Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Vegan Options 2021 Reviews!

We’re home from the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and ready to tell you all about the options we had this year. This year the festival runs from July 15th to November 20th.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2021

This year the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is back to being a full festival and not just a ‘taste of’. The big difference with this year though is that there is no Eat to the Beat concert series, which means I won’t be able to sing along to some 90’s bangers. There are some other big differences in terms of entertainment and festival offerings, but as a whole this festival is definitely more food and beverage based than anything.

Now let’s get into this years options!

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2021
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Earth Eats Booth

Our first stop was at Earth Eats, which is sponsored by Impossible Foods. This year we do not get any dessert here and they only have two options. The first was the Impossible Burger Slider. This is the same as the last few years, however this was the best one we have had. The burger comes one a sesame bun and is topped with a spicy slaw and wasabi cream. The cream is the shining star in this.

Impossible Burger Slider
Impossible Burger Slider

The slider itself was very moist, the burger was cooked well, and you could taste the spicy slaw and the wasabi cream. I wouldn’t call this dish spicy at all, but it was very good and still a hit as it has been for many years. This can be pretty hit or miss, so if you get a bad one I recommend trying again another time.

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The other option here is the Impossible Three-Bean Chili. This is one of the two vegan and gluten free offerings.

Impossible Three Bean Chili

This option wasn’t great for us, but it didn’t help that it was pushing 90 degrees and we were in the mid day sun. The chili wasn’t very flavorful and just felt muted. The texture was fine for the chili with the beans and Impossible meat.

Impossible Three Bean Chili

It came topped with some unmelted vegan shreds, despite how hot temperature-wise the chili was. There was also a little dollop of sour cream and corn chips on it. I would only get the slider from this booth again.

Noodle Exchange

Next up is the Noddle Exchange which is new this year. The vegan option here is the Tofu Pho. This dish comes with Enoki Mushrooms and Thai Basil. This is the other one of the two vegan and gluten free offerings.

Tofu Pho
Tofu Pho

This option was very good but very hot in both temperature and flavor. There is no mention of it being spicy on the menu and I am glad I enjoy heat otherwise that would have been a very big surprise. The broth was flavorful enough and the noodles were really good. The mushrooms tasted like normal mushrooms and the dish as a whole would be better served in a restaurant. I would get this again when it is not summer in Florida.

Shimmering Sips
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If you continue away from the Noodle Exchange you’ll run into the Shimmering Sips booth which has Banana Bread again.

Banana Bread
Banana Bread

Last year we were let down by this, I think we had a bad day for it though and also we were all sick of banana bread at that point thanks to quarantine. This year the portion size is smaller but it was much more moist. The banana bread is topped with a tasty fruit compote with chunks of strawberries and blueberries, and a vegan whipped topping. It wasn’t overly sweet and tasted very good. We will be getting this again, plus it’s the only plant-based dessert option at the festival.

Tangierine Cafe

A new booth this year is not actually a booth, the Tangierine Cafe: Flavors of the Medina is located in the (old?) Tangierine Cafe location in Morocco. I guess it’s safe to say that Tangierine Cafe will not be returning as a quick service option for a long time now. The vegan option here is a Fried Falafel Pita.

Fried Falafrl Pita
Fried Falafel Pita

We were super disappointed by this option. At first bite the falafel seemed good due to the crunch, however the inside was very weird. It was more of a cake consistency inside and it lacked any flavor. They put a small squiggle of tahini on it and then hiding under the balls is a mix of cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, and lettuce, none of which you get a bite of with the falafel. We will not be getting this option again.

Refreshment Outpost
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The last plant-based option available is the Refreshment Outpost. This option is actually a returning option at a new location, previously found at the Africa booth. The Spicy Githeri features white beans, pigeon peas, quinoa and ancient grains, and a kachumabi slaw.

Spicy Githeri
Spicy Githeri

This dish is always a good one, but also another hot (temperature) option that is hard to enjoy when you’re melting in the sun. The texture of the ancient grain mix is really nice since the beans are very soft. We felt that the githeri wasn’t spicy, it had a very mild heat like curry. I love that this dish is just a nice vegetable/bean based option. This is definitely something we’d get again.

Spicy Githeri

Added 9/15: More booths opened/items have been added since opening and we’ve tried two of the three options.

First up is a vegan option that was added to Brew-Wing in the Epcot Experience Building, which is Brussels Sprouts. I’m sure you’re confused, but let me tell you, I never knew brussels sprouts and buffalo sauce went so well together until now.

Brew-Wing Menu
Brussels Sprouts
Brussels Sprouts

This option is delicious and hot enough to make my nose sweat. I will be getting this option again several times before the festival ends. Our followers on Instagram have mentioned asking for a side of celery with this, and I recommend that!

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Next is the Mac & Eats Booth with the vegan Macaroni and Cheese. This is the same as last year, which is fine by me as it was one of my favorites. The cheese has a heat to it this year, and the house-made sausage and peppers are still delicious. This is one that can’t be missed for other mac and cheese lovers like myself.

Macaroni & Cheese
Macaroni & Cheese

The one I haven’t tried again since re-opening is from the India booth, Madras Red Curry. I didn’t really love this one in the past, so I wasn’t running to try this when they opened the booth early. From what I remember in the past it had a nice flavor, but wasn’t super memorable for me.

Madras Red Curry 2019

As a whole with the food we felt pretty underwhelmed and overheated. The options all felt hot, with the exception of the banana bread and falafel. After having 13 options at the Flower & Garden Festival we felt that we were missing options that could have been.

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This years festival felt a little lacking. There weren’t a ton of merchandise booths as most of the merchandise could be found in the actual stores which had long lines. The World Showplace pavilion was also not open, which was a bummer because that was a great place to relax for a bit in some AC and enjoy live entertainment.

Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2021

The America Gardens Theatre is home to Mariachi Cobre and Voices of Liberty still, which you can find posted show times outside the theatre or on the My Disney Experience app. At the same location on select days you can find the America Gardens Bandstand. There is also the Jammin’ Chefs over in Canada again and then the Epcot Pianist over in the gardens of the UK pavilion.

One of our favorite activities with the festivals are the scavenger hunts, so be sure to grab the Remy’s “Ratatouille” Hide & Squeak map and find him around World Showcase for a prize. We’ll be doing that next time with our son as it’s a great way to explore the park and find new things!

Watch our vlog from day one below!

Author: Melissa

Back in 2014 I created Vegan Disney World after going to Walt Disney World several times and finding no resource for vegan options. Corey and I began this blog from our trips and have now moved closer to the mouse to eat around the parks on a weekly basis. Since the blog started we have cruised on Disney Cruise Line, gone to Tokyo Disneyland and to Disneyland in California!

3 thoughts

    1. We didn’t ask. We’ve had too many he said she saids about the items being able to be modified at festivals that we didn’t want to risk it.

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