It’s almost the tastiest time of year for foodies as the Disney California Adventure® Food & Wine Festival returns to the Disneyland Resort®! From Feb. 28 to April 21, you can enjoy the California-inspired festival with a classic Disney twist. You will get to experience specialty eats and sips, culinary experiences and entertainment that will satisfy any palate.
This year, the Festival Marketplace will welcome back some favorite marketplaces, such as Avocado Time and Cluck-A-Doodle-Moo. The best way for you to enjoy all of the marketplaces is to purchase the popular Sip and Savor Pass, which includes eight opportunities to try all of your favorite and new palate discoveries!
Over at Sonoma Terrace, you can enjoy a new limited-time expanded wine and beer menu under the relaxing shade. The festival continues at the Paradise Gardens Bandstand and Palisades Stage with live music.
You will want to make sure you experience “Jammin’ Chefs,” where your favorite Disney characters join in on some cooking themed musical fun.
Over at the Hollywood Backlot Stage, you can learn how to add some sizzle into your kitchen as Disney and celebrity chefs share their secrets and tips to preparing their favorite dishes during cooking demonstrations. On select days, you can even join Chef Daniella Malfitano for a special demonstration dedicated to family-friendly cooking.
If the kids want to take control in the kitchen, they can with Chef Goofy at Jr. Chef. On select days, kids can create their own treats with the supervision of Chef Goofy at the Hollywood Backlot Stage. Additionally, make sure they stop by the craft stations throughout the festival!
The excitement continues with new signature events that take the culinary storytelling experience to new temperatures. Reservations fill quickly, so make sure you claim your spot today! Take a look at this years experiences below:
NEW! Disney Culinary Adventure Tour – On Wednesdays and Thursdays during the festival, you have the opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes tour of one of the many kitchens in Disney California Adventure Park. You’ll learn from guest chefs as they prepare menus and see how the festival comes to life!
Winemaker Reception – You can indulge your senses with exquisite food and wine pairings as a professional winemaker explains the grandeur of their experience at Carthay Circle Restaurant.
- Enjoy the tasting of Skywalker Vineyards on Mar. 20
- Enjoy the tasting of Fess Parker Winery on Mar. 27
- Enjoy the tasting of Silverado Vineyard on Apr. 10
Winemaker Dinner – You can embark on an unforgettable 5-course meal and wine pairing at Steakhouse 55 while learning from your very own vintner on March 18.
Wine, Beer & Spirits Seminars – On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the festival, you can visit Sonoma Terrace to partake in wine, beer and spirits seminars. You’ll learn from winemakers, brewmasters and distillers as you quench your thirst and learn what goes into making your favorite sips.
There is so much for you to enjoy at the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival this year. From California-inspired tastes and sips to the indulgent Winemaker Dinner, there is something for everybody!
Be sure to check back soon for a full 2020 Food and Wine Festival Guide including foods, drinks and more!
Dean has been writing and blogging for over 10 years. He specializes in Disney theme park news including updates, openings, special events and general advice for travelers. He doesn’t shy away from the good, the bad and the ugly. His previous work includes being a Cast Member at Disneyland and working as a travel agent.