A Soy-Free Day at the Renaissance Festival

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Last week, Ashley and I headed out to the renaissance festival for a day of medieval merriment! We had a great time and enjoyed some good food. The best part? Ashley remained soy-free!

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With respect to food, a renaissance festival is similar to a carnival or even a catered meal: Much of the food probably contains soy, and the people serving the food don’t necessarily know the ingredients. The servers can definitely check the ingredients if required (and you should ask if you are at all concerned!), but with long lines for individual types of food, making a poor choice of food can result in standing in lines for quite some time before finding something soy-free. Instead of asking about ingredients, we made reasonable guesses of the types of food that were likely to be soy-free before we got in line. Ashley only waited for food that she was confident she could eat and didn’t end up asking about ingredients at all while we were there. 

We assumed that much of the food available at the renaissance festival was pre-processed (therefore contained soy) and ate accordingly. Here is what we did:

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  • We chose simple foods. We chose foods where we could get a good sense of their ingredients by knowing what they are. Things like turkey legs, pickles, and honey fall into this category. 
  • We avoided breads. We assumed that none of the bread was fresh, and so avoided bread all together (including things like breaded chicken). We also avoided soft pretzels because we weren’t sure if they contained soy or not (sometimes pretzels contain soy, sometimes they are soy-free).
  • We avoided fried foods. We assumed that the oil used for frying was soybean oil. Unfortunately this meant no funnel cake, potato wedges, or anything like that.
  • We avoided anything that you could guess is pre-packaged/frozen/reheated. For example: it's not likely that the renaissance festival makes fresh crab cakes.
  • We avoided chocolate. Chocolate in these situations (think: key lime pie dipped in chocolate) will almost certainly contain soy lecithin, so Ashley didn’t eat any chocolate.

There was plenty of soy-free food to be had at the renaissance festival, and we both came home full! Huzzah!