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The Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival 2023

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Summary

West Coast Disney foodie fans always look forward to the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival's return. In 2023, the Food and Wine Festival kicks off March 3 and runs through April 25. Reservations will open soon for special tasting seminars or winemaker receptions. We enjoyed tasting some new — and surprising — foods last year. Frozen guacamole? Peanut Butter & Jelly mac and cheese? Yes, we tried them! We can't wait to see what 2023 brings.

Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival - SNICKERS Macaron

As an epicurean amphibian, I always look forward to attending the West Coast version of the popular EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival. If you're a foodie like me, you definitely don't want to miss out on all of the yummy cuisines. But everyone can drink in the beautiful springtime scenery at the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival! The pink Tabebuia trees are in bloom, making Disneyland Resort especially beautiful this time of year. The festival is included with regular park admission (though some offerings are an additional charge and require reservations).

The biggest thing to know this year is that you need to make a theme park reservation to visit. If park hopping, you can choose Disney California Adventure as your starting park. If you select Disneyland as your starting park, you can hop to California Adventure at 1 p.m. or later.

There's a lot hoppening at Disneyland resort this spring, so you may want to expand your visit by an extra day or two to do it all! The Disney 100 Years of Wonder anniversary celebration with special nighttime spectaculars is going on. A newly refurbished Toontown reopens March 8, 2023. A new Toontown ride — Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway — opens in January!

What's Included at Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival

Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival - Chef Goofy Posed in Hollywood Land

Let's hop to it and go over what we know so far about the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival.

We have an uplifting surprise for 2023! Soarin' Over California returns for a limited time during the festival. It replaces Soarin' Around the World during this time. Mmmmm ... I can still smell the orange groves just thinking about it!

Each Food and Wine Festival brings new menus and events. You'll find plenty of fun for the whole family. In fact, "Alice's Wonderland Bakery," a Disney Junior show is the inspiration for a new Hollywood Backlot Experience! It's toadally cute, plus it's short and sweet — and free! We love hopping about the festival and using up our Sip and Savor Pass while trying all the yummy food and drinks. There are culinary demonstrations with local and celebrity chefs and special signature events. Here’s the skinny on when, where and how to attend one of the seminars, events, tastings or free experiences.

Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival - Daisy and Dale wave in Jammin' Chefs

Free Experiences & Festival Kiosks (Included with Disney Park Pass Reservation & Admission)

  • Festival marketplace kiosks and restaurant menu items (Food and drinks are an additional charge)
  • Culinary demonstrations (Free — Saturdays and Sundays)
  • Family-friendly cooking demonstrations (Free)
  • "Alice's Wonderland Bakery" Unbirthday Party (Free cupcake decorating for ages 3-11)
  • Character experiences such as Chef Goofy and Jammin' Chefs (Free)
  • Musical entertainment (Free)
  • Crafts and special activity zones (Free)
  • An expanded menu of cocktails, craft brews, savory snacks and more at Sonoma Terrace hosted by CORKCICLE (Additional fee for food and beverage, but look for a free photo-op!)

Additional Reservations Needed

  • Carthay Circle Winemaker Receptions
  • Wine, beer and mixology education & tasting seminars

You can buy 2023 tickets soon at the events page.

Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival - Event Signage and event guides

When you visit Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival, be sure to grab a Tasting Passport and Festival Guide to help you find all of the foods and events you'd like to get your fill of. The Tasting Passport has a map of the Marketplaces, photos of foods and an index that breaks up the food into categories such as vegetarian, plant-based, tadpole-friendly and gluten-friendly. We're always looking out for our friends with special dietary needs. The Festival Guide covers entertainment, such as demonstrations, music and shows.

Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Marketplace Kiosks

The Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival offers small plates of special California-inspired menu items and beverages at the Festival Marketplaces, and various Disney California Adventure quick-service and table-service restaurants in the park. You may even find some special festival items at Pym Tasting Lab and Terran Treats in Avengers Campus this year. Take a culinary trip through the Golden State without ever leaving the park! Festival Marketplace kiosks are usually open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily during the festival.

