The sights, sounds, ideas and – most importantly – the delicious tastes of Coeliac Queensland’s 9th annual Gluten Free Food Expo will return to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on May 1-2.
The only event of its kind in Queensland, the Gluten Free Food Expo is a two-day gathering of more than 50 of the nation’s favourite gluten-free food producers as well as keynote medical speakers, celebrity MasterChef cooking demonstrations and more, all in support of people with coeliac disease, those living with gluten intolerance or those who choose a gluten-free lifestyle.

Among this year’s Expo highlights will be presentations by:
• Dr Jason Tye-Din: Jason completed his medical degree at Melbourne University in 1995 and undertook clinical training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital specialising in gastroenterology. He completed a PhD at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute studying the immune basis for why gluten is toxic and he now heads a coeliac research lab there. He chairs the Medical Advisory Committee of Coeliac Australia and is regularly involved in coeliac awareness and medical professional education programs.
• Tom McLeod: Tom was appointed National President of Coeliac Australia in July 2014. He was diagnosed with coeliac disease in 2003. Tom is the founding partner of a boutique risk and governance consulting firm, McLeod Governance. He was previously the Global Head of Internal Audit for Rio Tinto.
• Dr Sue Shepherd: An award-winning advanced accredited practising dietitian, nutritionist and author (who also has coeliac disease), Sue owns and operates Shepherd Works – a private dietetic practice in Victoria specialising in gastrointestinal nutritional conditions like coeliac disease and IBS.
• Dr John Croese: A gastroenterologist who recently completed successful clinical trials assessing the therapeutic benefit of hookworms in coeliac and other inflammatory diseases.
• And the Coles MasterChef contestants will deliver a variety of different gluten-free cooking demonstrations, live throughout the two-day event.
Did you know 1 in 70 Australians have coeliac disease? And there are many thousands more living with gluten intolerance. Past Expo attendees have always raved about the opportunities the event provides gluten-free eaters in taste testing products not always easily available in their local shops. With the gluten-free food industry rapidly developing and expanding, the Expo also opens up attendees’ awareness to all the exciting new and different gluten-free food offerings available.
“What’s really exciting for us is the variety of stallholders we will have at the Expo this year,” Coeliac Queensland Executive Officer Glen Harriss said. “The 2014 event was our biggest so far and 2015 is already shaping up to be even bigger.”
A new feature of the Expo this year, the ticket price provides visitors with entry to both Expo days, rather than single entry as was previously the case. This way, visitors can take in presentations by all guest speakers across the two-day event, and shop their hearts out! Tickets are available online and at the door.

WHAT: The Gluten Free Food Expo, presented annually by Coeliac Queensland
WHEN: Friday May 1 (1-7pm) and Saturday May 2 (9am-3pm)
WHERE: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Merivale St, South Brisbane
TICKETS: Online (Coeliac Queensland members $10, non-members $15) or at the door (Coeliac Queensland members $15, non-members $20). Tickets provide two-day access to the Expo

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