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Speaking of the 2012 Food and Wine Festival (because really, you’re currently either talking about that or the Fantasyland expansion), we should venture over to the Festival Center and explore some hidden vegan eats featured this year!
Located in the Wonders of Life Pavilion, the Festival Center is buzzing with all things food and all things wine throughout the Fall months. This year, the Festival Center features the Chase Lounge (where there is not one chaise lounge, which is a missed opportunity in my book) for those who have a Chase credit card. Here, you can get wristbands for priority seating for the Eat to The Beat Concerts, and also wristbands for entrance into a special Illuminations viewing area. Also, the lounge features complimentary coffee and soft drinks, along with a big touchscreen map of the park. Pretty cool!
Throughout the Festival, there are a number of talks, seminars, and demonstrations that take place throughout the day, everyday in the Festival Center. If you find yourself visiting for any of these reasons, I’d like to direct you over to Intermissions Cafe, the coffee and snack counter on your right as soon as you descend the ramp at the entrance to the building.
Intermissions Cafe showcases a number of different champagnes and wines, but also has some quick meal options including something called a Vegan Trio. There’s that word again! Am I dreaming? Is the word “vegan” finally becoming part of the WDW menu vocabulary? I certainly hope so!
The Vegan Trio costs $6.75 and would be great to share as a snack, or have all to yourself for a light meal. The platter includes: couscous with raisins and almonds, tabouleh, hummus, a roasted red pepper puree, and pita bread. The winner here is probably the roasted red pepper puree, but the whole dish is great. It also comes in a re-sealable container, so you can take it with you and save some for later if you’d like! It’s so good, reasonably priced, and I highly recommend checking it out.
It’s so nice to have this other option as an addition to the Food and Wine Festival this year at Epcot. It seems that the components of the Vegan Trio are all things they serve elsewhere in the park, just not necessarily together in one platter. It would be great to see this option stick around, and hopefully become available in more quick service locations throughout property. If you find yourself in the Festival Center, not on a chaise lounge, give this trio a try-o!