Gluten Free Edmonton Travel Tip for Attending Conferences

Contributed by ABS

Travelling to a conference? No problem! Just be sure to call ahead to the conference planner and let them know that you are Celiac.  In all likelihood, you will be accommodated with a gluten free meal.

Upon arrival, it is a good idea to alert the manager responsible for the meal service as well as the person in charge of the conference and that you had requested gluten free meals during the conference. This ensures that these people put a face to a name and decreases the chance of a mistake.

Gluten Free Edmonton - A Celiac guide and resource for gluten free information in Edmonton, Alberta


  1. This is nice It is good for a newly diagnosed CELIAC person to be aware of this information
    However it seems to me that all the travel information tidbits are geared toward adults and namely those who can afford vacations to exotic places
    I would like to see something written for those that are on fixed incomes and need to cut costs Families travelling with children needing a gluten free diet. what's in a picinic lunch or a camping trip or a road trip How would you cope with a guided bus trip where the rest stop is at a lunch counter or a community centre?
    Just some food for thought

  2. Hi Linda,

    We would welcome your contribution for any gluten free travel information towards families, picnics, guided bus trips and other suggestions you mentioned above.


    --Abisaac Saraga
    Gluten Free Edmonton

  3. Abisaac,
    Being new to Edmonton and in the single with no children age range I must say that I greatly appreciate the information you have been providing on this website. I especially appreciate that I find it relatable and well written with a touch of personality in each post. Thank you for writing and I look forward to reading more about your (and your friends/family's) experiences.

  4. Hi Linda and Abisaac,

    I know the blog had a great piece in Feb about tax rebates for celiacs:


    In know in Alberta, the government will provide extra funds for those receiving AISH or Income support that require a special diet.

    It's unfortunate but true that the child or adult celiac has to be prepared to keep food with them at all times. Just has someone with an anaphylactic allergies must carry an epipen, someone with diabetes must carry snacks and insulin, and someone with religious considerations may not ever be able to eat in non halal or a non kosher restaurants.

    I must commend Abisaac on his excellent blog. I know that he is happy to have guest bloggers and is always willing to research questions that readers may have.

    Keep up the great blog,


  5. Abisaac
    what a great idea!! I have been dealing with my celiac disease for 17 years and until recently g-f meals have not been readily available. I have attended conferences (no where exotic but right here in Edmonton) and have been given the wrong meals. I think your idea of putting a face to the name is a great idea and will reduce the chances of getting the wrong meal! Also, I have found that telling the waiter or manager at restaurants that I can't have wheat products and asking for substitutes usually works (ie extra hashbrowns or tomato in place of
    toast). This may be helpful for the lady going to smaller communities that don't serve g-f meals. As for picnics and bus tours every celiac knows you gotta pack extra snacks and g-f food to be prepared for times that g-f isn't served.

    Great site! It is so helpful.

  6. Thank you all for the support!

    --Abisaac Saraga
    Gluten Free Edmonton


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