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2020 Food and Wine Festival at Disneyland Guide

The 2020 Food and Wine Festival at Disney California Adventure Park is underway! 13 marketplace kiosks are open to serve up bite-sized tastes of California specialties.

The Food and Wine Festival at Disneyland is one of my favorite times to go to the resort. Here’s your guide to the festival, plus some helpful tips to help you enjoy your visit.

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2020 Food and Wine Festival at Disneyland

When is the 2020 Food & Wine Festival at Disneyland?

The 2020 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival runs from February 28th to April 21st.

Where is the Disney Food and Wine Festival 2020?

Disney California Adventure Park is home to the food and wine festival at Disneyland Resort in California. Be sure you have a park hopper ticket if you want to visit Disneyland and California Adventure Park on the same day.

There is another Disney Food and Wine Festival at Walt Disney World in Epcot. That festival takes place typically in the late summer to fall. 2020 dates have not yet been announced.

Still need to buy your tickets? I recommend buying them from my partner, Get Away Today. They are offering refundable tickets which is a benefit for many at this time! Use my code ‘Stuffed Suitcase’ to get $10 off your booking of a 2+ night hotel package.

What Is It?

The Disneyland Food and Wine Festival is a special event that takes place at Disney California Adventure in the spring. During the festival, there are food marketplace booths where you can buy California-sourced food and drinks.

The festival also features unique entertainment such as live musicians, cooking demonstrations, and cooking events for kids.

How Much Is the Food and Wine Festival at Disneyland?

Much of the Food and Wine Festival is included in your park ticket, which is one of the biggest costs for a Disneyland vacation, the next biggest expense will be the food and drinks at the festival marketplace booths. The main dishes at the food booths are approximately $6-$8, desserts and drinks will be about $5-$6, and alcoholic drinks ranged from $14-$16.

There is a lot of festival entertainment that is free and included with your Disney California Adventure Park admission. However, there are a couple of special events that cost extra and require reservations. It’s also good to know that if you do buy a ticket for a special event, you have to still purchase theme park admission (park admission isn’t included in special event tickets).

Sip and Savor Pass

If you plan to eat a lot, you might benefit from purchasing a Sip and Savor Pass. They cost $56 and come with eight “coupon tabs” that can be redeemed at the marketplace booths. They cannot be used for alcoholic beverages.

2020 Food and Wine Sip and Savor Pass
You can buy a Sip and Savor Pass for $56. © Kim Tate

If you do the math, the Sip and Savor Pass will only save you money if you plan to purchase food that costs more than $7. Most of the food dishes cost $8, but some are less, and most of the non-alcoholic drinks are about $6.

Annual Passholders can get $5 off their Sip and Savor Pass, making it $51 and it comes with a special lanyard.

Food and Wine Events That DON’T Need Reservations (Park Ticket Required)

Festival Marketplaces

This is one of my favorite parts of the Food and Wine Festival at Epcot in Walt Disney World! At Epcot, you can travel “around the world” tasting food from each country. In California Adventure at Disneyland, you’ll be able to buy small plates and drinks from themed marketplaces that feature California-grown ingredients and drinks.

Uncork California festival marketplace at Disneyland Food & Wine
Food and Wine Festival Marketplaces. © Kim Tate

There are 13 marketplace booths located along the main walkway from the front of the park towards the back corner near Goofy’s Sky School. The average price for the food at the Food and Wine Festival is $5-$8, non-alcoholic drinks are approximately $6-7, and alcoholic beverages range from $10-16.

  • Avocado Time
  • Berry Patch
  • California Craft Brews
  • Cluck-a-Doodle-Moo
  • Garlic Kissed
  • Golden Dreams
  • I Heart Artichokes
  • LA Style
  • Nuts About Cheese
  • Off the Cob
  • One in a Melon
  • Peppers Cali-ente
  • Uncork California
mickey macaron at food and wine festival
Mickey-shaped Caramel-Peanut Milk Chocolate Macaron is available at the Off the Cob festival marketplace. © Kim Tate

New for 2020: The festival marketplace booths all have new custom marquee signs that fit the theme of their food offering. I personally love the One in a Melon and Avocado Time signs.

2020 Instagram Alert: Four of the festival marketplaces have custom murals painted on the side of their booth. These make super cute backdrops for selfies and food pics!

Find all four of the fun murals on festival marketplaces to snap a photo at. © Kim Tate

Culinary Demonstrations

Watch Disney & Celebrity chefs prepare delicious dishes live on stage! You’ll find out some of their favorite dishes and get special chef insider tips to help you become a master chef at home. Culinary demonstrations will take place at 5:30 pm on the weekends at the Backlot Stage area of Hollywood Land during the DCA Food and Wine Festival.

