Kelowna gluten-free restaurant maps

Just in time for the Kelowna 2012 conference, Ellen Bayens from has produced some terrific gluten-free restaurant maps for the conference.

ON HARVEY AVENUE (Highway 97): 
West Kelowna: 
For the Kids: 
Popular Tourist Attractions: 

See the Kelowna Overview map showing all restaurants, retailers, attractions and kids activities,  denoted by color.

Have some fun –  click on one of the colors at the bottom of the maps and behold!

New Kelowna gluten-free bakery


Sin Grano

Sin Grano Ancient Grains Bakery produces Gluten-free (GF) products for Celiacs, or for those who want to eat healthier but don’t want to compromise on quality or taste.

According to Sin Grano, use of whole ancient grains in the baking is the key difference between them and the competition.

Sin Grano products include Quinoa-buckwheat bread, Sunflower-Flax bread, dry bread pre-mix for bread machines, tortilla style wrap, ciabatta, banana-nut muffin, chocolate muffin and brownies.

Sin Grano Ancient Grains Bakery specializes in gluten-free bread and baked goods. They take full advantage of the goodness and high nutritional content of ancient grains such as quinoa, buckwheat, sorghum, millet, pulses and amaranth.

Zoë Nixon is the owner of Sin Grano. After her family was diagnosed with gluten-intolerance, they tried the gluten-free rice breads available and found them stale and unpalatable. Having a love of baking, Zoë was inspired to create delicious breads for her family to enjoy. Finding that ancient grains were a much better and healthier substitute for rice, Zoë knew she had struck gold!

Zoë has made it her mission to create delicious and nutritious bakery goods for all of Kelowna to enjoy.

Sun Grano does not have a retail shop but their products are sold at a number of Kelowna retailers.

Take action against reactions – Kelowna walk May 7

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Take Action Against Reactions!

Take Action EventThis May, participate in the EpiPen® TAKE ACTION Event, in support of the Allergy/Asthma Information Association (AAIA). Funds raised will go to anaphylaxis research and education.

  • Walk in Kelowna B.C., Vancouver, Winnipeg, Windsor or Mississauga!
  • Walk or Run in Whitby, Ontario or Ottawa.

All locations will feature an assortment of allergy-friendly family fun. Registration is free.

To register or donate now, go to

EpiPen® TAKE ACTION Event Locations and Dates:

  • Kelowna – City Park – Saturday May 7
  • Ottawa – Ottawa River Parkway Trail at Tunney’s Pasture – Saturday May 7
  • Whitby – Heydenshore Pavilion, adjacent to Whitby Waterfront Trail – Saturday May 14
  • Vancouver – Stanley Park (Ceperley Park by Second Beach) – Saturday May 14
  • Winnipeg – Assiniboine Park – Saturday May 14
  • Windsor – Riverfront Trail (Dieppe Gardens) – Saturday May 28
  • Mississauga – Erindale Park – Sunday May 29

Let’s join together to grow a community of parents, children and supporters who understand the challenges of living with anaphylaxis, allergies and asthma.

Take Action today and see how one small step can lead to big change.

We thank you for your support and hope to see you at the Take Action event nearest you.

Sunday only! Gluten-free fun at Arion Therapeutic Farm

By Angela Petrie

I just wanted to tell everyone about a great event we attended today. It is a fundraiser this weekend from 10-3 on Saturday and Sunday at the Arion Therapeutic Farm. It is really cheap entertainment: tour the farm, pat the pot belly pigs, see the alpaca’s, donkeys and the pregnant goat with twins.

Then we went down and enjoyed hot chocolate, face painting, raffles, hot dogs, regular cookies and gluten-free cookies. The gingerbread men were also available gluten-free and dairy-free.

We sat on Santa’s knee and had pony rides. The atmosphere is electric and it was a tonne of fun! The girls saw so many kids they knew. It reminded me of the McMillan Pumpkin Patch.

It supports a great cause – they are fundraising for a whole bunch of things – but the main thing is it provides therapeutic riding for special needs. Click to read the full article about it in the Friday Capital News.

Hope you can all go, enjoy the animals, santa etc. and support a great cause!

Arion Therapeutic Farm is at 2457 Saucier Road in East Kelowna.

Earl’s offers “Gluten Aware Menu”

I happened to be out at Kelowna’s Earl’s Kitchen and Bar across from the Sails in downtown Kelowna last week and was pleasantly surprised to find out they now offer a “Gluten Aware Menu”. I decided to do some more digging.

Melissa Pulsifer is the marketing and customer experience coordinator for Earl’s Restaurants.

David, please find attached our “Gluten Aware Menu.” We generally have not published the menu as it is subject to change and not all items are available at all locations or year round, however, it can act as a good guideline.

All of our chefs are trained to be aware of allergy needs and dietary restrictions. If our customers wish to call the head chef of the Earls restaurant in their area, he will be happy to answer specific questions about any menu items. We strongly encourage our guests to advise their server of their allergies and they will happily make any adjustments to accommodate your requirements.

Click to view Earl’s Gluten Aware Menu. (PDF)

Earl’s is to be congratulated for this first step to help it’s Celiac customers. Please do note that the menu is subject to change. The menu I saw at the Kelowna location, for example, was different from this one and did not have prices on it.

Winfield Thai restaurant not gluten-free

Update:  My apologies – a call to this restaurant returned after this article was posted that they are not aware of Celiac Disease or the need for gluten-free.  I guess this is a good lesson that we must check whenever we go out.

Winfield now has a Thai restaurant. It’s called Chantana’s and it’s inside the Lakewood Mall (where Tim Horton’s is). The official address is 17-11852 Highway 97, Winfield, BC V4V 1E3 and phone number is 250-766-6660

Their hours are Monday to Saturday for lunch 11 am – 2 pm and for supper 5 pm – 9 pm. They are closed Sundays.

According to one reviewer, “It’s a weird location and reno’s are on-going. It’s tiny, only seating 15 people. This place will not remain hidden for long judging by the food. It was really good. I am definitely going back. Prices were very reasonable too – most lunch dishes were around $8 – $10 for big portions. Not sure if they’ have a liquor license. The owner apparently used to be the head cook at Mon Thong at one time. Very yummy. They do take-out too. I wish them well but I don’t think they’re going to need my wishes – if today’s lunch was any indication she’ll do well.”

Another reviewer said “It’s pretty much a weird little 15 seater restaurant with no ambiance… I think we need to give this place time to find its roots. I phoned in a take-out lunch the other day – it was very fresh and very good.”

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Thai food restaurants are known for their Celiac friendly menus. Let us know your take on it with a comment below.