Please let me know. I am pretty sure Zac is one of many who cannot tolerate either. I want to know how many of us are destined to carry our own packed lunch wherever we go?
Today, we took the children to Woburn Safari Park and had to dash for cover when it started to rain. We went to the indoor playhouse for a drink and some food. As usual, my expectations were low.
Nowhere ever caters for a dairy free person, although you do see more and more gluten free cakes. The same was true here. There were two cakes on the menu that were very clearly flagged as gluten free – a flapjack and a brownie. They must feel so proud of themselves.
So knowing that they are making some gesture towards catering for people with food intolerance, I asked the server if the cakes were also dairy free. She said, very politely, that she would have to check and a few moments later returned with the menu. She had a version that had a chart marked out with a grid of ticks and crosses and clearly showed which foods were vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, egg free and something else I can’t remember. Nothing marked as dairy free, but as vegan is by nature dairy free, I was able to see that nothing apart from cucumber, lettuce and tomatoes were vegan or dairy free – and to be honest I could have worked that out for myself!
What I really want to know is how many of these cakes do they sell? Not just at Woburn but at any catering establishment that thinks it is catering to Coeliacs and other gluten/wheat intolerants. I have read many times that there is a large crossover between dairy intolerance and Coeliac. So if that is true these establishments are missing the point and shouldn’t someone tell them?
They are probably mistakenly thinking that they are going to the trouble of getting in gluten free food but not many people are buying it. Won’t they wrongly assume the demand is not there? Perhaps they will to reduce their offering rather than expand it. That is not what we want, so shouldn’t we tell them? The Coeliac Awareness week was great and there is no doubt that various charities and PR people are doing a great job at getting the GF message out there but who is waving the flag for the people who cannot tolerate dairy?
If you are dairy intolerant, it is pretty impossible to find a dairy free product on the free from shelves, that has not also had the wheat and gluten removed. This can actually reduce your tolerance to wheat and gluten and is probably driving up the numbers of people who cannot tolerate any of it! What can we do? Do any of you know anyone or anywhere that is doing something positive here? Anyone want to join me?