Food and Wine? Why, yes please!
The Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival 2020 has finally arrived and of course we had to experience it for ourselves. If you know us you know we are major foodies and we love trying different foods, cooking different food, and we won't ever say no to a delicious glass of wine, which is why my husband and I decided to make our way to the parks.
The whole purpose of anyone going to the food and wine festival primarily is for the food and drinks, that goes without saying, but it's also nice to know that there are other things that you can do while the festival is in town and even be able to have the whole family participate in these events that only come during a limited time. Since I knew the festival was right around the corner I wanted to familiarize myself a little more with the festival. I did a little research online and realized the festival is more than just food and wine. They have events and other activities going on and for some, no reservations are neeed.
No Reservations Required:
Cocktails at Sonoma Terrace
Special Musical Performances
Winemaker dinner at steak house 55
Carthay Circle Winemaker Receptions
Wine, Beer and Mixology Education & Tasting Seminars
Disney Culinary Adventure Tour
Sip and Savor Pass
Our goal for this festival was to try out as much food as we possibly could. Upon our visit we decided to get a Sip and Savor pass, one pass for both my husband and I. Each pass consists of a commemorative credential, lanyard and 8 coupons redeemable for select food and beverage offerings (excluding alcohol).
Heres a tip for you: One pass was good enough for two people even thought these are tasting-size portions. By the time we were left with the last coupon we were already full, but if you decide to buy two and have coupons left over, the festival runs for about two months so there will be plenty of time to go back if you're an AP. For those who are just visiting for the day, pace yourselves, go for one pass and if you feel like you're not full enough you can always buy a second one.
The Sip and Savor Pass is available for sale at the Sip and Savor Cart, Seaside Souvenirs, Elias & Co., Kingswell Camera Shop, Rushin’ River Outfitters, Studio Store and each Festival Marketplace. Each Sip and Savor Pass is $56, including tax. To receive the Passholder price and keepsake, a valid Annual Passport and photo ID must be shown upon purchase
Each kiosk’s menu is inspired by fresh, California-grown ingredients like avocados, berries, citrus, peppers and artisanal cheeses.
Outdoor Marketplace kiosk: Festival Marketplaces
California Craft Brews
Golden DreamsI Heart Artichokes
LA StyleNuts About Cheese
Off the Cob
One in a Melon
The Marketplace Kiosks will also feature some select brews, flights, wines and specialty beverages.
Here's a list of everything we decided to try for the day:
Impossible™ Cheeseburger Mac & Cheese with Impossible™ Meat made from plants, topped with Special Burger Sauce
Mini Chicken Chimis with Chimichurri Corn Pico de Gallo and Chipotle Crema
Poke-style Watermelon with Cucumber Watermelon Cubes marinated in Citrus-Soy Poke Dressing, on White Rice, topped with Cucumbers and Red Onions, with Furikake
California Artisan Cheese Selection Central Coast Creamery Holey Cow Swiss, and Vintage Cheese Co. Cabernet Cheddar
Ranch Fried Chicken Wings with a drizzle of Buffalo Hot Sauce
Oikos® Greek Yogurt California Berries Summer Pudding Brioche Bread soaked with Raspberry Purée, stuffed with Orange Liqueur-infused Mixed Berries and finished with Oikos® Greek Yogurt Whipped Cream, fresh Berries and Freeze-dried Strawberry Crumbles
House-made Watermelon Agua Fresca Fresh Watermelon, Peaches, Agave Nectar, and fresh Lime Juice
Wine, Beer and Mixology Education & Tasting Seminars
My husband and I enjoy going wine tasting every chance we get so I decided to incorporate a seminar to our visit. Aside from the sip and savor pass we decided to stay for a wine tasting seminar to enjoy a variety of wines. I made reservations for the wine tasting a week in advance, I pretty much planned my Disney Date/ Food and Wine festival day based on the availably for this seminar because I was really eager to experience a wine tasting at Disneyland.
At only $25 a ticket, we were able to experience the seminar at Sonoma Terrace where we had some delicious wine from Peachy Canyon. We were able to try different wine varieties, get tasting notes and ask questions about the featured wines.
Know Before You Go
A Valid Disney California Adventure Park admission is required and not included in the price of the event.
Guests must be 21 or older and present a valid, government-issued photo ID to attend. No one under the required age, including infants or children accompanied by an adult, will be admitted into the venue.
Check-in begins 15 minutes prior to the event at the specified venue.
Once booked, there are no cancellations, exchanges or refunds.
Event elements and information, including presenters, schedules and pricing are subject to change or cancellation without notice.
Reservations are required and space is limited for these popular events. (Disney recommends making reservations in advance).
Reservations may be made through the day of the event. However, they are unable to guarantee availability. Price includes tax. Full payment is required at time of booking to secure your reservation.
We can't wait to go back (now with the kids) to experience the rest of the food we didn't get to try, call it our "second round". This time our kids will tag along and they'll get to enjoy the food with us. We are also hoping they get to enjoy the Jr. Chef experience, which I hear its entertaining and fun. Hope this was a little informative before your next trip and if you plan to visit soon, drop a comment below.
Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival runs from February 28 through April 21, 2020.
Check out this year's food and wine festival snack menu here.
Hope you have a sweet day!