Stadium, State Fairs, Music Festivals and Concert Food

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2012-05-28 19:22:14 -0500
Started 2012-05-24 09:56:58 -0500

The season is here for Baseball games and State Fairs, Music Festivals, Concerts (both indoor and outdoor). ( live in Wisconsin, we have Summerfest, a Music Festival)

Most of the Stadiums, State Fairs and Concert festivals nowadays, don't allow items to be brought in, or this would be an easy decision.

So, with the season upon me, I'm looking for items that would be attainable at these venues.

Looking for what would be a safe and low carb meal ideas or snacks (to hold over until meal time), games, music festivals, State Fairs and concerts sometimes run over the lunch or supper times, (And not being able to bring items in, makes this very difficult) sometimes these are all day affairs.

38 replies

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-05-27 17:14:47 -0500 Report

You can take food into stadiums with the exception of bottles and cans. It may also depend on the stadium. I would check before I went. I went to our state fair and had a roasted turkey drumstick for dinner. For lunch I had a burger with the bun. With all the walking I did, I needed the carbs in the roll. Still walking after dinner, I split a bag of pop corn with my sister and even had a tiny piece of funnel cake. When I arrived home, my numbers were lower than I thought they would be.

State Fairs have a wide variety of food. I was at a local fair and the food options was hot dogs, burgers, fried chicken and grilled chicken with a side. I had the grilled chicken and potato salad. When you are doing a lot of walking and going on rides, you are burning calories and carbs. Small amounts of foods with carbs in them could benefit you in the end only if you can have small amounts of foods with carbs.

Anonymous 2012-05-27 17:33:30 -0500 Report

Thank you, for your suggestion. Our State Fair has a restaurant on the grounds that serves roasted chicken (and is Very good). Sometimes though you want to continue walking the grounds and not sit for a meal.

I never though that I was burning enough calories and carbs, to benefit eating the breads at the fair or other venues. I try to stay away from the "white" items that normally raise my blood sugars (breads, pasta, rice, sugar, salt,etc…)

I will take your suggestion and think about it. Thank you again.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-05-27 18:32:52 -0500 Report

Make sure you stay hydrated. You can buy water in the venue but try to avoid carbonated beverages and caffeine. I learned a valuable lesson last year. We had a grand prix race here and I went. My sister and I walked more than a mile. I ate before leaving home and forgot my cookies to nibble. I got thirsty and drank sugar free lemonade. Due to lack of parking we walked 4 blocks back to the bus stop and 3 blocks home. When I got home I could not walk up the steps. I sat on the steps and sent my sister in the house for two candy bars and a bottle of water. I had to sit outside for an hour. When I got in the house I ate food but it took most of the night to get my carbs up. From that point forward I now will eat a hot dog with the bun to keep me going.

kdroberts 2012-05-24 16:49:15 -0500 Report

You can take food in. If you get hassles you can ask for a manager and explain the situation. The best choice though is to call the facility before and ask if you should go through a specific entrance and find the name of somebody who can assist should you have trouble. I've not had a problem taking food anywhere yet.

Anonymous 2012-05-24 18:50:34 -0500 Report

Thanks, I will see if I can find information from the venue, if they will allow food to be brought in. I know at some venues they do a through search of all things that are brought in.

kdroberts 2012-05-24 21:51:05 -0500 Report

Most places do, but what I'm saying is you can get round the policies due to having diabetes in the same way you can bring things past airline security that the general public are not allowed to.

kdroberts 2012-05-26 08:46:39 -0500 Report

Best to call the location a few days before and see if there is anything specific you should do. Since most do not offer re-entry privileges you can make the claim of reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, its really no different to wheelchair ramps or special seating areas for those with other disabilities. As always, a letter from your doc stating the food available is not appropriate and you have specific dietary needs wouldn't hurt. Personally I've not had issues going into movie theaters or stadium normally but I haven't taken a cooler, just things in my pockets. Most security is pretty accommodating when you explain calmly.

byrun 2012-05-24 16:40:28 -0500 Report

Pack a cooler to leave in your vehicle if it will be close enough to access through the day. I think most venues will allow you to exit and return during the day provided that you follow their procedures, to do so.

