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.


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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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