By MICHELLE AMOUR | Editor-in-chief
PELHAM – People with specific allergies will be able to participate in the worry-free Halloween festivities this year. Delta Blues in Pelham is having a “Carn-Evil Fest” on Halloween night that features everyone’s favorite carnival junk foods without the top eight allergies.
Pelham resident Fawn Freis owns Delta Blues with her husband. Freis has celiac disease, and she said that as a junk food lover, missing out on her favorite treats at the concession stand has always been a disappointment.
“When we go to the fair or the football game or whatever, I can’t eat anything,” she said. “You miss the dumbest stuff. You would think you would miss high quality food, but you really miss being able to eat junk food.
Freis was aware that there were other people with different severe allergies who were feeling her pain, and she wanted to do something special so that everyone could enjoy the Halloween treats.
“I wanted to do a concession stand themed day where you know if you have a peanut allergy, tree allergy, or egg allergy, you can come and enjoy the food you lack and be safe,” she declared.
The menu will include everyone’s favorite junk foods like corndogs, chicken fillets, and even sausage with peppers and onions. All menu items will be free from major food allergies and will be prepared separately to avoid cross contamination.
“We’re going to have four trick-or-treat stations with little games like dice games and ring toss games,” Freis said. “I have pumpkin eggs that the kids can dig and try to find. Each station will have candy free from the eight major allergies.
Originally located at 5 Points South, Delta Blues has always offered a safe menu for people with specific food allergies.
“This is the first event that we have, but we are still free of peanuts, tree nuts, wheat and apart from a cake made on site, we are also free of soy and eggs,” Freis said. . “The only allergens we have here are dairy, shellfish and fish, but we have dedicated fryers so nothing is cross-contaminated. We have vegan items that are cooked in the vegan fryer and all chicken is used in its own fryer. Cross-contamination is huge and unfortunately few places understand it. “
In 2020, Fawn and her husband moved Delta Blues to Pelham and they loved the new restaurant space.
“We live in Pelham so when we looked around we found this place and we were like, ‘Oh, hey, this is awesome,’” Freis said.
Freis said they always wanted to do something fun with the restaurant for Halloween, but conditions continued to prove difficult.
“When we were at 5 points, I had two bars next to me, and I wasn’t sure how parents would feel reducing their kids to 5 points for candy,” she said with a laugh. “We tried to do it last year, but my husband and I both had COVID, so we had to cancel. “
Freis said they hope to have a large turnout and that the Carn-Evil Fest will be suitable for families of all ages.
“We just want people to come and have fun,” she said.
The Delta Blues Carn-Evil Fest will be held on October 31, Halloween, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit the Delta Blues Facebook page.