Close to 500 people helped celebrate Celiac Awareness Month at the first-ever Gluten-Free Foodie Fest on May 7 at the Holiday Brewing Company’s Golden Taproom.
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The indoor-outdoor event packed the parking lot, bringing together Golden’s favorite gluten free-beer with some of the region’s best gluten-free food trucks and bakeries.
Events like these are a godsend to those who suffer with gluten issues. While many restaurants tend to include some GF items on the menu, for those with celiac disease, it’s just not enough.
Many are concerned with cross-contamination in kitchens that prepare both GF and non-GF items.
“Finding safe and delicious gluten-free food can be hard to find and overall exhausting for gluten-sensitive consumers,” said Karen Hertz, founder of Holidaily Brewing. “We vet our food trucks so that when you come to Holidaily’s Golden taproom, you to feel comfortable and safe eating from them”
Highlands Ranch resident Mary Perkins said for her family, most of which have celiac disease, dining without gluten gets complicated — and expensive.
“If we eat out, it usually has to be at a higher-end place that has higher-end food, and that can cost a lot of money,” she explained.
Perkins is happy to see the local gluten-free market growing and hopes the HBC Gluten-Free Foodie Fest becomes an annual event.
An estimated 3 million people in the Unites States suffer from celiac disease, a genetic autoimmune condition disease that mainly affects the gastrointestinal tract when gluten is ingested. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye.
For fledgling GF vendors, the foodie fest is a welcome opportunity to showcase new products, like Chennelle Diong’s frozen ready-to-bake biscuits and cinnamon rolls.
You heard that correctly.
Biscuits and cinnamon rolls.
Diong and her husband, Justin Beaver are the founders of Good Love Foods, a gluten-free bakery that specializes in pre-made baked products.
Diong, who grew up as a baker, said one of the first things she learned to make was biscuits.
After meeting her celiac husband, she wanted to turn her love of baking into something he could eat.
The former corporate events producer now creates a growing line of gluten-free frozen ready-to-bake goods.
So how did Golden’s first GF foodie fest come about?
“Honestly, we usually try to throw some kind of fun party for Celiac Awareness Month, and in the past couple of years we’ve made some really great connections with local bakeries and food trucks, so we thought, why not just do a foodie fest,” Holidaily Brewing Company Marketing Coordinator Hannah Perkins said. “I can’t really think of another gluten-free food fest, so we took it on!”
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