There was exciting news for Coeliac sufferers today as Gluten Free Ireland have announced they are holding their first exclusively Gluten Free Food Fair in Belfast.

Set in one of Belfast’s most unique venues, Crumlin Road Gaol, on September 17, the miniature food expo has been designed to specially cater for those with Coeliac disease and those on a gluten free diet.

Coeliac Disease sufferers can eat quineoa, wheat-free grains and gluten-free pasta

Now in its sixth year, the Gluten Free Ireland Food Fairs have been held in Ballycastle, Omagh, Enniskillen, Ballymena and Randalstown.

But as this is the first time the event has come to Belfast, the event is sure to attract visitors from all around the country.

Gluten free brownies

As sufferers from Coeliac Disease will no doubt know, sourcing gluten free food can be difficult – and expensive.

And whilst Belfast restaurants have certainly come on leaps and bounds in recent months in terms of its Gluten Free options, it can be difficult to know what you can and can’t eat when out and about.


Therefore, the family event showcases local and international gluten free food producers – as well providing advice and support on living gluten free.

Gluten Free Ireland was started by husband and wife team, Derek and Christina Thompson from their home in Ballynahinch in 2010.


Son Michael built the website which has become one of the best known and most active communities for people with Coeliac disease in Northern Ireland and Ireland.

The doors are open from noon until 5pm and visitors can chat with producers, suppliers and agencies involved in gluten free food production and distribution, as well as buying gluten free foods and enjoying a range of special offers.


And make sure you get down there early!

The website advises: “With our food fair in Ballycastle attracting over 200 visitors and many stalls selling out before the end of the day, we advise arriving early in the afternoon to enjoy the samples on offer and purchase the delicious gluten free foods on offer.”


Free parking will also be at the event. Tickets are £2 for over 16’s and visitors are advised to book online at

You’ll also find great info on local hotels and restaurants in your area that cater for Coeliac sufferers.

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