The Coeliac society hosted an awareness event at Dunnes Cornelscourt last week and I popped in for an hour to see what it was all about. I arrived a little late to the main area  in the coffee shop where representatives from the society were providing information and meeting people to answer questions. There was some food on offer and plenty of leaflets about but I wasn’t sure what was happening and people were seated apparently waiting on a raffle…so I went in search of more grub.

If you haven’t been to Dunnes Cornelscourt, it’s a good sized Dunnes out in Cabinteely that I believe was a flagship supermarket in it’s day. The free from section in this place is absolutely brilliant. One of the best I have seen in the country (although Supervalu in Churchtown also holds a special place in my gluten free heart).

For the night that was in it, various producers and companies were on hand with stands and samples – basically displaying their wares. I managed to get a few snaps (after asking of course) and was chatting to many of the people at the stands. It was a pleasure to meet people so passionate about what they do and to see so many home grown producers in one venue.

In case you’re a fan of Marcos frozen pizza, as I am, I did mention to his dad that a frozen base on it’s own or for the chill cabinet would be a nice idea for consumers…so we’ll see. I was also chatting with a lovely rep from Gallaghers Bakery who make Pure Bred, Louise (I think…) from Veronicas Snacks and reps from Delicious, BFree and Foods of Athenry who were all lovely and helpful.


There were some great promotions on the night too…a euro off the Foods of Athenry Museli & Granola, buy one get one free on Marcos pizza too. It was well worth a trip and I think both the society and Dunnes did a fantastic job in creating an event for coeliacs but also in highlighting awareness of the disease.