This gal right here is a long time visitor to the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. 2017 marks the first year I’ve attended after changing my diet over to a completely plant based one.
I’ve made my way around Epcot’s World Showcase promenade several times over the past month, in the name of research of course. All the leg work has been done for you, so let’s take a look at what I’ve discovered.
Loaded Greek Nachos
By far the most popular item at the festival among vegans and non-vegans alike are the Loaded Greek Nachos from the Greece Marketplace. You can find this marketplace closest to the Mexico Pavilion.
Loads of pita chips are covered in seasoned Gardein meatless sausage crumbles, lettuce, tomato, olives, red onions, vegan feta cheese & vegan tzatziki sauce.
I’ve been known to double fist these from time to time. Grab a fork. They can get messy.
This entire dish is vegan “as-is”. No need to make any modifications.
Spicy Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew
Second on my list of must haves is the Spicy Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew from the Africa Marketplace. This marketplace is located in between China and Germany.
These are the tiniest lentils you ever did see but they pack a powerful spicy punch. The entire dish is sprinkled with quinoa and then a dollop of vegan yogurt finishes the dish.
This offering is also vegan “as-is” with no need for modifications.
Madras Red Curry
Here’s another dish with no modifications needed. Walt Disney World has certainly upped their plant-based game this year haven’t they?!
This is the vegan Madras Red Curry ? from the India Marketplace. I first had the pleasure of trying this dish at a media preview for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (full disclosure) which is why the plating looks so fancy pants.
The curry is comprised of roasted cauliflower, baby carrots and chickpeas and is served with a side of basmati rice.
This dish was pretty solid but I’ve not ordered it again while touring the festival because my taste buds are magnetically drawn to those delicious Greek Nachos every time!
Pineapple Dole Whip Soft Serve with Bacardi Coconut Rum
One can never go wrong with Dole Whip ?especially if said pineapple soft serve is covered in rum.
Typically you can only procure Dole Whip inside two (Animal Kingdom & Magic Kingdom) of Walt Disney World’s four theme parks. The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival provides you with a small window in which to indulge in a boozy Dole Whip inside a third park…Epcot.
This dish is available at the Refreshment Port adjacent to Canada and comes in an unleaded version if you just want the pineapple soft serve.
All Dole Whip across property is accidentally vegan by the way.
This was certainly a surprise hit.
Inside the Festival Center at the Wonders of Life Pavilion you will find this Vegetable Wrap at Intermissions Cafe.
This accidentally vegan item is a sun-dried tomato tortilla filled with greens, quinoa, cucumbers, tomato, onion, hummus and a balsamic vinaigrette. It’s an extremely generous portion size and was super tasty!
The Festival Center is where you’ll find seminars, festival merchandise and the wine shop. It’s also where you’ll find a nice cool place to sit down when you need to get out of the heat.
Modified Mojo Pork
Venture over to the Islands of the Caribbean Marketplace near the Rose Garden walkway and ask for the Mojo Pork dish and hold the pork.
When I presented my receipt to the cast member for redemption I mentioned that I was vegan and she loaded me up with the vegan sides.
This was a huge portion of black beans, cilantro rice and pickled red onions. If you’re looking for something filling look no farther than Island of the Caribbean.
You can enjoy the Bright Horizons mocktail in a souvenir plastic blinky cup. It’s basically Sprite with a few vegan popping boba balls in the bottom. (I asked to see the boba ingredients and they are in fact all vegan).
The Bright Horizons can be found at the Craft Beer Marketplace inside The Odyssey building which has air conditioning and lovely retro Epcot video and images on display.
This was definitely more of a one and done novelty purchase for me since I rarely consume sodas.
L’Orange Cotton Candy
Also inside the Craft Beer Marketplace you will find “grab and go” bags of L’Orange Cotton Candy. The logo bag is everything don’t you think?
L’Orange Cotton Candy is a mix of lime and orange ?and is perfect for sharing.
Modified Banana Almond Soft-serve Sundae
The final item on my list is the Modified Banana Almond Soft-serve Sundae. You can enjoy this sundae with Fresh Berries. Just ask to omit the Crunchy Chocolate Oats as they aren’t vegan.
You can find this sweet treat at The Almond Orchard Marketplace near the Refreshment Port.
I think someone really dropped the ball at this marketplace. Two of the dishes scream vegan by their very existence. Non-Dairy ice cream and hummus. How much more vegan can you get AmIRight? Well the non dairy soft serve has dairy granola sprinkled on top and the hummus is served with crackers that contain dairy and garnished with Salt & Vinegar Almonds that yes folks….contain dairy.
Because this marketplace is sponsored by Blue Diamond I’m sure the chefs had to work with what they were given. Maybe if they return next year some revisions will be made. ??
And thus completes Amanda’s Vegan Guide to the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. For more vegan food at the Disney Parks and resorts you can follow my @VeganDisneyFood Instagram account as well as my personal account @AmandaTinney
The 2017 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival runs through November 13th.