Gluten Free EPCOT’s Festival of the Arts

Get ready for a gluten free party at EPCOT’s Festival of the Arts! Imagine EPCOT turning into a giant canvas of cool stuff. Our gluten free guide is here to make sure you taste all the awesome things – from food that’s like art on a plate to global artists showing off their skills. It’s a big, tasty adventure where your gluten free journey becomes a masterpiece of memories mixing art and food

This is a Short Festival (compared to Flower and Garden/ Food and Wine) and available at the beginning of the year during specific dates in January and February.

You can find food booths all around World Showcase and in EPCOT’s Worlds (Nature, Discovery, Celebration). Prices range from 5-20 dollars for items, with the average food price around 8 dollars.

***As Always, please speak to a qualified restaurant employee when ordering food. In order to see the most accurate ingredients and risk assessment, you will need to confirm food safety in real-time. This is my personal experience, I am not employed or endorsed by companies or brands mentioned.***

Quick Jump- Other Festival Guides

EPCOT has four festivals a year, and each of them have a different selection of Gluten Free Goodies! Here’s links to the other posts.

How to Order Gluten Free at EPCOT Festivals

We’ve been through a lot of changes at the EPCOT Festivals, from 2019 where no options were listed, to 2022 where we could ask to talk to a chef… this year in 2023 we have an Allergy Guide!

You will notice that Disney removed the Gluten Friendly Label from the Paper Festival Passport and the Display Signs outside the Booth. And they did not include any new Allergy Label for Signs.

Instead, this year, you will find Gluten Friendly items labeled with the top 9 Allergy Items, inside a New Menu format that you can find in the MyDisneyExperience App. You will type in ‘allergy friendly EPCOT’ and hit ‘view menu’ to see the full list of current Items.

When ordering, let the Cashier know you need your item Gluten Free, State your allergens (gluten and whatever else you need), and they will make a quick phone call to confirm that ingredients and procedures *for that day* are safe for you. Be sure to ask about Shared Fryers, as some items have cross contact. Allergy Friendly (Disney’s Labeling) does not always equal Gluten Free.

When ordering:

I like to say, “Can I order this Gluten Free?” and then quickly ask about the modifications (because sometimes they’ll just outright tell you no!). Then after I pay, I’ll also tell the Cast Member who takes my receipt for the order, and then confirm the modifications there + watch to make sure my food is fresh with a glove change.

Third Party Locations

Third Party Locations are not owned by Disney, they are operated by other Restaurants. These locations do not share their Allergy Information with Disney, so I’ve collected them independently in the parks.

The Third Party locations are: France, Japan, Italy, China, Mexico

Gluten Free 2023 Festival of the ARTs

I’ll update this in 2024 when those options are out, here’s a look at 2023 options.

New Moderne (Near Test Track)

Compressed Watermelon Tataki has Soy Sauce, but No Gluten. Chefs are saying this is Gluten Friendly.

Angry Crab was reported to be made with Corn Flour and No gluten/wheat. Checked with three people, two said it was safe and one said they changed from Corn to Wheat for consistency issues. I went with the last one as it looked like flour (not fried corn). You’ll want to check while your there.

Pan-Seared Scallops are Gluten Friendly.

The Craftsman’s Courtyard (near Creations Shop)

Cast Iron Roasted P.E.I. Mussels (modified)

Price: 7.50

Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina (Morocco)

Carrots Three Ways: Chermoula-spiced grilled carrots, pickled carrots, and carrot ginger purée (Plant-based item) (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly) 

Price: 4.75

Rating: 3/5

While I like the Carrots, they are overly spicy.

Chicken or Lamb Kabobs are gluten friendly

Price: 5.75

Rating: 4/5 These are a classic that have been offered at every festival the last year. Very much like a large sausage meatball, there is a moderate flavor profile and not overly gamey taste.

The Deconstructed Dish (Near Port of Entry)

Deconstructed Blt (modified)

Price: 7.00

Rating: 3/5 The Pork Belly was nice but the sides were questionable.

