The Food and Wine Festival is in full swing and the entire resort is filled with special offerings for the month of April. The festival runs in Disney California Adventure on weekends through May 1. I wanted to wait to write this month’s letter until after I had experienced the festival. I have to say it was great to have this experience back after a five-year hiatus.
The festival has several small booths that feature different small plates inspired from different regions around California. Each booth features three items and offers a wine pairing. Below I have attached photos of the menus and some of the food offerings.
Some of my favorites were:
- Triple Cheese Mac with Smoked Chicken ($6.00), which is found at the Gold Rush booth. This dish has smoked chicken with fontina, cheddar and gouda cheeses.
- White Cheddar Ale and Bacon Soup, served in a Boudin sourdough mini-boule ($5.50). This is found at By the Bay booth and is out of this world!
- Pork Belly Bao Taco with pickled vegetables available at the Lastyle booth ($6.50). I found this to be the best thing at the festival. In fact, I ended up having two because it was so tasty. Make sure not to miss this one!
- Blackberry Tart with Rosemary Vanilla Bean Creme Fraiche ($4.00). This was my favorite dessert and very tasty. This can be found at the Wine Country booth.
Passholder Lanyard ($45)
Disneyland Annual Passholders can purchase a lanyard and use the six tabs to purchase items at the booths. This includes only food items and you get to choose. You can use the lanyard anytime throughout the festival, but once the six tabs are gone, the lanyard can no longer be used for purchasing. Many keep asking if this is a good deal– however one should keep in mind that there is not enough high priced menu offerings to make this a value. In reality, this is just a cool souvenir, not a money saving option.
Another special offering for annual passholders in the return of the AP lounge. They are giving out exclusive AP buttons and recipe cards. It’s a nice place to take a break from the sun and enjoy the original cellar video that was shown there.
Overall, I immensely enjoyed the different dishes. A few tips I have is to make sure to have lots of water and wear sunscreen, because the booths are in the sun. There are usually long lines and we experienced them running out of food. My advice is to get there early when the booths open at 11am. Stay up to date with all the Food and Wine festival events here.
I had a great time enjoying the festival and will be back before it’s over. Have you been? Are you planning to go? Do you have any questions? Comment below and will do our best to answer.