By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – You’ll be able to enjoy gluten-free food and drink from about 30 of the region’s top restaurants at a Celiac disease benefit in Center City on Sunday.

Area physicians are also participating in the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness’ “Appetite for Awareness”

“We really want people to come out and taste delicious gluten-free food, but learn about the diseases that are really connected with gluten-free,” said Alice Bast, the founder and president of NFCA.

“There are two diseases — one of them is Celiac Disease and the other is Non-Celiac gluten sensitivity. There are 3-million people who suffer from Celiac disease yet 85 percent are still undiagnosed and it leads to such things as, you know, cancers.”

The event takes pace Sunday from 1pm to 5pm at the historic Strawbridge and Clothier building at 8th and Market Streets.

“This is the first time that this historic Strawbridge building will be open to the public.”

There will be a beer garden with flat screen TVs, children’s pavilion and a lot more. Ticket information at

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