How to eat gluten-free at Tampa's Florida State Fair

Dole Whips — thank god — are on the menu.

click to enlarge Yeah, we can't enjoy those deep-fried cookies. But at least there are Dole Whips. - Harsh Light via Flickr/CC2.0
Harsh Light via Flickr/CC2.0
Yeah, we can't enjoy those deep-fried cookies. But at least there are Dole Whips.

Want to eat gluten-free at the Florida State Fair? As CL's resident celiac, I felt duty-bound to explore the indulgent foods at this annual event to find out which ones are safe for my #BecauseGluten readers and I to consume.

Sadly, those deep-fried cookies are off limits, but here's what we can order:

Life's short, so eat dessert first. Cotton candy, caramel apples, ice cream and — thank god — Dole Whips are gluten-free.

Meat me for a bite. Treat your inner carnivore to turkey legs, bacon, peel-and-eat shrimp, gator, conch and the veal burger (sans bun, of course).

Barbecue is a noun. The state fair gave ribs, chicken, pulled pork, beans, coleslaw and sausage the celiac-safe green light.

Yum. Gluten-free nacho bowls are also on the table — literally.

Drink up, bitches. Wash it all down with sips of jumbo iced tea or freshly squeezed lemonade.

I know it goes without saying, but y'all should still ask food vendors to confirm their offerings are gluten-free.

Now open, the Florida State Fair runs through Feb. 18.

About The Author

Cathy Salustri

Cathy's portfolio includes pieces for Visit Florida, USA Today and regional and local press. In 2016, UPF published Backroads of Paradise, her travel narrative about retracing the WPA-era Florida driving tours that was featured in The New York Times. Cathy speaks about Florida history for the Osher Lifelong Learning...
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