Eating our way through Epcot Eats
Our second most favorite time of year at Epcot is the Food & Wine Festival (read about our #1 favorite here). As plant based eaters, we automatically are on the lookout for the little green leaf on menus symbolizing the plant based offerings. This year, 2022, so far has not disappointed in the food offerings, as we have found the plant based options to be generally fresh, unique, and down right delicious.
There are still a few dishes that we haven’t tried yet this year, but we will update as we get further in the festival. You can also look over our food photos from last year HERE since there are some repeat dishes on the list that are back again. This includes the falafel, the pho, and the spicy githeri. Sadly, my favorite dish from last year, the banana bread with berry compote did not return, but the new Guava Mousse makes up for that!
Buffalo Brussel Sprouts
Making a return this year is the plant based Buffalo Brussel Sprouts, which again is offered in the Brew-Wing building between Test Track and the Mexico Pavilion. This was a fave last year so we were excited that it came back again. We absolutely love the healthy-ish but also incredibly indulgent nature of this dish. Roasted brussel sprouts completely smothered in spicy buffalo sauce and covered in plant based blue cheese.
Impossible Meatballs with Herbed Polenta
We were very interested in trying this all new dish at the Earth Eats booth, located near the Imagination building. These little plant based meatballs were really tasty and had a bit of a spicy kick to them, which was tempered by the perfectly prepared polenta and drizzle of basil pesto. The tomato puttanesca sauce brought a nice acidity to the dish so it didn’t feel too heavy. This new dish really reminded us of a hearty serving of Italian meatballs. Yum!
We will definitely be getting these again later in the festival when it cools down a bit since the spice was a little intense in the Florida heat.
Guava Mousse Cake
Another new item this year is the Guava Mousse at the Shimmering Sips booth near Port of Entry in World Showcase. This light but indulgent mousse was a total home run in flavor and texture.
The mousse itself had a light and fruity guava flavor and it sits atop a crispy sugar cookie that just pairs perfectly with it. It was awkward to eat with a plastic fork since the cookie was crisp, so we just picked it up to eat it.
The whole thing is topped with a generous layer of coconut whipped cream and is sprinkled with toasted coconut flakes. This was a perfectly balanced flavor profile that was not too sweet and left you feeling like you just had something indulgent but with no remorse!
Potato Pea Samosas
At the India booth, which is near the China Pavilion, our food prayers have been answered in the form of traditional Indian samosas! These little triangular pockets of fried dough are stuffed with potatoes and peas and are covered with a zingy plant based coriander-lime cream. We are huge fans of samosas and these offerings did not disappoint at all – the ingredients tasted fresh, the pastry was crispy without being over-cooked and the finishing touch of the coriander lime cream was the perfect accompaniment to the dish. These are definitely a repeat treat for us!
If you are visiting outside of the festival, did you know that you can get vegan potato pea samosas at Sanaa at the Animal Kingdom Lodge? They are served with tamarind sauce, mango chutney, and slaw. Plus, these are available for take-out! (pictured below)
Back again is a crowd favorite from the Earth Eats booth, the Impossible Slider. These little sliders seem to be a mainstay for the last few years, and we are totally okay with that. These are easy to love – an impossible meat patty, dressed with spicy slaw, mixed greens, and wasabi cream on a little sesame seed bun. The wasabi cream is the real star and it is not too spicy. If you think you will be a fan, we recommend you ask for a little extra on your order. This is another one of our favorites and you just can’t go wrong with it.