Enjoy shorter lines at the Festival Marketplace kiosks during the week. Our favorite tip is to find the Marketplace with the shortest line and order multiple items there! Then, take the receipt to each window to collect food as you need it. Hold onto that receipt!

Everything is fresh and rooted in the California lifestyle. Follow the path through the festival booths, leading from Hollywood Land toward the Golden Zephyr. 

Sip and Savor Pass

You’ll definitely want to leap for a Sip and Savor Pass, good for eight tastings of food or nonalcoholic beverages while you're at the festival. It's good at festival booths and participating restaurants. You can pick up a Sip and Savor Pass at any of the food booths, merchandise locations and at a few other locations. The pass was $57 ($52 for Magic Key holders) in 2022. You can look at the back of the passport to find a list of plant-based and kid-friendly options to determine if the pass is worth it to you.

Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival - TheDisneyBenches poses with Sip and Savor Pass

The lanyard has eight tabs you can pull off and exchange for food or nonalcoholic beverages. Because most tastes run about $7 to $8 (some desserts or treats are about $6), you’ll save money if you use it for items that are in the higher range. Two people can share one pass, and if you go through it too quickly, get another. The pass is good for items at the Festival Marketplaces and for tasting-size portions (or for nonalcoholic beverages) at participating restaurants. You cannot mobile order using the Sip and Savor at the restaurants though. We are toadally drooling just thinking about all the foods we tried and want to get when we visit!Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival - Wings and drinks in front of Pixar Pal-A-Round

Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Booths for 2022

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Without further ado, here are the 2022 Festival Marketplace menus (hop back for 2023 menus closer to event start):

Avocado Time

  • Petite Avocado Impossible Burger with dairy-free pepper jack (available with Sip & Savor Pass)
  • Frozen Guacamole: Avocado paleta with lime crema, pico de gallo and chile-lime seasoning (available with Sip & Savor Pass) — Don't ask us why but the flavors and textures toadally work. We loved this!

Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival - Frozen Guacamole

  • Ruby Grapefruit Sparkling Beverage: Grapefruit juice, raspberry syrup, agave nectar and Topo Chico mineral water (nonalcoholic; available with Sip & Savor Pass)
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Novelty: Red or Green Grapes Glow Cube Charm (can be added to any beverage)

Nuts About Cheese

Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival - PB and J Mac

  • (New) Peanut Butter & Jelly Mac with brown sugar streusel and strawberry crackle (available with Sip & Savor Pass) — OK, we wanted to hate this, but we were pleasantly surprised. The Pop Pocks made it fun! Imagine you are eating out of your kid's lunch box and the PB&J flavor has infused all of the other items — this is the result.

Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival - Inside of Macaron

  • (New) Next Level Crackers & Cheese: House-made herb crackers with white cheddar-infused fromage blanc, spicy prosciutto spread and cherry jam (available with Sip & Savor Pass)
  • SNICKERS Caramel-Peanut Milk Chocolate Mickey Macaron: Chocolate Mickey macaron filled with caramel ganache and SNICKERS pieces (available with Sip & Savor Pass) — YUM!
  • (New) Spicy Honey-Apricot Cocktail: Rye Whiskey, apricot, orange, lemon juice, spicy honey syrup and bitters
  • Novelty: Red or Green Grapes Glow Cube Charm (can be added to any beverage)

Uncork California

  • California Artisan Cheese Selection: Habanero Jack and TomaProvence (available with Sip & Savor Pass)
  • Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch: Chocolate-hazelnut mousse topped with chocolate-hazelnut glaze and a gold leaf (available with Sip & Savor Pass)
  • Wine: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Brut
  • White Wine Flight
  • Red Wine Flight
  • (New) Green Apple & Lychee Mimosa: Flavors of green apple and lychee
  • (New) Passion Fruit & Banana Mimosa: Flavors of passion fruit and banana
  • (New) Cherry, Yuzu & Ginger Mimosa: Flavors of cherry, yuzu and ginger
  • Tropical Mimosa Flight
  • Novelty: Red or Green Grapes Glow Cube Charm (can be added to any beverage)

Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival - Fried Artichoke dip at boothI Heart Artichokes

