Trowel & Trellis is back at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival for a second year. This outdoor kitchen is hosted by Impossible Foods, which means that meat alternatives are served here. This makes it an excellent option for vegetarians. As part of our Trowel & Trellis review, we’ll talk about the food and if we think it is worth the price. We’ll have pictures of everything too.
If you don’t know, Disney World has a partnership with Impossible Foods that makes them the only plant-based alternative to that meat you will find in the parks. If you’ve been to the Food & Wine Festival in the fall, you have likely seen the Earth Eats booth sponsored by Impossible Foods. This continues that trend. The difference between that booth and Trowel & Trellis is the presence of dishes that aren’t based upon meat alternatives, which we found interesting. I mean, if you’re going to sponsor a booth, you may as well go all in, right? Technically each dish has a plant-based component to them, but only one features a meat alternative.
There are three food items on the Trowel & Trellis menu. They are as follows:
- Grilled Street Corn on the Cob with Savory Garlic Spread (GF) (Plant-based) (KA)
- Impossible Farmhouse Meatball with Lentil Bread, Spinach, Marinated Vegetables, and Creamy Herb Dressing (Plant-based)
- Chocolate Pudding Terrarium with Avocado Cream, Matcha Crumble, and Baby Herbs (GF) (Plant-based)
Trowel & Trellis has three drinks on the menu. Two of them have an alcohol component, while one is non-alcoholic. I hesitate to call it kid-friendly because it is a blueberry lemon and ginger tea. I don’t know about your kids, but ours aren’t big tea fans. You can find the drinks on the menu pictured above. We have a post if you are interested in the outdoor kitchen menus at the Flower & Garden Festival. We should also mention that we have a Guide to the 2020 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival.
Let’s look at the food you’ll find at Trowel & Trellis.
Grilled Street Corn on the Cob with Savory Garlic Spread (GF) (Plant-based) (KA) — $5.75
As a family, we are huge corn on the cob fans, so this is something we wanted to try. Unfortunately, Elsa currently has braces, so we had to cut some of it off the cob for her. That is a minor inconvenience in the grand scheme of it.
As for street corn on the cobb, it was just fine. The grilled flavor was good, but the garlic spread didn’t do much for me. The garlic flavor was not very noticeable, and the texture of it was a bit weird. As a collective group, nobody was a big fan of the corn.
For a grilled vegetable with a garlic spread, a price tag that is almost $6 seems crazy. There are far better ways to spend your money at the Flower & Garden Festival. Or you can just grill your own corn on the cobb at home.
Impossible Farmhouse Meatball with Lentil Bread, Spinach, Marinated Vegetables, and Creamy Herb Dressing (Plant-based) – $5.75
I was skeptical at the notion of eating something made of a meat substitute. Fortunately, I didn’t know what I was talking about. The meatball and lentil bread combined to create an excellent snack. The creamy herb dressing blended with the vegetables and meatball well by adding a refreshing flavor. As someone who is a lifelong meat-eater, I would have no problem ordering this again.
From a value perspective, this item provides a descent value. It’s a good-sized portion of bread, although I do wish it had more of the filling in it.
Chocolate Pudding Terrarium with Avocado Cream, Matcha Crumble, and Baby Herbs (GF) (Plant-based) – $5.25
As a family, we were split in our opinion of the chocolate pudding terrarium. Carla and Elsa liked the pudding, while Anna and I were not fans. The matcha crumble gave it a weird gritty texture that made it feel like the pudding wasn’t mixed well. The chocolate flavor was also overpowering to me, to the point where it washed out the flavors of all the other components. That is part of why Carla and Elsa enjoyed this dessert.
This feeling isn’t new, either. We had this sweet treat last year, and I had the same dislike of the flavor and texture then.
The value here is just okay. The terrarium is on the small side for what it costs.
Bloomin’ Blueberry Lemon and Ginger Tea – $4.50
We had the non-alcoholic version of this drink. It’s another item where we were mixed. Carla loved the flavors while they didn’t work for me. I think the root cause of that was the underlying ginger flavor, which is something I’m not a fan of. However, Carla loves the ginger flavor. Anna and Elsa were not fans of this drink either.
Drinks at Trowel & Trellis
Beyond the food we had, you will find two other drinks at Trowel & Trellis. They are as follows:
- Playalinda Brewing Company Tropical Wonderland Wheat Ale, Titusville, FL
- Bloomin’ Blueberry Lemon and Ginger Tea featuring Twinings of London® with Tito’s Handmade Vodka served in a Mason Jar
Wrapping Up Our Trowel & Trellis Review
For a booth that is sponsored by Impossible Foods, it was good to see the one item with the meat substitute excel. Unfortunately, the other two entrees were blah at best. If you are looking for vegan options at the Flower & Garden Festival, this booth is one of your best options. As for the masses? Most people will probably want to pass on it.
If you are interested in more of our Epcot Flower & Garden Festival outdoor kitchen reviews, we’ll link to them down here as we finish them! We hope you enjoy the food and the reviews!