The world leader in food-allergy awareness announced today that Holiday World is recipient of its national “Making a Difference” Award this year.

The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) announced the winners of the 13th annual Mariel C. Furlong Award for Making a Difference this morning. Holiday World is the only business to be honored this year; other winners include 11 individuals and a non-profit preschool.

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari introduced an allergen-friendly menu last season. This year, several of the park’s restaurants will offer an expanded menu of pre-packaged food items which do not contain eight of the most common food allergens, namely: wheat, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, milk, soy and eggs.

“Last season we started offering a special menu for our guests with food allergies, and the reaction was just about overwhelming,” says Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari’s president, Will Koch. “We heard from parents who told us they cried when they learned we offered an allergen-friendly menu. This award means the world to us.”

Pizza, chicken nuggets, and turkey corn dogs which do not contain the most common food allergens are available at Kringle’s Kafé and Safari Pizza; those restaurants also have designated equipment for preparing gluten-free and dairy-free items. In addition, the park offers gluten-free sandwich bread. Pre-packaged applesauce and fruit cups are offered as an option to fries.

For dessert, snickerdoodle cookies which are free of the most common food allergens are available. Gluten- and wheat-free brownies are offered at Plymouth Rock Café and Mrs. Klaus’ Kitchen, which also features sucrose-free fudge. In addition, two types of dairy-free ice cream bars plus soy milk are now available.

A downloadable Allergen Friendly Information Guide is available on the Restaurants & Food page at Holiday Worlds website; copies of the guide are also available for park guests to pick up at Guest Relations. Allergen-friendly meals may be ordered in advance by phone or in person.

For more information, visit the parks’ website or call 1-877-463-2645.

Released: 7 April, 2009
Media contact: Paula Werne,; 812-937-5209