Gluten-Free Options at 2011 EPCOT Food & Wine Festival

My wife is back from her second trip to the EPCOT Food & Wine festival. That’s two more than me, so I’m pretty jealous. She keeps gluten-free due to allergies, and while the regular Disney dining is very accommodating, every year at the festival is a bit of a challenge.

Last year some one provided a great list of which foods were Gluten-Free, so we tried to find that again this year. Alas, Disney was playing coy, and our mileage varied when we asked the festival managers.

We were finally able to get a couple cooperative chefs. Combine that with my wife’s detective work and here is the final list. Please remember to ask for a Chef at each booth so they are aware of your allergy needs.

Australia: Shrimp on the Barbie, Grilled Lamp Chop
Brazil: Seared Mahi Mahi (hold the sauce)
Argentina: Grilled Beef Skewer with Chimichurri Sauce (my wife’s favorite)
Caribbean: Ropa Vieja (hold the mango salsa)
South Korea: Lettuce Wrap with Roast Pork and Kimchi Slaw
Cheese: Cheese Plate
Germany: Goulash Soup
Hops & Barley: Linda Bean’s Lobster Claw Cuddler
Singapore: Beef Rendang
New Zealand: Seared Sea Scallop with Jumar-Red Curry
Portugal: Linguica Sausage, Calmari Salad
Ireland: Warm Choclate Lava Cake (is flourless)
Canada: Chicken Chipotle Sausage with Sweet Corn Polenta

It would be very nice if Disney would provide this list before the festival begins, instead of us having to compile it on our own.

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19 Responses to Gluten-Free Options at 2011 EPCOT Food & Wine Festival

  1. Adam Britten says:

    I maintain a gluten free diet due to allergies as well, so I appreciate that time was taken to put this list together. Disney is usually pretty good about offering GF options. I hope one year I can make it down to F&W!

    • Pam Rogers says:

      Maybe next year one of us with GF needs could work with Disney to make sure GF is a part of their festival!

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  3. Gaylin says:

    I am allergic to grains as well (including rice), last year before going to WDW I emailed and asked for a gluten or grain free list of food for the Festival. They said they couldn’t give me one because of the possibility of cross-contamination.

    Thanks for checking this out for ‘me’ this year, I will be there in a couple of weeks and I am taking your list with me!

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  12. Chris says:

    Thanks , John’s wife, for this list! I know how difficult it is to put together, I’ve chased down chefs the past few years too, this year I won’t have to spend time doing that!
    I must eat gluten-free and my daughter is a vegetarian.

    It is a shame that there are not more options for those who must eat gluten-free (or who have other food intolerances) and for vegetarians when just a few tweaks of a recipe (sometimes by just one minor substitutable ingredient) could add so many more options to those with diet limitations without impacting the food item’s taste for everybody.

    Disney has made some progress through the years, but in my opinion, it is too slow and not comprehensive enough considering the increasing numbers of people who are being diagnosed with gluten intolerance and those who are following a plant based diet. My daughter and I usually bring our own food with us to the parks so we know we will always have something to eat since the choices in the parks are very limited for us (which gets boring very fast).

    But then again, I am preaching to the choir here!

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  14. Jean says:

    I’ve lived 15 min. from Disney a year now. Last year we loved the Wine & Food Festival and ate everything! However, this past May we became Vegans. The Disney restaurants are most accommodating when we eat there. But the Wine & Food not so much. In fact there is absolutely nothing we can eat unless we want to deal with vegetarian eats which all include cheese.

  15. peter says:

    thanks soooo much for this list and the time-consuming effort it must have taken to put together. I just moved down here to orlando and was impressed with the way a Disney specialist comes out to take special needs orders. I agree the choices are more limited than they probably could be but I do feel safer that the prep is done by someone presumably trained appropriately. thanks again – I’m gonna try the lamb chops and the Goulash tomorrow !!!

  16. Jessica says:

    Good news! After several emails back and forth (and some griping my part) I finally! got a list from WDW corp.

    This is what I was told is gluten free:

    Argentina
    Beef Skewer w/Chimichurri

    Brazil
    Mahi Mahi with Coconut Sauce

    Caribbean
    Jerk Chicken Leg
    Ropa Vieja

    Scandinavia
    Rice Pudding

    South Africa
    Beef Medallions w/ S.potatoes

    Australia
    Shrimp on the Barbie
    Lamb

    Greece
    Griddled Greek Cheese

    Ireland
    Lava Cake

    Germany
    Gulasch

    Hops and Barley
    Lobster Claw

    New Zealand
    Seared Scallop

    Portugal
    Calamari Salad

    Singapore
    Beef Rendang

    I notice that this is slightly different from the list you guys compiled. Specifically your list included:
    South Korea: Lettuce Wrap with Roast Pork and Kimchi Slaw
    Portugal: Linguica Sausage,
    Canada: Chicken Chipotle Sausage with Sweet Corn Polenta

    So I sent another email to see about those items. Hope this helps!

  17. Jessica says:

    Also, they did include a cross contamination clause. Basically, they are warning that cc may occur due to the small kitchens.

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