Sunday, December 11, 2011

Butterdome Craft Fair

Yesterday we took some time out to go to the Butterdome Craft Fair - It was my first time at this event so I do not have a comparison to other years, I went with my guy and his mom and she said it seems to have more variety this year and one thing she noticed was the GLUTEN FREE signs on so many more of the vendors.  It really was nice to see - hard to find items like rubs, spice mixtures, dressings, sauces, marinades - if it hadn't been so crowded it would have been nicer to really take a good look at more than the few we stopped at.  All in all it is quite the place - the craft fair - definitely on the whole a lot of very talented people and so many different and quite unique items, mostly pricey but you could also find a surprising find or two. 

Two of the gluten free vendors we purchased from:  First the "Daksha Gourmet Spices" - in which all their spices and spice mixes are gluten free.  We bought 4 different spice mixtures to try: Tandoori, Tikka Masala, Butter Chicken, and Chicken Curry.  As we use them in different dishes I shall write up a piece on each, looking forward to incorporating some Indian tastes into our meals.  Daksha Narsing also has written a cookbook "Tastefully Indian"  while I didn't get this one at the craft fair I am going to order it online, she was explaining to us that she also even has included a few bread recipes, gluten free ones, that she found with testing worked very well with Indian foods.  As I would like to incorporate more Indian Food tastes into our menu - Celiacs long for variety :)  I think this cookbook will be a good add. 

The other company we bought from was the Blue Kettle Specialty Foods. From this company we bought some Vegetarian Antipasto, and a few marinades/vinaigrette - the Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette, Greek Dressing and Herb Vinaigrette ~ looking forward to seeing the how these tastes change up the routine of cooking. :)  They have a number of products that are now Gluten Free but not all are ~ so definitely have to check with the manufacturer, bottle label, online information before you buy these products.

Next year I hope there are even more vendors and I will come even better prepared to buy and take home some more great gluten free products to change up the taste and routine of cooking meals.  So hope the great trend continues at other craft fairs and farmers markets - I do believe there is a huge market out there for them, and from talking to a few of the vendors they can feel this growing as well.  Cool. :)

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