EPCOT's Food & Wine Festival - Gluten Free Edition 2021

Disney has always been well-known for accommodating allergies and taking care of their guests, but the Food & Wine Festival has always been a little difficult because of the temporary booths, long lines and the many ingredients in the tasty bites.

If you’re like me, I hate inconveniencing people… so when I’ve waited 30 minutes for a snack, I feel so bad when the cast member has to call for a chef to verify the food is safe for someone with celiac disease. Well- good news!!! This year, the Food & Wine passport has a symbol for ALL of the gluten free food options. In years prior there might’ve been 5 safe options, but this year there were over 20 options to choose from. This was a GF person’s dream!

In this post, I’ll walk you through my favorite food and drink options for gluten free diners. I can also happily say that I had no issues with cross contamination or sickness following the day in the park, so I am confident in Disney’s ability to accommodate those with celiac disease.

Our adventure in EPCOT started with taking flight on Soarin’ and enjoying a fun ride on Figment’s Imagination. Then, we started at the front of the countries for our journey around the world!

Stop 1: Noodle Exchange - Pho

I’ve never had pho before, but my hubby convinced me to try it since we were eating around the world… and it was a safe option for celiac! I was surprised by the size of the pho- it was a much larger portion than I expected. It was very tasty, but it had quite a spicy kick to it. If you don’t like spicy food, this may not be the best option for you!

Stop 2: Simmering Sips - Mimosa Flight

Our second stop was at Simmering Sips to try out the mimosa flight. The display for the mimosas was perfect, and it was so much easier to hold compared to the flights where you just have to walk with all the individual cups.

This flight included a Key Lime Mimosa, Blood Orange Mimosa, and Tropical Mimosa. Our personal favorite was the Key Lime Mimosa (which is the one in the middle of this photo). It was the perfect amount of bubbly and wasn't too sweet, either!

Stop 2: Australia- Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp

This was a tasty treat that came with three shrimp and the veggies. You only see 2 shrimp here because my husband was too hungry to wait for a photo! He enjoyed all the gluten free options just as much- if not more- than I did!

Stop 3: Mexico- Margaritas

We typically go the other way around the world when we are drinking around the world because Mexico's margaritas are SO delicious, but SO dang strong. I would definitely recommend going the other direction if it's your first time, but since we drink around the world several times a year we thought we would mix it up!

I got the Skinny Margarita inside Mexico at La Cava del Tequila (pictured on the right), and my husband got The Cucumber margarita from Choza de Margarita, and we liked the cucumber marg a little better. The skinny marg was great if you like bitter drinks, but it was a little too much for me.

Stop 4: India - Korma Chicken with Basmati Rice, Crispy Chickpeas and Spiced Yogurt Sauce

This was another dish my hubby convinced me to try, because I’ve never been a big fan of Indian food. The portion size was VERY large for a $5 dish, and we actually didn’t finish it because we wanted to save room for everything else. If you’re hungry, this is definitely a spot you should stop by. The crispy chickpeas were very tasty, and my husband, who loves Indian food, really enjoyed this dish.

Stop 5: Kenya - Coffee BBQ Beef Tenderloin with Pap and Kachumbari Slaw

This booth is new this year, and let me tell you, the Kenyan Coffee Barbecue Beef Tenderloin with Sweet Potato & Corn Mealie Pap and Kachumbari Slaw was my FAVORITE dish from the entire festival. It was a great portion size, and the pap and slaw complemented the steak so well. I was pretty worried that the coffee flavor would overtake the beef, but you couldn’t taste the coffee flavor because of all the incredible flavors in this dish. You MUST try this dish!

Stop 6: Spain- All of the food items were gluten free!

We ended up trying both the charcuterie and seafood salad, but the Spanish style paella was also gluten-free. The seafood salad was a tasty treat, and the charcuterie was also great. I love cheese, so this was the perfect snack for me! The charcuterie portion was very large, so you will definitely want to split this for someone or eat it as your only appetizer from Spain.

We also got the wine flight, which came with three small pours. The pours were the perfect size to go with our charcuterie appetizer!

Stop 7: Greece - Griddled Cheese with Pistachios and Honey

I was SO excited about this dish because I LOVE cheese. When the dish arrived, I was so excited to take a bite. The honey was perfectly toasted over the cheese, and the pistachios added a nice touch. I’m not a fan of goat cheese, which is what the griddled cheese was, so I didn’t enjoy this dish. However, my husband loves pretty much all cheese and found this to be one of his favorite dishes. If you like cheese, particularly goat cheese, RUN don’t walk to get this dish.

Stop 8: Italy - Santa Margarita and Limoncello

We stopped by Italy for Santa Margarita and Limoncello, and they were both delicious drink options. When you order the Limoncello inside, it comes in a shot glass to be sipped. If you are looking for Limoncello in a cocktail, you need to go to another spot because it is served as a shot here!

Stop 9: Japan - Teppan Edo

This is still one of my favorite restaurants in EPCOT. It's little pricey, but your meal comes with the experience of the chefs cooking in front of you and putting on a show. The manager will come out to your table and ask if you want your food prepared in the back - and if you have celiac, you definitely need to say yes! Otherwise, the food will be prepared on the tabletop and will be cross-contaminated.

I don't have a photo from our dinner here because I was enjoying the experience, but the portions are large and the food is divine!!

I hope you enjoyed hearing about some of my favorite gluten free options in EPCOT, and have a great time at the Food & Wine Festival when you go!

Until next time,

Leah Royall

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