It is estimated that for each person diagnosed with gluten intolerance, celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis, 90 are undiagnosed and dealing with health consequences. The average time it takes to diagnose celiac disease from the onset of symptoms is 10 years. Having celiac disease but not being treated for it could lead to serious health problems from osteoporosis to lymphoma to stomach cancer. While other diseases may be treated with a prescription pill, celiac disease has one cure - complete avoidance of gluten, the protein found in wheat, barley, rye and contaminated oats. Gluten free foods are now more widely available, but generally at a higher cost then comparable wheat based products. Two of our local GIG branches have banded together to organize this annual food fair allowing folks to sample foods from over 40 vendors and hopefully find products they enjoy and want to buy regularly.
Food fair patrons from 2010, waiting for the door prize numbers to be called.
The Portland and McMinnville Branches of the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) are hosting the 8th Annual Springtime Gluten Free Food Fair on Saturday, May 19th, 2012. The mission of these support groups is to increase awareness of gluten intolerance by providing support to individuals and families; accurate information and resources’ educational programs; and outreach to health care professionals and restaurants. This event is a fund-raiser which allows these groups to offer other events and services without a charge through out the year.
Saturday May 19th 2012
Doors open to the public at 11 am and stay open till 3 pm.
$5 per person
$10 per family (of two or more)
Kids under 12 get in FREE!
Most venders are unable to accept credit cards at the fair so be sure to bring cash and checks!
The proceeds from our eighth annual food fair will benifit the Portland Metro GIG and Gluten Free Friends of McMinnville. Help us to help you.