  • (New) Chicharron-crusted Fried Artichoke Dip with smoked pepper crema and Oaxaca cheese (available with Sip & Savor Pass)  — This was yummy!
  • Artichoke Toast with Olive Tapenade: Toasted sliced baguette with artichoke cream cheese, topped with olive & artichoke tapenade and drizzled with olive oil (available with Sip & Savor Pass)
  • (New) Passion Fruit Rum Cocktail: White rum, Italian bitter apéritif, passion fruit, orange, guava, orgeat and lime
  • Novelty: Red or Green Grapes Glow Cube Charm (can be added to any beverage)

Garlic Kissed

  • (New) Grilled Top Sirloin with roasted garlic-Gruyère smashed potatoes and black garlic chimichurri (available with Sip & Savor Pass)
  • Carbonara-Garlic Mac & Cheese with peppered bacon (available with Sip & Savor Pass)
  • (New) Rosemary Bitter Orange Mule: Vodka, Aperol, orange juice, lime juice, rosemary syrup and ginger beer
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Novelty: Red or Green Grapes Glow Cube Charm (can be added to any beverage)

California Craft Brews

  • (New) IPA Sausage Dog on a soft pretzel roll with onion-pepper Jardinière, cheddar cheese sauce, and malt vinegar-jalapeño crunch (available with Sip & Savor Pass) — We liked this one!
  • Individual Beers: Mexican Style Lager, Pilsner, Sour, Hefeweizen, Tropical Wheat, Witbier, Gose, Fruited India Pale Ale, Imperial Red India Pale Ale and Hazy Double India Pale Ale
  • Bright & Balanced Beer Flight
  • Bigger & Bolder Beer Flight
  • Hard Seltzer and Hard Cider: Boysenberry Lemonade Hard Seltzer and Hard Cider
  • Novelty: Red or Green Grapes Glow Cube Charm (can be added to any beverage)

D-Lish

  • Black & Tan Beef Potato Puffs: Karl Strauss Wreck Alley stout gravy and lager microsponge (available with Sip & Savor Pass)
  • Cubano Slider: Slow-roasted mustard-crusted pork and sliced smoked ham with melted swiss cheese and slice of pickle served on a Hawaiian roll (available with Sip & Savor Pass)
  • Central California Cooler: Peach, apple, orange, and lemon juice (nonalcoholic; available with Sip & Savor Pass)
  • (New) Chocolate Marshmallow Cold Brew Cocktail: Irish whiskey, Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co. Mexico Origin Coffee, chocolate syrup, almond milk and toasted marshmallow
  • Novelty: Red or Green Grapes Glow Cube Charm (can be added to any beverage)

Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival - Irisescent balloons with Buttermilk Blueberry Pie

Berry Patch

  • (New) Strawberry Cheesecake with lemon Chantilly (available with Sip & Savor Pass)
  • (New) Blueberry-Buttermilk Pie (available with Sip & Savor Pass)
  • (New) Cherry-Chocolate-Mint Dessert Cocktail: Vodka, crème de menthe liqueur, cherry, chocolate syrup, coconut cream and heavy whipping cream
  • Novelty: Red or Green Grapes Glow Cube Charm (can be added to any beverage)

Cluck-A-Doodle Moo

  • Ranch Wings with hot sauce drizzle (available with Sip & Savor Pass) — These were tasty and not spicy. Good for the tadpoles!
  • French Onion Grilled Beef Tenderloin Slider: Grilled beef tenderloin topped with a Gruyère cheese sauce and caramelized onions served on an onion roll (available with Sip & Savor Pass)
  • Blackberry-Lavender Lemonade: Blackberry, pineapple juice, lavender syrup and lemon juice (nonalcoholic; available with Sip & Savor Pass) — Good for the tadpoles!
  • IPA
  • DIPA
  • Belgian Style White
  • Lemonade Lager
  • Sampler Beer Flight
  • Novelty: Red or Green Grapes Glow Cube Charm (can be added to any beverage)

Peppers Cali-ente

Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival - Paloma and empanada

  • (New) Chile Relleno Empanada with arbol pepper salsa and Oaxaca and Cotija cheeses (available with Sip & Savor Pass) — This one was tasty!
  • (New) Ají de Gallina: Spicy yellow chile creamed chicken with jasmine rice and olive tapenade (available with Sip & Savor Pass)
  • Cantarito-style Paloma: Reposado tequila, habanero-pineapple juice, rockmelon syrup, lime and Fresca — A tasty drink with a little spice.
  • Novelty: Red or Green Grapes Glow Cube Charm (can be added to any beverage)

