Funnel cakes, corn dogs, onion rings… iconic foods of Midwestern fairs are among some of the most dearly missed by those on a gluten-free diet. Just in time for summer, Auntie M’s wins our proverbial blue ribbon, as their gluten-free food truck has just received gluten-free certification from our GFFS food safety program.
How did the first certified gluten-free food truck take off? “I always thought it was great to see how happy fair foods made people,” Auntie M’s owner Brian O’Konek said. He got the idea when he went to the Minnesota State Fair with his wife after his celiac diagnosis and realized how few gluten-free options were available. “The next day at home we started playing with some recipes, and over the next couple years we finally got the recipes to where we were really pleased with them. My wife Myndi—Auntie M herself—perfected them, and we decided we needed to share what we came up with, as I knew that I couldn’t be the only one missing these foods.”
With an overwhelmingly positive response, they knew they were onto something – but their customers made it clear that a dedicated gluten-free facility wasn’t enough. “We had some people that were still uncomfortable eating at our food stand even though we were dedicated GF, that’s when we saw that it was extremely important to go the extra steps to be certified.”
Auntie M’s food truck serves up fair favorites like corn dogs, funnel cakes, funnel cake sandwich, cheese curds, and onion rings – all of which are gluten-free, and many egg- and dairy-free. “It is so great to see people being able to eat foods that they were eating before or even children being able to eat it for the first time!” Their next stops can be found on their Facebook page or on Instagram @auntiemglutenfree.