The 2021 Epcot International Festival of the Arts is opening Friday at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida and this is your complete guide to vegan food offerings at this year’s event.
With the current state of the world and the parks, this festival is a little different this year. Celebrating its 5th anniversary, the Festival of the Arts usually features less food items than other Epcot festivals such as the longer running Epcot International Food and Wine Festival and Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.
However, this festival is so much more than food! It’s a veritable cornucopia of culinary, visual and performing arts. Even with some omissions and changes this year, it’s still our favorite EPCOT festival. You can read more about the complete festival offerings on the official Disney website.
For now, let’s focus on the vegan eats. If you’d like to see just the snacks, drinks and desserts, head to our Vegan Snacks and Desserts at the EPCOT Festival of the Arts post!
Epcot International Festival of the Arts Vegan Food Guide
We attended the opening day of the Festival and tracked down ALL the vegan offerings at this year’s Festival of the Arts. If you’d like, you can check out our video review of all the vegan items below as well. Be sure to like and subscribe to know when we upload a new vegan video!
We’ll start our culinary journey at The Refreshment Outpost in between China and Germany where one of three vegan as-is offerings is located.
Order the Plant Based Bratwurst ($9) here.
The Plant-based Bratwurst is topped with a turmeric aioli, coffee barbecue jackfruit and vegan slaw. It came in a warm vegan bun. You’re definitely going to need some napkins for this one.
This Brat is a major win. The flavors worked well together and the slaw gave the dog great texture. We couldn’t really taste the jackfruit in this dish. The aioli is described as spicy but we found it to be rather mellow. It’s a great, filling option.
New this year will be the Remy’s Ratatouille ($5), available at the Festival Favorites booth inside World Showplace. This ratatouille is composed of eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, tomatoes, and red pepper piperade.
Remy’s Ratatouille is also part of the Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine for the Red item. This passport of colorful food items features 5 available stamps, and like the Cookie Stroll during the Festival of the Holidays, you can get all 5 of the same item, but the “prize” is an artist palette cookie, which is not vegan.
We enjoyed the ratatouille but found the eggplant a little cardboard-like compared to the zucchini and squash, which were our favorite parts and pared well with the tomato sauce. At only $5, it’s worth a try for sure.
Also new to this Festival is the Salt-roasted Beet Tartare ($6.50), served at The Painter’s Palate inside World Showplace. This dish consists of pickled vegetables, parsley salad, and a plant-based Bearnaise aioli (which wasn’t really visible on its own, perhaps it’s inside the parsley salad or this item is still being worked on?).
The beets have received mixed reviews online, but we loved it. If you are not a fan of vinegar-based flavors, it may not be for you.
We thought the flavors were wonderful, bright and well-seasoned. The parsley salad is very garlic-heavy and mixed with onions, while the pickled vegetables are just that – full of crunch and tart and tangy flavor. The crostini were also a wonderful textural addition, crispy, salty, and you can taste the olive oil brushed on top. This dish was a win for us, your mileage may vary.
Next up is another brand-new offering in a brand-new booth – Vibrante & Vivando Food Studio. This new kitchen is located between Morocco and France and features brightly colored items and a tribute display of Mary Blair artwork and some backstory on her visit to South America with Walt and El Grupo.
Here you can order the Coconut and Passion Fruit Smoothie ($5), which comes in a souvenir plastic cup with “EPCOT International Festival of the Arts” printed on one side, and some Mary Blair-inspired graphics on the back.
This smoothie is like drinking a thicker, creamier version of POG (Passion, Orange, and Guava) juice that we’ve all come to know and love at the Disney character breakfast locations. This item is a great addition and is a refreshingly tart way to add to your Festival of the Arts day.
As for modified dishes, the Goshiki booth in Japan features the Vegetable Gyoza ($6) which was modifiable last year by removing the mashed potatoes. This year, the carved mushroom is gone, replaced by a Kamaboko Fish Cake, which you must remove to keep the dish vegan.
If you ask, you may be able to receive 3 gyoza in place of the 2 the item comes with, since you are removing the mashed potatoes and fish cake, but this is not a guarantee.
The Vegetable Gyoza are spinach gyoza filled with vegetables, tofu, and edamame, topped with pepper strings and a Tonkatsu teriyaki sauce.
This was such a fun offering. The gyoza were pan fried so they were a bit crisp on the outside with a tender filling dotted with whole edamame beans. The pepper strings don’t really have much flavor at all and are mostly just decorative, not spicy in the least bit. The Tonkatsu sauce is much more tart than regular teriyaki sauce, you can tell it is made with tangy fruits. Definitely give these a try on your visit to the festival.
Another item we sampled last year during the press preview was from The Deconstructed Dish in Showcase Plaza near Port of Entry. Back again at the Deconstructed dish, you’ll find the Rainboba ($8). It’s non-alcoholic, sparkling water with the fruit-flavored boba balls added.
Last year, the boba were not vegan. This year, we asked, two chefs were called, and we were told that the boba had no gelatin and were vegan. We are keeping it under the modified list and encouraging you to proceed with caution and triple check before ordering as is.
Originally, this was served with a vegan fruit-flavored foam cloud, but that has been removed this year. It is still served in a Figment souvenir cup. At $8, you’re basically paying for the cup as the drink itself isn’t anything to write home about.
The sparkling water that they are using is Dasani Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade and the boba balls are various fruit flavors.
If you’d like a different drink to wash down these artistic eats, there is a specialty coffee at one of the Joffrey’s Coffee stands in celebration of the Festival of the Arts. At the Showcase Plaza location, to the left as you enter the World Showcase Promenade, is the Caramel Canvas Latte. This special normally comes with a donut for $9.99 but since the donut is not vegan, you can get the coffee by itself for $5.99. Here’s how to order:
Normally the Caramel Canvas Latte (hot or iced) comes with Peanut Butter Syrup (vegan), Caramel sauce (not vegan – switch for Caramel syrup which is), and Dark Chocolate Sauce (vegan). It then comes with whipped cream and sprinkled Snickers pieces, both of which you will omit. Make sure you request the plant-based milk of your choice. We had oat milk with the coffee above, and it was delicious.
Another new item this year is the Lemon Soft Serve ($5.25), available at Decadent Delights, right around the corner from Deconstructed Dish, along the World Showcase promenade. Here you can order the Lemon Soft Serve without the waffle cone and the ice cream itself will be vegan.
The Lemon soft serve was very tart with a creamy finish, and reminded us of an ice cream version of the frozen lemonade served at ice cream carts around the parks.
The EPCOT International Festival of the Arts runs daily January 8th through February 22nd, 2021. Artful EPCOT is included with park admission with a valid park pass (or Park Hopping if available after 2pm). Food samplings are extra and can be purchased a la carte.
Looking for ALL of the vegan options available at Epcot? Check out our comprehensive guide here: What’s Vegan in Epcot?