  • Saturday, February 29 – Celebrity Chef Brian Malarkey
  • Sunday, March 1 – Alex Flores, Chef de Cuisine, Carthay Circle Restaurant, Signature Dining
  • Saturday, March 7 – Celebrity Chef Nyesha Arrington
  • Sunday, March 8 – Gracie Gomez, Pastry Sous Chef, Disneyland Resort
  • Saturday, March 14 – Celebrity Chef, Restauranteur and Author Richard Blais
  • Sunday, March 15 – Amy Benson, Chef, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
  • Saturday, March 21 – Celebrity Chef and Actor David Burtka
  • Sunday, March 22 – Johnny Sequro, Area Chef, Lamplight Lounge
  • Saturday, March 28 – Celebrity Chef and Restauranteur Wing Lam
  • Sunday, March 29 – Jorge Sotelo, Executive Pastry Chef, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
  • Saturday, April 4 – Celebrity Chef Shaun O’Neale
  • Sunday, April 5 – Marcel St. Pierre, Chef de Cuisine, Disneyland Hotel
  • Saturday, April 11 – Celebrity Chef and Restauranteur Jet Tila
  • Sunday, April 12 – Markus Meza, Disneyland Resort Candy Maker
  • Saturday, April 18 – Celebrity Chef, Radio Host and Lifestyle Expert Jamie Gwen
  • Sunday, April 19 – Chris Maggetti, Executive Chef of Disneyland Park and Gary Maggetti, General Manager, Disney California Adventure Park

Family Time Cooking Demonstrations

If you have kids that want to help in the kitchen, or if you’re just looking for some new meal ideas and tips for busy family mealtime, check out the family time demonstrations. Head to the Backlot Stage of Hollywood Land at 1:30 pm on the weekends to watch Chef Daniella Malfitano lead a 30-minute demonstration that will help inspire you for your next family meal.

Jr Chef

Get your kids inspired to cook! Young chefs ages 3 to 11 can have the chance to cook with Goofy! Under Chef Goofy’s silly supervision, kids will follow a special recipe, swirl everything together (little hands may get messy), pop their “batter” into the magic oven and―voila! Each child receives a wrapped, ready-to-eat baked treat.

Jr Chef is at the Hollywood Land Backlot Stage and happens on the weekends in the afternoon. It is available on a first-come, first-served basis for children ages 3 to 11, so get there early to sign up. Children under age 7 must be accompanied by a Guest 14 or older.

Jr Chef Cooking with Goofy at the Disneyland Food and Wine Festival. Photo credit: Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort

Soarin’ Over California

In keeping with the California theme of the Disneyland Food and Wine Festival, they’ve brought back the original California version of the ride attraction, Soarin’. I love the new Soarin’ Around the World, but the classic Soarin’ Over California is really unique and special. This is a popular ride at DCA, so expect long waits or be sure to grab a FASTPASS or book one with MaxPass.

Live Festival Music

Sit back and enjoy some live music while you sample your festival food and drinks. There are live musicians at various times at both the Paradise Gardens Park and back in the Paradise Garden Grill / Beer Garden area. You can find posted times and performer names once in the park.

Live music at the 2020 California Adventure Food and Wine Festival.
Live music at the 2020 California Adventure Food and Wine Festival. © Kim Tate

Food and Wine Disneyland Resort Events That Require Reservations (Added Ticket Cost)

** NOTE: many of these special events have already sold out – find tickets here (except for the Steakhouse 55 dinner) **

Many of these events also require a park ticket, so be sure to read the details when booking.

Steakhouse 55 Winemakers Dinner (sold out)

Raise a glass—meet the vintner and learn about each of the wines paired with this unforgettable 4-course feast.

Chef Marcel St. Pierre and his team will whip up a gourmet meal expertly paired with wines from Silver Oak & Twomey, a winery founded in 1972 by Raymond Twomey Duncan and Justin Meyer. Silver Oak’s renowned Cabernet Sauvignon and Twomey’s Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Merlot all offer a deliciously versatile range of pairing options which may be selected as the evening’s featured varietals.

Head winemaker Nate Weis will guide attendees through each wine’s journey from grape to glass, explain why it was chosen to accompany your meal and greet Guests at their tables. Connoisseurs and wine collectors alike won’t want to miss this extraordinary evening!

