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The Gluten Free Expo is back!

The Coeliac Society of NSW will host the 6th annual Gluten Free Expo on Friday 6th August and Saturday 7th August at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. The expo is a free event for the public, showcasing a wide variety of gluten free products available to purchase and taste, as well as featuring a number of informative talks, seminars and live cooking demonstrations.

The expo attracts over 10,000 people each year, with more than ever expected to attend this year, partly due to the increase in the number of people requiring a gluten free diet, or being diagnosed with coeliac disease. Although 1 in 100 Australians have coeliac disease, 75% of sufferers have not been detected, resulting in over 200,000 Australians unaware of the fact that they are living with the disease .

The recent increase in coeliac diagnosis has also encouraged a growth in the variety of gluten free food available on the market.

“Food manufacturers are now developing gluten free products that once had to be ruled out of a coeliacs diet completely” says Graham Price, Technical Officer of The Coeliac Society. “The expo is a great opportunity for people to learn about the range of gluten free products that are now available, under one roof”.

The expo will be host to a range of expert speakers and chefs, who will provide entertaining talks and presentations. Among the special guests will be researcher Dr Robert Anderson, an international authority in coeliac disease and current leader of the commercial development of the ‘coeliac vaccine’. The vaccine, which is still in development, will ultimately be able to minimise the effects of gluten on those with coeliac disease and gluten intolerance.

A vast and exciting range of gluten free products, a gluten free café, recipes and live cooking demonstrations are planned for the expo. Popular chef Teresa Cutter, a regular on Channel 7’s Sunrise and writer for numerous health publications, will be among the chefs presenting a live cooking demonstration.

The 2010 Gluten Free Expo is proudly sponsored by Coles, Simply Wize, Tasty Bite and Country Life Bakery.

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