The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is back again in 2019 and could it be better than ever? We will soon now. This is the longest running festival at Epcot each year and this year is no exception.
The festival begins on August 29 and ends on November 23. 86 days of international delights for the taste buds.
Entry to the International Food and Wine Festival is included in your admission to Epcot, no additional tickets are needed to experience most of the festival. Some experiences are an additional cost and you can read more about that on the Disney Food and Wine Festival Website.
Today, we are going to cover all of the options available at the 2019 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival for the vegans and vegetarians out there excited to experience the Food and Wine Festival this year.
Let’s dive in!
There are several returning favorites to this year’s festival for both vegans and vegetarians and also some new dishes to try as well.
Active Eats has one vegetarian option, the Fruit and Nut Energy Snack which includes apricots, almonds, pecans,coconut, puffed rice and chocolate chips.
Africa is bringing a vegan option to the festival this year with the Spicy Kenyan Vegan Githeri with white beans, pigeon peas, curry rice pilaf and slaw.
The Alps has two vegetarian options with a Warm Raclette Swiss Cheese accompanied by baby potatoes, cornichons (pickled cucumbers) and a baguette. The other option is a dessert option, Blueberry and Almond Frangipane Tart with creme fraiche and almonds.
Australia, the land down under is bringing a vegetarian dessert to the festival as well with a Deconstructed Pavlova with pastry cream, citrus-macerated berries and a lemon myrtle meringue.
Both of the Belgian Waffles from Belgium are vegetarian. One is served with a warm chocolate ganache and the other is served with berry compote and both are served with whipped cream.
Brazil has the amazing Brazilian cheese bread with is vegetarian and we highly recommend that item.
There are two vegetarian options at the Cheese Studio hosted by Boursin Cheese. Both the Black Pepper Boursin Souffle which is served with a fig marmalade and the Maple Bourbon Cheesecake with maple bourbon cream, caramel and a pecan crunch are vegetarian friendly.
Earth Eats is hosted by IMPOSSIBLE Foods this year so I thought both options would be vegan friendly BUT, we are unsure. They are both vegetarian but the jury is still out on the wasabi cream and the spicy Asian slaw to see if there are any dairy products and there is mozzarella in the cottage pie. The IMPOSSIBLE Burger Slider is served with a wasabi cream and a spicy Asian slaw. The IMPOSSIBLE Cottage Pie is IMPOSSIBLE “meat” with carrots, mushrooms and peas topped with mashed cauliflower, white beans and mozzarella.
Germany has one vegetarian selection. The Apple Strudel with vanilla sauce.
Hawai’i also has a vegetarian dessert choice. The Passion Fruit Cheesecake which is one of my all-time favorite dishes from the festival so I would definitely say that this is a must-try for all you vegetarians out there.
We finally have another VEGAN option over in India! Two actually! How exciting! I actually love the India kitchen and I’m not vegan or vegetarian but the flavors are amazing and we expect the same this year. There is a Warm Indian Bread that is served with pickled garlic, mango salsa and coriander pesto dips. There is also the Madras Red Curry that is served with roasted cauliflower, baby carrots, chickpeas and Uncle Ben’s Basmati Rice.
We are heading over to get the flavors from the Islands over at Islands of the Caribbean for the Quesito, which is a puff pastry with sweetened cream cheese and guava sauce. Yum!
Morocco has both a vegan and a vegetarian item on their menu for this year’s fest. The Spicy Hummus Fries with cucumber, tomatoes, onion, tzatziki and chipotle sauce are vegan without the sauces (tzatziki has no distinction but is typically yogurt based which would make it not an option for vegan guests) and the Chocolate Baklava, which is rolled phyllo dough with toasted almonds and dark chocolate sauce is a vegetarian item.
Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar has an option that can be made vegan as well! The Banana Almond Soft-serve Sundae can be made vegan by omitting the streusel. Also, don’t forget that sparkling wine is vegan (haha) so be sure to get you some prosecco here! You all know I am a sucker for all things sparkling wine.
The Wine and Dine Studio has a couple of selections and one is a returning favorite from 2018! The Butternut Squash Ravioli was a hit last year and sure to be one again this year. It is served with a brown butter vinaigrette, parmesan cheese and pumpkin seeds. There is also a trio of artisan cheeses here. Both are vegetarian options.
Refreshment Outpost is serving up a Savanna Smoothie made with coconut milk, agave and Amarula Cream Liqueur. Unfortunately, Amarula is not vegan friendly although there is a version called Amarula Marula Gold that is currently available in South Africa that is vegan friendly so hopefully this will make its way to Food and Wine in the future.
Refreshment Port has the Dole Whip again this year for the festival which is vegan.
I have to say, the lack of vegan options is a bit disappointing. I am not vegan and love all the meats but I think the selections for those who are are quite lacking. Especially since Flower and Garden Festival had the vegan meatball option that was a huge hit.
If I missed anything in this post that is vegan or vegetarian for the festival please let me know so I can add it to the post!
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