A Super Yummy Look into Epcot’s Food + Wine Festival as a Vegan

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My favorite way to travel is exploring off the beaten path locations, finding the exciting side to “boring” places, and traveling like the locals. However, there are a few places that get me acting like a damn fool. Like I’ve never set outside of my backyard before and Disney World is one of them. Admitting that I love Disney World may make me seem like less of a world traveler to some but there’s a lot of nostalgia for me there. I grew up going here almost every year and it’ll never stop feeling special to me. I was excited to visit again this past month. It has been four years since my last visit making this the first time I’ve been back since going vegan. So, what’s it like eating at Disney as a vegan? Are there places to eat in Epcot as a vegan during the Food + Wine Festival?

The answer is it’s totally possible – easy even – and yes there are absolutely places to eat in Epcot as a vegan during the festival or otherwise.

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What is the Epcot Food + Wine Festival?

The Epcot International Food + Wine Festival is an annual event typically from September to mid-November. Throughout Epcot, you’ll find stations themed around different countries and other themes. Given the number of booths and offerings, there are not that many vegan options. However, I tried every choice except one and I thought I was going to burst so there is definitely enough vegan options at the festival to fill you up!


Earth Eats

This is the only booth that I didn’t try as I have not eaten the Impossible Burger. I’ve been firmly against eating it as they tested on rats in order to get FDA approval and I love the Beyond Burger so I don’t feel like I’m missing out. I do see both sides of the coin though and I know the availability of the Impossible Burger has saved a lot of animals’ lives so there may be a day that I change my mind on this. I’d say half my friends eat this burger and half don’t and no judgment from me either way.

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The slider comes on a sesame bun with wasabi cream and spicy slaw and it is vegan as is! It sounds delicious!

places to eat in Epcot


Greece

Vegan nachos! This wasn’t my favorite dish as I hate olives and raw onions. I didn’t realize it had either or I would have had it left off. However, this does have vegan sausage, vegan feta, and vegan tzatziki sauce. I think that’s pretty awesome. If you love Greek food, you’ll love these and it’s worth a try!

If you’re walking around the World Showcase starting with Mexico, the Greece station will be the first vegan option you’ll come to!

places to eat in Epcot


India

The next option is India! Here you’ll find a red madras curry served with rice. I found it to be lacking a bit on flavor but it was still delicious and the portion was rather big for the price (speaking Disney prices, at least).

places to eat in Epcot

places to eat in Epcot


Africa

Next up is Africa. This is ended up being one of my favorites. So rich and flavorful and another portion size that was quite nice! This dish was a Spicy Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew. The stew is topped with quinoa and a vegan yogurt. Yum!

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Morocco

I find it kind of weird that they had a station called ‘Africa’ and then a station called ‘Morocco.’ Geography alert – Morocco is, in fact, in Africa. I digress though.

These hummus fries were so damn good. Make sure to get them without the tzatziki sauce. These and the stew were my two favorite dishes at the Epcot Food + Wine Festival.

places to eat in Epcot

places to eat in Epcot


The Almond Orchard

Not a country theme, but a great option nonetheless is the Almond Orchard station.  You can find two vegan options here. The sundae is a banana soft serve topped with berries. Make sure to order without the chocolate almond streusel. They also have a strawberry smoothie which is vegan as is!

The Almond Orchard is at the start of the World Showcase (in between Mexico and Canada) and is sponsored by Almond Breeze

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places to eat in Epcot

places to eat in Epcot


Other Places to Eat in Epcot

I tried to only focus on the festival places to eat in Epcot this time around but I did grab a vegan sorbet from the France Pavilion. All of the fruit sorbets and the waffle cones are vegan. Pictured is a scoop of berry and mango sorbet but they had several other flavors.

places to eat in Epcot

For other vegan places to eat in Epcot, check out this guide by Vegan Disney World.

Overall, I was really pleased with the vegan options at the Food + Wine Festival. While I would, of course, love to see more and more choices, I most definitely did not leave hungry. I’m hoping to head back next year and it will likely be around the same time so I’ll be able to see if there are any additions or changes and report back on more places to eat in Epcot!

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5 Comments

  1. Sarah

    December 5, 2018 at 2:43 PM

    I know exactly what you mean about Disney world. It may not be the most ‘worldly’ travel destination but it is so special to those of us (me included!!) who grew up going to Disney world. I have such fond memories of this place but I haven’t been back for years.

    Also I’m so glad you were able to find some vegan options at the festival!! I think I’ve said this before, but having celiac I can definitely relate to the struggle to find food that is appropriate for you. Also really interesting what you shared about the Impossible Burger. I had my first one in Chicago last month. I had no idea they tested it on rats… that makes me really sad, but also CONFUSED because at least from a common sense/marketing perspective, why would you test a vegan meat-replacement on animals?!?!! Like… I don’t get it hahaha. I can totally see why you abstain from eating it.

  2. Jenn and Ed Coleman

    December 6, 2018 at 7:56 PM

    What a wonderful article. I can actually picture myself right along side you tasting this food as you go. 😉 I was shocked at how vegan friendly (and gluten aware) DW was. It seemed like there were multiple options all throughout the park.

  3. Andi

    December 7, 2018 at 12:58 PM

    Epcot has everything when it comes to food it seems! I haven’t been but if I do go I want it to be during the food festival! I think I could even eat low carb there without issue.

  4. Juliann Jones

    December 9, 2018 at 2:41 PM

    That African lentil soup looks amazing! I’d try that for sure. I felt a little overwhelmed at Epcot trying to decide what to eat. I think it was a case of worrying that I’d miss out on something better further ahead. I needed a guide of all my options before I even started. This helps, in case I go back.

  5. Elaine Masters

    December 12, 2018 at 12:06 AM

    Nice to hear that you had so many options and that the portions were generous. I love the Disney experience but haven’t been to one of these festivals. As a foodie that’s a big omission. I’m not vegan but like eating ‘light’ as far as protein goes most days.

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