Dear Lollibop

lb-logo-2014Tickets for the Lollibop Festival go on sale this Friday. Now in its 5th year, the under-10s jamboree started in my local park and has ballooned to become the UK’s largest children’s festival. This year it’s being held at Hatfield House, and I would like to take the tots. But I would also like organisers to think about catering for food allergies, so here’s the email I just sent… 

Hi there

I have a quick catering query that I hope you might be able to help me with. I have a child with multiple food allergies and am writing in a personal capacity but also on behalf of a great many parents who are in the same situation.

Will there be allergy friendly catering options available at the Lollibop festival? I don’t just mean gluten free options, but options that cover the most common childhood allergies of nuts, eggs, dairy, soya etc too.

If not, I wonder if this is something that you might be willing to discuss? Latest research suggests that food allergy occurs in as many as 1 in 20 children, so there will be a significant proportion of visitors to the festival who will have these special dietary needs. If they are like me they will bring food with them but to find somewhere that DOES cater safely would be incredibly well received and blaze a trail for other child-friendly venues and events.

I look forward to hearing from you

We’ll see what we get…


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