The California Adventure Food and Wine Festival has officially started and we’re so excited about it! Food, food and more food makes us REAL happy, but the festival offers so much more that we’ve shared in detail here! We just happened to be at the parks on Thursday during the second day of soft opening and wow, the food is amazing. We weren’t able to try everything because there are SO many options, but we sure look forward to trying out more delicious treats between now and April 16th!
Food we’ve tried (so far):
- Sweet corn nuggets with beef chili, spring onions and sour cream for $6.75 (so yum) and Jackfruit carnitas banh mi nachos with cilantro crèma and “pickled” de gallo (spicy, but delicious) for $6.00 from the “Off The Cob” marketplace booth located between Paradise Park and Paradise Garden Grill.
- Passion fruit posset and coconut chia with mango compote and jelly for $4.25 from the “Seafood…Sustained” marketplace booth. WOW. This was probably one of our favorite things we had.
- Dole Pineapple-strawberry Float with vanilla ice cream and strawberry pearls for $7.00 from the “LA Style” marketplace booth located next to the Monster’s, Inc ride in Hollywood Land. This is DEFINITELY something Disneyland should have permanently. It was so amazing!
- Creamy Artichoke and Dark Chocolate Cake Pop for $4.25 (interesting…not our favorite. Ha!), fried artichokes carbonara with garlic aioli and smoked bacon for $6.00 (SO GOOD) and an Orange Iced Tea with Orange Pearls for $4.00 all from the “I Heart Artichokes” booth. We added a little lemon La Croix (our go-to beverage :)) to the tea and it was a lot better. Ha!
- Brewer’s Ice Cream Float for $9.50 from “The Brewhouse” (stand located to the east side of the Monster’s, Inc. ride) – choice of chocolate or vanilla ice cream with root beer. You can even make it a “hard” root beer by ordering with Coney Island Hard Root Beer or Deschutes Black Butte Porter. TASTY! If you’re wanting just plain root beer, you can purchase a classic Barq’s root beer for $3.75.
Check out the full festival menu here.
Fun and Entertainment
Kiddos can get creative with coloring and decorating a chef’s hat at the stations located on the west side of The Little Mermaid ride, across from Paradise Park. Letting our kids sit down for a bit and color is such a nice way to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the parks!
“Jr. Chef” cooking at Paradise Park (next to the Golden Zephyr) – This cooking class is open to kiddos ages 3-11. No pre-registration is required and it’s FREE to participate! One of the most exciting things about this cooking class is the fact that Chef Goofy is there to “supervise!” Jr. Chef cooking classes happen daily at 12:40, 2:40 and 5:40 PM. If your little one would like to learn to cook, just show up about 20 minutes before start time to get a spot. There are 36 spots open during each cooking session.
Live Music every day at Paradise Park (across from the Little Mermaid ride) and at the Paradise Garden Band Stand on Paradise Pier. Check the Disneyland App for entertainment times or grab a daily entertainment schedule when you enter the parks!
“Jammin’ Chefs” perform on Paradise Pier, in front of the Little Mermaid ride daily. They’re SO amazing! You can probably guess what they do by their name – some serious drumming and jammin’, but using ovens, pots, pans and kitchen utensils! They perform with Chip ‘n Dale which makes it even more fun! They have 6 shows daily, so be sure to check the Disneyland App or daily entertainment schedule for times.
Tomasina performing at Paradise Park
Food, Beverage and Lifestyle Seminars happen daily along with demonstrations and presentations. Be sure to pick up one of the festival schedules (pictured below) along the marketplace walkway for times and more information.
The Festival also offers ticketed events including culinary demonstrations, beer, wine and spirit seminars, premium dining events and demonstrations by celebrity chefs like Guy Fieri, Jamie Deen, Robert Irvine, Duff Goldman, Emily Ellyn, Keegan Gerhard & more! Many of these have already sold out, but click here if you’re looking for more information.
AP Corner for Annual Passholders
Annual Passholders get to enjoy the benefits of AP Corner at Paradise Garden Grill from 11:00 AM-7:00 PM daily. Just have your Annual Pass scanned at the entrance to AP Corner to score a complimentary button (design changes weekly), snap a photo at the AP photo spot, and pick up free recipe cards and a special Festival handout!
Sip & Savor Pass
Annual Passholders also can enjoy the benefits of the “Sip & Savor Pass” For $45.00, APs get a special lanyard, along with 8 vouchers to enjoy food items or beverages (non-alcoholic) at each of the booths listed below. We’ll do the math for you – it works out to about $5.63 per item! Special buttons will also be given out with EACH voucher redemption (up to 11 designs available)!
- Nuts About Cheese
- I Heart Artichokes
- Garlic Kissed
- Olive Us
- Bacon Twist
- Lemon Grove
- The Onion Lair
- Off the Cob
- Sweet & Sourdough
- LA Style
Again, the Sip & Savor pass does NOT apply towards alcoholic beverages. It can be purchased at Seaside Souvenirs, Studio Store, Festival Gifts at Stage 17 and the AP Corner on Paradise Pier.
You can find merchandise at a few spots throughout the festival including stand alone carts along the main walkway through the marketplace booths as well as the Studio Store and Stage 17/Festival Gifts. Exclusive Annual Passholder merchandise is also sold at these locations.