What’s Vegan at the 2021 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays?

EPCOT Festival of the Holidays 2021

Yuletide greetings everyone! Epcot has been ramping up its festival season and we have the full rundown on vegan options at this year’s Holiday Kitchens located throughout World Showcase during the 2021 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays

Updated November 27, 2021 – We also have a new Vegan EPCOT Holidays video review up – be sure to subscribe to VeganDisneyFood on YouTube.

EPCOT Festival of the Holidays 2021

What’s Vegan at the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays?

Vegan As-is Options at the 2021 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays:

Returning this year is the Holiday Pot Pie – $5.50 at the American Holiday Table Holiday Kitchen.

This offering is a mixture of jackfruit, mushrooms, carrots, peas, and onions topped with a flaky puff pastry.

Last year, this pot pie got a reputation and not in a good way. It didn’t have much flavor to it and the jackfruit was just chopped and nothing else really done to it. THIS year for 2021, they seem to have heard our complaints and HAVE improved it! (Update: our first day Pot Pie seems to have been a fluke – read on) Here’s a look at last year’s Holiday Pot Pie on the inside:


Now this year, the filling was much more soup-like and not thick and stew-like. Additionally, there was a lot less jackfruit in the one we were served, and what was in there was shredded so it did have the consistency of say a pot roast or something. The flavors were also great and made it actually enjoyable to eat. Hopefully this remains consistent throughout the festival. Update: Well, we went back on the 3rd day of the festival and ordered 3 Holiday Pot Pies in our group. One had huge cubes of jackfruit, and the other two, barely anything. The one consistency was the filling was like soup. So take all of this with a grain of salt before you head to the festival. It’s still a good option, but could be greatly improved by taking an extra few minutes in preparing the jackfruit and adding cornstarch or something to thicken the filling. 

Vegan Holiday Pot Pie
Holiday Pot Pie in 2021

Vegan Holiday Pot Pie

The crust on our Holiday Pot Pie was still crispy and delicious, but we’ve seen some with a huge puff pastry topping and ours was a bit caved in where the filling was, so yours may look a little different.

Also returning this year are the vegan Potato Latkes – $4 available at the L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen. These are a fan favorite and with good reason.

At the Flower and Garden Festival these were topped with applesauce.  For Festival of the Holidays you’ll find them drizzled with an herbed dairy free sour cream.

This year for 2021, the Potato Latkes are back and better than ever. We visited as the sun was setting, so our photo is a little dark, but they were so delicious, we immediately wanted to go get more. 

Vegan Potato Latke

 

In 2021 the Holiday Cookie Stroll returns and with it comes the iconic black and white cookie. And we’re happy to report that it’s still vegan!

What’s Vegan at the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays? - Black and White Cookie

The Black and White Cookie – $2.50 we sampled on opening day last year was pretty hard and dry. It had a hint of lemon and was covered in vegan chocolate and vanilla frosting. This year, it was soft and delicious and there was no longer a lemon flavor in it on the first day. When we went back on Sunday and ordered one, it was lemony like previous years. If you aren’t familiar, this cookie is more like a little drop cake and not very cookie-like. Depending on the freshness, it may be more hard to eat than soft. 

What’s Vegan at the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays? - Black and White Cookie

You can find the Black and White Cookie at the L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen in between Morocco and France.

Vegan Black and White Cookie

NEW this year are the glazed nuts at the Chestnuts and Cheer Holiday Kitchen. They appear to be the same ones normally sold at Disney parks, which ARE vegan as-is, and they even just came out with the vegan leaf logo on the menu boards, but this new booth does not note them as being plant-based as of now. We have confirmed that they are vegan-friendly with no egg whites or butter added. 

Glazed nuts EPCOT Festival of the Holidays

Chestnuts & Good Cheer Holiday Kitchen (Near Disney Traders) – each pack of glazed nuts are $5.25 each

  • Cinnamon-glazed Almonds
  • Cinnamon-glazed Cashews 
  • Cinnamon-glazed Pecans
  • Fire-roasted Chestnuts

vegan glazed nuts EPCOT

The fire-roasted Chestnuts are roasted right next to the booth before your eyes and are seasoned and not just plain for those who prefer them one way or the other. I went back and tried the chestnuts and I actually really loved them! I’m not sure what they did to them back when I had them at the Grand Floridian years ago, but these were soft and delicious, a fun baked potato-like texture and the seasonings really added to it.

I did try all the other nut options as well and they are SO good. Crispy, crunchy and sweet, each type is slightly different due to the nuts having different textures and flavors themselves. A great addition to enjoy this season.

vegan glazed nuts EPCOT

Modifiable Options at the 2021 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays:

At the Las Posadas Holiday Kitchen in Mexico you’ll find another returning option we were able to modify. However this year, they switched it up and the tostada is blue corn! This doesn’t make it quite as photogenic, but it is just as delicious as ever. 

This is the Giant Tostada de Chorizo – $9. Ask to omit the meat, queso and crema Mexicana. This will leave you with a massive crispy tostada topped with the creamiest black beans, salsa verde, tangy pickled red onions and green onions. I know it seems like a lot to pay for all the things you are removing, but this really is so delicious, it’s worth it in my opinion.

Giant Tostada Epcot Festival of the Holidays Vegan
The Giant Tostada (modified) for 2021 with blue corn tostada

We verified with a chef that the beans are not cooked with any animal products. 

