Gluten and grain free guru to appear at Flower Festival

Leading cookbook author and gluten and grain free expert, Tania Hubbard is heading to the Garden City to join the line-up at the 2012 Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers to share her passion for gluten and grain free living.

Tania will be performing a series of cooking demonstrations in Farm to Plate at the Ergon Energy Flower, Food & Wine Festival, recreating some of the most popular recipes from her cookbook, gluten free grain free – food we love and making a special presentation called ‘Seeds of Change’.

Tania, who grew up in Toowoomba, said she was really excited to return to her hometown and be apart of an event that she used to go and see as a child.

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

“I will also whip up my amazing Chocolate Chia Cake and Chickpea Flat Bread,” Tania said.

Tania’s demonstrations will be held on Friday at 10.30am, Saturday at 1pm and Sunday at 4pm. Her cookbook, gluten free grain free – food we love, will also be available for sale at her market stall in the Winery, Gourmet and Retail area of 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 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 said.

The Ergon Energy Flower, Food & Wine Festival is part of the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers’ celebrations and is held from Friday, 21 September to Sunday, 23 September in Upper Queens Park on the corner of Margaret and Lindsay Street, Toowoomba. The Festival, which is expected to attract more than 15,000 visitors over the three-days, includes floral and artistic displays, gourmet food and wine from the Darling Downs region, gardening workshops, cooking demonstrations and plenty of activities for kids.

Tania’s journey began several years ago when after suffering migraines, chronic fatigue and repeated bouts of pneumonia; she was diagnosed intolerant to the proteins found in cereal grains.

“Since I was diagnosed, my life changed dramatically. I eliminated grains from my diet and all my symptoms disappeared,” Tania said.

“I was determined to continue enjoying food, despite my illness and restrictive diet, so I set to developing my own gluten and grain free recipes,” Tania said.

Tania’s condition turned out to be a blessing in disguise, helping her realise her talent and passion for food, which saw her go on to co-found the award-winning Husk & Honey Cafe in Nambour with husband and business partner, Eric develop her own gluten and grain free bake@home range and write her own cookbook.

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

“Food has turned my life around and I thoroughly enjoy helping others on their path to healthy eating,” Tania said.

Entry to the Festival is $25 for a single adult pass, $12 for concession and $10 for children 15 years and under.

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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