Last Friday I broke new ground in my personal life.
No, this isn’t a dating story.
It’s a diet story, but not for the purpose of losing weight.
I headed to Adelaide last weekend to take in my first ever AFL game.
And I was mortified.
Not with the game, although Beebs and I will discuss that on Saturday on The Sideline View.
Instead, I was horrified at the Event Day Kiosks, as they call them these days.
Not because Adelaide Oval offered pies, burgers and chicken bites.
None of this on Good Friday at the footy. IMAGE: Canva
No, it was because it was Good Friday and, in the City of Churches of all places, non-meat options were virtually nil.
In my naivety, I decided not to eat before I went, as I was sure there would be some fish options.
Alas, there were none.
I didn’t arrive early enough to go and find one of the fancier options, so I was left without much option, except for the customary hot chips, a chiko roll and a sandwich that I still don’t believe was REALLY curried egg and lettuce.
I was stunned, because, hey, this is Good Friday. Surely someone was awake to the possibility of people who observe the no-meat tradition rolling up to the game?
I wasn’t expecting Coffin Bay or Streaky Bay Oysters, or even a fillet of tuna on salad, but I was thinking maybe some battered Flake with chips, even some fish bites.
Any other day of the year, this would be a non-issue, although I now have an appreciation of the frustration of vegetarians every day of the year.
But why, when the AFL and government owned and run outlets claim to be super inclusive, do they not cater for the reality of tradition?
I’m not asking for meat to be banned everywhere on Good Friday, just that some non-meat options be offered up.
I went out to the SANFL game earlier that day to see Woodville-West Torrens beat up on Beebs’ team, and THEY had more meat free options than the Adelaide Oval.
Now, I’ll admit, I stick to the meat free thing on Good Friday mainly because I get guilt tripped by my mum rather than any strict belief on my part, and who actually likes their mum telling them how disappointed they are?
But, regardless of the reasoning, shouldn’t there be at least one extra meat free option on that day?
Or are you of an even more traditional mindset, in that no sport should be played on Good Friday?