Giant Tostada Epcot Festival of the Holidays Vegan

We also discovered another unique modifiable option for the 2021 Festival of the Holidays. The Turkey Poutine over at the Refreshment Port next to Canada and Starbucks. Now stay with us here…If you order this without the turkey, and without the gravy, it is vegan! You end up with hot french fries, topped with cranberry sauce and crispy fried onions. This sounds strange, we know, but it was kind of fun!

Turkey-less Poutine

The cranberry is sweet and tart and the onions are crispy and savory. Combined with the fries, it really is like a unique twist on Thanksgiving and fun if you want a unique snack on your journey around World Showcase. Now we attempted to order this as the Turkey Poutine without the turkey and gravy, for $9, but the cast member actually said they would ring us in for the Traditional Poutine for $7 and they just told the cast assembling the dish to add the cranberry and onions. So we saved $2, which was great since we aren’t getting the meat or cheese or gravy. I wouldn’t demand that if you try it, but if you ask nicely, they may accommodate you as well. 

Mele Kalikimaka Holiday Kitchen EPCOT

An additional item that we are posting with a caveat is from the Mele Kalikimaka Hawaii Kitchen, located on the pathway heading to Imagination, across from the Starbucks. There is a Kalua Pork item, which can be modified to remove the pork. You’re left with purple Okinawa Sweet Potatoes with Mango Salad – $5.25 –  the topping was diced mango with greens. We heard this may be vegan without the pork, so we asked Sunday and after trying to get in touch with 3 different chefs, the cast member was able to get through to a 4th, who stated that the only concern was potential cross contamination.

Vegan Sweet Potatoes and Mango EPCOT Festival of the Holidays

We ordered it, but the potatoes are so creamy tasting, we are wondering what the ingredients are on this. We will be checking back and hoping to get an ingredient list from a chef. Until then, order at your own risk, or ask for a chef when you order. Additionally, at 2:45pm when we ordered, they were actually all out of the purple potatoes, and we were served traditional orange sweet potatoes, which was kind of disappointing. Hopefully they get more in stock when we return this week. It still made for a pretty photo! We were also given two big scoops of the potato when they heard we didn’t want the pork, which was nice, but of course your mileage may vary.

I paired this with the Melon Breeze with Spiced Rum cocktail – $14 and it was really delicious. $14 is a lot I know, but you could definitely taste the rum and midori liqueur and it was a delight to drink (and photograph!).

Another Festival exclusive is this Passholder souvenir cup – available at the Donut Box with a Gingerbread Milkshake – $4.50 (which is NOT vegan, nor are any food items at this kitchen). You can buy the cup by itself for the same price as the milkshake, so if you don’t have anyone to share the milkshake with (they will serve it to you on the side) you can get a fun cup without a HUGE price point. These are those thin plastic type cups they’ve been using lately which are not dishwasher or hot liquid safe, but pretty cute. 

Not Able to Be Modified (but you may think they are):

There were two additional options that we thought might be modifiable but after consulting with chefs at the location we discovered that it wasn’t.

In Japan’s Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen, the Chirashi Christmas Trees (normally Sashimi-grade tuna, salmon, ikura, and yellowtail with vegetables decorated on an artistic bed of rice to celebrate the holidays) are being pre-made and then brought on stage so you can not ask to omit the fish or sauce for a veggie option sadly.

The second is in the Tangierine Cafe in Morocco, which wasn’t noted on the Disney Parks Blog post listing menus, but is open for the Festival of the Holidays. They have kept the Assorted Dips and Stone Baked Moroccan Bread that was here for the 2021 EPCOT Food & Wine Festival, however for us to enjoy this, we had to switch the bread (which has dairy) for the pita bread that came with the falafel. Since they are not serving falafel anymore, they do not have a bread alternative. So if you wanted to get the dips on their own, you could I suppose, but not worth it in my opinion. I really don’t understand why Disney isn’t using the same bread for the Zucchi Wrap and Bright Suns Breakfast Wrap over here in Morocco, as it would be a delicious and vegan alternative. 

Video Review of the Vegan Options at the 2021 EPCOT Festival of the Holidays:

 

What’s Vegan at the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays in Walt Disney World?

Several locations should be selling special novelty holiday popcorn buckets filled with freshly popped, vegan “butter” flavored popcorn. This year the Christmas Tree Popcorn Bucket returns but is in a shiny gold version.

These sold out the first day of the Festival, but seemed to have tons in stock over the weekend, so no need to panic if this is your goal.

 

What’s Vegan at the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays in Walt Disney World?

Living with the Land Merry and Bright Nights 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 the former Future World West, now World Nature.

The 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays in Walt Disney World

Enjoy a peaceful evening cruise and view twinkling holiday light displays throughout the greenhouses here.

The 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays in Walt Disney World

The 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays in Walt Disney World

The 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Holidays in Walt Disney World

This overlay is magical and we are so happy that Epcot is bringing it back this year. Also making its triumphant return this year is the Candlelight Processional. 

The 2021 festival will run from November 26th through December 30th.

EPCOT Festival of the Holidays 2021

For more information on the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays visit the official Walt Disney World website.

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    • That’s a shame. Whomever they called was confused. We spoke to the head chef over the entire festival at a media event who confirmed it was in fact 100% vegan and free from all animal products including eggs, dairy and honey.

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