Sunday, July 3, 2011

Eating Gluten-Free at Fairs, Festivals & Amusement Parks

It's July 4th weekend and the Freedom Festival is underway here in Hendersonville, TN!  We will be heading to the festival around dinner time to enjoy the kid's activities, craft booths and of course, the yummy festival food!

With going to an event like this, a parent has to be prepared to offer their child gluten-free options when I light is shining brightly on the funnel cake stand! 

Fairs, Festivals, Carnivals and Amusement Parks are so much fun, but at the same time, it can be so stressful for a parent who doesn't want to disappoint their little one when having to say, "I'm sorry sweetie, you can't have that."  So being prepared is SO IMPORTANT.  No matter where we go, having a GF stash of goodies is necessary.

BUT, there are some GF options your little one can enjoy!  We just have to ask questions and decide if it's safe for our little ones to eat.

Here are some suggestions of possible gluten-free food choices: (Please use discretion - check out the vendor, be very cautious with cross contamination and ask questions about ingredients before purchasing any items below)

A Colorful Slushly Drink
On a Hot Fair Day!
  • Sno-Cones
  • Corn on the Cob (Very popular in IN - we'll see if they have it here in TN!) 
  • Popcorn
  • Ice Cream/Yogurt
  • Hotdogs, Pulled Pork, Hamburgers - all w/out Bun
  • BBQ Chicken (ask about BBQ sauce)
  • Fritos - Taco in a Bag (ask about taco seasoning)
  • Strawberries, Watermelon, Blueberries
  • Kettle Corn or Popcorn
  • Cotton Candy
  • Frozen Lemonade
  • Loaded Baked Potatoes
  • French Fries, Chili Cheese Fries (ask about cross contamination with other fried foods)
  • Nachos and Cheese 
  • Peanuts
  • Strawberry Shortcake w/out the Shortcake

Jack's sister at the IN State Fair last summer!
There's nothing like Corn on the Cob at the IN State Fair!
What an Awesome GF Treat! 

Don't let funnel cakes and elephants ears stop you from going to the State Fair or Amusement Park.  Just remember these few things to make your trip enjoyable: Bring your own GF stash, don't hesitate asking questions about ingredients and if you're not sure, don't eat it!

Oh, and one last thing, HAVE FUN!  :)


  1. Kelly -- Did you know Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana offers gluten free items along with their regular menu?

  2. Thanks Amy for the info! :) That's great news!

  3. We used to look forward to the Elephant Ears at the fair...that was before we were GF. Now, I make them at home whenever we want!
    Here's my recipe:
    Follow the instructions for using the dough for Flat Bread, and dust with sugar or cinnamon sugar after you're done frying in butter. Yum!

  4. That sounds delish! Thks for the link!