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Feast

Feast is a new allergy-friendly gourmet food store located across from the southeast side of Trinity-Bellwoods Park. Only about a week old, the bright, design-conscious space is an inviting and convenient place to pop in to grab a few items for a pleasant meal in the park (weather permitting).

An idea that took two years to come to fruition, Feast is the brainchild of partners in business and in life, Neil Lomas, a chef, and Wendy Zeh, a registered nurse. The couple wanted to offer unique products and also be transparent about all the ingredients that go into them.

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All of the prepared food that Lomas makes in the in-house kitchen at the back of the shop is free of gluten as well as the top eight food allergens: wheat, dairy, soy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish. A display card listing every ingredient that goes into each item accompanies everything on offer.

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Savoury pocket pies with fillings like beef ($6), jerk chicken ($7) and vegan curried black bean ($5) are part of the regular lineup, with other flavours on rotation; tourtiere ($6) was the current special this week in honour of Canada Day.

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As for sweet treats, there are coconut milk caramels ($2 each) where the two choices are Tropical (pineapple topped with a smoked sea salt) and Chocolate Krispies (raw organic cacao nibs mixed with crispy rice cereal.)

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There is also a tempting trio of playfully named vegan donuts on display: Triple Chocolate Love ($3.50), On Top of Coconut Caramel Mountain ($3.50) and Twinkle Twinkle Cinnamon Sugar Sprinkle ($3).

For caffeine addicts looking to find a healthier alternative to coffee, Feast is currently the only place (that I know of) brewing and serving Crio Bru Cavall a ($3.50 for an 8 oz. cup), a tasty hot beverage made from roasted Ivory Coast cocoa beans with hints of cinnamon and coconut. The cocoa beans contain theobromine , which is a relative of caffeine that offers a longer-lasting energy boost sans negative side effects like jitters and addiction.

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A range of carefully curated pantry products are also sold along with the in-house items, including pastas, sauces, seasonings and baking mixes, with signs clearly marking if any of them contain dairy, soy or egg.

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Lomas and Zeh favour local companies that use organic and non-GMO ingredients, which should suit the Trinity-Bellwoods crowd just fine.

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Writing by Christina Cheung


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