Trowel & Trellis is the Outdoor Kitchen hosted by Impossible Burger at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival. This food 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 or Disney Dining Plan credits.
Consider this post a “two-fer” as we’ll also share some details about Disney’s new partnership with Impossible Burger, which doesn’t necessitate a standalone post, but is still interesting news. This corporate alliance makes Impossible Burger’s products the preferred plant-based “meat” of Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resort, and the Disney Cruise Line.
Even prior to Walt Disney World’s partnership with Impossible Burger, the majority of plant-based burgers in the parks had quietly moved to Beyond or Impossible Burger patties. We always inquire before ordering–not because we prefer one brand to the other (they’re about the same to us), but to make sure they aren’t still the dreaded black bean burgers. Hopefully this partnership totally vanquishes those bean burgers.
Per the announcement, the first big push of the Impossible Burger and Disney partnership is the debut new Impossible meat menu items at the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival. Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival is essentially the springtime Walt Disney World counterpart, and the Trowel & Trellis Outdoor Kitchen hosted by Impossible Foods serves some similar offerings.
Here’s a look at the menu for the Trowel & Trellis Outdoor Kitchen:
Grilled Street Corn on the Cob with Savory Garlic Spread (GF) (Plant-based) (KA)
Impossible Farmhouse Meatball with Lentil Bread, Spinach, Marinated Vegetables, and Creamy Herb Dressing (Plant-based)
Chocolate Pudding Terrarium with Avocado Cream, Matcha Crumble, and Baby Herbs (GF) (Plant-based)
Now our photos and reviews of each item…
Grilled Street Corn on the Cob with Savory Garlic Spread ($5.75) – Being from the Midwest, I’m an absolute sucker for grilled corn on the cob. We used to eat the stuff every evening, all summer long. From that perspective, it’s just fine–the garlic spread adds a bit of flavor and allows the grilled corn to mostly speak for itself. Good so long as you ignore the preposterous price tag.
Having lived in Southern California, I’m also an absolute sucker for elote or Mexican street corn. We used to eat the stuff…well, not every day, but a lot. From that perspective, this falls woefully short. It could’ve been caked with chile powder, butter, cotija cheese, lime juice, mayonnaise, and crema fresca for the ultimate indulgence. I get that it wouldn’t have been vegan at that point…but so what? Make it worth the money and move it to that booth.
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.
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.
There are also plenty of options on the alcohol menu for the Trowel & Trellis Outdoor Kitchen:
Bloomin’ Blueberry Lemon and Ginger Tea featuring Twinings of London® (Non-alcoholic)
Playalinda Brewing Company Tropical Wonderland Wheat Ale, Titusville, FL
Bloomin’ Blueberry Lemon and Ginger Tea featuring Twinings of London® with Tito’s Handmade Vodka served in a Mason Jar
Overall, how you’ll feel about the Trowel & Trellis Outdoor Kitchen at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is a matter of 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 Outdoor Kitchen is a bit of a disappointment. One item is solid, but the other two feel like missed opportunities.
What do you think of the Trowel & Trellis Outdoor Kitchen? Have you tried any of the plant-based foods at this booth? What did you like or dislike? Portion-size or quality-wise, did you have better or worse luck than us with what you ordered? 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!