As temperatures start to climb and spring gets closer and closer, you can count on the start of the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival. We think this is the most beautiful time of year at Epcot. Yes, even better than Christmas. Thousands of flowers and their wonderful fragrance, combined with the smells of the various food booths around Epcot, creates a stimulating experience for your eyes and nose! Here in our Epcot Flower & Garden Festival guide, we’ll tell you all about the various happenings and things you need to know.
As we discuss in our “About Us” page, I have developed a gluten sensitivity, probably due to my chronic health issues. As a result, I eat entirely gluten free. Disney World Dining handles food allergies and sensitivities amazingly well for how many people they are feeding every day. Here in our Epcot Food and Wine Festival Gluten Free Food review, we’ll give you our thoughts on all the gluten free dishes we ate at the festival.
For the Food and Wine Festival, certain food items are designated as “gluten friendly.” Unfortunately, they do not assign any other classifications like nuts or dairy, but each booth has a binder that you can consult that lists all of the ingredients.
The Chocolate Studio returns for another year of serving decadent chocolate delights at the 2019 Epcot Food and Wine Festival. This booth is located in the “Culinary Corridor” in Future World West along the walkway into World Showcase. This is a high traffic area with a few great booths nearby. They include The Cheese Studio and the Wine and Dine Studio. Hawaii is not far away either. There are several high-top tables set up in the garden area between the booths. This is a picturesque area that we really enjoy during the Festival.
Given my family’s overall love for Mexican food, you can rest assured we were going to stop by the Mexico booth at the 2019 Epcot Food & Wine Festival. Tacos, enchiladas, mole, margaritas? Yes, sign us up, please! The Mexico booth had plenty that we wanted to try.
As we stop by the Mexico booth, we noticed one unique thing about the menu. That would be that the menu is entirely new this year. Not a single entrée from last year returns. I think Carla was particularly disappointed that the Coconut Rice Pudding did not. You can see the full Mexico booth menu below.
Inspired by our complete enjoyment of our meal at Jaleo, we decided to try all of the food offerings at the Spain global marketplace at the Food & Wine Festival. Spain is one of the relatively new booths at the festival, making its debut in 2017.
The Spain booth features two returning items and some modifications to the paella from last year. While we weren’t necessarily overwhelmed with excitement at the offerings, we were intrigued to try them. By the time we got to this booth I was pretty hungry and on the hunt for some gluten free items, which Spain does feature.
The India Global Marketplace is located along the World Showcase promenade between the China Pavilion and the Refreshment Outpost. Last year I tried the Madras Red Curry and as it was one of my favorite dishes of the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. Because of that, I was pleased to see it return as I wanted to enjoy it again.
Shimmering Sips is a booth located near the entrance to World Showcase, across from the Port of Entry store in World Showcase Plaza. This booth seems to be an amalgam of items from prior festivals. With the closure of the festival center in the old Wonders of Life Pavilion (this year’s festival center is the in World ShowPlace events pavilion located between the Canada and UK pavilions), the mimosa bar that was located there last year has become the foundation of this booth. Also offered are three desserts. The Banana Almond Soft-Serve Sundae from last year’s Almond Orchard booth is one of the desserts offered here. We’ll cover several of these items here in our Shimmering Sips Review.