Choices Gluten-Free Fair

Vancouver – Saturday, May 29, 2010, 9am-2pm
South Surrey – Sunday, May 30, 2010, 9am-4pm

Choices Markets and the Canadian Celiac Association have joined forces once again to host the Fifth Annual Gluten-Free Health Fairs. The lower mainland events take place at the following dates:

St. Mark’s Anglican Church, 1805 Larch Street in Vancouver Saturday, May 29, 9am-2pm

Choices Markets’ South Surrey location, Sunday, May 30, 2010 from 9am–4pm.

Gluten-free living doesn’t have to be boring—this is what Choices’ Annual Gluten-Free Fair hopes to make clear for those living with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. From 9:00am–12:00pm, the event will kick off with lectures by the following experts:

  • Dr. Hugh Freeman, MD, Gastroenterologist, Researcher & Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.
  • Desiree Nielsen, RD, Choices’ own dietitian & Dietian Advisor for the Vancouver Chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association
  • Dr. Arjuna Veeravagu, ND Naturopathic physician specializing in Gluten Intolerance

    Those who are new to the gluten free diet will gain a solid understanding of Celiac Disease and the gluten-free diet. For Celiac veterans, this event will offer insight about the many conditions associated with Celiac Disease and how to maintain optimum health.

    Choices’ Dietitian, Desiree Nielsen stresses the importance of helping people get past simply surviving without gluten: “Living Gluten Free is about more than just finding gluten free foods. As we learn more about the nature of gluten intolerance and Celiac Disease, we have the opportunity to go beyond just gluten free. We have the resources to help people thrive with a nutritious diet that explores new foods and cuisines and makes food fun again.”

    Celiac disease affects 1 in 100 people, but 97% go undiagnosed. Some of the many symptoms of celiac disease include unexplained low iron, recurring or persistent diarrhea or constipation, stomach pain, bone and joint pain, depression, infertility, recurrent miscarriages, and migraines.

    Space is limited and registration is necessary for Choices gluten free fairs. All who register for the lectures will receive a complimentary gift bag full of coupons and delicious gluten-free goodies.

    To register for the Vancouver event, call Choices Markets Kitsilano at 604-736-0009.
    To register for the South Surrey event call Choices Markets South Surrey at 604-541-3902.

    Admission fee is $15 at the door. All net proceeds will benefit the local chapter of the Celiac Association.

    For those interested in tasting just how good gluten-free can be, there will be complimentary samples of gluten-free foods available from 11:00am–4:00pm at the South Surrey Event. Sampling is open to the public, and registration is not required for food samplers.


    The Canadian Celiac Association is a volunteer-based registered charity that provides resources and support to people with celiac disease. It also hosts and promotes public awareness and research initiatives within the community. For more information on the Vancouver chapter of the Celiac Association, visit

    Choices Markets is recognized as one of the leading suppliers of gluten-free products in Western Canada and is proud to carry an extensive line of food for all types of dietary needs. Choices is also the only grocer in BC with its own Rice Bakery that specializes in hand-made, gluten-free foods.

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