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Full Guide to Enjoying Food and Wine Festival at Disneyland

My very first visit to the Food and Wine Festival at Disneyland was a success! This weekend I found myself in California for a conference and with a little arm-twisting from friends (ok, they didn’t actually need to twist my arm), I planned a detour to Disneyland. Our Disneyland trip was planned to take full advantage of the opening weekend of the Food and Wine Festival.

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Guide and Tips for the Food and Wine Festival at Disneyland Resort Disney California Adventure Park in 2018. ©Kimberly Tate

When is the 2018 Food & Wine Festival at Disneyland?

The 2018 Disney California Adventure® Food & Wine Festival runs from March 2nd to April 12th, 2018.

Where is the Disneyland Food and Wine Festival?

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

Does the Food and Wine Festival Need an Additional Ticket?

The Festival is included with your Disney California Adventure Park admission, however there are 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).

Food and drinks will cost extra. The main dishes at the food booths were approximately $6-$8, desserts and drinks were $4-$6, and alcoholic drinks ranged from $7-$16.

If you plan on drinking alcohol at the festival, don’t forget to bring your photo ID!

Special AP Sip and Savor Passport Badge

If you’re a Disneyland Annual Passholder you can purchase a $45 sip and savor ticket badge at a few places in the park, one of which is the special AP merchandise booth in the Hollywood Backlot.

AP badges for food and wine festival at disneyland

Special Sip & Savor passport coupon badge available for AP holders at Disneyland Food and Wine Festival. ©Kimberly Tate

The badge comes with 8 coupons that can be used at the food kiosks. Each coupon can be redeemed for one food or non-alcoholic drink item. Doing the math, you should maximize your savings by using the coupons for only the higher priced food items (items priced $5 and below are not a savings).

Tips for the 2018 Disney California Food & Wine Festival

  • Don’t forget your ID if you want to drink alcoholic drinks
  • The kiosk lines will get long, however they move fairly quickly. Avoid standard meal times if you want shorter lines.
  • If you’re craving a specific item at a booth, consider asking at the window before getting in line. We had three instances where we found out they were out of an ingredient or item after waiting in line and getting to the order registers.
  • The line feeds towards cashier registers that sits to the side of the food booth. You pay, then hand over the receipt to the food window. The flow works pretty smoothly actually.
  • Be ready to stand. Most kiosks have some standing tables nearby where you can eat your food if you’d like. The Hollywood Backlot has some seating benches in front of the stage. Otherwise you might want to take your food to the Paradise Garden Grill / Festival Beer Garden where there are tables.
food marketplace at the 2018 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival

Lines can get long at the kiosks, but they move fairly quickly. ©Kimberly Tate

Food and Wine Events That DON’T Need Reservations

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 you’ll be able to buy buy small plates and drinks from themed kiosks that feature California-grown ingredients and drinks.

The booths are located throughout the park between Hollywood Land to the Golden Zephyr. The average price for the food is $5-$8 and the drinks were approximately $6-16. Here’s the full list of the food and drinks offered at the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival marketplaces. Pick up a tasting passport booklet in the park to keep track of where you’ve eaten and earn stamps along the way. The stamps would be a fun way to keep kids entertained while parents taste around.

Hollywood Backlot Marketplaces

  • Nuts About Cheese – Discover wine’s best friends.
    • Brie Toast with Fig, Mint and Almond Crumble
    • Goat Cheese Fromage Blanc Tartine with Rosemary and Hazelnuts
    • Selection of 3 California Cheeses – Point Reyes Blue, Vella Jack, Fiscalini Cheddar
    • Pineapple, Raspberry & Strawberry Mimosa Flight
    • Duckhorn Vineyards, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley
    • Baileyana, Grand Firepeak Cuvee, Chardonnay, Edna Valley
    • Chandon, Brut, California
cheese plate at festival

Nuts About Cheese – Goat Cheese Fromage Blanc Tartine with Rosemary and Hazelnuts ©Kimberly Tate

  • LAstyle – Feast on favorite southland food truck flavors.
    • Korean BBQ Beef Short Rib Tacos **My festival favorite!**
    • Chicken Teriyaki Slider with Spicy DOLE Pineapple Jam
    • Mexican Chocolate Custard
    • LVP, Vanderpump, Red Sangria, Spain
    • Golden Road Brewing, Mango Cart, Wheat Ale
    • Mango Agua Fresca (non-alcoholic)
short rib tacos from la style booth at disneyland food & wine festival

