerant eaters locally.
The date for future expos has yet to be released, however based on the response and success of the 2015 we know there is more to come. We can’t wait to be exhibiting at the 2017 event, and meeting even more locals looking for gluten free options to introduce or reintroduce to their once limited choices. Watch this space, our Facebook Page or the organiser’s website for more information on the next big event. As soon as the next expo is announced, we’ll be securing our space and shouting the news from the rooftops.