Gluten free expo 2017
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Gluten Free Expo 2017

Last weekend I attended the Gluten Free Expo 2017, organised by Coeliac Australia. It was my first time there, and I found it really valuable to get to know which brands I can use and recommend to my clients who have CD or an intolerance to gluten.

Talks and demos

There were two stages were the event sponsors (Coles and others) ran cooking demos and talks for the audience.

Coles cooking demoTalk


It was really good to find out that gluten free bread is getting better and better. There are a few brands out there that are producing non-cakey, non-crumpety bread that are worth checking out: Schär with really good European-style breads, Genius Gluten Free with a sandwich bread that is remarkably similar to regular bread, Bakers Maison, with a pretty good (but expensive) sourdough and white loaf bread, and last but not least Deeks Bread, who make really good products (short and sweet ingredients lists) and a potato-based paleo loaf.

Genius Gluten FreeGenius Gluten FreeBakers Maison breadBakers Maison bread
Deeks breadSchar breadSimply Wize crusty breadGluten Free Bakehouse bread

Ready-made meals

The other sector in gluten-free products that seems to have grown exponentially is that of ready-made meals. This is especially important for people who need to eat gluten-free but don’t have enough time or skills to cook every meal from scratch. A couple of companies that I particularly liked were The Gluten Free Meal Co., which offers a wide variety of really tasty meals and finger food delivered to your door and New Chinese Garden, with single-serve Chinese meals that are really tasty and free of crappy ingredients


The Gluten Free Meal Co - butter chickenThe Gluten Free Meal Co - meat lovers pizza bitesThe Gluten Free Meal Co - vegetable samosasThe Gluten Free Meal Co - Korean beef
The Gluten Free Meal Co - meatballs and penneNew Chinese Garden mealsRice KingJase's Kitchen frozen pizzas


The next category in order of importance is, of course, beer. Both O’Brien and Wilde were present and, because they were not allow to sell booze at the event, I had to come back for more samples multiple times.

O'Brien beerWilde Gluten Free Beer


Other beverages showcased at the expo included chocolate tea, hydration drinks, organic herbal teas and kombucha.

Chocolate teaBolero hydration drinksNeo Organic TeaOpera Foods kombucha, etc.

Wraps and pizza bases

There were also a few brands of wraps and pizza bases, of which Julian’s Gluten Free pizza bases are worth mentioning, as they have developed a thin, crisp, non-cakey base that is very close to the real deal.

Julian's Gluten Free pizza basesJulian's Gluten Free pizza basesBFree wrapsTrue Foods wraps


Most of the products at the expo were snacks. Being a dietitian, I feel compelled to encourage people to eat real food for the bulk of their meals and avoid processed snacks. Having said that, there’s a time and a place to indulge on treats. A few of them that caught my eye were: Schar sweet and savoury biscuits and crackers, which are very close to the real deal, Carman’s seedy crackers, Simply Wize‘s Oreo-type cookies, and Syndian dips.

Schar biscuitsScharSimply Wize biscuitsCarman's crackers
Carman's bliss ballsCarman's protein barsPiranha probiotic snacksPiranha snacks
Roasted fava beans

Roasted chickpeasCrafted Blends quinoa chipsCrafted Blends snacks
Food For Health clustersFood For Health barsFood For Health bitesSyndian dips


The sauces and meal bases had a strong presence, too, making it easy to whip up gluten-free Asian and Mexican dishes.

Spice Craft saucesDiego's FoodsDing The Recipe saucesAyam


The flours & mixes section was represented by very well known brands such as Bob’s Red Mill and relatively new players such as Teff Tribe who make a range of mixes utilising teff (a low GI, high protein, high fibre gluten free grain), and Melinda’s Gluten Free with their low(er) carb range of cake mixes.

Bob's Red MillTeff TribeTeff TribeMelinda's Gluten Free
Melinda's Gluten FreeMelinda's Gluten FreeYes You Can baking productsYes You Can cake mixes

Food stalls

Finally, no expo is complete without food stalls. There were hot dogs, coffee, donuts and arepas, but I could not fit more food in my belly.

Hot dogsCoffeeDonutsArepas

For the full list of exhibitors, click here and keep your eyes peeled for next year’s expo.

Gluten Free Expo

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