This year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is in full swing! It’s one of my favorite times of year at Disney, and I just love that for the past several years Disney has really been working to note gluten free friendly items on the Marketplace Passports.
Here is a full listing of the current gluten free menu items based on the Marketplace Passport which I got in person at Epcot during the 2015 Food & Wine Festival. I have noted any items that I currently know to be dairy free or easily modified to be dairy free. Please note that any additional dietary needs outside of gluten free will be updated in this list, as I know them.
*Note: Menus are subject to change, as is any information regarding ingredients, cross-contamination, and other special dietary needs ingredients. Always consult with the Disney culinary team for more information before consuming.
- Pork Spareribs with Red Wine, Fennel, and Cheesy Mascarpone Grits sustainably presented on VerTerra Dinnerware – Gluten Free
- Vanilla Panna Cotta with Fresh Figs and Pistachio Brittle – Gluten Free
- Olive Oil Poached Salmon with Fresh Corn, Bacon, and Pepper Jam – Gluten Free, Can be made dairy free by removing the fresh corn puree
- New York Strip with Parsnip Silk, Balsamic Glaze, and Arugula Foam – Gluten Free, Can be made dairy free by removing the Parsnip Silk
- Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey-Caramel – Gluten Free
- Lechon Asado: Roasted Pork with Mangu, Pickled Red Onions, and Avocado – Gluten Free
- Greek Salad in a Code – Gluten Free, Can be made dairy free by removing cheese
Desserts & Champagne
- Chocolate Cherry Explosion – Gluten Free (*Note: Disney’s Special Diets Department has confirmed this is gluten free, despite some information that it is not as of 10/14/15)
- Haggis with Neeps and Tatties: Traditional Haggis with Rutabaga and Mashed Potatoes – Gluten Free
- Fresh Potato Pancake with Scottish Smoked Salmon and Herb Sour Cream – Gluten Free
- Seared Sea Scallops with Spinach-Cheddar Gratin and Crispy Bacon – Gluten Free
- Griddled “Yard Bird” with Braised Greens and House-made Habanero Sauce – Gluten Free, Dairy Free
- Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce and Boniato Puree – Gluten Free
- Roasted Verlasso Salmon with Quinoa Salad and Arugula Chimichurri – Gluten Free, Dairy Free
- Grilled Sweet and Sour Bush Berry Shrimp with Pineapple, Pepper, Onion, and Snap Peas – Gluten Free, Dairy Free
- Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies – Gluten Free
- Chilaquiles de Pollo: Corn Chips layered with seasoned chicken, queso fresco, sour cream, and cilantro – Gluten Free
- Berbere-Style Beef Tenderloin Tips with Onions, Jalapenos, Tomato, and Pap – Gluten Free
- Escondidinho de Carne: “Little Hidden One” layered meat pie with Mashed Yucca – Gluten Free
- Crispy Pork Belly with Black Beans and Tomato – Gluten Free, Dairy Free
- Pao de Queijo: Brazilian Cheese Bread – Gluten Free
- Warm Chocolate Pudding with Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur Custard – Gluten Free
- “Le Cellier” Wild Mushroom Beef Filet Mignon with Truffle Butter Sauce – Gluten Free
What are you most looking forward to this year at Food & Wine?
I’m super excited to be posting this information about the upcoming 2015 Epcot Food & Wine Festival. This year’s Food & Wine Festival will feature a series of all new culinary demonstrations and educational seminars for guests who want to learn more about cooking with food allergies — all free of the top 8 common allergens.
The series is in partnership with Mylan, the company that brings you EpiPen®, who signed a multi-year alliance with the Walt Disney World Parks & Resorts last year. The partnership previously included access to EpiPen® in the theme parks, which included an EpiPen® Auto-Injector symbol on park maps and new signage at all of the First Aid stations.
As a part of the alliance, Mylan has been planning a variety of educational resources designed to increase awareness of and preparedness for severe allergic reactions. That includes this year’s festivities at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival.
The EpiPen® on Location website reports that Chef Amanda Freitag and other chefs will prepare delectable dishes free of the top eight allergens. Auggie Maturo, actor from the TV show “Girl Meets World,” and his family will also be on hand to share tips and tricks for navigating playdates and school parties for kids with severe allergies. Both Chef Amanda and Auggie will be at the Festival Welcome Center during select times between Oct. 2 – 4, 2015. How cool is that?