Nick1962 2012-05-24 16:24:51 -0500 Report

Healthy eating and these types of things don't really go hand in hand. It can be done if they have things like wraps and salads (and many more now do), or if you don't mind throwingh the hamburger or hot dog bun in the trash every now and then. Summerfest usually has a good variety - sausage on a stick comes to mind, and they used to do turkey legs if i remember. Chicken wings are usually a safe bet if they're not coated in the sugary BBQ sauce.
If you go, check out the Avett Brothers this year! Favorite of mine.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-05-27 18:26:47 -0500 Report

Nick that depends on the venue and these days healthy eating and these types of venues do go hand in hand. Six Flags, State and County Fairs now offer a wider variety of healthy foods to eat. Many of the amusement parks have restaurants. We have a 3 day arts fair and you can get smoked turkey legs, wraps, sausages and other types of foods. For me if I am doing a lot of walking I ditch the candy and go for the hamburger bun as it has enough carbs to keep me going till my next meal and even if I am going to still continue walking, I am not going to ditch the bun or slice of bread with what I choose for dinner.

I think the worse would be the local traveling carnivals. Thankfully many are not that big and you can grab something to eat prior to going and maybe find some nuts to nibble while there.

Nick1962 2012-05-27 19:42:38 -0500 Report

Oh I know things are getting better, our local Renaissance fair does steak on a stake (stick), and you can get grilled vegetables on a stick also. Our wine festivals also have decent salads and wraps as well.
Growing up in the Midwest as I did, I can’t understand the bad rap the south gets for deep frying everything. Heck, we had deep fried Snickers bars, deep fried Twinkies and Oreos, my personal favorite deep fried cheese curds, and last year the Iowa state fair had deep fried butter And of course had to wash it all down with beer. Enough to kill Paula Deen. Twice! Summerfest does have a few good food courts, but if you're in the true Summerfest mood, you'll never visit them.
I try to tailor my eating to the day as well. Don’t know if I’m just getting old or health conscience, but I do try to save up my “cheats” for such events.
Can't wait to get my hands on some fried pickles this year!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-05-28 14:01:55 -0500 Report

Nick here in Maryland some of us fry hard crabs, smother them in onion gravy and serve it over rice. Of course you must first clean the crab prior to cooking.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-05-28 11:25:05 -0500 Report

OMG Fried Kosher Pickles are the bomb. Had them when we visited Denver. I have not been to the Renaissance Festival in years. The smoked turkey drumsticks, and apple dumplings with ice cream are delicious. Wanted to try the cheesecake on a stick but being lactose intolerant and not close to home made me pass on that.

I think that because more and more people are becoming more health conscious about what they eat, State and County fairs and fairs like Renaissance are making sure they have healthier food choices.

Caroltoo 2012-05-28 13:14:14 -0500 Report

You and me both, Joyce. Used to love to go to Renaissance Fairs … still would but we don't have one here … but I've never tried a fried pickle. Have to look for that the next time I'm in the SE.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-05-28 14:03:19 -0500 Report

Carol the waitress said they put them in the freezer to get them ice cold then roll them in a mixture of cornmeal and egg and fry till golden brown. The pickle was still cold. I ordered it with my burger made of buffalo meat.

Caroltoo 2012-05-28 19:22:14 -0500 Report

Buffalo burger is great and they are range free so eat a more healthy diet themselves.

Interesting about the pickle. Sounds a lot like Mexican Fried Ice Cream … when you said it was still cold in the middle.

Anonymous 2012-05-24 16:36:59 -0500 Report

Thank you for the information, wasn't really sure any "real food" was available.
I plan on attending, What day and on what stage are they performing?

Nick1962 2012-05-24 20:10:39 -0500 Report

There's plenty to eat if you get creative. Avett's are on July 5th, not sure which stage or what time. Can't seem to get the Summerfest page to load.
But like others said, fill up before you go, or see if they make some exceptions. Tempting as they are, stay away from the deep fried snickers. Deep fried pickles are good in small amounts though. :)

Anonymous 2012-05-24 20:24:28 -0500 Report

Sounds interesting (the deep fried pickles).

I'm an oldie, so I'm going to be there on June 27th to see Kool and the Gang at the Miller stage.
Then I'll be there for June 30, to see Three Dog Night at the Briggs and Straton Stage, and I plan on going to see Aerosmith On Saturday July 7 at The Marcus Amitheater.

If I have any other free time I try and make the show for the Avett Brothers on July 5th.

I also, be going down to the Lake front for the "Big Bang Show" have to see the fireworks at the lake front.

Thanks for all the information.

Nick1962 2012-05-25 07:47:30 -0500 Report

Sounds like a fun weekend! Saw the Moody Blues there twice - great show. Ended up getting tricked into going to the Safe House afterwards. Too old to do that again! Have a good time!

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