Gluten-free food available at state fairs for celiac disease

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Eating out can be a challenge for people with celiac disease, but some state fairs are beginning to notice this problem. They are making changes to include vendors who offer gluten-free food. You may still have to miss out on a deep-fried Twinkie at the fair, but the number of options is increasing.

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State fairs are trying to include more gluten-free vendors, and the adjustment is being welcomed by people who are sensitive to this protein. Although it is still important to check each vendor and ask questions, many fairs are starting to put together specific lists of booths that will serve food without gluten.

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The Minnesota State Fair has posted a gluten-free food list that contains its vendors and reveals the items that are considered safe for people to eat. In addition to the usual fair foods of hot dogs and ice cream, there are many other options on the long list. You can enjoy sparkling apple cider floats or indulge in a mocha bar on a stick. There are also tacos, tostadas, burritos, gyros, burgers and more choices. If you are searching for a gluten-free drink, the Minnesota State Fair has several beer options in addition to nonalcoholic selections and frozen treats.

Minnesota is not the only state that is trying to cater to people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. The Iowa State Fair has a contest for gluten-free cooking with a specific type of dressing. The New York State Fair has included multiple vendor options that offer food without gluten. The Wisconsin State Fair has also put together a list of vendors to help people find safe options. Although you may have to do some research to find if your state is featuring gluten-free vendors, you no longer have to avoid state fairs because of the food.

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