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Paralympic food - helen-louise
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Paralympic food
Also, I have been up for 2 hours longer than I meant to be, trying to extract information from the London 2012 website - which is a complete failure. The Olympics have happened, and yet there's STILL no information about what sort of food exists inside the various venues. Apart from McDonalds. Which I generally avoid for ethical reasons, such as the fact that most of what they sell isn't actually food.

Although I notice that the Deli Spicy Veggie Sandwich might well be vegan if served without the repulsive mayonnaise. The allergen information says it contains eggs, but the only egg I can find is in the "Cool Mayo". I might well email McDonalds and check, because there's avoiding McDonalds for ethical reasons on the one hand, and starving because Olympics officials didn't bother to consider vegans on the other. Oh, you can take in food as long as it's not an "excessive amount", but you're also only allowed to bring in "one soft-sided bag" (see here), so there's a limit to the amount of food that is feasible to carry. Given the number of extra layers I need to stay warm in the evenings, I'll be left with emergency protein bars and fruit...

If you want a real laugh, try Ask London 2012, for vague, meaningless answers. I've already clicked on the "I still need help" thing because of the uselessness of their "Can I bring an empty water bottle through security, and if so, will there be somewhere to refill it inside your venues?" question. Great, you can bring in a plastic bottle - up to what maximum size? The Download Festival information had wording like this, and we got there to find out that only 500 ml bottles were allowed. Which is bloody annoying for the carer of a disabled person who drinks a lot of water.

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nitoda From: nitoda Date: 16th August 2012 05:59 (UTC) (Link)
You are not alone. I've also seen Vicki ranting about lack of info on food availability at Olympic events. I don't know if she's any further forward in her investigations, but it couldn't hurt to communicate. Let me know if you need contact email info for her.
lovingboth From: lovingboth Date: 16th August 2012 07:06 (UTC) (Link)
I would assume 'nothing I can eat for ethical or financial reasons' and take your own.
lovingboth From: lovingboth Date: 16th August 2012 07:18 (UTC) (Link)
Oops, hit the wrong key.

It was clear from the Olympics that rules were being bent (umbrellas!) and, utterly cynically, I suspect that this will happen even more for the Paralympics.

So I would ask people who have been to the venue(s) you are going to, and then think about taking what you need.

Thinking about it, I do know vegan-cluefull people who went to the main park. I will ask them.
thekumquat From: thekumquat Date: 16th August 2012 10:13 (UTC) (Link)
I went to ExCel and the Olympic stadium. The latter has a variety of foods if you can spend the time hiking around all the stalls - there was an olives stall for example. The main options close to the seats are all unbranded organised by cuisine - curry, fish&chips, Chinese, sandwiches etc. All had veg options but I doubt vegan.

Excel is worse as once in the hall for your event its only cafe and pasties and cadbury chocolate.

However we had no problem with a large picnic for 4 and half a dozen water bottles. The water fountains are next to each loos block. And the security/usher teams were all lovely. Id take food.
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