National coeliac disease conference and food fair to be held in Wetherby

9 June 2015

Coeliac UK, the national charity for people with coeliac disease, is hosting its annual conference and food fair on Saturday, 20 June at Wetherby Racecourse.

The event hopes to attract around a thousand people who will hear from experts in the field of coeliac disease and visit one of the UK’s largest gluten-free food fairs, with 36 gluten-free manufacturers exhibiting their products.

Experts from the Charity will be on hand to discuss symptoms and provide advice on how to get diagnosed. Help and advice on living gluten-free will also be available. This will also be the final chance for people in the region to visit the ‘is it coeliac disease’ pop up stand, which will move to the event after being situated in Leeds city centre from the 15-19 June.

The event is open to all, although only Members of Coeliac UK will be able to vote in the AGM. Admission is free, however the Charity welcomes donations.

Location: Wetherby Racecourse LS22 5EJ

Date:       Saturday 20 June 2015


·         Gluten-free food fair 11am – 4pm, Branham Hall

·         Talks, AGM and Coeliac UK information stand 11am – 4pm, Millennium Stand

·          ‘Is it coeliac disease?’ pop up stand 11am – 3pm, outside opposite food fair

Coeliac disease is a serious autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system damages the lining of the small bowel when gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, is eaten. There is no cure and no medication; the only treatment is a strict gluten-free diet for life. Left untreated, coeliac disease can lead to a number of complications including osteoporosis and in rareases even small bowel cancer.

Key symptoms caused by coeliac disease include: frequent bouts of diarrhoea, stomach pain and cramping, regular mouth ulcers, ongoing fatigue, lots of gas and bloating, nausea and vomiting, and unexplained anaemia.

Running throughout the day will be a gluten-free food fair with 36 manufacturers – local and national – exhibiting their latest gluten-free food and offering tastings, discounts and free samples.

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