Golden Dreams

  • (New) Honey-Orange-glazed Salmon Salad with citrus vinaigrette (available with Sip & Savor Pass)
  • (New) Mango-Carrot Gazpacho with grilled shrimp and jalapeño crema (available with Sip & Savor Pass)
  • (New) Orange-Honey Cold Brew: Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co. Mexico Origin Coffee, orange blossom honey, white chocolate, orange juice, vanilla, orange extract and almond milk (nonalcoholic; available with Sip & Savor Pass)
  • (New) Pineapple-Tiki Bitter Cocktail: Aged rum, campari, pineapple juice, orgeat, lime juice and tiki bitters
  • Chardonnay
  • Novelty: Red or Green Grapes Glow Cube Charm (can be added to any beverage)

LA Style

  • (New) Glazed BBQ Pork Belly with furikake-togarashi mac salad (available with Sip & Savor Pass) — While we didn't try it ourselves, we were told by friends that it's delicious.
  • (New) Gyro-inspired Flatbread featuring Impossible Ground Beef with chipotle hummus, tzatziki and spiced crispy chickpeas (available with Sip & Savor Pass)
  • (New) Mezcaleros Ancho Sandia Margarita: Mezcal, ancho chile liqueur, watermelon, mango, lime and agave nectar
  • (New) Sake-Melon ’75: Sake, ginger liqueur, prosecco, rockmelon syrup and lemongrass-citron purée
  • Novelty: Red or Green Grapes Glow Cube Charm (can be added to any beverage)

Visit the Paradise Garden Grill Beer Garden

Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival - Musical act in Paradise Gardens

Save some room after you eat your way through the festival booths because, after you pass the Golden Zephyr, you’ll find yourself in the Paradise Garden Grill Beer Garden, which offers a whole lot more than just beer. (I am thinking I will feel a lot like a Zephyr by this point.)

Enjoy a cold one from California and beyond at the Paradise Garden Grill Beer Garden:

  • Salt & Lime Lager
  • Honey Blonde Ale
  • Passionfruit Wheat Ale
  • Sour Ale
  • Black Lager
  • Mango Habanero Apple Hard Cider
  • Blueberry Saison
  • Hazy IPA
  • Imperial Stout
  • IPA
  • Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale
  • Mead
  • Beer Garden Flight

Note the new picnic tables, where you can sit and hang with your friends. You can also catch musical acts in the afternoon.

Food and Wine Dishes at Disney California Adventure Restaurants

Besides the Paradise Garden Grill, which always serves up special foods during Food and Wine, many other restaurants in Disney California Adventure have created special tastes and drinks for the festival this year. Also, be sure to ask about special menu items when dining in Downtown Disney!

The following locations offer some tasting portions and special beverages on the Sip and Savor Pass. Keep in mind that if you use mobile ordering, you cannot apply the Sip and Savor Pass.

Cocina Cucamonga (mobile order available)

  • (New) Strawberry Horchata: House-made rice and cinnamon beverage with strawberry sauce (nonalcoholic; available with Sip & Savor Pass)
  • (New) Strawberry Horchata with Spiced Rum: House-made rice and cinnamon beverage with strawberry sauce and spiced rum

Lucky Fortune Cookery (mobile order available)

  • (New) Mushroom Bao: Hoisin-glazed mushrooms, Asian slaw and jalapeño in a steamed bao (available with Sip & Savor Pass)

Pacific Wharf Café

  • (New) Avocado Toast: Smashed avocado on toasted sourdough bread, fire-roasted cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, cilantro and balsamic reduction (available with Sip & Savor Pass)

Pacific Wharf Cappuccino Cart (mobile order available)

  • (New) Horchata Cold Brew: Creamy blend of cold brew and house-made rice and cinnamon beverage (available with Sip & Savor Pass)

Paradise Garden Grill (mobile order available)

