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A Vegetarian Guide to Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Green Loop. Today we are taking a closer look booths at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.


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Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is a food lovers dream! But if you’re like me and you say no to meat, it can be a little overwhelming. I have a guide to the best vegetarian options for this year’s festival.

Everybody has that one person in their family with unique eating habits. In our family, that person is me. From a very young age, I knew meat, especially red meat, wasn’t for me. Something about the taste and texture always rubbed me the wrong way. Over the years, I’ve completely eliminated red meat from my diet, but still eat chicken and turkey. But when given a choice, I almost always lean towards vegetarian dishes.

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When I visited the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival in 2014, it was hard to find a variety of meat free dishes. Most of the ones I found were desserts or some kind of pasta. Thankfully, as I was reviewing the menus for this year’s festival, I was happy to see so many more options. This year, cultural favorites such as nachos and Korean BBQ are given a vegetarian twist (both of these dishes are not only vegetarian, but vegan as well). All these new (well new to me) additions are making me excited to attend the festival this year.

A Vegetarian’s Guide to Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival

I’ve scoured the menus and have come up with a list of vegetarian offerings. Please note that this is based only on the menus, not on personal experience. If you are concerned whether a dish contains a hidden meat (broth, stock, etc), ask a cast member to make sure.

Belgium:

  • Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote
  • Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganche

Brazil:

  • Brazilian Cheese Bread

The Chew Collective:

  • Ricotta and Zucchini Ravioli with Rustic Tomato Sauce
  • Peanut Butter and White Chocolate Mousse with Carmel Drizzle

Chocolate Studio:

  • Red Wine Chocolate Truffle
  • Ghirardelli Chocolate Raspberry Torte
  • Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel

Craft Beers:

  • Pimento cheese Dip with Pretzel Crisps

Farm Fresh:

  • Pickled Beet Salad with Herbed Goat Cheese

France:

  • Creme Brulee Caramel Chocolate

Germany:

Greece:

  • Vegan Loaded Greek Nachos with Pita Chips, Meatless Sausage Crumbles and Vegan Tzatziki
  • Oikos Greek Yogurt Vanilla Cake soaked in Ouzo with Yogurt Whipped Cream and Pistachios

Greenhouse Guru (by Village Farms):

Heirloom Tomato Salad, Photo Credit Capturing Magical Memories

Heirloom Tomato Salad, Photo Credit Capturing Magical Memories

  • Heirloom Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, Aged Balsamic and Micro Basil
  • Mini San Marzano Tomatoes

Hops and Barley:

  • Freshly Baked Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Ireland:

  • Irish Cheese Selection Plate
  • Warm Chocolate Pudding with Irish Cream Liqueur Custard
Vegan Korean BBQ (bottom right), Photo Credit @stephshuster Instagram

Vegan Korean BBQ (bottom right), Photo Credit @stephshuster Instagram

South Korea:

  • Vegan Korean BBQ with Steamed rice and Cucumber Kimchi

Islands of the Caribbean:

  • Quesito: Puff Pastry with Sweetened Cream Cheese and Guava Sauce

Italy:

  • Canoli al Cioccolato (chocolate canoli)

Japan:

  • Grilled Spicy Edemame Tossed with Sesame Oil, Soy Sauce and Chilli Powder

Mexico:

  • Flan de Chocolate Abuelita

Morocco:

  • Spicy Hummus Fries with Cucumber, Tomato, Onion and Tzatziki Sauce
  • Chocolate Baklava

Scotland:

  • The Tipsy Lard: Whiskey-soaked Cake with Lemon Cream and Toasted Oats
  • Potato Pancake (ask for it without smoked salmon)

Wine and Dine Studios:

Artist Palette of Wine and Cheese, Photo Credit Capturing Magical Memories

Artist Palette of Wine and Cheese, Photo Credit Capturing Magical Memories

  • Trio of Artisan Cheese
  • Artist Palette of Wine and Cheese

Refreshment Port:

  • Dole Whip
  • Croissant Doughnut

I can’t wait to try so many of these dishes. The Greek Nachos, Korean BBQ and Hummus Fries are at the top of my list. Even though these are vegetarian, I’m sure even carnivores won’t be able to resist digging in.

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distherapy

Tuesday 18th of October 2016

You are so right- until the past two years, vegetarians (and honestly, healthier eaters in general) have had few choices at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Each year I would run the Wine Dine Half Marathon and be stymied as to what to eat before the race. This year, I found the Vegan Loaded Greek Nachos with Pita Chips, Meatless Sausage Crumbles and Vegan Tzatziki to be delicious, and just about everything at the Greenhouse Guru was a winner. (Especially those Mini San Marzano Tomatoes!!!) Thanks for giving me a road map for next week!!

Patricia

Thursday 15th of September 2016

This is why I love Disney. They have choices for everyone. Even if you are not a vegetarian you should be a few of these options and try them.

Lisa Cameron

Sunday 25th of September 2016

I could definitely see my huge carnivore of a husband trying some of these dishes.

bethandgen

Thursday 15th of September 2016

I am looking forward to trying the Greek Nachos! Thank you for putting this awesome list together!

Lisa Cameron

Sunday 25th of September 2016

Me too! They look delicious in all the pics I've seen. Hopefully the taste will live up to the hype.

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