Introduction to gluten-free diet
A gluten-free diet excludes foods containing gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye).
A gluten-free diet is an absolute must for those suffering from celiac disease, gluten ataxia, wheat allergy or gluten intolerance.
Many people without these conditions choose to follow a gluten-free diet for other benefits.
Benefits of a gluten free diet may include increased energy levels, reducing joint pain and headaches, maintaining a healthy weight, eliminating bloating, and reducing hair loss and lactose - intolerance.
People may also benefit from improved mental health, skin health and bone health.
Gluten is present in almost all foods, from bread, cereal, and snacks to beverages and even sauces.
This can make it hard to avoid products containing gluten, especially when eating out.
Keep reading to learn about Festal, a gluten free restaurant in Vancouver.
Festal Cafe is a gluten free restaurant in Vancouver with a 100% gluten free menu, making them safe for people with celiac disease.
Every item on the menu is gluten free, ranging from appetizers to beverages and even desserts.
Festal Cafe offers smoothies, breakfast, pizza, pasta, sandwiches, soup, comfort food, smoothies, salad, coffee, beverages and desserts!
There is also a "to go" fridge with gluten free beverage options.
Check out our menu to see all the delicious menu items.
To ensure food is free from gluten, Festal Cafe does not use any ingredients containing gluten within the restaurant.
Festal uses substitutes for ingredients containing gluten, such as almond flour, cassava flour, gluten free pasta and bread, and zucchini noodles.
Since every menu item is gluten free, there are no additional preparation methods required to ensure the food being served is gluten free.
Many gluten free restaurants in Vancouver only have some gluten free options.
Gluten free items are typically prepared separately from other menu items, following an allergen protocol.
However, these restaurants are not safe for people with celiac disease due to cross-contamination (the physical movement or transfer of harmful bacteria from one person, object or place to another).
Festal Cafe is a gluten free restaurant in Vancouver that caters to customers with celiac disease or gluten intolerances!
The menu is 100% gluten free, giving customers many options to choose from and no risk of cross contamination since no gluten is present at the restaurant.
Generally, restaurants that offer a gluten free menu risk the chance of cross contamination.
This is the physical movement or transfer of harmful bacteria from one person, object or place to another.
These restaurants typically prepare gluten free food separately from other menu items containinggluten, but cannot guarantee that food is free from gluten and safe for people with celiac disease or allergies and intolerances.
Festal Cafe ensures the prevention of cross contamination by ensuring that all menu items and ingredients do not contain gluten.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Are all of your menu items gluten-free?
Yes! Every item on the Festal Cafe menu is gluten free.
- How do you ensure that the food is free from gluten contamination?
To ensure food is free from gluten cross contamination, Festal Cafe does not carry any menu items or ingredients that contain gluten. This ensures the final product served is fully gluten free.
- Do you have any gluten-free options for appetizers, entrees, and desserts?
Festal Cafe is a 100% gluten free restaurant, including entrees, desserts and smoothies! Although there is not a section on the menu specifically for appetizers, items such as soup or salad could be selected as an appetizer.
- How do you handle cross-contamination when preparing gluten-free meals?
Since there is no gluten in the restaurant, there is no risk of cross-contamination. Making Festal Cafe a suitable option for people with celiac disease.
- Can you accommodate customers with celiac disease or gluten intolerance?
Yes! Festal Cafe is a 100% gluten free restaurant in Vancouver catering to customers with celiac disease or gluten intolerance with no risk of cross contamination.
- Do you have gluten-free options for drinks and beverages?
Yes! Festal Cafe has many options for drinks and beverages including coffee, tea, smoothies, and a to-go fridge with pop, juice, kombucha and sparkling water.
- Can you cater to gluten-free needs for special events?
Yes. You can book an event at the restaurant on our website. We are closed Sunday, but open for parties with prior notice.
- How can customers with gluten-free needs place their orders?
Customers may order normally at Festal Cafe since all items are gluten free, there is no need to specify. There is no risk of cross contamination, so there is no need to clarify if you have celiac disease or have gluten allergies/intolerances, but you may still do so if you wish!
- What should I tell my server when ordering a gluten-free meal?
Every menu item is gluten free and safe for those with celiac disease and gluten allergies/intolerances. You may order any item freely with no risk of gluten or cross contamination.
- What are some good gluten-free options for dessert?
Every dessert is gluten free! Including donuts, cakes, cookies and muffins.
- Are there any gluten-free beer and wine options available?
Festal Cafe does not serve alcohol as of now.
- Can you accommodate other dietary restrictions, such as vegan or nut allergies?
Festal Cafe caters to those who are vegan, vegetarian, keto, sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, and paleo. Unfortunately, most items do contain nuts, but some items may be modified to accommodate those with nut allergies.