  • (New) Brisket Fries: French fries topped with shredded smoked BBQ brisket, cheddar cheese sauce, pico de gallo, chipotle crema and green onions (available for Sip & Savor Pass; allergy-friendly options available)
  • (New) Char Siu Ribs: Chinese-inspired grilled pork ribs with steamed rice and almond-cabbage salad (available for Sip & Savor Pass; allergy-friendly options available)
  • (New) Impossible Gyro: Seasoned plant-based meat served in pita bread with dairy-free tzatziki, seasoned tomatoes, cucumber and onions (allergy-friendly options available)
  • (New) Jerk Chicken: Caribbean-inspired half chicken with mango-pineapple salsa served with black beans, white rice, and fried plantains (allergy-friendly options available)
  • (New) Beer-battered Fish Tacos: Baja-style beer-battered fish on corn tortillas topped with slaw, pico de gallo, cilantro crema and lime wedge with house-made tortilla chips and roasted red chile-tomato salsa (available for Sip & Savor Pass; allergy-friendly options available)
  • Strawberry Shortcake: Pound cake with fresh strawberries and mascarpone crème (available with Sip & Savor Pass)
  • (New) Bourbon-Strawberry Lemonade garnished with fresh strawberry and mint
  • Mexican-style Lager

Pym Test Kitchen (mobile order available)

  • (New) Elote Pretzel: Five-ounce pretzel topped with corn three ways, cilantro sprigs, radish, cotija and flavored crema

Pym Tasting Lab (Sip & Savor Pass and mobile order available)

  • (New) Snack Molecules: Mini pretzels, honey-roasted peanuts and popped sorghum with spring flavors

Smokejumpers Grill (mobile order available)

  • (New) Pepperoni Pizza Slider: Angus beef and pork sausage patty, pepperoni, pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese and fried pepperoni served on a ciabatta slider roll and topped with pepperoncini (available with Sip & Savor Pass)
  • (New) Peach-Blueberry Lemonade with blueberry flavor-filled boba (nonalcoholic; available with Sip & Savor Pass)
  • (New) Peach-Blueberry Lemonade Cocktail: Vodka and blue curaçao, peach-blueberry lemonade and blueberry flavor-filled boba

Sonoma Terrace (mobile order available)

  • (New) Old World Aged White Cheddar Lager Soup with toasted fig and prosciutto sandwich (available with Sip & Savor Pass)
  • Novelty: Red or Green Grapes Glow Cube Charm (can be added to any beverage)

Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival - Terran Treats raspberry churroTerran Treats

  • (New) Raspberry Spiral Ration: Yellow strawberry spiral churro with berry compote (available with Sip & Savor Pass) — Raspberry is the new seasonal flavor at Terran Treats and will remain even after the festival ends. This is listed as kid-friendly but beware ... it is pretty messy.

Churros near Redwood Creek Challenge Trail

  • Maple Bacon Churro: Cinnamon sugar, maple icing and crumbled bacon (available with Sip & Savor Pass)

Willie’s Churro

  • (New) Mango Churro: Mango sauce, chile-lime sugar and tamarind chamoy (available with Sip & Savor Pass)

Outdoor Vending Carts

  • Only at Paradise Gardens Special Event Cart
    • (New) Pretzel Bites with beer cheese sauce (available with Sip & Savor Pass; only at Paradise Gardens Special Event Cart)
    • IPA
  • (New) Berry Cotton Candy (found at outdoor vending carts throughout the park)

Here are the table-service locations and items.

Lamplight Lounge Boardwalk Dining

  • (New) Blue Peach-Basil Cocktail: Gin, elderflower liqueur, peach, basil simple syrup, lemon, blue curaçao and fresh basil
  • (New) Smoked Pineapple Bourbon: Bourbon whiskey, Italian bitters apéritif, honey simple syrup, grilled pineapple and lemon juice

Lamplight Lounge

  • Ribeye for Two: Share a 28-ounce bone-in ribeye with gastrique-glazed baby carrots, poblano-potato bake, roasted vine tomatoes, cipollini onions and bourbon-bacon compound butter paired with a specially selected glass of wine and Cookies and Cream Donuts for dessert.
  • (New) Cookies and Cream Donuts topped with crème-filled chocolate cookie pieces served with a vanilla and cookie dipping sauce
  • (New) Blue Peach-Basil Cocktail: Gin, elderflower liqueur, peach, basil simple syrup, lemon, blue curaçao and fresh basil
  • (New) Smoked Pineapple Bourbon: Bourbon whiskey, Italian bitters apéritif, honey simple syrup, grilled pineapple and lemon juice

Keep an eye out for tasty offerings from Friends of the Festival at most Downtown Disney restaurants. Note: these are not on the Sip and Savor Pass.

