Gluten and grain free author encourages support of local food at festival

Sunshine Coast gluten and grain free guru and author, Tania Hubbard will be sharing her love of local food and gluten and grain free living at the Real Food Festival on 8th to 9th September.

The festival, to be held at the Maleny Showgrounds, 13 Stanley River Road, Maleny from 9am to 4pm daily is a celebration of the local food industry, showcasing an abundance of freshly grown, local foods from Sunshine Coast producers, manufacturers and restaurants.

Tania will be leading a discussion about how to easily integrate raw foods into a gluten and grain free diet in the Jeffers Market Wellness Space on Saturday, 8th at 11:30am. On Sunday, 9th from 11:30am Tania will be in the Natural Foodstore Real Food Kitchen creating one of her gluten free grain free recipes. Both sessions will be followed by a book signing in the Rosetta Books space at the festival.

Her cooking demonstration, called ‘Seeds of Change’, focuses on how a wide variety of seeds and nuts can be an easy, healthy and delicious feature in a gluten and grain free lifestyle.

“My presentation will look at the benefits of foods like chia and pumpkin seeds and how to prepare and integrate these ingredients into everyday foods,” Tania said.

“I will be demonstrating how to make cookies from scratch and also how to make a yummy tabouli using pumpkin seeds,” Tania said.

Tania, who was diagnosed with an intolerance to a protein found in grains several years ago, said her condition turned out to be a blessing in disguise, helping her realise her passion for food, which saw her develop her own gluten and grain free recipes and write and publish her own cookbook.

“My food isn’t just for Coeliacs and those with grain intolerance, it’s for everyone and anyone that wants to enjoy nutritious and wholesome cooking that tastes great,” Tania said.

“Using locally-grown, fresh and organic produce is the best way to create meals that are full of taste, texture and nutrition and I believe the Sunshine coast is home to some of the best locally-grown produce in Australia,” Tania said.

Tania’s cookbook, gluten free grain free – food we love,  will be available for sale at the festival and is packed with over 150 pages of mouth-watering recipes, information about stocking a gluten and grain free pantry, label reading and much more.

“I will also be showcasing my delicious bake@home range of cakes, biscuits and bread premixes, designed to make it even easier to cook great-tasting, gluten and grain free foods in the comfort of your own kitchen.”

Tania will also join Cyndi O’Meara, Louise D’Allura and Lucy Walter for a panel discussion at 2.30pm on the Saturday to talk about ‘what is the right diet for me?’

The festival is a full weekend of fun and fantastic fare, featuring more than eighty exhibitors and hosting a range of cooking demonstrations, kids activities, farm animals, talks and live local music. Entry is $12 for a one-day adult pass or $20 for both days. Children under 16 are free.

For a complete list of stockists of gluten free grain free – food we love  and the bake@home range, or to purchase online, visit

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