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Have you been to Disneyland during the Food & Wine Festival? This year the Food & Wine festival can be found throughout the California Adventure Park from February 28 – April 21, 2020. This festival features food and beverages from around the Golden State of California. You will find 13 festival marketplaces, family-friendly seminars, and visits from celebrity chefs. There is not an extra fee to attend the Food & Wine festival, it comes with your entry into California Adventure.
Are you vegan or gluten-free? There is plenty for you too! Pick up a Food & Wine tasting passport and it will tell you which options are vegan and gluten-free.
You can save yourself a little bit of money by purchasing the Sip and Savor Pass. This pass includes a souvenir lanyard and entitles you to eight select food or non-alcoholic beverage items from participating Marketplaces, Paradise Garden Grill and select Festival Food & Beverage Carts. You can use all the coupons in a single day, or spread them out over multiple visits. You can purchase the Sip and Savor Pass at Trolley Treats, Elias & Co., Seaside Souvenirs, the Sip and Savor Cart, Festival Marketplaces, Festival Gift and Artist Corner and the Studio Store in Hollywood Land. Because I always want to make sure I am getting my money’s worth, I did some math. The Sip & Savor pass costs you $56, which comes out to $7.00 per item. Make sure you are only redeeming the coupons on items that are worth more than $7.00. If you want to try an item that is less than $7.00, just pay for it out of your pocket. If you are an annual passholder the Sip & Savor Pass is $51 ($6.37 per item). Make sure you don’t break off the tabs until you are at the register and told to do so.
A few of our favorite foods show up year after year, but they bring in so many new items each year. Here is a peek at all the different booths and all the food we sampled during out trip to the Food & Wine festival this year. We were happy with all of the food items we ordered (with the exception of one salmon item). Some we loved so much we ordered more than once.
Nuts About Cheese
- Fiscalini White Cheddar Lager Soup served in a Mini Boudin® Sourdough Bowl (Vegetarian)
- Impossible™ Cheeseburger Mac & Cheese (Vegetarian)
- Oikos® Greek Yogurt Banoffee Tart
- Verlasso Sustainable Salmon Peruvian Poke with Cucumber-Lime Salad and Aji Verde Salsa (GF)
- Ghost Pepper Mac and Cheese with Chili Cheese Corn Chip Dust (V)
One in a Melon Marketplace
- Compressed Watermelon and Tomato with Whipped Ricotta and Lemon Olive Oil (Vegetarian, Gluten-Friendly)
- Poke-style Watermelon with Cucumber (Plant-Based, Gluten-Friendly)
- Pabana Cream Puff with Mango, Passion Fruit and Banana Mousse
- House-made Watermelon Agua Fresca (Non-Alcoholic)
I <3 Artichokes
- Fried Artichokes with Lemon Aïoli (Vegetarian)
- Artichoke Toast with Artichoke Cream Cheese and Olive & Artichoke Tapenade (Vegetarian)
- Raspberry-Lychee-Rose Custard with Mixed Berry Compote
- Oikos® Greek Yogurt California Berries Summer Pudding (Contains trace amounts of alcohol)
- Ruby Citrus Sparkler (Non-Alcoholic)
Avocado Time The Impossible burger is vegan and it was AMAZING!! Seriously, I was super impressed with the taste and the texture. Give it a try!
- Petite Impossible™ Burger with Guac and Pepper Jack (Vegetarian) – one of our faves!
- Tortilla-crusted Fried Guacamole with Carne Asada
- Brunch Fried Chicken & Waffle Sandwich with Mimosa-inspired Slaw and OJ Bubbles
- Seared Verlasso® Salmon with Lemon Pea Purée, Black Rice and Meyer Lemon Relish (Gluten-Friendly) – salmon was dry, not a fan.
- Strawberry-Rose Lemonade (Non-Alcoholic)
- Fig & Lavender Cold Brew (Non-Alcoholic)
- Ranch Fried Chicken Wings with Buffalo Hot Sauce Drizzle
- French Onion Grilled Beef Tenderloin Slider
- Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch
- Black Garlic Soy-braised Pork Belly Banh Mi
- Carbonara Garlic Mac & Cheese with Nueske’s® Bacon
Off the Cob
- Mini Chicken Chimis with Chimichurri Corn Pico de Gallo and Chipotle Crema
- Shrimp and Braised Corn with Chorizo (Gluten-Friendly)
- Mickey-shaped Caramel-Peanut-Milk Chocolate Macaron – this was divine!
- Farmstand Punch (Non-Alcoholic)
- Asian-style Beef Barbacoa Street Tacos
- Smoked Bacon Barbecue Beef Loco Moco on Rice (Gluten-Friendly)
- Monkey Bread with Caramel Whiskey Glaze and Candied Pecans (Contains trace amounts of alcohol)
Here is a tip: If you find a specific line to purchase food is really long, you can go to a different booth and place your order. You will then take your receipt back to the original booth to redeem for your food. I’m not really sure if this helps all that much because if the line for ordering is long the line for redemption is long too. It’s helpful information to have in case you want to give it a try.
Make sure you check out the Jammin’ Chefs, they use pots, pans and percussion to entertain you. Chip & Dale also dance and play along. Junior Chefs can see Goofy as he leads an interactive experience for kids ages 3 to 11. There is a “tasty surprise” at the end of the demonstration. There is also a fun coloring station for kids too.
Reservations are required for some events as well as an additional charge. Head on over to Disneyland.com to make reservations for those events.
You will also find festival merchandise, including cute themed Minnie ears.
If you want to enjoy the California Adventure Food & Wine festival I recommend booking a trip through Get Away Today. They sell discounted Disneyland tickets and their package deals with a hotel and Disneyland tickets can’t be beat. If you book a package deal use the code Thriving10 at checkout to save an extra $10.
If you have never been to a Food & Wine festival, I highly recommend attending one. The festival at California Adventure is great, but we really love the one at Disney World which happens in the fall. If you are looking for discount travel to Disney World I recommend Undercover Tourist.
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