More Fun at the Fair | Triumph Dining

mutlnomah-county-fair-e61d7198847c5689On June 3 we posted  about trying to enjoy a summer fair or carnival while eating gluten free. I listed all of the fried and breaded foods I found at the fair and decided to eat before I left or once I got home.

Thanks to our great readers I now have some ideas of what types of foods to look for when I go to my next summer event. Here are some of the foods our readers said they felt safe eating at the fair:

–        Kettle corn

–        Baked potatoes

–        Chocolate dipped frozen fruit on a stick

–        Fresh fruit

–        Carmel apple Sunday

–        Cheese curds (not fried)

–        Rice

–        Tacos on corn tortillas (depending on filling)

–        Grilled meats (depending on seasoning and preparation)

–        Corn on the cob – it’s often grilled in its own husk and you can opt for the butter or not

–        Salad

–        French fries – specifically the station at the fair where you can watch them slicing the potatoes and tossing them in oil. And that’s all they make there so you don’t have to worry about cross contamination.

–        Ice cream or shakes if the flavors are appropriate and there’s no cross contamination from filling cones

At the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe, Washington one reader said they’d heard rumors of a stand offering gluten-free corn dogs cooked in a separate fryer. And other readers pointed me in the direction of their state fair websites where lists are provided showing which vendors are serving gluten-free options. Here are a few:

–        Wisconsin

–        Iowa

–        Texas

–        Minnesota

If you know of other lists please leave a comment below. As more and more of us ask for this information hopefully our options will increase.

4 thoughts on “More Fun at the Fair | Triumph Dining”

  1. Five Guys is very big in CT. The fries are cooked in peanut oil (beware) and are gluten free. The burgers are cooked on a flat top, and are the greasiest hockey pucks I have ever eaten in my life, especially when served without a bun and on a paper plate- the burger was literally swimming in a pile of grease. If that’s your cup of tea, go for it! If not bring your own role and let it soak up the grease! The fries, of course are really good, hot and sprinkled with salt. Oh yeah, they also offer hotdogs, have not idea what brand or if they are gf or not. Smashburger is another new burger chain, not seeing it around CT. P.F.Chang’s menu is good, service is excellent, just make sure if you ask for the soy sauce you are given the gf one, And watch out for calories in their dishes, it is not a low calorie meal at all. Since Barilla and Ronzoni came out with gf pasta, they are beating the competition, in my opinion. Very similar: white rice, brown rice, corn and the difference— Ronzoni adds quinua to theirs increasing the protein content a little. Carb content is very high,

  2. This is not exactly a state fair, but I work at the Bristol Renaissance Faire in Wisconsin. A few years ago as a patron, I asked if there was gluten free food available and was told there was. Now there is even more! Here is the link to our food. I just noticed that several things (like the monkey tails and golden pineapple and baked potatoes) are not labeled as gluten-free, but actually are. …hmmm…I just might have to say something to the webmaster! :)

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