A Greek Festival

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There’s a Greek festival in our area today and tomorrow. Apparently there’s tons of homemade Greek food, and tons of dessert treats. It’s a very popular festival and they have parking lots to park in then you ride a bus to the event.

I love Greek food. I love Greek desserts. Cake loves buses, and has been asking to ride on one for about 2 years, basically since he could talk.

Will we be going? No. It’s too risky with Cake’s food allergies. No Greek lunch, no yummy treats, and no bus ride.

There wasn’t really anything for a 3 year old to do there except eat and dance, I guess, so he would’ve gotten bored after an hour or so if he was able to eat anything there.

On the positive side, I found another festival for next weekend that has rides and games for kids in addition to food. Maybe I’ll bring Cake to that one (and pack our own food or go before lunch or something). Still no idea on a bus ride for him, though.

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Ingredients in ‘dried mango’ apparently contain a lot of allergens!

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I bought some dried mango slices from whole foods. The ingredients? Mango slices, sugar (see picture). Then, in all capital letters ‘may contain: peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, and soy.’

Really? They really needed to write that their 2-ingredient item may contain 6 top allergens? They didn’t feel the need to include fish and shellfish in the list, apparently.

I get that there’s no *official* policy on the ‘may contain’ label for foods, and that companies are just trying to cover themselves in case of a reaction, or that the label may mean it’s manufactured in the same factory as those foods, or whatever. But these type of labels make me think twice about buying products for my food allergic toddler. However, with just 2 ingredients in the label it’s doubtful that any of those other ingredients actually exist in the product and I ended up buying it (Cake was totally fine eating it).

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Welcome to the blog!

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Welcome to our food allergy adventures! Cake, who is almost 3, has lots of food allergies but we try to accommodate him and try to let him eat as much ‘normal’ food as normal. Today’s task was making mock buck eye balls (from http://community.kidswithfoodallergies.org/blog/peanut-free-milk-free-chocolate-buckeye-candy).
They were yummy. And the best part? Cake was able to help make them! He mostly ate all the almond butter and sugar ‘batter’ but I managed to keep some of them for later!