Korean BBQ Beef Short Rib Tacos ©Kimberly Tate

dessert at disneyland food and wine festival

Mexican Chocolate Custard at LA Style ©Kimberly Tate

  • The Brewhouse – Wet your whistle with craft beers and beer cocktails.
    • Backlot Michelada
    • Tropical IPA Shandy
    • Modelo Especial, Lager
    • Refuge Brewery, Blood Orange Wit, Belgian Wheat Ale
    • ACE Craft Ciders, Apple Honey, Hard Cider
    • Smog City Brewing, Sabre-Toothed Squirrel, Hoppy Amber Ale
    • Ballast Point Brewing Company, Unfiltered Sculpin, IPA

Festival Corridor Marketplaces

  • California Craft Brews – Cheers to a round from California’s best local breweries.
    • White Cheddar Lager Soup in a Mini Boudin’s Sourdough Boule
    • Beer Flight – Bright & Refreshing
    • Three Weavers Brewing Company, Seafarer
    • Mission Brewery, Hefeweizen
    • Bottle Logic Brewing, Kingdom Common, California Common
    • Black Market Brewing Co., Cherry Gose
    • Beer Flight – Bold & Hoppy
    • Stone Brewing, Scorpion Bowl, Tropical IPA
    • Hangar 24 Craft Brewing, Betty, American IPA
    • Aftershock Brewing Co., Red Alert, Red Ale
    • Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Barney Flats
    • Three Weavers Brewing Company, Seafarer, Kolsch
    • 21st Amendment Brewery, El Sully, Mexican Style Lager
    • Mission Brewery, Hefeweizen
    • Black Market Brewing Co., Cherry Gose
    • Bottle Logic Brewing, Kingdom Common, California Common
    • Aftershock Brewing Co., Red Alert, Red Ale
    • Stone Brewing, Scorpion Bowl, Tropical IPA
    • Hangar 24 Craft Brewing, Betty, American IPA
    • Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Boat Shoes, Hazy IPA
    • Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Barney Flats, Oatmeal Stout
  • Peppers Cali-Ente – Snack on hot ‘n’ spicy fare with a Cali twist!
    • Jalapeño Popper Mac & Cheese with Bacon **My festival favorite!**
    • Verlasso™ Sustainable Salmon Peruvian Poke with a Cucumber-Lime Salad and Aju Verde Salsa
    • Lime Margarita with Jalapeño Garnish
    • Watermelon Lemonade (non-alcoholic), with optional Habanero Sugar & Chili-Lime Half-Rim
  • Uncork California – Sip wine by the glass or try a flight.
    • White Wine Flight
    • Twomey, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa County, Sonoma County
    • Cambria Estate Vineyards & Winery, Benchmark, Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley
    • Sofia, Rosé, Monterey County
    • Red Wine Flight
    • La Crema, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
    • Ferrari-Carano, Merlot, Sonoma County
    • Rodney Strong, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County
    • Sparkling Wine Tropical Float
    • Sofia Blanc de Blancs, Monterey County
red wine flight at food and wine festival

Red Wine Flight at Food and Wine Festival in Disneyland ©Kimberly Tate

  • Strawberry Patch – Hail the big red berry for top billing!
    • Strawberry & Coconut Rice “Frushi” with Sweet Oikos® Greek Nonfat Yogurt Wasabi Sauce
    • Watsonville Strawberry Pie
    • Strawberry Frosé
    • Strawberry Pineapple Float with Strawberry Popping Pearls (non-alcoholic)

The Strawberry & Coconut Frushi was not a hit with our group. ©Kimberly Tate

  • Avocado Time – Indulge in flavorful medleys that make your mouth sing.
    • Avocado & Pepper Jack Petite Guacamole Burger
    • Spice Oumph!® on Pita with Avocado Hummus and Garlic Sauce
    • Avocado Ice Cream Bar
    • Kickback Michelada with Flavors of Pineapple and Lime
    • Black Market Brewing Co., Deception Coconut Lime, Blonde Ale
avocado ice cream bar at 2018 disney california adventure food and wine festival

Avocado Ice Cream Bar ©Kimberly Tate

  • Eat Your Greens – Tickle your taste buds with healthy fare.
    • Grilled Asparagus Caesar Salad
    • Compressed Asian Cucumbers with Green Sauce, Toasted Almonds and Sea Beans **My festival favorite!**
    • Lolea, No. 2 Sparkling Frizzante White Sangria, Spain
    • Beet Kombucha Sangria
    • Health-Ade Beet Kombucha with Wild Berry FOMZ (non-alcoholic)
  • Citrus Grove – Zing it up with zesty refreshment!
    • Citrus-Brined Pork Roast with Tangy Barbecue Sauce and Lemon Pepper Slaw
    • Crispy Orange Chicken & Rice with Garlic Cracker
    • Meyer Lemon Macaron
    • Meyer Lemon Ginger Mule
    • White Blend, Conundrum, California
meyer lemon macaron at disneyland

