for any North Dakota (or nearby) followers of my blog, you probably know that Grand Forks, ND has an annual French Fry Feed on the Thursday before its Potato Bowl weekend festivities. this year the French Fry Feed is held on the evening of Thursday, Sept 16th.
for those of you who don’t know about the French Fry Feed, Simplot donates the fries that go into a massive deep fryer machine at University Park. the contents of which are distributed along the sides of the huge tent that the fryer is under, where you can get all-you-can-eat baskets-full of free french fries. each year they try and out-do themselves, setting new world records on how many pounds of potatoes they can give away. it’s a really fun community event.
I called Simplot to see if I could track down anyone with nutritional information. I was pleasantly surprised to be forwarded directly to someone who was very helpful. they told me that there are no additives in the french fries (they are simply made of potatoes), and the oil is pure soy oil. therefore, no gluten!
the disclaimer is that they don’t make such claims, as the fries are processed in a facility where gluten-ingredients are also processed. they said that there shouldn’t be any cross-contamination, but they wanted to be safe and not advertise it as gluten-free, just in case.
for your gluten-eating friends and family, they have food carts where you can purchase hot dogs, soda, etc to complete a meal. I doubt that there are any more gluten-free foods at these, but I’m not certain.
if you head to Grand Forks for the event, you may want to make a long weekend of it~ there’s a Potato Bowl Parade Saturday morning, featuring local high school bands and various potato-themed floats, followed by the Potato Bowl football game featuring the UND Fighting Sioux football team.