I’ve been visiting the Epcot Food & Wine Festival for years gluten free and dairy free, and the culinary demonstrations have always been a challenge with a special diet. I’ve some amazing experiences with Chef Kevin Dundon from Raglan Road Irish Pub (where I got to go on stage!), Chef Tony Marotta from Disney’s Port Orleans Resort, and Chef Suvir Saran of Top Chef fame. But, I’ve also had some struggles getting safe options and enjoying the culinary demonstrations as fully as other non-special diets guests. So, I’m thrilled to see culinary demos that are top 8 free!
Even more exciting is that Mylan is giving away several trips to Disney World for lucky winners that include:
- A three-night/four-day vacation for four to visit the 2015 Epcot® International Food Wine Festival
- Opportunity for meet-and-greets with Amanda Freitag and Auggie Maturo and tickets to a culinary demonstration between Oct. 2 – 4
- A vacation travel kit prepared by Nina Garcia
- A resort stay
- Theme park tickets
- And much more!
For all the details on how to enter to win, check out the EpiPen® on Location website!
Are you as excited as I am about the upcoming Epcot Food & Wine Festival now that Mylan is offering these allergy-friendly culinary demonstrations?
*This culinary dining experience at the Food & Wine Festival took place October 3, 2014.
When it comes to attending culinary demonstrations and special meal events at Epcot Food & Wine Festival, it can be a challenge to eat as a special diets guest. Culinary demos are a nice low-cost way to participate in the Food & Wine Festival events without stressing out too much about spending a lot of money and getting stuck with nothing to eat. (also, check out those Back to Basics sessions this year! They are free and fantastic!)
One of my biggest strategies is to take a look at the schedule and look for demos that seem like they might be particularly special diets friendly. For instance, last year I attended Erin McKenna from Babycakes NYC’s demo (already gluten free and dairy free naturally) and Chef Kevin Dundon’s (where I was able to connect with the Raglan Road team ahead of time) from Raglan Road Irish Pub. At each of these, I was able to get offerings.
In previous year’s I’ve had hit or miss luck with culinary demonstrations. One of my favorite’s was Suvir Saran’s demo (of Top Chef Masters and the famous restaurant Devi) in 2011. Cooking primarily Indian dishes, I knew that I had a pretty good chance of getting something gluten free and dairy free. At that demo, there was some alterations that needed to be made, but I was able to enjoy part of the demo components.
So when I saw that he was presenting again this year, I decided to sign up guessing I’d have rather good luck again when attending the event. And I was definitely right. I scored a dish that was completely gluten free and dairy free straight off the menu.
Before the demo started, I arrived at the Festival Center 1 hour early. There, I picked up my event passes and then checked in with cast members setting up at the culinary demo stage area. I let them know that I had special dietary needs and wanted to check in to see if the sample was safe for me.
The team got Chef Suvir (who I admittedly tweeted the week before the demo!) who came out to chat with me. He brought over the recipe and had a lengthy discussion with me about the dish. We also chatted at length about special diets and some of the current “fads” out there. He’s really knowledgeable and was fun to chat with.
Once the demo was ready to start, we scored seats up front. This gave us a great view of the stage and all of the culinary excitement.
Food & Wine Festival veteran Pam Smith led the demo, introducing both Chef Suvir and the culinary wine expert from the San Sebastian Winery here in Florida. For the first portion of the demo, we learned about the winery, their products and general wine information. I always find these portions of demos really fascinating!
Then it was onto Chef Suvir’s demo. He made an Indian inspired chicken drumstick and a slaw. The chicken was really delicious with honey, garam masala, and tamarind chutney all bringing out sweet and savory flavors.
The slaw was my hands down favorite part of the demo dish. With fresh mint, cilantro, and peanuts, this was not your ordinary mayo-based slaw. I liked it so much that I actually made it at home that weekend!
I had such a fun time at this culinary demo. I was so thrilled that the dish was safe for me to eat without any modifications. It was one of those lucky picks for a demo, and I’m so glad I got a chance to see Chef Suvir in action again. He’s also a very lovely chef to chat with, and I love his culinary viewpoint on eating real food and getting into the kitchen, making the food yourself.
Here is a video clip from the demo (you can find more on my YouTube channel):
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