*This dining experience took place in September 2016.
For Food & Wine Festival Gluten Free marketplace booth options, be sure to click over to the marketplace booth page for more info.
The Greenhouse Guru at Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival is one of the new marketplace booth offerings this year. Sponsored by Village Farms, all of the dishes highlight tomatoes. I’m not a huge fan of tomatoes, but I couldn’t help but visit this booth because it is 100% gluten free (even the alcohol is gluten free).
Greenhouse Guru and Brazil are the only two booths where the food offerings are all gluten free, which makes them both better options for those gluten free guests concerned with potential cross-contamination.
The risks at these booths are greatly reduced because there is no gluten present in any of the dishes, though it is important to note that all food is prepared in catering kitchens where gluten may be found.
Of the three dishes at this booth, I was most interested the Chilled Tomato Gazpacho with Lump Crab Meat. It sounded delicious and refreshing while touring the parks on a hot Florida afternoon.
My stepdad ordered the Heirloom Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese, Aged Balsamic Vinegar and Micro-Basil, and he let me sample it.
I liked it well enough. If you’re lactose free and can tolerate goat’s milk cheese, this might be a dish to try. It’s light and refreshing, but you really have to be a tomato lover to enjoy it. I liked the balsamic vinegar, but it’s not enough to make me order it myself personally.
I ordered the Chilled Tomato Gazpacho with Lump Crab Meat which is both gluten free and dairy free. I absolutely loved this dish. It was super refreshing and very light. It was perfect for a hot day. The gazpacho was nicely seasoned and not too spicy, and the crab meat was the perfect topping for it. I would definitely get this again.
On another visit, Brandon and I stopped by and tried the Duck Confit with Creamy Polenta and Fire-Roasted Salsa. Although, I’m partial to the Gazpacho, this may be hands down the best gluten free dish I’ve had this year at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival.
So rich and delicious, the polenta added even more richness to the already rich duck. I’m really not a big duck fan, but this was insanely good. It was so tender that the duck literally fell apart almost like pulled pork. The fire-roasted salsa was a nice addition to the dish too.
This dish does contain dairy and can’t be modified to remove it, but if you can have dairy, it’s definitely worth getting!
Also on display at the Greenhouse Guru are tomato plants from Living with the Land. When Brandon and I went on the Behind the Seeds Tour there recently, our tour guide told us this would be on display during Food & Wine, so it was nice to see it! It’s also pretty impressive to see this massive tomato plant display.
Overall, I’d definitely go to Greenhouse Guru again. I loved the gazpacho and the duck confit and hope to get them at least one more time before the festival is over.
What do you think of the Greenhouse Guru Marketplace Booth? What dish do you want to try?