‘Tis the season for gluten-free delights at EPCOT’s Festival of the Holidays! Join us in a culinary journey around the globe as we explore festive traditions and savor gluten-free treats that celebrate the spirit of the season. From savory to sweet, let the holidays unfold on your plate in a magical gluten-free experience. ‘Tis the season to be gluten-free and jolly!
This is a Short Festival (compared to Flower and Garden/ Food and Wine) and available from the end of November through December.
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.
- Festival of the Arts (January/February)
- Flower and Garden Festival (Spring/Summer)
- Food and Wine Festival (Summer/Fall)
- Festival of the Holidays (Winter)
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.
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 Holidays
I’ll update this in 2024 when those options are out, here’s a look at 2023 options.
Gluten Free Option by Booth with Reviews and Images
Tamale with Plant-based Chorizo, Plant-based Cotija Cheese, and Spicy Red Chile Sauce (plant-based)
Pernil Mojo Pork with Tostones and Ketchup-Mayonnaise
Bubbles & Brine
Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail with Prosecco Cocktail Sauce and Grilled Lemon
Jonah Crab Claw Cocktail with Stone-ground Mustard Sauce
Seafood Platter with Jumbo Shrimp, Jonah Crab Claws, and Oysters on Half Shell
Holiday Sweets & Treats
Peppermint Sundae: Chocolate Ice Cream, Whipped Cream, and Peppermint Candy
Cream Soda Float
Traditional Poutine: French Fries with Beef Gravy and Cheese Curds
Yukon Holiday Kitchen
Seared Salmon with Butternut Squash Purée, Maple-Bourbon Glaze, and Fennel-Arugula Salad
Le Marché de Noël Holiday Kitchen-Nothing
L’Chaim! Holiday Kitchen
Smoked Salmon Potato Latke
Potato Latkes (plant-based)
Tangierine Café: Flavors of the Medina
Grilled Kebabs with Carrot-Chickpea Salad and Garlic Aïoli Chermoula Chicken
Shi Wasu Holiday Kitchen
American Holiday Table
Blackened Catfish with Hoppin’ John and Comeback Sauce
Tuscany Holiday Kitchen
Chocolate Torte (Torte Caprese)
Bavaria Holiday Kitchen-Nothing
DOLE Whip® Raspberry (plant-based) Modified
Shanghai Holiday Kitchen
Bubble Tea Milk
Wine & Wedge-Nothing
Char & Chop
Roasted Porchetta with Lemon-Parsley Salsa Verde and Shaved Fennel Salad
Grilled Impossible™ Spicy Sausage with Herbed Polenta, Puttanesca Sauce, and Ricotta
Holiday Hearth Desserts
Chocolate-covered Toffee Brittle