Hello from the Ohio State Fair! My name is Rachel and I am a seasonal intern here at the Expo Center. With so many rides, food, entertainment and more at the Fair, I have had one of the busiest and most exciting summers of my 21 years!

Last month, my doctor recommended that I try a gluten free diet. After hearing about all of the delicious, fried, doughy and gluten filled foods at the Fair over the last three months, I have to admit I felt a little disheartened. What am I going to eat at an event famous for foods that are typically not an option for those with gluten sensitivities?

But then I realized there are numerous vendors at the Ohio State Fair that serve gluten free options! Here are some tasty treats that I will be exploring during my 12 days at the Ohio State Fair.

Most foods on this list are prepared in kitchens that also prepare non-gluten free foods and there may be a risk of gluten exposure. The Ohio State Fair does not recommend these items for guests with celiac disease. Please ask individual vendors about the risk of gluten exposure. Fairgoers with gluten sensitivities and intolerances should use judgement in consuming Fair foods.

French Fries

French fries are usually gluten free, so if you’re looking for a yummy fried option at the Fair, this is a great bite to try! However, make sure you ask vendors about cross contamination. If French fries share a fryer with gluten containing foods, those with serious gluten intolerances or celiac disease should avoid this option. Numerous vendors throughout the Fair serve French fries.

Ice Cream

Ice cream is a great option for those with gluten intolerances! Many vendors at the Fair serve delicious flavors that can help you cool down in the hot Ohio sun. Make sure to ask vendors about cross contamination and avoid flavors like cookie dough. Lots of vendors across the Fair serve ice cream, so make sure to try lots of different flavors!

Dippin’ Dots

Dippin’ Dots ice cream is gluten free, but some of the add-ins contain gluten. All of their products are made in a facility that also contains milk, eggs, tree nuts, wheat, soy and peanut products, so be aware of cross contamination and avoid flavors with add-ins. Dippin’ Dots is located just west of North Commercial and Antiques and Collectibles Pavilions near the Pig Races.

Jumbo Iced Tea

Enjoy gluten free iced tea and sno cones at this vendor! Find Jumbo Iced Tea on the WNCI Food Highway on the east side in front of the WCOL Celeste Center.

Famous Gabby’s Inc.

All products (except fried foods) are gluten free at Famous Gabby’s Inc. Enjoy ribs, beans, coleslaw, sausage, pulled pork and more. Find Famous Gabby’s on the WNCI Food Highway north of the WCOL Celeste Center near the Main Street Stage.

JP’s Barbeque

JP’s Barbeque is a great option for those with gluten intolerances. Their barbeque sauce and select buns are gluten free. Ask the vendor about meats that are gluten free, too. JP’s Barbeque is located near the JD Equipment Taft Coliseum, the Frontier Airlines Gazebo Stage and Central Park.

Eric Harris DBA T & E Concessions

This pizza vendor can make gluten free pizza crusts upon request. This vendor also attempts to use organic produce as much as possible, so this is a great option for those looking for gluten free and fresh ingredients. This vendor is located on the west side of the Nationwide Donahey Ag & Hort Building near east edge of Meijer Kiddieland.

Slush Factory 

Looking for something sweet to quench your thirst? Swing by the Slush Factory to indulge in tasty, fruity and gluten free slushies. Find this vendor on the west side of the Nationwide Donahey Ag & Hort Building near the east edge of Meijer Kiddieland.

Neffy’s Concessions

Stop by Neffy’s Concessions to try gluten free corn tacos, nachos and taco salad. This is a great option for those looking for a satisfying bite at the Fair. Find Neffy’s Concessions in the Bricker MarketPlace Building.

The Nut Shack

Looking for something sweet? Try The Nut Shack. They serve gluten free nuts, hot sauce and canned goods that fairgoers can try. Find The Nut Shack in the Shoppes at North Commercial.

Concessions by Cox 

Concessions by Cox has so many options for those with a gluten free diet. Swing by one of their numerous booths at the Fair to try gluten free turkey legs, roast corn, caramel apples, baked potatoes, fruit smoothies, tator tot nachos, steak on a stick, cotton candy and more.

Most foods on this list are prepared in kitchens that also prepare non-gluten free foods and there may be a risk of gluten exposure. The Ohio State Fair does not recommend these items for guests with celiac disease. Please ask individual vendors about the risk of gluten exposure. Fairgoers with gluten sensitivities and intolerances should use judgement in consuming Fair foods.

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