EPCOTs Festival of the Holidays Gluten Free Options (and reviews!)

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There’s a lot to do this Holiday Season at Disney, starting with the Festival of the Holidays. Here you can go around to each of the locations in World Showcase to hear tales and songs of Holidays that different people celebrate around the World. You can also dine on authentic flavored options from Latkes to Pernil and several desserts!

The Festival runs from November 24-December 30th.

Food booths typically open between 11am and Park Closing (generally that’s 9pm). They are located in World Celebration, World Discovery and around World Showcase.

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Quick Table of Contents

New Allergy Procedures at this Years Festival!

We’ve been through a lot of changes at the EPCOT Festivals, from 2019 where no options were listed, to 2022 where we could ask to talk to a chef… this year in 2023 we have an Allergy Guide!

You will notice that Disney removed the Gluten Friendly Label from the Paper Festival Passport and the Display Signs outside the Booth. And they did not include any new Allergy Label for Signs.

Instead, this year, you will find Gluten Friendly items labeled with the top 9 Allergy Items, inside a New Menu format that you can find in the MyDisneyExperience App. You will type in ‘allergy friendly EPCOT’ and hit ‘view menu’ to see the full list of current Items.

When ordering, let the Cashier know you need your item Allergy Friendly, State your allergens, and they will make a quick phone call to confirm that ingredients and procedures *for that day* are safe for you. Be sure to ask about Shared Fryers, as some items have cross contact. Allergy Friendly (Disney’s Labeling) does not always equal Allergen Free.

When ordering:

I like to declare my allergen, ask about the modifications, tell the Cast Member who takes my receipt for the order, and then confirm the modifications there + watch to make sure my food is fresh with a glove change (two exceptions, both Brazil and Spain are totally gluten friendly)

Quick List of Gluten Free Items

-Reminder, these are ‘Gluten Friendly’ and you should still speak to a Chef to confirm for your food needs. Here’s some quick recommendations!

  • Pernil at NocheBuena Cocina
  • Potato Latke at L’chaim
  • Torte in Italy
  • Peanut Stew at Refreshment Outpost

Gluten Free Option by Booth with Reviews and Images

Nochebuena Cocina

Tamale with Plant-based Chorizo, Plant-based Cotija Cheese, and Spicy Red Chile Sauce (plant-based)

Pernil Mojo Pork with Tostones and Ketchup-Mayonnaise

Bubbles & Brine

Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail with Prosecco Cocktail Sauce and Grilled Lemon

Jonah Crab Claw Cocktail with Stone-ground Mustard Sauce

Seafood Platter with Jumbo Shrimp, Jonah Crab Claws, and Oysters on Half Shell

Holiday Sweets & Treats

Peppermint Sundae: Chocolate Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, and Peppermint Candy

Swirled Showcase

Cream Soda Float

Refreshment Port

Traditional Poutine: French Fries with Beef Gravy and Cheese Curds

Yukon Holiday Kitchen

Seared Salmon with Butternut Squash Purée, Maple-Bourbon Glaze, and Fennel-Arugula Salad

Le Marché de Noël Holiday Kitchen-Nothing

L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen

Smoked Salmon Potato Latke

Potato Latkes (plant-based)

Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina

Grilled Kebabs with Carrot-Chickpea Salad and Garlic Aïoli Chermoula Chicken

Lamb Kefta

Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen

Sushi Tree

Mochi Cake

American Holiday Table

Blackened Catfish with Hoppin’ John and Comeback Sauce

Tuscany Holiday Kitchen

Chocolate Torte (Torte Caprese)

Bavaria Holiday Kitchen-Nothing

Refreshment Outpost

DOLE Whip® Raspberry (plant-based) Modified

Peanut Stew

Shanghai Holiday Kitchen

Chicken Skewer

Bubble Tea Milk

Wine & Wedge-Nothing

Char & Chop

Roasted Porchetta with Lemon-Parsley Salsa Verde and Shaved Fennel Salad

Grilled Impossible™ Spicy Sausage with Herbed Polenta, Puttanesca Sauce, and Ricotta

Holiday Hearth Desserts

Chocolate-covered Toffee Brittle

About Third Party Booths- Info and Expectations

Third party booths at EPCOT are owned and operated by other companies besides Disney. While they have Allergy Guides, procedures are different.

The third party locations are:

Mexico, China, Italy, Japan and France.

Generally, their standards for Allergies are lower than Disneys, and I’d recommend skipping them (As they will also tell you!) if you are concerned about cross contact..

Festival Map

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