I thought we wouldn’t be at Walt Disney World for this year’s festival. I thought wrong. After twisting (not really) Drew’s arm we booked a short weekend trip. Now I’m trying to decide what I want to eat! With that in mind, here are some of the vegetarian options at the 2013 festival.
Vegetarian Options at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival have a green “V” beside them on the menu boards at each booth. At several of the booths the only vegetarian option available is the dessert. Depending on your perspective that can be good or bad. Personally, I’m hoping more non dessert items will be added at some point.
I tried the Spinach and Paneer Cheese Pocket last year but it wasn’t one of my favorites. It was a little to spicy for my taste but I’ll probably give it one more chance this year.
I’m not really sure the Pavlova (Crispy Meringue Shell with Fresh Driscoll’s® Berries and Vanilla Custard) is something I’m going to love but I’m willing to give it a shot. Drew will probably love it.
I’ve tried the Belgian Waffle with Berry Compote featuring Driscoll’s® Berries and Whipped Cream and absolutely loved it. This year I’m looking forward to trying the Belgian Waffle with Warm Chocolate Ganache and Whipped Cream. Or more than likely I’ll end up with both.
This years Artisan Cheese Selection includes Flagship Reserve Cheddar, La Bonne Vie Triple Crème Brie, Wijngaard Goats Gouda. I’m reading mixed reviews about the Almond Crusted Blue Cheese Soufflé with Fig Jam but I will still probably give it a try.
I think I am going to skip the Silky Spun Ice with Toppings at the booth in China. Let me know if you try it!
Desserts & Champagne
You can buy the Chocolate Orange Cupcake, Hazelnut Chocolate Cheesecake, and Morello Cherry Pistachio Mousse separately or as the Dessert Trio. (Pick the trio!)
Not my favorite type of dessert but this year I’m looking forward to trying the Crème Brûlée au Chocolat au Lait (Chocolate Milk Crème Brûlée topped with Caramelized Sugar).
Apple Strudel with Werther’s Original Karamel and Vanilla Sauce sounds yummy but we usually end up skipping it for some reason.
Greece is one of my favore booths. The Griddled Greek Cheese with Pistachios and Honey is delicous and last year the Spanakopita was my favorite thing at the entire festival.
Hops & Barley
I am hearing good things about the Craisin® Bread Pudding with Grand Marnier Anglaise. I think it’s another must eat for me.
I usually get the Kerrygold Cheese Selection: Reserve Cheddar, Dubliner with Irish Stout, Skellig because I can’t turn down a good cheese plate but this year I’m finally going to grab dessert in Ireland. Warm Chocolate Pudding with Bailey’s® Custard sounds too good to pass up again.
This one of the booths that I really wish there was a vegetarian option other than the Cannoli al Cioccolato.
Japan has a new item this year and it’s vegetarian! The Youki Tofu topped with Miso Sauce, Edamame and Served with Grilled Vegetables sounds yummy.
The Rice Pudding is another item that I will more than likely skip but I’d love to hear what you think about it.
This is another booth that is a little disappointing. I love Baklava but with such great vegetarian options at Tangierine Cafe I feel like the could add something else to the booth. Maybe next year.
One of the standouts for me at last year’s festival was the Zapiekanki, toasted mushroom, caramelized onion and cheese bread with house-made ketchup. I was really surprised by how much I loved it!
We’ll be stopping by the Refreshment Port to add a little fruit to our diet with the Dole® Pineapple Fritters. Since Pineapple Dole Whips are vegan I am hoping the Orange Dole® Whip is at least vegetarian. I’ll let you know what I find out.
This is the booth that I am looking forward to the most this year. I am really curious about theVegetarian Haggis with Neeps and Tatties (Griddled Vegetable Cake with Rutabaga and Mashed Potatoes) and the Scottish Banoffee Tart with Bananas, Scottish Whisky Toffee, Walkers Shortbread Crumbles and Sweet Cream sounds amazing. Plus you know, scotch.
And finally an entire booth that is vegan! I’ve read mixed reviews about this booth as well but I really enjoyed both the Trick’n Chick’n Curry with Basmati Rice featuring Gardein™ Chick’n Breast and the Chili Colorado with House-made Chips and Cashew Cheese featuring Gardein™ Beefless Tips last year. Meat subsitutes aren’t the easiest things to cook so I am guessing the quality can vary. I am looking forward to trying the Chocolate Cake with Coconut Mousse and Passion Fruit Sauce too. Last year’s dessert was one of my favorites.
What are you looking forward to trying at the 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival?