We love food, yes we do, we love food, how bout you?
If you are a foodie- the food and wine festival at Epcot is where you want to be this fall!
But we also have to talk about the gluten free offerings.
Because not all of us are able to eat freely, and we want to get a game plan for some yummy eats!
What, when and where is the Food and Wine Festival?
The food and wine festival is an 87 day long Disney World tradition. In fact, this year will be the longest the festival has ever been held!
It’s held at Epcot in the fall time and it is a total blast!
This year you can find the goods all around the world showcase and in future world! It’s held every day of the week, with special events happening during the time- both ones that you need to reserve in advance (like special food meetups) and the concert series which you can enjoy without reservations.
You can participate in most of the activities and sites with the price of your regular ticket.
The food however, is an additional expense. Portions are decent sized. Not quite a sample size but certainly not the size that Disney normally serves up for lunch and dinner in their restaurant.
If we are walking around and enjoying the sites, we can easily eat 2-4 orders per person (depending on how much we share!) and a few drinks. The food entrees at the speciality booths run between 8-15 dollars, so the cost would be similar to what you would spend on a character meal is you got 4 items and a few drink or dessert offerings!
Is there a risk of Cross Contamination?
Generally, Disney World does a pretty dang good job about avoiding CC.
But for several of the festival booths, it’s going to be hard to avoid cross contamination.
Many of those stands have very small kitchens and they can have different allergens in the same area.
Also- some of the people working the booths may not be allergy-literate, and this will cause them to not understand your concerns about cross contamination.
Always ask to see an allergy binder or speak to the head manager.
Also- try to go in the week, and if you need to go on a weekend, go early around luch rather than later.
The more people there are at Epcot, the harder it is to get clear answers and good service!
How do you know what is gluten free or allergen friendly?
You’ll know several ways.
The first is this post. I’ll be covering all the ways that the food is labeled.
I’ll also be going and personally trying all the GF offerings! I’m going on opening day and will grab lots of pictures and hopefully a good number of the ingredient lists. You can follow along on my instagram here!
The next is with the passport. Normally we like to grab one before entering the World Showcase so we can map out all the places we want to stop. This tells you a lot about the foods offered, where you can find them, and gives you an idea on what you could ask to modify before you get to the booth.
The third is by the signs outside the stands. These are all labeled and list the ingredients. They tend to have these on a separate stand by the booth and on the booth themselves, so it gives you a chance to find the G symbol (for gluten free) and is a lot larger print to read than the passports.
If you are looking for Allergen Friendly (like we avoid soy for the kids and they are also gluten free) it can get a little harder to find safe foods. but you CAN find offerings.
Normally, we look online to see whats available, check the passport, head to the booth, speak to a manager, check the allergen book and then decide if the items are safe for our kids to consume.
Should we ask at customer service?
You can- it never hurts. Just be prepared that they might be totally clueless (or they could be a hidden gem that knows all about allergies!)
Your best bet is going to the booth, preferably when the crowd levels are lower, and asking to speak to a manager to see the ingredient book and learn if certain allergens can be omitted. Just realize that CC risk will still exist.
List of Booths at The Food and Wine Festival
- The Alps – NEW
- Appleseed Orchard – NEW
- Brewer’s Collection
- Craft Beers
- Desserts & Champagne
- Farm Fresh
- Hops & Barley
- New Zealand
- Islands of the Caribbean
- Active Eats
- Chocolate Studio
- Wine & Dine Studio
- Almond Orchard
- Cheese Studio
- Coastal Eats
- Earth Eats
What special foods are offered at these events that are gluten free?
Typically they have gluten free, vegetarian and kid friendly.
It is harder to find a gluten free and vegetarian option- but you can typically ask them to just leave the meat/seafood off the entree.
- Deconstructed Pavlova with Pastry Cream, Citrus-macerated Berries and Lemon Myrtle Meringue
- Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp with Pineapple, Pepper, Onion and Snap Peas
- Roasted Lamb Chop with Sweet Potato Purée, Bush Berry Pea Salad and Pistachio-Pomegranate
- Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans, Tomato and Onions
- Pão de Queijo: Brazilian Cheese Bread
- Le Cellier Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle-Butter Sauce
- Passion Fruit Cheesecake with Toasted Macadamia Nuts
- Madras Red Curry with Roasted Cauliflower, Baby Carrots, Chickpeas and Basmati Rice
Islands of the Caribbean
- Jerk-spiced Chicken with Roasted Sweet Plantain Salad and Mango Chutney Yogurt
- Seafood Salad with Shrimp, Bay Scallops, Mussels, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, White Balsamic Vinegar and Smoked Paprika
The Chocolate Studio
- Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey-Caramel
If you’re going this year, I hope you have a blast!
Let me know your favorites!