Tasty and pretty treat from Citrus Grove Food & Wine Marketplace. ©Kimberly Tate

  • I ♥ Artichokes – Partake in the thistle—prepared 3 ways!
    • Grilled & Chilled Artichoke Hearts with Romesco
    • Fried Artichoke Carbonara
    • Bourbon Chocolate Whoopie Pie
    • Tio Pepe, Fino Sherry, Gonzalez Byass, Spain
    • Mumm Napa, Sparkling Wine, Brut Prestige, Napa Valley
  • Cluck-a-Doodle-Moo – Rally for these sliders, wings ‘n’ beer—a sports fan’s dream!
    • Grilled Harris Ranch Beef Tenderloin Slider with Chimichurri Sauce
    • Salt & Beer Vinegar Parmesan Chicken Wings
    • Oikos® Greek Nonfat Yogurt Panna Cotta with Red Raspberry Compote
    • Festival Beer Flight
    • Estrella Damm, Lager
    • Towne Park Brew Co., Pale Ale
    • Bootlegger’s Brewery, Thai Tea Far Out, West Coast IPA
    • Lost Coast Brewery, Downtown Brown, Brown Ale
    • Justin, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
    • Orange-Vanilla Cream Float with Whipped Cream (non-alcoholic)
wings at california food and wine festival

Salt & Beer Vinegar Parmesan Chicken Wings ©Kimberly Tate

tenderloin sandwich at DCA food & wine festival 2018

Grilled Harris Ranch Beef Tenderloin Slider with Chimichurri Sauce. ©Kimberly Tate

  • Off the Cob – Celebrate the essence of summer’s sweetness.
    • Sweet Corn Nuggets with Beef Chili
    • Shrimp Boil Tacos with Andouille Sausage and Fresh Corn
    • Caramel Popcorn Crispy Treat
    • Popcorn Lemonade Cocktail
    • Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co, Paradise Rd, Pilsner
    • Popcorn Lemonade with Whipped Cream and Candy Corn Garnish (non-alcoholic)

Sweet Corn Nuggets with Beef Chili © Kimberly Tate

  • Garlic Kissed – Savor food and drinks featuring the stinking rose.
    • Creamy Mac & Cheese with Garlic Bread Crumble
    • Black Garlic Soy-Braised Pork Belly Banh Mi
    • Bloody Mary with Garlic-Stuffed Olive

FESTIVAL BEER GARDEN

  • Beer Garden Flight
  • Legends Craft Brewery, American Lager
  • Modern Times Beer, Lomaland, Saison
  • Stereo Brewing Company, Tales of Brave Ulysses
  • Sierra Nevada, Tropical Torpedo, Tropical IPA
  • Legends Craft Brewery, American Lager
  • Saint Archer Brewing Co., Blonde Ale
  • Barley Forge Brewing Company, Nom Nom, Mango Hefeweizen
  • Modern Times Beer, Lomaland, Saison
  • Stereo Brewing Company, Tale of Brave Ulysses, Scottish Ale
  • Sierra Nevada, Tropical Torpedo, Tropical IPA
  • Noble Ale Works, Big Whig, IPA
  • Unsung Brewing Company, Naturia, Double IPA
  • Goose Island Beer Co., Matilda, Belgian-Style Pale Ale
  • Lindemans Brewery, Framboise, Raspberry Lambic
beer garden at food and wine

2018 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Beer Garden. © Kimberly Tate

PARADISE GARDEN GRILL

  • Beer-Battered Cod with Steak Fries, Sweet Slaw and Spicy Remoulade
  • Vegetarian “Meatball” Sandwich with Marinara Sauce Topped with Melted Mozzarella Cheese and served with Kettle Chips
  • Beer-Braised Pork Tacos with Pickled Apple Slaw, Black Beans and Queso
  • Sausage Trio Platter with Braised Red Cabbage and Warm Potato Salad
  • Large Soft Pretzel with Beer-Mustard Dipping Sauce
  • Salted Caramel Budino with Vanilla Bean Chantilly Cream
  • Bienenstich Cake with Caramelized Almonds and filled with Vanilla Bean Custard
  • Brewery Ommegang, Hennepin, Farmhouse Saison
  • Innis & Gunn, Original, Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale

FAMILY-FRIENDLY SEMINARS

These seminars are complimentary with your park admission. They don’t have a set schedule but occur Thursdays through Sunday at the Backlot Stage of Hollywood Land. The presentations last 20-30 minutes and cover things like growing your own vegetables or cooking demonstrations. The sessions are family-friendly and are first-come, first-seated.

food and wine stage at hollywood backlot

Hollywood Backlot Stage at the 2018 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival. © Kimberly Tate

Farm to Table: meet the farmers, ranchers, and growers to grow the food we eat. Includes a mini-cooking demonstration.
Thur-Sun — 12:45 pm

Family Time: festival chef, Daniella Malfitano leads 30-minute culinary demonstrations that focus on family-friendly dishes and easy prep.
Thur — 2:45 pm
Fri-Sun — 1:45 pm

Festival Favorites: Disney chefs demonstrate how to make some of the favorite dishes from the 2018 Food & Wine Festival.
Fri-Sun — 3:45 pjm

CULINARY DEMONSTRATIONS

Get cooking lessons from professional chefs. You’ll watch them make some of their favorite dishes and learn some insider tips along the way. These take place at the Paradise Park Palisades Stage and are free to stand and watch.

If you want reserved seating and samples you’ll need to book the VIP package (see in reservations required section below).

culinary demonstrations stage at dca

Culinary Demonstrations stage at the Food and Wine Festival at Disney California Adventure. © Kimberly Tate

JR CHEF

Young chefs ages 3 to 11 can have the chance to cook with Goofy! Kids will get messy and create a treat by following a recipe, then with a little Disney magic, they will get a wrapped, ready-to-eat baked treat to enjoy.

jr chef at disney food and wine california

JR Chef program at Disney California Adventure Hollywood Backlot for Food and Wine Festival. © Karen Heffren / Desert Chica

The session occurs on stage at the Hollywood Backlot. There is no cost to participate and is run as a first-come, first-served basis. Kids who are under 7 must attend with someone age 14+.

Mon-Wed — 12:45, 1:45, 3:45 pm
Thurs — 1:45, 3:45 pm
Fri, Sat — 2:45, 4:45, 5:45 PM

LIVE FESTIVAL MUSIC

Listen to music acts at the Palisades Stage at Paradise Park and in the Festival Beer Gardens.

live music at food and wine festival

Live music at the Disneyland Food and Wine Festival in Disney California Adventure. © Kimberly Tate

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

** NOTE: many of these special events have already sold out – check availability here **

CELEBRITY CHEF LIVE! AT THE HYPERION

  • Guy Fieri LIVE! at the Hyperion – Friday, March 9, 2018 8:00 PM
  • Robert Irvine LIVE! at the Hyperion – Friday, March 30, 2018 8:00 PM

These are 60 minute shows that cost $99 plus tax and gratuity ($105.72). The celebrity will put on a show and cooking demonstration, and attendees get to sample the dish after the show. VIP tickets are offered which include seats on stage and cost $250 per person, plus tax & gratuity (total $270.36). Note, these are sold out already for 2018.

SWEET SUNDAYS

Special Sunday events that include breakfast while you watch a pastry chef create one of their famous desserts. Sweet Sundays happen at the Napa Rose restaurant at the Grand Californian Hotel from 10 am to noon. The cost is $99 per person (plus tax and gratuity).

  • Sunday, March 4, 2018 – Keegan Gerhard Food Network Challenge
  • Sunday, March 11, 2018 – Emily Ellyn Food Network Star and Cutthroat Kitchen
  • Sunday, April 8, 2018 – Duff Goldman Cake Masters and Ace of Cakes

WINEMAKER DINNERS

Three special dinners that feature California wines with the meal’s courses carefully selected to enhance the flavor of the wine. The featured wineries will provide background and tasting notes and describe how the chef planned the dishes to make the most of the flavor of the wines.

Flora Springs
Thursday, March 15, 2018 – 6:00 PM
Steakhouse 55
Disneyland Hotel
$175.00 per person, plus tax and gratuities for servers

Join Flora Springs vintner Nat Komes for a 4-course meal expertly prepared by Steakhouse 55 Chef Marcel St. Pierre. Each course is created to pair harmoniously with selected Flora Springs wines. After each course, Nat will visit your table to share stories about his family’s vineyards and winery, located in beautiful Napa Valley, California.