Free Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Culinary Demonstrations

Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival - Cooking demonstration from a festival sponsor

You can take cooking lessons and gather insider tips for creating new recipes from Disney and visiting chefs. Sorry, no samples at these free demonstrations. You can generally find culinary demonstrations at the Backlot Stage in Hollywood Land on Saturdays and Sundays at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. But we hopped by when no demonstrations were scheduled one weekend and caught one in action, so check it out. Grab some food from the LA Style booth and take a seat to enjoy your food and learn how to prepare some recipes. While we wait for 2023's details, here is what you could expect in 2022.

Here were the 2022 Culinary Demonstrations with Disney chefs:

  • Saturday, March 5: Stephanie Yee, Pastry Sous Chef
  • Sunday, March 6: Toby Hollis, Disney California Adventure Park Chef
  • Saturday, March 12: Brenden Neumayr, Elena Aranda, Alexander Fuentz Cardenas, Angie Arenas; Festivals Beverage Team
  • Saturday, March 19: Marcel St. Pierre, Chef de Cuisine
  • Sunday, March 20: Marcel St. Pierre, Chef de Cuisine
  • Saturday, March 26: Chris Maggetti, Executive Chef
  • Sunday, March 27: Moises Carranza, Festivals Chef
  • Saturday, April 2: Alex Flores, Chef de Cuisine
  • Sunday, April 3: Gracie Gomez, Pastry Sous Chef
  • Saturday, April 9: Markus Meza, Candy Maker
  • Sunday, April 10: Markus Meza, Candy Maker
  • Saturday, April 23: John State, Culinary Director
  • Sunday, April 24: Christina Orejel, Pastry Sous Chef

Here were the Culinary Demonstrations with visiting chefs for 2022:

  • Saturday, March 5: Chef Steve Kling
  • Sunday, March 6: Chef Soon Teoh & Khim Teoh
  • Saturday, March 12: Chef Wing Lam
  • Sunday, March 13: Chef Jamie Gwen
  • Sunday, March 13: Rafael Molina
  • Saturday, March 19: Chef Bret Thompson
  • Sunday, March 20: Chef Shaun O’Neale
  • Saturday, March 26: Chef Alejandra Tapia
  • Sunday, March 27: Chef Omar Fierro
  • Saturday, April 2: Chef Michael Rossi
  • Sunday, April 3: Chef Rich Sweeney
  • Saturday, April 9: Chef Shachi Mehra
  • Sunday, April 10: Chef Justin Warner
  • Saturday, April 16: Chef Ernie Alvarado
  • Saturday, April 16: Chef Paolo Dungca
  • Sunday, April 17: Chef Jet Tila
  • Sunday, April 17: Chef Paolo Dungca
  • Saturday, April 23: Chef Kevin Bludso
  • Sunday, April 24: Chef Nyesha Arrington

Here were the Culinary Demonstrations with festival sponsors in 2022:

  • March 12-13: California Milk Advisory Board
  • April 2-3: California Milk Advisory Board
  • April 16-17: Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co.
  • April 23-24: National Geographic

Free Entertainment and Experiences for the Whole Family

Besides the Culinary demonstrations and the return of Soarin' Over California, here are some more free experiences the whole family can enjoy.

Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival - Clarabelle in Jammin' Chefs

See the Jammin' Chefs (had a new Hollywood Land location in 2022)

The Jammin’ Chefs are a highlight for us at the California Adventure Food and Wine Festival (Chip, Dale, hooray!). Be sure to hop over to see them. Spoiler alert: Daisy Duck and Clarabelle Cow join in the fun! You can find them in Hollywood Land to the left of the Hyperion marquee. You can add a cute musical interlude to your dining and drinking plans. The Jammin' Chefs show — featuring Chip 'n' Dale — is a fun show of drumming, music and dancing (but no kid interactions this year). The Jammin' Chefs usually appear each hour from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Meet Chef Goofy

You can meet Chef Goofy in the Hollywood Backlot to the left of Jammin' Chefs.

