Festivals and food allergy
- Make sure you carry your ASCIA Action Plan signed by your doctor. Some people choose to also carry other medical certification from their doctor (i.e. saying you need to carry emergency medication (adrenaline injector) and safe food).
- Keep your EpiPen® or Anapen® in its original packaging with the dispensary label (pharmacy label with your name on it) from the pharmacy. If you take your adrenaline (epinephrine) injector out of the box make sure the dispensary label is on the plastic tube (of the EpiPen®) or on the EpiPen® or Anapen® device itself. Most events will require that the name on the label must match the ID of the ticket holder.
- Communicate you have an adrenaline injector for your allergy as you are going through security. This could prevent staff suddenly thinking they have found something not permitted. Entry gate medical staff, may need to review your medication.
- Contact festival organisers prior to the event, and enquire if you bring in your own food. Explain that you have a severe food allergy and need to have your own food. Should the festival organisers allow you to bring in food, they should then explain what you can and cannot bring in.
Going anywhere with large crowds, cheap food stalls, and strict rules about what can and cannot be brought in can be stressful when you have a food allergy. But, like all activities, it doesn’t have to be. Preparation and research is key.