*This information comes from the Garden Passports handed out at the festival and was obtained March 8, 2014. As always, guests should consult each booth for ingredients or for other special dietary needs. Because of the booth space, cross contamination is of higher risk for guests consuming gluten free ingredients.
*There is one item marked on the gluten free list that is a misprint. The cornbread served with the Smoked beef brisket with collard greens at the Smokehouse: Barbecue & Brews booth is not gluten free.
Updated March 14, 2014
This year’s Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot has officially started, and I have to admit, it’s one of my favorite times of year in the park. I adore all of the amazing plants, flowers, and topiaries on display throughout Epcot. Last year marked the first year of the outdoor kitchens in the World Showcase, and like the International Food & Wine Festival, many guests look forward to trying their food offerings.
As a gluten free & dairy free diner it can be a challenge – between cross contamination risks, lack of ingredients information and communication – it seemed next to impossible sometimes. Two years ago, Disney released a Food & Wine Festival map that noted gluten free offerings but were told that they would not be putting them on any festival maps again because of liability. Well, apparently they changed their minds.
This year’s Flower & Garden Festival now has passports which you can get at all of the Outdoor Kitchens kiosks that actually list the items that are vegetarian and are gluten free (meaning they have no gluten containing ingredients). How exciting!
Here’s a list of all of the items that are considered “gluten free” by Disney:
Urban Farm Eats (new booth this year):
Read Sarah’s review from 3/8/14
- Pickled beet salad with goat cheese cream, mizuna and pistachios – Gluten free and vegetarian (not dairy free)
- Land-grown eggplant “scallop” with romesco sauce and spaghetti squash – Gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian (Sarah confirmed this with a chef on 3/8/14)
- Ghost pepper-dusted tilapia with crisp winter melon slaw and mint oil featuring The Original Sauce Man’s Kick It Up Rub – Gluten free and dairy free (Sarah confirmed this with a chef on 3/8/14)
- Redbridge Gluten Free Beer – Gluten free and Dairy free
- Watermelon salad with pickled onions, BW Farm baby arugula, feta cheese and balsamic reduction – Gluten free and vegetarian (not dairy free)
- Shrimp and stone ground grits with andouille sausage, sweet corn, tomatoes and cilantro – Gluten free
The Smokehouse: Barbecue and Brews:
- Smoked beef brisket with collard greens and jalapeño corn bread – Gluten free *Cornbread is NOT gluten free. Beef brisket and collard greens are but there may be potential cross contamination.
- Smoked turkey “rib” – Gluten free (and possibly dairy free)
- Frushi – Fresh pineapple, strawberries and melon, rolled with coconut rice, topped with raspberry sauce, sprinkled with toasted coconut and served with whipped cream on the side – Gluten free and vegetarian (not dairy free)
Fleur de Lys:
- Confit de canard, pommes de terre Sarladaise – Pulled duck confit with garlic and parsley potatoes – Gluten free
- Macaron à la fleur d’ Oranger – Orange blossom macaron with white chocolate ganache – Gluten free and vegetarian (not dairy free)
- Caprese – Fior di latte mozzarella, roasted peppers and olio verde – Gluten free and vegetarian (not dairy free)
- Beijing-style candied strawberries – Gluten free and vegetarian (possibly dairy free)
Jardin de Fiestas:
Read Sarah’s review from 3/8/14
- Tacos al Pastor – corn tortilla filled with achiote marinated pork garnished with grilled diced pineapple, onions, and cilantro – Gluten free and dairy free (Sarah confirmed this with a chef on 3/8/14)
I’m curious about the Pineapple Promenade booth because the items are not listed as Dole Whips or gluten free. Very interesting indeed.
Remember to pick up your passports when you go to the booths and always check with the cast members on ingredients and cross contamination procedures, as well as other additional special dietary needs. These offerings are not marked on the menus outside of each booth, so the passport your best bet for a comprehensive listing.
Stay tuned to reviews from both myself and Alexis over at Gluten Free in Orlando for the latest updates from the festival!
What do you think about the listing of gluten free & vegetarian items on the passport? Will you go and try any of the items at the booths this year?