Thursday, February 28, 2019

Best of the Food and Wine Festival 2019

It's that time of year again. Time for the Food and Wine Festival in California Adventure! Its delicious, its fun, its a tiny bit expensive, and we love it! Beginning Friday March 1, you can sample foods from fourteen different stands, see seminars and celebrity chefs, attend Jr Chef with the kids, and even attend a special "Dinner with the Disney Chefs" on March 28 ( for $225 per person, make your reservations now!).

Don't forget to budget for the super cute merch they put out every year. These were our absolute favorite the first time we went to Food and Wine.

Sunday mornings from 11-1, you can attend Sweet Sundays. This amazing event begins with a dessert making demonstration and ends with a brunch buffet! As always, reservations fill up wuickly so be sure to check in on Disneyland's official website for abailability. Check out the celebrity chef line-up here:

  • March 10: Jean-Marc Viallet (Executive Pastry Chef of the Disneyland Resort!)
  • March 24: Matt Lewis (from Baked NY and Tokyo, and Baked: New Frontiers in Baking)
  • April 7: Emily Ellyn (from Food Network Star and Cutthroat Kitchen)
  • April 21: Keegan Gerard (from Food Network Challenge)

If you haven't been to the Food and Wine Festival before, your options are to go up to each booth and order any item individually or you can purchase a Sip and Savor pass which, for $54, will give you 8 coupons that you can redeem at any booth. If you're planning on trying out lots of different items during your vacation, or if you're local and are going to come back and taste different foods a few different time, then the pass does offer a bit of a discount. If you're like us, and are going to pick just one food/drink to try, then it doesn't offer any benefit. So make the best choice for you!

As we mentioned before, there are 14 booths with multiple offerings this year. Just too much to list here! You'd be reading (and getting super hungry) all day. So we've done the hard work for you and picked our top ten choices based on the menu offerings this year. (Pics courtesy of the Disney Parks Blog. For a full listing, click here). 

  1. At Uncork California, the Mimosa Flight is calling our name! Try a trio of amazing mimosas: hibiscus, tropical, and mixed berry.
  2. At California Craft Brews, the Pepperoni Pizza Eggrolls are looking pretty good, especially with marinara and pesto dipping sauces.
  3. At Veggie Veggie Fruit Fruit, this Cauliflower Ceviche with Chile Corn Crumble and Tortilla Strips is looking like the best vegan meal we've ever had.
  4. At I<3 Artichokes, watch for this Artichoke Toast with California Olive Tapenade. We're bummed that the artichoke cake pop isn't making its triumphant return, but this looks like a fantastic second choice.
  5. At Garlic Kissed, the Black Garlic Soy-braised Pork Belly Banh Mi is looking irresistible!
  6. While we're still at Garlic Kissed, the Mickey shaped Chocolate Crunch Cake is looking like the most beautiful, Instagrammable item on the whole festival menu!
  7. At Golden Dreams, the Deconstructed Teriyaki Chicken Musubi with Pineapple Relish is our "must try" item. 
  8. Stay at Golden Dreams a little longer and get the kids the Yippee! Mickey’s Cotton Candy Soda.
  9. At LA Style, you'll want to try the Asian-style Beef Barbacoa Taco with Pickled Ginger.
  10. At Paradise Garden Grill, the Black Forest Parfait is calling us so loudly, we can hear it at home, 400 miles away!

What looks best to you? Which will you be trying on your visit? We'll be sure to share more pics and info when we visit the Food and Wine Festival in April.

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