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Vegan – Plant Based at EPCOT Food and Wine Festival

Vegan – Plant Based (or close to it!) at Disney’s EPCOT Food and Wine Festival

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Oh wait, wrong season. But it is Food & Wine Festival time which is one of the best times to be at Disney World. The 2016 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival has begun.  The Traveling Gals have made their first visit of hopefully many!  Every year seems to get better and better.  No matter how many times I visit, I still feel a thrill walking from the Beach Club through the International Gateway and into France.  It’s even better during the Fest!

Vegan / Plant Based at EPCOT Food and Wine Festival

There are new offerings and returning favorites this year!  All together there are 25 booths in the freshly branded “Global Marketplaces”.  The Chew Collective, Chocolate Studio, Islands of the Caribbean and Wine and Dine Studio are all new.  My focus is on the healthier fare.  Here are our picks for staying plant based at EPCOT during Food & Wine!
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Disney On A Budget: Food and Wine Festival $25 Challenge

Disney On A Budget: Food and Wine Festival $25 Challenge

Savor the 2015 EPCOT Food and Wine Festival with only $25!!!!!

We are always trying to think of ways to save money for travel without skimping on the things we love. Kary decided to challenge herself and buy a $25 festival gift card and spend only that amount this Friday evening at the Food and Wine Festival.   While the tastings at each booth around the World Showcase are reasonable, they can add up quickly! It is always a challenge to pick the healthiest fare and spend the least amount of money.

$3.50     Festival Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles at Chew Lab

  • I wanted to try something at this new booth and the cabernet sauvignon is one of two wines created especially for the 20th anniversary of Food and Wine. At tastings over the last few years I have switched to mainly reds because there are so many to try! This one was very nice and not as heavy as some cabs. Paso Robles, California is defined mainly by cabernet varietals. The climate and growing conditions echo those of Bordeaux, France. Their cabernets are award winning and great addition to the Festival.

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Healthy Eating at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival – Yes it is Possible!

Healthy Eating at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival – Yes it is Possible!

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Food and Wine Festival (2012)

Healthy Eating at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival – Yes it is Possible!

Food & Wine festival is one of my favorite times at EPCOT.  I love the energy and excitement that goes along with trying different foods and wines from around the world.  I enjoy the classes and tastings and everything about it!  The World Showcase is my trip around the world when I need a travel fix and the Food & Wine Festival just adds to the international vibe.  As a devotee of a plant-based diet, the fest can be a bit of a challenge.  It is usually one of the few times during the year I bend and eat seafood.  I am especially disappointed they did not bring back Terra, the vegan booth. Oh well, no use in looking back!

The Traveling Gals Tip: Select wines, beers or ciders. The cocktails tend to be heavy in syrups, sugars and other additives. I myself prefer to stick to trying new wines!

The following are my suggestions for healthier fare:

Australia – Grilled Sweet and Spicy Bush Berry Shrimp with pineapple, peppers, onions and snap peas

Dominican Republic – Pescado Con Coco: Seared Grouper, peas and rice with coconut

Greece – Vegetarian Moussaka with Gardein sausage crumbles

Hawai’I – Tuna Poke with Seaweed Salad and Lotus Root Chips

Japan – Spicy Tuna and Salmon Rools and Miso Udon with steamed shrimp, vegetables and noodles

Patagonia – Roasted Verlasso Salmon with Quinoa Salad and Arugula Chimichurri

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Disney in general seems to slowly be coming around to healthier options mostly via allergy friendly offerings.   For the most part I still bring most of my own food, but I dine out at least 1-2 times per trip and have been finding it easier to make special requests and obtain healthier meals.  The addition of the Erin McKenna’s BabyCakes vegan bakery at Downtown Disney (or should I say Disney Springs!) is key.  It is the best place to go for a healthy treat or to stock up to bring back to your room.  I especially recommend the vegan scone with vegan butter.  It is fabulous!   It may take some planning ahead, but it is very possible to eat healthy at Disney and the Food & Wine Festival!

-Kary

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