Disney Family of Wines
Thursday, March 29, 2018 – 6:30 PM
Napa Rose
Disney’s Grand California Hotel & Spa
$250.00 per person, plus tax and gratuities for servers

Enjoy a very special evening featuring the wines from 4 “Disney Family of Wines” winemakers: Fess Parker Winery, Kurt Russell’s GoGi Wines, Silverado Vineyards and Skywalker Vineyards. Each course of the inspired menu, created by Executive Chef Andrew Sutton, will be paired with a hand-selected wine from one of the featured wineries. With the beautiful Napa Rose hosting this stellar event, your evening is sure to sparkle.

David Arthur Vineyards
Thursday, April 5, 2018 – 6:30 PM
Carthay Circle Restaurant
Disney California Adventure Park
$300.00 per person, plus tax and gratuities for servers

Delight in an exclusive evening under the stars celebrating David Arthur Wines. This 1930’s Hollywood-themed evening is limited to 24 Guests, with vintner David Long expertly pairing each course with the ideal wine. The event begins with a reception at Carthay Circle Restaurant, followed by a 4-course dinner created by Executive Chef Andrew Sutton on the North Patio. If you like, come dressed in 1930’s attire to add another layer of fun to this stylish event!

BREWMASTER BEER DINNERS

Hand-selected beers from California brand, Karl Strauss Brewing Company are paired with a special menu created by Disney chefs. Brewmaster Matt Johnson will present each beer and describe the chef’s vision for the pairing. The cost is $150 per person (plus tax and gratuity).

Steakhouse 55
Disneyland Hotel
Thursday, March 8, 2018 – 6:00 PM

WINE, BEER, SPIRITS EDUCATION AND TASTING SEMINARS

Tasting seminars presented by professionals that guide you through your tasting and help you learn more about enjoying wine, beer, and spirits.

The seminars take place at the Golden Vine Winery, Sonoma Terrace and cost $20 per person (plus tax). They run at 11:45 am, 1:30 pm, 3:15 pm, and 5:00 pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and at 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday.

Wine Education & Tasting Seminars
Sip in the glory of California wines outdoors on the lovely Sonoma Terrace at Golden Vine Winery as you learn about different wine varieties, get tasting notes and ask questions about the wine being served. Fri, Sat, Sun at 11:45 am, 1:30 pm.

Join Disneyland Resort Sommeliers, on Mondays through Thursdays at 5:00 pm with each seminar focused on a varietal, region or style. Each Sommelier will hand-curate their selection based on their own experience, knowledge base and personal favorites.

Beer Education & Tasting Seminars
Here’s your chance to learn more about some of these favorite grown-up beverages and find out what goes into making them, as samples are presented with notes about the flavors, ideas for food pairings and how best to serve each one. Fri, Sat, Sun at 3:15 pm.

Spirits Education & Tasting Seminars
Mix, muddle, shake and stir with acclaimed distillers and makers of craft spirits. Each seminar will focus on a single spirit or style of drink and will end with the featured cocktail—made by you! Fri, Sat, Sun at 5:00 pm.

CULINARY DEMONSTRATIONS VIP PACKAGES

Watch professional chefs in action making some of their favorite dishes and learn their insider tips. The VIP packages cost $30 (plus tax) and gets you some benefits over the free demonstrations open to the public.

VIP guests will receive:

  • Reserved seating
  • A private Meet & Greet with the chef will follow the demonstration, taking place away from the demonstration area
  • A sample tasting of the chef’s prepared dish

2018 FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL MERCHANDISE

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, Festival Gifts (in Hollywood Backlot near Stage 12), Festival Merchandise Carts, and Seaside Souvenirs.

ap merchandise for food and wine festiva

AP exclusive merchandise at the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival in Disneyland. © Kimberly Tate

wine glasses for the 2018 Disneyland Food and Wine Festival

Festival themed merchandise is available in a few kiosks around Disney California Adventure. © Kimberly Tate

You can also purchase signed art at the festival. Meet the artist and watch them create their masterpieces. Limited edition and one-of-a-kind works of art will be available for purchase next to Festival Gifts in Hollywood Backlot.

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, Laod Bhang’s Pin Traders Cart, and Festival Merchandise Carts.

disneyland food and wine festival gift cards

Pay for your food quickly and easily with festival themed wristband gift cards. © Kimberly Tate

I hope you’ve found this guide for the Food and Wine at Disneyland helpful! Here’s a video that Disney has produced to get you excited for your trip! And don’t miss these other great Disneyland posts:

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Comments

  1. Tamara says

    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.

    • Kimberly says

      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. Addy Brown says

    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

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