Fishers as a gluten-free destination 

Sign points to recent convention. (Submitted photo)

Sign points to recent convention. (Submitted photo)

By Lindsey Bockhorst

One out of 133 Americans suffer from the autoimmune condition known as Celiac Disease, a disorder in which the small intestine is hypersensitive to gluten, leading to difficulty and pain in digesting food. This number doesn’t reflect the other percentage of people who are affected by a gluten intolerance on any level.

Thousands of Hoosiers have lived with this condition for years, and many have been recently diagnosed, finding themselves beginning a challenging learning curve of how to treat their bodies and experiencing an entirely new way of viewing food.

The Fishers area is at the forefront of this health movement, incorporating gluten-free options into their menus and providing a safe environment for those who are highly sensitive to kitchens with even the slightest cross contamination issues.

Some of the town’s most sought after gluten-free establishments include:

  • CR Heroes: tout a dedicated deep dryer and some of the best chicken wings in town and even a gluten-free beer option!

  • Cheeseburger in Paradise: a wide variety of delicious and safe gluten-free options.

  • Donatos: original and traditional gluten-free pizza options with a very strict preparation protocol.

  • St. Yared: a new Ethiopian restaurant with a very knowledgeable gluten-free owner.

  • Rita’s Backyard: numerous gluten-free offerings with a beautiful atmosphere to boot.

  • Detour American Grille & Bar: offers an expansive menu of gluten-free food to suit your mood.

Along with local restaurants recognizing the importance of gluten-free awareness, Indy’s own nonprofit Gluten-Free Living Now has been supporting local residents in their gluten-free journey for years, particularly in the form of their annual Expo. The popular Expo has received national attention and was purchased this past fall by the brand Living Without’s ownership, Belvoir Media Group, to tour the country after three successful years in Indianapolis.

A kickoff show this May in San Diego set the tone for a wonderful event and now the new Living Without’s Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest is excited to be back on their home turf at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Aug. 23 and 24.

Fishers resident Lindsey Bockhorst has helped facilitate the acquisition of the show as the original Marketing Director for Gluten-Free Living Now Expo and continues as the PR and Marketing Director for the new series of nationwide Fests.

The Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest is looking to continue supporting gluten-free Hoosiers by hosting hundreds of vendors and key sponsors at the Fair Grounds to sample out food and educate attendees on the latest and greatest products in the gluten-free world.

The list of prominent presenters will be sure to touch on topics that greatly affect those that live with Celiac Disease, gluten intolerance and other food related allergies. Cutting-edge news on medical research, nutrition and product labeling are just some of the material our gluten-free connoisseurs will cover throughout the course of the Fest. For more information or to pre-purchase tickets, visit