March 18, 2020 – 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
$175 per person—includes tax and gratuity (discounts do not apply)
Includes 5 hours of valet parking at the Disneyland Hotel (validation required)

Carthay Circle Winemaker Receptions

Taste some special wines from different California vintners and enjoy carefully selected menus to enhance the flavor of the wine. Guest presenters from each winery will provide background and tasting notes.

Skywalker Vineyards
Friday, March 20, 2020
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
$110 per person—plus tax and gratuities

Fess Parker Winery
Friday, March 27, 2020
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
$110 per person—plus tax and gratuities

Silverado Vineyards
Friday, April 10, 2020
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
$110 per person—plus tax and gratuities

Wine, Beer and Mixology Education & Tasting Seminars

Dive into the world of craft beers, house-made cocktails and exceptional wines. During each 45-minute, separately ticketed seminar, attendees will have the opportunity to learn from some of the industry’s best winemakers, sommeliers, brewmasters, cicerones, distillers, and mixologists.

Wine Education & Tasting Seminars

Sip in the glory! Discover different wine varieties, get tasting notes and ask questions about featured wines.

Sonoma Terrace at Golden Vine Winery
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
12:30 PM or 5:00 PM
$25.00 per person (tax included)

Beer Education & Tasting Seminars

Sample craft brews while gleaning in-depth info on what goes into making them, flavor notes, ideas for food pairings and serving tips.

Sonoma Terrace at Golden Vine Winery
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
3:00 PM
$25.00 per person (tax included)

Mixology Education & Tasting Seminars

Shake, muddle and stir! Acclaimed mixologists and distillers teach attendees about a specific spirit or beverage and help Guests make the featured cocktail!

The Vineyard Room at Wine Country Trattoria
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
1:30 PM, 4:00 PM or 6:30 PM
$25.00 per person (tax included)

Culinary Adventure Tour

The Disney Culinary Adventure Tour will take epicurious Guests on a walking expedition that explores the various elements necessary to create the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival. This separately ticketed, 90-minute event includes a backstage visit to our Special Events Kitchen, where a guest chef demystifies the process of planning the Festival’s delectable dishes, unique offerings, and Marketplace Kiosks year after year.

Plus, attendees will be able to participate in a hands-on cooking demonstration and challenge filled with culinary fun, savory tastes, and mouthwatering triumph!

Wednesdays and Thursdays, March 4 through April 16, 2020
March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26
April 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16
1:30 PM
$99 per person (tax not included)

2020 Food and Wine Festival Merchandise Shopping

If you love buying special Disney items on your visit, don’t miss the chance to see the specially themed merchandise available for the festival. You can get festival themed apparel, ornaments, drinkware, water bottles and more at Studio Store, Elias & Co., Festival Gifts, near The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, Festival Merchandise Carts, and Trolley Treats (Annual Passholder product only).

AP holders have the opportunity to buy some special merchandise only available to annual pass holders. The “You Make My Heart Beet” shirt is one of these specialty items.

Food and Wine Festival Merchandise. © Kim Tate

You can also purchase signed art at the festival. Meet artists as they create their masterpieces before your eyes! Limited edition and other works of art will be available for purchase next to Festival Gifts near The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure.

And finally, if you want an easy way to pay for all your food and drinks along the way, consider getting a Food and Wine Festival Disney gift card that comes with a handy wristband for easy storage and use. They’re sold at Oswald’s, Elias & Co., Trolley Treats, Off the Page, and Festival Merchandise Carts.

Tips for the 2020 Disneyland Food and Wine Festival

Now that you know everything there is to see, do, and taste at the festival, be sure to read my tips for the Food and Wine Festival so you can make the most of your time in the park!

I hope you’ve found this guide for the Food and Wine Festival at Disneyland helpful and you’re now ready to hit the parks and fill up your bellies!

Still need to buy your tickets? I recommend buying them from my partner, Get Away Today. They are offering refundable tickets which is a benefit for many at this time! Use my code ‘Stuffed Suitcase’ to get $10 off your booking of a 2+ night hotel package.

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  1. Wow I had no idea so much went into the food and wine festival! The food looks delicious, especially those chicken wings. What a fun time to go.

    • I was surprised at how much they have for the festival – I really wish I could go back for some more food! I missed getting to try the artichoke booth and I hear their carbonara dish was great. Next year let’s go together!

  2. If you do bring the family to the Disney Food and Wine Festival, don’t miss the Jr. Chef Events. They are held several times a day in the Hollywood Backlot. Kids (up to age 12) have the chance to help Disney Cast Members and Chef Goofy make a special batch of oatmeal raisin cookies

  3. I’m not much of a Disney gal, but I’ve always wanted to go to the food and wine fest. You know how I like great food!

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