The 2nd Annual Special Diets IllumiNations Dessert Party is being held Sunday, October 13, 2013 at the France Pavilion at Epcot® in the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. This event is being hosted by the Gluten Free & Dairy Free at WDW Blog and sponsored by Mousekejournals. Other sponsors include yours truly, Chip & Co., as well as Disney Dining, “Mouse”cation and others. The event will include a dessert buffet in which all items will be made to be free of the top 8 common allergens (including gluten/wheat, dairy, egg, soy, tree nut, peanut, fish, and shellfish). Blog author and host, Sarah Norris, says that this dessert party not only helps bring awareness to the increasing prevalence of food allergies and intolerances, but also allows attendees with special diets to meet one another.
“This event is a great way to connect with others in the special diets community and to share tips and tricks about dining safely with a special diet. We had such a great response to last year’s event, that we wanted to start planning the next one right away!”
Last year’s event featured a variety of food allergy and intolerance friendly desserts including chocolate raspberry cupcakes and peach blueberry cobbler. Vendors who donated to the event included: Enjoy Life Foods, Udi’s Gluten Free, HomeFree: Organic Allergy Friendly Treats, Living Without Magazine, and A&J Bakery.
Tickets for this event will be $50.00 per person and include admission to the private event, special viewing area for the nightly showing of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, access to an all-you-care-to-eat dessert buffet, and gift bags with products from special diets vendors. Children 3 years of age and under will be admitted free to the event with a ticket holding adult. Families are encouraged to attend.
The Walt Disney World Resort is known for adhering to strict guidelines and safety measures when it comes to food preparation for special dietary needs. Norris notes, “Disney is definitely the most accommodating venue and safest for cross-contamination.” However, as with any dining experience, attendees with food allergies and intolerances should take note that cross-contamination is always a potential risk for individuals with special diets. Questions regarding the dessert buffet should be directed to [email protected].
Sarah Norris founded the Gluten Free & Dairy Free at WDW Blog in 2009 and blogs about her dining experiences and provides tips for dining gluten free and with a dairy allergy at the Walt Disney World Resort. She was diagnosed with adult onset allergies and intolerances and is dedicated to bringing awareness to special diets.
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