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Allergic to gluten? The Celiac Expo Food Trucks is opening on Tuesday 30 May. Not celiac? Well, you can still feast on the gourmet quality street food and have fun!

By Rose Maramba


The Expo: 30 May – 4 June 2017
Tuesday through Thursday: 12:00 noon to 10:00 PM
Friday and Saturday:  12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight
Sunday: 12:00 noon to 7:30 PM

The food trucks are at Nuevos Ministerios again! At your service are chefs specializing in gluten-free gourmet street food.

You’re not celiac? Well, you can still feast on the gourmet food. At the street food expo held in Madrid last March more than 20,000 people came over and had enjoyed!

This edition of Expo Food Trucks features showcooking. On hand are 22 national and international gastronetas, the Spanish word for food trucks combining gastronomía (gastronomy) and furgonetas (vans).

You’re probably wondering why a pro-celiac Expo Food Trucks out of the blue. Fact is, this isn’t something that popped up out of thin air. It’s in conjunction with the National Day for the Celiac which fell on 27 May.

Leading the list of gastronetas is LA PAVONETA from Asturias, the only Spanish food truck that specializes in gluten-free cuisine. Among its specialties is the smoked Asturian turkey leg grilled on firewood in the truck which can be served alternatively as a boneless barbecue with potatoes fried in extra virgin olive oil.

IBERICOTECA, Madrid’s first food truck, is dishing out new lactose-free hamburgers for celiacs. It also offers gluten-free hams, loin fillets and Spanish sausages.

Other than veggie burgers, by Dando Huertas

Others on the street food line-up are gluten-free paellas and fideuas. Try chef Rafael Blasco’s arroces valencianos de arròs i tartana; the street food version of chicken curry among other Indian dishes from Malaga via Wonderfood; veggie burgers by Dando Huertas of Barbate, Cadiz . . .  A fusion of Italian cucina and American urban food. Gourmet tapas. Southeast Asian “thug” food. . .  Talks, workshops, recipe demonstrations, etc. organized by the food truckers.

Artisanal beers, via STREET EXPERIENCE, are debuting in Ceriac Expo Food Trucks. On Thursday, 1 June, Oedipus, the famous Dutch craft beer, takes center stage thanks to the Barbosa brothers. Oedipus’ master brewer will be there at 7:00 PM.

Moreover, Street Experience is serving four varieties of Spanish “micro-beers” daily.

Master brewers will be introducing new brands and offering beer-tastings to the public.

All this with ambient music.

Join the fun, celiac or no celiac!

Paseo de la Castellana, out the exit of Metro Nuevos Ministerios and Cercanias Renfe




Know Something About Celiac Disease

Source: Celiac Disease Foundation

Celiac disease is a serious autoimmune disorder that can occur in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. It is estimated to affect 1 in 100 people worldwide.

Four gluten sources. Top: High-gluten wheat flour. Right: European spelt. Bottom: Barley. Left: Rolled rye flakes.

When people with celiac disease eat gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye and barley), their body mounts an immune response that attacks the small intestine. These attacks lead to damage on the villi, small fingerlike projections that line the small intestine and promote nutrient absorption.

When the villi get damaged, nutrients cannot be absorbed properly into the body.

Celiac disease is hereditary. People with a first-degree relative with celiac disease (parent, child, sibling) have a 1 in 10 risk of developing celiac disease.

Think you’re celiac? Get immediate care. Find a doctor, dietitian or mental health professional.

Long Term Health Effects of Celiac disease

Celiac disease can develop at any age after people start eating foods or medicines that contain gluten. Left untreated, celiac disease can lead to additional serious health problems such as the development of other autoimmune disorders – e.g.,  Type I diabetes and multiple sclerosis, dermatitis herpetiformis (an itchy skin rash), anemia, osteoporosis, infertility and miscarriage, neurological conditions like epilepsy and migraines, short stature, and intestinal cancers.



Expo Food Trucks pics from Expo Food Trucks
Oedipus/Oedipus Facebook, Fair use
Four gluten sources/Pdeitiker,  PD