Deconstructed Key Lime

Price: 6.25

Rating: 5/5

This is modified Gluten Free by removing the Graham Cracker Cake. It is delightfully balanced between the sweet and sour of key lime pie!

Refreshment Outpost

Plant-based Bratwurst with spicy turmeric aïoli, coffee barbecue jackfruit, and slaw (Plant-based item). Likely no Gluten as you should be able to Modify and remove the Bun, as this is the Certified Gluten Free Beyond Sausage Dog.

Vibrante & Vívido: Encanto Cocina (Between Morocco & France) 

Spicy Ajiaco Soup with guajillo and árbol chili-spiced chicken, potato, avocado, corn, and crème fraîche (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)

Price: 6.50

Rating: 4/5 A great taste, with a very heavy kick of spice. This is a solid portion and perfect for a colder day.

I did Nima Gluten Sensor the Soup and the Paper Bowl just to make sure there was no Gluten (since Nima is a useful tool after I talked with the Chef and Staff to make sure it was ok). Nima did read it as safe.

Passion Fruit Mousse with dragon fruit jam (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly) 

Price: 5.00

Rating: A fan favorite returning this year, this mousse is pleasant with a fruity taste. The mousse is well made and refreshing.

Coconut and Passion Fruit Smoothie (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly) 

Price: 4.75

Rating: Delicious and Coconuty, this is a very sweet drink.

Refreshment Port (Near Canada)

Modified to Remove the Waffle Cone: Soft-serve Waffle Cone: DOLE Whip Strawberry, DOLE Whip Lemon, or Swirl

Gourmet Landscapes (Canada) 

Blood Orange-braised Beet Tartare with mustard vinaigrette, pickled clamshell mushrooms, and golden beets (Wonderful Walk of Colorful Cuisine Item) (Plant-based Item) (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)  

Price: 5.50

Rating: 5/5

This has a very balanced flavor and was a good portion size. I removed the plant based Bleu Cheese that was on top for another allergen.

Roasted Bone Marrow

Price:10.50

Rating: 2/5 This has a very vinaigrette taste, that would likely balance with the bread but the bread is removed to make it gluten friendly. Wouldn’t recommend.

Wild Mushroom Risotto

Price:9.75

Rating: 5/5 This is very creamy and great for less adventurous eaters. Flavor is mild but meaty.

Figment’s Inspiration Station at the Odyssey: Art, Food, and Little Sparks of Magic

Fruit Pizza: Watermelon, compressed cantaloupe, berries, and berry balsamic (New) (Plant-based Item) (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly)

Price:3.75

Rating: 3/5 Watermelon isn’t in season now, and this wasn’t very sweet. Overall it was enjoyable but would have been perfect for a spring festival.

Grape Smoothie with freeze-dried SKITTLES bite sized candies (Non-alcoholic) (New) 

Price: 5.50

Rating: 3/5 The Skittles were perfection, but the grape smoothie is gelato based and very sweet.

El Artista Hambriento (Mexico)

Carne Asada can be modified Gluten Friendly if you remove the Crispy Onions.

Price: $10

Huarache de Champinones is gluten friendly and vegetarian.

Price: $7.50

Flan de Coco: Coconut flan, guava sauce, and whipped cream (New) (Gluten/ Wheat Friendly) 

Price: $6.50

Goshiki (Japan)

Sushi Donut (Donut shaped Sushi with Salmon, Tuna, Shrimp, Cucumber, Sesame Seed over Wasabi, Sriracha, Eel Sauce) Will need to Modify to remove the Eel Sauce.

Price: 8.25

Rating: 5/5

Ichigo Daifuku

Price: 6.75

Rating: 5/5

This is a Mochi with Bean Paste and Mascarpone. It is not too sweet, but still dessert like with a chewy and creamy consistency.

The Painted Panda (China)

Likely Gluten Friendly: “Panda” Bubble Milk Tea with black tea, milk, chocolate, and tapioca boba pearls (Non-alcoholic)  

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