I usually have a glass is half-full attitude when it comes to my food allergies but I’m not going to sugar coat it. It really sucks to have food allergies at the Taste. It is just not fun watching millions of people eat food you can’t eat while they talk about how delicious it is. I also don’t enjoy the running commentary I get from well-meaning people. It goes a little something like this: “What you can’t it this? (while waving a Rainbow Cone in your face)” “I would just die if I couldn’t eat ice cream!” “Wow you really can’t eat anything can you?” Not fun.
If you experience anaphylaxis upon eating peanuts, corn, gluten, shellfish, wheat or dairy I recommend not eating at the Taste. The risk of cross-contamination is just too great. Of course you could go to people watch. Most of that food is covered in cheese or breading, or both. Even if what you order seems safe, your food could touch particles left on a grill or other surfaces. My advice is to give yourself an IOU. While everyone else is buying overpriced food at the Taste, treat yourself to an allergy free lunch or dinner somewhere special. Another option would be to have an awesome allergy free picnic near the lake complete with hummus, salads, gluten free crackers and treats like coconut macaroons.