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. Three of our local GIG branches have banded together to organize this annual food fair allowing folks to sample foods from over 25 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 Gluten Free Food Fair is a family event, where one can enjoy meeting people and sampling delicious gluten free foods. There will also be a door prize drawing with an estimated 25-30 baskets of gluten free products. The GIG support groups will be distributing information about monthly meetings and other events in the area. There will be resource tables staffed by health care providers knowledgeable about gluten intolerance.
All Saints Catholic Church
3847 NE Glisan St. Portland Oregon
In the GYM
Saturday, May 7th, 2011
11:00 am - 2 pm
$5 per person
$10 per family (of two or more)
DRAWINGS FOR DOOR PRIZES:
Drawings to be held at 12 noon, 1 pm and 1:45 pm
The entrance fee includes one door prize ticket.
Additional tickets can be purchased once inside.
The proceeds from our sixth annual food fair will benifit the Portland Metro GIG, Mid-Willamette Valley GIG of Salem and Gluten Free Friends of McMinnville. Help us to help you.