Decorate Cupcakes at "Alice's Wonderland Bakery" Unbirthday Party

Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival - Minnie appears in stage at Alice's Unbirthday Party

Tadpoles and froglets ages 3 to 11 will enjoy FREE hands-on Jr. Chef cooking experiences that give them the opportunity to express their creativity through hands-on cupcake decorating. Participants can sign up beginning 45 minutes before each showtime. Space is limited to the first 32 kids who sign up. Make sure your tadpole is comfortable leaving your side for a bit. Kids can take home their kit, cupcake and chef hat.

There are typically three opportunities each day and showtimes can vary, so you'll want to double-check the entertainment guide for your visit. On weekdays, it is usually at 12 p.m., 1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. On weekends, it's usually at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Our tip is to try for the first party as demand can build later in the day.

Cook Up Some Crafts

Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival - Crafts at festival

You need a chef hat to look like a pro while you stir up some fun. Your tadpoles can color their own free chef hat (or placemat with games) and decorate them with food stickers. This year, you'll find the crafts to the left of The Little Mermaid.

Enjoy Musical Entertainment

Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival - Concert

Be sure to check the entertainment calendar for live festival music. There is a main Palisades Stage at Paradise Park in front of the water with some cool beats to enjoy while you dine, and some smaller musical entertainment at the Paradise Garden Bandstand.

Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Seminars and Tastings

Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival - Seminar Sign

The Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival 2023 offers many opportunities for exclusive and exquisite culinary adventures. There are a number of seminars, receptions and tastings that you can reserve if you are over 21. Each course has a fee in addition to the cost of park admission for the day. Tickets are on sale soon for several 2023 events!

In 2023, you can sign up for three new hotel-themed events:

  • Trader Sam’s Mixology Seminars
  • GCH Craftsman Grill mixology seminars
  • Grand Tasting event at the Disneyland Hotel

These are returning events:

Enjoy Beer, Wine and Mixology Seminars

Do you have a thirst for knowledge on wine, beer or spirits? You can quench it at one of these 45-minute seminars. The price is $25 per person, including tax, and included sample tastings. You must reserve in advance through the online reservation system. You can click on each date and time to get more information when you go to reserve.

Reserve a Winemaker’s Reception at Carthay Circle Restaurant

This popular event returns in 2023 with three Friday nights of gourmet, wine-focused pairings with hors-d'oeuvres. The Winemaker Reception costs $140 plus tax and gratuity, and there are no cancellations or exchanges. Events take place from 7 to 8 p.m., with check-in beginning at 6:45 p.m. The vintners and dates in 2022 were:

  • March 4: Brown Estate (with Coral Brown)
  • March 18: Le Artishasic (with sommelier Chris Hoel and Artie Johnson)
  • April 8: Skywalker Vineyards (with Tom Johnson)

Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival - Ears and Spirit Jersey

Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Merchandise

Hold onto your ears! There is new headwear, apparel, home decor, kitchen gadgets and more. The 2022 spirit jersey said "Life is Grape!" You coud find it in front of The Little Mermaid and a smaller selection across the front of the Cars Land entrance. We could see all new merchandise for 2023.

The Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival is just one of many events hoppening at the Disneyland Resort. Will you be hopping in for this festive celebration? Have you attended in the past? Let us know in the comments below!

Related: Full Schedule of Disneyland Events

Hoppy planning! 

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Mar 15, 2022 at 3:56 p.m. Paula Says...

Thanks for all of this great information! We will be at DL/DCA April 20 - 23 and are so excited! We are coming from Mississippi and usually go to WDW and this MAY be a once in a lifetime trip. We’ll see! ????

Where is the best place to buy the sip and savor passes? Are they sold in the shops or kiosks or both?

Please link any can’t miss Disneyland blogs! ????

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Mar 15, 2022 at 12:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Paula!

