The 2019 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival is currently underway–through April 23–at Disneyland Resort. The festival features cuisine and beverages from regions across the Golden State. In addition to 14 Festival Marketplaces with can’t-miss menus, guests can enjoy family-friendly seminars, celebrity chef sightings, a dinner with Disney chefs and so much more.
If you’re thinking about hitting the road this spring break to this delish destination, here are six tips courtesy of Disneyland Resort to keep in mind.
Purchase a Sip & Savor Pass
The Sip and Savor Pass is a great way to taste your way through the festival and is now available to all guests. This pass includes a souvenir lanyard and credential, entitling you to eight select food or non-alcoholic beverage items from any participating Marketplaces, Paradise Garden Grill and select Festival Food & Beverage Carts. Use all eight coupons in a single day, or spread them out over multiple visits – the choice is up to you! You can purchase the Sip and Savor Pass at various locations throughout the park, including Trolley Treats, Elias & Co., Seaside Souvenirs, the Sip and Savor Cart, the Festival Marketplaces, Festival Gift and Artist Corner and Studio Store in Hollywood Land.
Check out the official Foodie Guide on the Tasting Passport
Before heading to the Festival Marketplace, pick up a Tasting Passport for a full breakdown of all the tasty dishes and beverages available this year and where each can be found. Some favorites include the Meyer Lemon Blue Diamond Almond Macaron from Citrus Grove, Black Garlic Soy-braised Pork Belly Banh Mi located near Golden Zephyr, the Deconstructed Teriyaki Chicken Musubi with Pineapple Relish located in Golden Dreams near Redwood Creek Challenge Trail Entrance, and many more For the full list of dishes, visit Disneyland Resort’s foodie guide blog here.
Join Celebrity Pastry Chefs for Dessert Demonstrations at Sweet Sundays
Sweet Sundays, the popular cooking and baking event is back, allowing guests to join a celebrity pastry chef for an entertaining dessert-centric demonstration, an interview with the chef, and a light brunch buffet featuring one of the chef’s dishes. This year, see chefs like Matt Lewis from Baked NY and Tokyo, Emily Ellyn from Food Network Star and Cutthroat Kitchen, Keegan Gerard from Food Network Challenge and more! Visit the Sweet Sundays page on the Disneyland Resort website for more information and to make reservations.
Have Dinner with Disney Chefs
This sumptuous dinner is on Thursday, March 28, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Vineyard Room at Wine Country Trattoria. Here, you’ll get to meet the Disneyland Resort chefs and sommeliers featured in the new Disney Festivals Cookbook, all while enjoying a four-course dinner with dishes inspired by the festival recipes and paired with hand-selected wines and cocktails. This event is a great way to enhance your Food & Wine Festival experience.
Don’t miss the I <3 Artichokes Marketplace
Expected to be one the biggest hits of the entire festival, artichoke lovers get to indulge in vegetarian dishes, like Fried Artichokes with Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Lemon Aioli, or Artichoke Toast with California Olive Tapenade. This takes place near Pacific Wharf Bridge.
There’s also beer!
It’s not just all food and wine at this festival! Beer is a huge player at the Festival Beer Garden (near Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta) which boasts a flight of four crafted selections, and a by-the-glass menu of ten hand-selected pours from IPA’s to Porters, Ales and more.