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Picnic in a Park!

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!

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  • Wolf

    It's a little slow & late coming, but I just wanted to say a big thanks t all the people who bought, brought and baked for the picnic. It was all very yummy! I thoroughly enjoyed gorging myself : )
    And thanks to Ben & Stella who did the organising.

    August 21, 2014

  • Benjamin R.

    Folks, we probably will make plans for another picnic sometime later this year using the Royal Festival Hall as the indoor location.

    August 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, I'm working now on Saturday:( Hope you all have a great time though! It's such a great idea!

    August 13, 2014

    • Benjamin R.

      Shame! Thanks for letting us know though :-)

      August 16, 2014

  • Rhianne

    I don't have an elaborate reason for why I won't be attending tomorrow.. Simply - I have a hen do to attend tomorrow night, it's 80's theme and I have to find an outfit because I've left it last minute... Secondly my partner who Is GF has made other plans.

    August 15, 2014

    • Benjamin R.

      Thanks for cancelling ahead and letting us know Rhianne, this is welcome and appreciated. Hope to see you another time :-)

      August 16, 2014

  • Teka (.

    Sorry guys wanted to meet you all :))))

    Wanting for late British gas boiler repair :(

    Hiiiiii anyway

    August 16, 2014

  • Benjamin R.

    I'm there now folks, pretty much exactly on the star on the map. Plenty of deck chairs around ☺

    August 16, 2014

    • Benjamin R.

      We are v starting to eat now folks - 5 of us present under the tree with Meetup signs around us.

      August 16, 2014

  • Rhianne

    A bit gutted that I won't be there...

    August 15, 2014

  • Stella L.

    Hi all, i'm assisting Ben on this meetup and just wanted to provide my mobile Tel:[masked] in case anyone needs directions, is running late, has to cancel etc. Look forward to meeting you all tomorrow!

    August 15, 2014

  • Benjamin R.

    For anyone planning to bake Ocado are currently discounting their entire Sukrin range by 25%. Sukrin offer some great low carb flours and mixes. Google Ocado and Sukrin.

    August 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm not sure if I'll be able to make it as something has come up. Have a great day :)

    August 12, 2014

  • MariaJesus

    Unfortunately I am busy that day

    August 10, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      That's a shame :( have a good day all the same!

      August 12, 2014

  • Benjamin R.

    Amongst the things I am tempted to bring along is a 24-pack of Ruby Tuesdays' mini-donuts. Is anyone interested in clubbing together to buy these? They'd be good to split 3 or 4 ways perhaps given the cost.

    http://www.rubysoflondon.com/shop/donut-selection-box/

    August 9, 2014

    • Wolf

      These look amazing! I can't remember the last time I had a donut. I'll put 10 pounds towards. Hopefully a few others will join in to help out. They are quite pricey.

      August 11, 2014

    • Benjamin R.

      Anyone else? We need to order by Tuesday and have let's say 4 people at £10 each. If 2 others join I'll do the ordering.

      August 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Think the time needs to change lol. Bit early/late for me..hehe

    August 8, 2014

  • Serena M

    Um...I forget what I said I would bring :s

    August 7, 2014

    • Benjamin R.

      No worries, bring something else!

      August 9, 2014

  • Rhianne

    Is this still definitely going ahead because my partner and I wanna join you all!

    August 5, 2014

    • Benjamin R.

      That's a definite yes Rhianne. This will be our most popular event yet. Prepare to consume 10,000 calories in order to sample everything everyone else brings :P

      August 5, 2014

  • Angela

    I thought this date clashed with my hols too but I was wrong - count me in.

    August 3, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      See you there :)) good to have you there! Try my chocolate brownies. Any preference to flavourings..plain, mint, orange?

      August 4, 2014

  • Anita G.

    I would love to but will be in France on holiday!

    1 · July 12, 2014

    • Benjamin R.

      I dare to hope that if you try really hard you just might find, somewhere in France, something delicious :P

      July 12, 2014

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