Where there’s vegan food, you’ll often find gluten-free options. The reverse isn’t necessarily true though. For instance, when I popped into Mygoodness! Gluten & Wheat Free Kitchen on East Broadway and inquired about vegan options, the proprietor responded, “I’m not vegan.”
However, there will be plenty of vegan food products on site when the Gluten Free Expo returns to Vancouver on January 13, 2013. The event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Vancouver Convention Centre, will feature several speakers and more than 100 vendors offering samples and selling their goods. Tickets are $12 at the door, and kids 10 and under get in free.
Vendors known for their vegan products include local businesses Daiya Foods, GluteNull, Indigo Food Café, North of 49 Naturals, Silver Hills Bakery, and Vega, as well as U.S. brands Coconut Bliss, Earth Balance, and Earth Island (Follow Your Heart).
Billed as the largest gluten-free event in Canada, the expo is also slated to land in Calgary (March 24) and Toronto (September 14 to 15) in 2013.