We're excited for you! The Sip and Savor passes can be found at any of the festival marketplace kiosks, as well as some merchandise and other select locations. For more planning, you may want to check out these blog posts:

Tips to Maximize Your Day at Disneyland

Ins and Outs of Dining Reservations

Disneyland Genie+ FAQs

The Disney World Fan’s Guide to Disneyland

Know Before You Go

Let us know if you have any more questions. Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 19, 2022 at 12:39 p.m. Lashelle Says...

Can I purchase the sip and savory passes in advance or do I just purchase them once I’m in the park ?

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Feb 22, 2022 at 12:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lashelle!

You can only purchase in-park, but it's usually a quick process to purchase.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 18, 2022 at 8:12 p.m. Lorraine Says...

Can you please explain your tip a little further, "Our favorite tip is to find the Marketplace with the shortest line and order multiple items there! Then, take the receipt to each window to collect food as you need it. Hold onto that receipt!" Will each Marketplace booth sell all the items and we are able to purchase at once? Will the food items be available in the app to order in advance? TIA

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Feb 22, 2022 at 12:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lorraine!

Yes, you can order all of the Marketplace booth items at any Marketplace booth but you have to go to the individual booths to pick up the items. Mobile Order has not been in place for the booths for the past few festivals so we do not expect it to be in use. You can order some festival items at participating restaurants, but you cannot apply Sip and Savor to them if you use Mobile Order.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 12, 2022 at 3:18 p.m. Mc Says...

So to join in on festivities all you technically need is a park ticket and reservation to DCA during a date for the wine festival is that correct? We can purchase sip and savory passes to enjoy food on the park and if we want to do extra experiences for the wine festival that will cost extra?

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Feb 14, 2022 at 2:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi MC!

Yes, and yes! Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival is included with regular admission (and theme park reservation). You do not need to purchase Sip & Savory passes (can purchase offerings a la carte), but if you're planning to sample several foods or share a pass, then we'd recommend them. The seminars and tastings are extra cost in addition to park admission, and you will need to reserve in advance.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 21, 2020 at 10:40 a.m. Becky B. Says...

Can you buy a Sip and Savor pass with a Disney gift card?

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Feb 24, 2020 at 2:15 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Becky!

That should work! Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 10, 2020 at 12:53 a.m. louie crespin Says...

The Sip and Savor Pass can any one but them or do u have to be a pass holder

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Feb 11, 2020 at 4:59 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Louie!

Anyone can purchase a Sip and Savor Pass - woohoo! Enjoy!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 29, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Sarah Says...

Any word on celebrity chefs for 2020? My son is Hoping to catch Guy Fieri this year!

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Jan 31, 2020 at 11:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah!

No news just yet - we've got our ears and eyes open though!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 23, 2019 at 1:29 p.m. Joy Says...

Do they sell bottled wine there I can take home?

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Apr 23, 2019 at 4:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joy!

Not to our knowledge, but maybe others in the Frog Pond have spied them and can weigh in! We know sure that we saw some canvas wine totes (and of course, lots of other wine-related merch) but did not see any bottles available to take home. While perhaps not as convenient, you can also do some tastings to see what strikes your fancy and ask the on-site vendors what their shipping policies are like from their online stores (we've gotten some pretty good deals on shipping on vacation before ... and then didn't have to worry about trying to properly pack bottles in our luggage!).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 8, 2017 at 2:49 p.m. Marci Says...

Do the kids sign up the Jr. Chef cooking experience the day of, or is a preregistration required?

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Mar 8, 2017 at 9:02 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Marci,

Jr. Chef participation is on a first-come-first-served basis. Check with the park when you arrive for more information and showtimes.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 8, 2016 at 6:43 p.m. Tricia Says...

Any idea what the dates for next year (2017) will be? Probably the same or are they expanding? Easter falls right in the middle and I'm thinking about going then, but are the crowd levels at Easter unbearable?

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Mar 31, 2016 at 8:25 p.m. Shea Shockley Says...

Have they mentioned when the Marketplace booths will be open on the weekends (hours)? I have yet to find it anywhere. We are going on April 9th & 10th.

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Apr 25, 2016 at 11:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shea,

The marketplace booths are open every day of the week, but hours vary. For a weekend day expect them to be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on a weekday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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