For this one, rather than being catered for, we do the catering. We crowd-source the food. Everyone brings something they make or buy as a lovely treat for everyone else.
Maybe it is an opportunity for you to practice your baking skills in anticipation of The Great British Gluten-Free Baking Show. Maybe you have discovered the mother-lode source of the most delectable GF treats somewhere and want others to admire your modern day hunter-gatherer prowess. Maybe you've recently discovered gluten-free Oreo's and < om nom nom >
So the idea is very simple –
1. We meet up for brunch / lunch in a park, somewhere central, whilst the weather is still potentially tolerable
2. We each bring at least one thing for everyone else to try
3. We eat, chat, possibly feed ducks
***Update Location now Confirmed***
St James Park selected!
We will meet in St. James Park starting at 1200 and a specific location has been scouted and selected. The location has both sun and shaded areas, access to the deck-chairs, nearby places to buy drinks, and is surrounded by obvious navigation points.
Follow this link for a custom google-map of the location with the picnic place marked with a red star and nearby navigation aids with marked black points and photos -https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zCA1oCpOf6PE.kQTT-ce-f5TI
If anyone has any questions about the location please ask them here, others might have the same question.
Helpful Q&A follows -
Q. St James Park is big and humans all look similar, what if I can’t find the Meetup group when I arrive?
A. Bear in mind we might need to migrate a short distance away from the exact spot I’ve picked, for example if it is occupied by others.
I will bring along some printed Meetup sheets and try to place these in visible places to help identify our little group. I’ll also be giving you my cell-phone number (via email) so that anyone that struggles to find us on the day can call me for help. Finally, the stone circle located nearby the picnic spot makes for an ideal rendezvous place for me to meet & escort folks to wherever we pitch our deck-chairs.
Q. What if the weather is poor?
A. If the weather is likely to make an outdoor picnic a bad idea our backup indoor venue is the 3rd floor picnic area at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road. I’ll make a call on this either on Friday or early-morning Saturday and if we are switching venues will both edit this page and send an email to everyone attending. Sodo check this page or your Meetup-linked email before setting off.
Q. Do I need to bring what I said I’d bring?
A. No, bring whatever you like!
Q. Should I bring picnic gear?
A. Sure! Bring anything that might be useful, blankets, folding chairs, napkins, plastic cutlery etc. As the host I’ll be bringing only a single blanket + food to share so extra things will come in useful.
Q. Do the St James Park ducks like gluten-free bread?
A. They might, but most bread and other baked goods are bad foods for ducks and the RSPB advises not to feed ducks with them. If you want to enjoy feeding ducks food which is also good for them I recommend this article http://birding.about.com/od/birdfeeders/a/whatduckseat.htm
Q. Whose responsibility is it to make sure I am consuming gluten-free food?
A. This is a gluten-free event and we are bringing all the food so it should all be entirely gluten-free. That said I for one will be comfortable asking people about each food offered to make sure it is safe for me before eating it and encourage you to do the same since ultimately you need to make sure it is safe for you too. Trust, but verify!