Looking for an up-to-date and fully comprehensive guide to ALL of the vegan options at the 2019 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida? Well, you’ve come to the right place!
We’ve got a complete list to guide you through this year’s festival including all the vegan “as-is” dishes as well as the easily modified vegan dishes you are going to want to sample while strolling the World Showcase promenade in Epcot.
Vegan Options at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
There are a few dishes we are sad to say goodbye to and a few new ones that need an introduction.
This year we say farewell to the Loaded Greek Nachos (RIP) from the Greece Marketplace. Why? Well…after a very long run, the Greece Marketplace will cease to exist at the 2019 festival.
We also bid adieu to the Spicy Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew from the Africa Marketplace. The fan-favorite stew will get a replacement this year, so let’s get into the brand new vegan options at the Food and Wine Festival shall we?
Brand New Vegan “As-Is” Options at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
So, what’s replacing the Spicy Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew at the Africa Marketplace?
The Spicy Kenyan Vegan Githeri is our first brand spankin’ new addition. I was able to sample it at a preview this week. Let me tell you, I was sad to see the lentil stew go. It was a favorite of mine. It’s replacement is stellar though.
The Spicy Kenyan Vegan Githeri is composed of curry rice pilaf, white beans and pigeon peas and is topped with a kachumbari slaw and micro greens.
As with most dishes at Disney labeled “spicy”, I didn’t find this one to be be very spicy.
The juxtaposition of the cool crunchy slaw with the warm hearty beans and rice was delightful. This is a must-try dish at this year’s festival.
We’re not quite sure how to classify this one. It’s not quite a returning vegan option because it wasn’t vegan friendly last year. Let’s call it a new vegan option since the recipe has changed.
Here we have the Fruit and Nut Energy Snack from Active Eats.
This sweet treat is made with a mixture of apricots, almonds, pecans, coconut, puffed rice and vegan chocolate chips. It then gets a drizzle of vegan dark chocolate.
The chef that I spoke with told me the honey used in this dish last year has been replaced with corn syrup so it’s completely vegan friendly this year.
Another new dish appearing in 2019 is the IMPOSSIBLE Cottage Pie at the Earth Eats Marketplace. The IMPOSSIBLE Cottage Pie is completely vegan “as-is”. The dish is composed of IMPOSSIBLE ground meat with carrots, mushrooms, and peas. This medley is topped with mashed cauliflower, white beans, and vegan mozzarella cheese.
The chef that I spoke with at the media preview was very excited about this dish and told me that everything at the Earth Eats Marketplace is vegan friendly. The Cottage Pie was Amazing! So hearty and filling.
Here’s a cross section of what it will look like when you order it.
Speaking of the Earth Eats Marketplace, let’s take a look at the returning vegan dishes since one of them is located at this marketplace.
Returning Vegan “As-Is” Options at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
Back by popular demand is the The IMPOSSIBLE Burger Slider!
The The IMPOSSIBLE Burger Slider can be found at the only “all vegan” booth at the 2019 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival…Earth Eats.
The slider is served on a sesame seed bun and gets a slathering of vegan wasabi cream and a topping of spicy asian slaw.
Also making a comeback is the Pineapple Dole Whip Soft Serve with Bacardi Coconut Rum.
This offering is available at the Refreshment Port near Canada and comes in an unleaded version if you just want the pineapple soft serve.
The last of the dishes to appear in our “returning” category is the Madras Red Curry.
The Madras Red Curry can be found at the India Marketplace.
The curry is comprised of roasted cauliflower, baby carrots and chickpeas and is served with basmati rice.
Returning Modified Vegan Options at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
The Modified Banana Almond Soft Serve Sundae is making a triumphant return to the festival.
The Banana Almond Soft-serve Sundae is made with Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almond milk. It’s swirled with fresh berries. You’ll need to omit the chocolate almond streusel to make it vegan. So just the soft serve and berry compote should be in your cup.
Last year you could find this sweet treat at The Almond Orchard Marketplace near the Refreshment Port. This year it is being served at the Shimmering Sips Mimosa Bar.
The Morocco Marketplace will once again be serving up their Modified Spicy Hummus Fries.
The fries come four to an order and have a bit of a kick to them. You need to request them plain with no sauce or tzatziki topping.
The chipotle aioli they are plated with is made by Hellman’s and has both dairy and egg. The cucumber, onion, tomato mixture IS the tzatziki sauce and is actually mixed with dairy. These fries must be completely naked to make them vegan.
If they look like this…
…do NOT eat them.
You can find the Morocco Marketplace in between Morocco and Japan.
Now let’s see how we can get creative with some of the festival dishes…
Modified Vegan Options at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
The best thing I had at our Food and Wine preview came from the Thailand Marketplace.
This is the Modified Shrimp and Cold Noodle Salad and here’s how you’re going to order it. Ask for the Modified Shrimp and Cold Noodle Salad but instead of saying “omit shrimp” ask the person plating the dish to substitute additional noodles for the shrimp.
This cold rice noodle salad is mixed with crisp veggies and coated in a delicious asian sauce. It’s garnished with a finishing touch of chopped green scallions. Don’t skip this offering!
The next thing I was swooning over comes to you from the Coastal Eats Marketplace.
Order the Modified Pacifico True Striped Bass Tostada. It comes with a crunchy dressed red cabbage slaw and a vegan friendly fire-roasted tomatillo sauce on a tajin dusted crispy fried tostada garnished with cilantro.
Again, ask the chef doing the plating to sub extra slaw and tomatillo sauce for the fish.
If you’re looking for something sweet head over to the Islands of the Caribbean Marketplace.
Order the Modified Jerk-spiced Chicken with Roasted Sweet Plantain Salad.
When picking up your plate ask to substitute extra roasted sweet plantain salad for the chicken and omit the mango chutney yogurt.
Another sweet treat is the Modified Strawberry Smoothie at The Donut Box near Test Track.
The Smoothie is vegan when omitting the doughnut garnish and is made with Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk and strawberries.
You can also indulge in the Layered Slushy at Cool Wash which is right across from the Donut Box.
Flavors include Fanta cherry, orange, banana, blue raspberry and watermelon as well as Coke. Just skip the candy garnishes.
If you’d like to cut down on your single use plastic at this year’s festival be sure to pick up a commemorative set of zero waste utensils at the festival shop.
That about covers it for the 2019 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival vegan options.
The festival runs daily from 11 a.m. to park close August 29th through November 23rd, 2019. For more info on this event including entertainment and special add on dining experiences visit the official Walt Disney World website. Happy munching fellow herbivores!
Still hungry for more? Check out our directory of every vegan option available at the Epcot theme park here: What’s Vegan in Epcot?