I'm a mother of four with two coeliac children. I'm always on the lookout for great gluten-free spots around Brisbane and feature gluten-free cooking in my blog: coeliacfamily.blogspot.com.au
I'm also a muso and enjoy live music around town.
On Friday May 23 and Saturday 24, Coeliac Queensland will once again present the Gluten Free Food Expo. Held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, this is the largest gathering of Gluten Free Food Producers, Cooking Demonstrations, Information Sessions and Food Samples in Brisbane, all gathered together under the one roof.
Coeliac disease is a reaction to eating gluten and common symptoms can include lack of energy, digestive and bowel issues, nutritional deficiencies and a general feeling of being unwell. Approximately 340000 Australians are thought to suffer from the disease, yet amazingly eighty percent of these remain undiagnosed. Diagnosis is simple and involves a blood test by your GP, followed by endoscopic testing if you are found to have coeliac antibodies. There is also a genetic test available as this is a hereditary disease.
Whether you are a coeliac, know a coeliac or just have an interest in gluten free food, this expo is worth a visit. Producers of gluten free foodstuffs will be there to show off their products, with taste testing and great purchase deals. Expect to see major companies such as Coles, Leda, San Remo and Well and Good, as well as smaller artisan companies such as Zehnder, Careme Pastry, Brookfarm and many more.
If gluten free cooking is driving you nuts with cakes that crumble and pastry that's pathetic, then why not attend a cooking class? Kim McCosker of 4 Ingredients Gluten Free fame, Tania Hubbard (easy flat bread and hamburger buns) and Debra Maloney (My Gluten Free Gourmet Kitchen) will be on hand to give some cooking tips. They will be joined by Masterchef Finalists Courtney Rolston and Michael Weldon who will be giving gluten free cooking demonstrations.
4 Ingredients Gluten Free - Kim McCosker
There is a full program of presenters on the Information Stage, including Dr Sue Shepherd, who will give an important seminar on distinguishing Coeliac Disease from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. To see the full list of presenters and cooking demonstrations, you can visit the What's On Page on the Expo website.
The Expo will take place at the Brisbane Covention and Exhibition Centre on Friday 23 May from 1pm - 7pm and Saturday 24 May from 9am - 3pm. Tickets are cheaper if pre-ordered online at TryBooking. Online they will cost $5 for Coeliac Queensland Members or $10 for non-member adults ( a small booking fee). At the door Coeliac Queensland Members will pay $10 and non-member Adults $15. All children under 16 are free. To find out more information visit the Expo Website.
So upset I only saw this post at 8pm on Saturday 24th!!!! As an undiagnosed but feel a 100% better without gluten, Mum of 3 this would had been amazing to attend. I will be following your blog for all the hints and tricks!