Yuletide greetings everyone! Epcot has been ramping up its festival season and we have the full run down on vegan options at this year’s Holiday Kitchens located throughout World Showcase during the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays.
What’s Vegan at the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays?
In 2019 the Holiday Cookie Stroll returns and with it comes the iconic black and white cookie. And you guessed it. It’s now vegan!
I asked if this option would be made from the vegan JUST cookie dough they used last holiday season and was told that this year the vegan cookies are being made from scratch in house.
The Black and White Cookie was soft and fluffy almost like a cake. It had a hint of lemon and was covered in vegan chocolate and vanilla frosting.
You can find the Black and White Cookie at the L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen in between Morocco and France.
Over at the Feast of the Three Kings outdoor Holiday Kitchen in Showcase Plaza near Disney Traders you’ll find a delicious easily modifiable option.
Order the Arepa and ask that it be made vegan by omitting the cheese and shrimp. What you’ll get is an arepa served with avocado aji and tomato sauce (basically salsa and guacamole). I verified with the head chef here that the arepa is free from all animal products.
The arepa was creamy on the inside with a perfect sear on the outside and the two accompanying sauces were phenomenal with it!
At the Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen in Mexico you’ll find another delicious modified option.
This is the Giant Tostada de Puerco. Ask to omit the pork, queso fresco, creama Mexicana and chicharron dust. This will leave you with a massive crispy tostada topped with the creamiest black beans, an earthy guajillo sauce with a nice kick to it, tangy pickled red onions and micro cilantro.
I verified with the chef that the beans are not cooked with any animal products.
My friend and I shared these two savory offerings and went on and on about how fantastic they were and how we cannot wait to order them again on future visits to Epcot this holiday season.
While in Mexico be sure to take in a showing of Las Posadas with dancers, piñatas and the Music of Mariachi Cobre.
There were two additional options that we thought might be modifiable but after consulting with chefs at these locations we discovered that they weren’t.
In Japan’s Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen the Chirashi Christmas Trees are being pre-made and then brought on stage so you can not ask to omit the fish or sauce for a veggie option. And at the Shanghai Holiday Kitchen in China, the Chengdu Spicy Street Fries are utilizing chicken base in their spicy sauce.
Several locations are selling special novelty holiday popcorn buckets filled with freshly popped, vegan “butter” flavored popcorn. Our favorite is the Mickey Christmas Tree Popcorn Bucket that lights up! We spotted this one inside the Odyssey building where the Epcot Experience is being held.
Candlelight Processional Dining Package
Also returning this year is the fan favorite Candlelight Processional. This event is hosted and narrated by celebrities and draws massive crowds. Seating is hard to come by, but you can guarantee yourself a seat by booking a Candlelight Processional Dining Package.
Candlelight Processional Dining Packages are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Your meal will include an appetizer, entrée and a dessert or if dining at a buffet…one full buffet. After your meal, you are guaranteed a seat in the American Gardens Theatre.
Dining packages are available (while supplies last) at:
- The Ale & Compass Restaurant in Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
- Biergarten Restaurant in Epcot’s Germany pavilion
- Chefs de France in Epcot’s France pavilion
- Coral Reef Restaurant in Epcot’s Future World
- Garden Grill Restaurant in Epcot’s Land pavilion
- La Hacienda de San Angel in Epcot’s Mexico pavilion
- Nine Dragons Restaurant in Epcot’s China pavilion
- Restaurant Marrakesh In Epcot’s Morocco pavilion
- Rose & Crown Dining Room in Epcot’s UK pavilion
- San Angel Inn Restaurante in Epcot’s Mexico pavilion
- Spice Road Table in Epcot’s Morocco pavilion
- Teppan Edo in Epcot’s Japan pavilion
- Tokyo Dining in Epcot’s Japan pavilion
- Trattoria al Forno on the Walt Disney World Boardwalk
- Tutto Italia Ristorante in Epcot’s Italy pavilion
- Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria in Epcot’s Italy pavilion
New this year is the Living with the Land Merry and Bright Nights and it is NOT TO BE MISSED!
After the sun sets, ride the Living with the Land attraction for a special sparkling tour. You can find Living with the Land inside the Land pavilion in Future World West.
Enjoy a peaceful evening cruise and view twinkling holiday light displays throughout the greenhouses here.
This new overlay is magical and hope they bring it back next year.
The 2019 festival will run from November 29th through December 30th.
For more information on the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays visit the official Walt Disney World website.
Special thanks to Disney for hosting us at their media preview. We attended the festival today on our own dime. As always, all opinions are our own.
Looking for more vegan options in the Epcot theme park? Check out our comprehensive guide here: What’s Vegan in Epcot?