The 2020 Epcot International Festival of the Arts is in full swing at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida and this is your complete guide to vegan food offerings at this year’s event.
Seeing that this is only the fourth installment, the first being back in 2017, there are a smaller amount of food offerings in comparison to 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. You can read more about the complete festival offerings on the official Disney website or watch our sneak preview vlog.
For now, let’s focus on the vegan eats.
Epcot International Festival of the Arts Vegan Food Guide
Last week Walt Disney World invited me out for a sneak peek of the festival offerings a few days before the actual start of the event. It was at this special preview that I was able to sample two of the items you will see below. I also attended the opening day of the Festival of the Arts where I discovered two more vegan offerings for a total of four treats to try during this super short event.
We’ll start our culinary journey at The Refreshment Outpost in between China and Germany where the only vegan as-is offering is located.
Order the Plant Based Bratwurst 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.
As for modified dishes, head on over to Goshiki in Japan for the Vegetable Gyoza.
The Vegetable Gyoza will need one slight modification to make it completely vegan. Ask to omit the truffle mashed potatoes as they contain milk.
What you’re left with is two vegetable and edamame filled dumplings with a gorgeous carved shiitake mushroom cap, pepper strings and a tonkatsu teriyaki sauce.
This was such a fun offering. The mushroom was nice and meaty and 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 reminded me of saffron strings and weren’t spicy in the least bit and the sauce tasted like a hybrid of teriyaki and ketchup. Definitely give these a try on your visit to the festival.
The second dish you can modify is the Seared Corvina from Cuisine Classique in Germany.
To make the Seared Corvina vegan omit the fish and the beurre blanc. This will leave you with a vegan ratatouille.
The ratatouille is composed of tomato, yellow squash and zucchini. I sampled this dish at a preview event last week and it was solid. When ordering it opening day it was extremely salty and we didn’t even finish it. I’d skip this option.
Another item I sampled during the press preview was from The Deconstructed Dish in Showcase Plaza near Port of Entry. Here you’ll find the Rainboba. It’s non-alcoholic and I confirmed with the chef that the boba are in fact not vegan. So this one you’re going to need to modify by asking to omit the boba.
What you’ll get is sparkling water topped with a foam cloud served in a Figment commemorative souvenir cup.
The sparkling water that they are using is Dasani Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade and the fruit foam topping is Fomz Wild Berry.
We made a stop at the Mosaic Canteen in Morocco thinking we could modify the Spiced Beef again this year. Last year the dish could be modified to omit the beef which would leave you with hummus topped with dried cherries and pine nuts served with pita chips.
BE ADVISED: This year they changed suppliers and the pita chips are NOT VEGAN as they contain dairy.
The Epcot International Festival of the Arts runs daily through February 24th, 2020 and is included with park admission. Food samplings are extra and can be purchased a la cart.
Looking for ALL of the vegan options available at Epcot? Check out our comprehensive guide here: What’s Vegan in Epcot?