Earth Eats is a Global Marketplace hosted by Impossible Burger at the 2020 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. This booth features a variety of plant-based options for vegans and vegetarians…or flexitarians like us. In this Walt Disney World dining review, we’ll look at the menu prices, share food photos, and offer thoughts on what is worth your money.
Before we get to info and our review of the Earth Eats, a brief synopsis of what’s happening with the 2020 Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival is appropriate. As you’re no doubt aware, Walt Disney World’s theme parks were closed for 4 months. Upon reopening, this event began–over a month before the full EPCOT Food & Wine Festival would typically start.
Despite this, the Taste of EPCOT Food & Wine Festival is a truncated version of the full event. Menus have been scaled back, fewer new items have debuted, and some dishes are holdovers from the Flower & Garden Festival. Walt Disney World has not officially announced when this event will end or how it might evolve as the phased reopening continues, but there are signs that it’ll be expanded. Consequently, we’re updating our menus & reviews to reflect what’s currently available–but note that this is all subject to change. Additional items might be added and others removed. Stay tuned for more EPCOT updates!
To the above points, Earth Eats is actually the Trowel & Trellis booth from Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival, but with a new marquee (please excuse us for forgetting to take a new photo of the exterior). Regardless, it’s a cool booth with a modern, eco vibe to it.
Extending the run of this booth, albeit in a rebranded way, gives Disney a chance to promote the company’s new partnership with Impossible Burger, after Flower & Garden Festival was cut short. This corporate alliance makes Impossible Burger’s products the preferred plant-based “meat” of Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resort, and the Disney Cruise Line.
You might recall that last year, Walt Disney World introduced a slew of new vegan options, and began actively promoting its plant-based push. We cover the best & worst of these in our Vegan & Vegetarian Walt Disney World Dining Guide: How to Find Plant-Based Foods. The new partnership with Impossible Burger should further elevate the plant-based menu options, and offer some predictability.
Here’s the menu for Earth Eats:
- Impossible Farmhouse Meatball with Lentil Bread, Spinach, Marinated Vegetables, and Creamy Herb Dressing (Plant-based)
- The Impossible Burger Slider with Wasabi Cream and spicy Asian Slaw on a Sesame Seed Bun (Plant-based)
- Chocolate Pudding Terrarium with Avocado Cream, Matcha Crumble, and Baby Herbs (Plant-based) (GF)
Earth Eats Beverages:
- Bloomin’ Blueberry Lemon and Ginger Tea featuring Twinings of London (non-alcoholic)
- Playalinda Brewing Company Violet Lemonade Ale, Titusville, FL
- Bloomin’ Blueberry Lemon and Ginger Tea featuring Twinings of London with Tito’s Handmade Vodka served in a Mason Jar
And our photos and reviews of the foods at Earth Eats…
The IMPOSSIBLE Burger – Since first trying it last year, Impossible burgers have really won me over. They are getting more and more convincing, and both Impossible and Beyond leading the way.
If you’ve never had one, give this a try. It’s juicy and savory, and you might just not be able to tell it isn’t meat. The wasabi cream helps, too. I’ve said before that even the best vegan burger isn’t as good as the worst beef burger, but that’s changing.
Chocolate Pudding Terrarium ($5.25) – This gets an A for effort and presentation, but the dish ultimately didn’t work for us. The chocolate overpowers the matcha and avocado to the point that you can’t really taste either. Worse yet, the matcha ultimately just gives this an odd, chalky quality resulting in an unpleasant mouthfeel.
It’s a fun idea, though. Perhaps you’ll feel differently about it than we did.
Impossible Farmhouse Meatball ($5.75) – This is excellent and you’d be hard-pressed to tell it’s plant-based if doing a blind taste-test. It reminds me a lot of the fantastic Felucian Kefta and Hummus Garden Spread over in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, except with a denser lentil bread rather than a softer pita (personally, I prefer the latter).
With that said, it’s so similar to the Docking Bay 7 menu item that we’d probably just recommend ordering that if you’re visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios, too. That’s nearly three times the size for only a little over double the price–and it’s slightly better. Regardless, this is a solid pick.
Overall, how you will feel about Earth Eats likely depends upon your perspective. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, you’ll likely be pleased to see Impossible Meats hosting an entire booth of plant-based fare. If you’re not grading on that curve and just want excellent food, this food booth is a bit of a disappointment. Personally, Earth Eats is something I view as totally skippable, even with the solid Impossible creations. If you’re vegan, you might have a lack of better alternatives and thus feel differently. Carnivores are better off with all of the other booths.
Check out our Taste of Epcot Food & Wine Festival Booth Menus post if you want to see and read more about every menu this year. You’ll also want to read our full Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival Guide before you go to get an idea of what to do, strategy for the festival (yes, you will need a strategy), and much more!
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What do you think of the Earth Eats booth? Have you tried the Impossible dishes here? If so, which did you prefer? Are you a fan of the Next Eats area at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival? Questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback—even when you disagree with us—is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!