Gluten-Free Food Show Set for Higher Turnout This Year

Rising awareness of coeliac disease means Coeliac UK’s Wales Gluten Free Food Show will likely welcome its biggest turnout to date

Image credit: Coeliac UK. More than 20 local and national companies will be present offering samples from their ranges

An independent charity’s gluten free food festival will return to Cardiff on 16 November and is set to welcome its biggest turnout yet.

Taking place at Cardiff City Stadium, Coeliac UK’s Wales Gluten Free Food Show expects to see more than 1,500 visitors and will feature activities from presentations and panel discussions, to a showcase of gluten free products on the market.

The free event will have more than 20 local and national companies, including sponsors Warburtons, Old El Paso and Garofalo offering samples from their ranges.

Tristan Humphreys, Coeliac UK’s Lead in Wales, said: “Building on the enormous turnout at last year’s event in Cardiff we are confident that this year will be even bigger and better than before.

“The whole purpose here is to showcase the huge range of products that are available. Being able to go to an event like this where everything is gluten free is a rarity, without the stress or concern about what you are eating.”

The event relocated to Cardiff City Stadium from the city’s Radisson Blu Hotel, where its rising year-on-year popularity has meant a need for more activities and larger space.

BBC’s MasterChef 2016 winner, Jane Devonshire, will also be in attendance signing copies of her cookbook, Hassle Free Gluten Free, as well as doing a gluten free cooking demonstration. 

She said to the charity: “My youngest child, Ben, was diagnosed with coeliac disease when he was two-years-old, so most of the food we eat is gluten free and no one really notices. It has become a way of life and integral to how I cook.”

Coeliac disease affects one in 100 people in the UK. If you are concerned by symptoms such as anaemia, diarrhoea, fatigue and regular mouth ulcers, the charity recommends to ask your GP for a blood test.

What is coeliac disease?

  • Coeliac disease is a digestive condition caused by a reaction to gluten.
  • Affects 1 in 100 people in the UK and Europe.
  • There is no cure for the condition.
  • Coeliac disease is a genetic condition.
  • 1 in 4 people who have the disease have been misdiagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines states anyone with IBS symptoms should be tested for coeliac disease before IBS diagnosis is made.
  • Symptoms can include mouth ulcers, skin rash (dermatitis herpetiformis), sudden or unexpected weight loss and anaemia.
  • Foods which contain 20 parts per million (ppm) or less of gluten can be labelled as gluten free.

About Coeliac UK

  • Coeliac UK was founded in 1968.
  • Initially called The Coeliac Society.
  • Coeliac UK’s Wales office opened in 2013.
  • In 1971, had around 5,000 members; increased to 12,000 in 1976.
  • Launched the Live Well Gluten Free magazine for its members.
  • The Welsh Assembly Cross Party Group on Coeliac Disease and DH is made up of Coeliac UK members as well as healthcare professionals and Assembly Members.
  • 150,000 suitable products are featured in their Food and Drink Guide.
  • Regularly host events in the Senedd to raise awareness of the condition. 
  • 2005, hosted first medical research conference at the Royal Society of Medicine in London.
  • Celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018.

Originally published here on Alt.Cardiff