A note from Mommy Frog: Disneyland Resort is temporarily closed in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease, or COVID-19. Hop over to our Disneyland reopening post for the latest news. In terms of the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival, we have not heard official word on whether the festival will return in 2021. A hungry frog can hope! If you continue reading, the below information pertains to the 2020 event, which was cut short due to the closure.
We're ringing the dinner bell because the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival at the Disneyland Resort is here! This perfect pairing of food and fun kicked off Feb. 28, 2020, and runs daily through April 21, 2020.
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 cuisine. But everyone can drink in the beautiful springtime scenery at the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival! The festival is included with regular park admission (though some offerings are an additional charge and require reservations).
What's Included at Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival 2020
While ride overlays are not generally part of Food and Wine, we have an uplifting surprise for 2020! Soarin' Over California returns during the festival. It replaces Soarin' Around the World during this time. Mmmmm ... I can smell the orange groves already! Don't froget to add "Get a FASTPASS for Soarin' Over California" to your must-do festival list!
We are so excited about the 2020 menus and new events! There is plenty of fun for the whole family. We've hopped about the festival and used up our Sip and Savor Pass while trying all the yummy food and drinks. In 2020, there is a new Culinary Adventure Tour that gives guests a look behind the scenes and a taste of how the chefs create new culinary delights for the Food & Wine Festival. Here’s the skinny on when, where and how to attend one of the seminars, events, tastings or free experiences. Reservations are open now, so be sure to hop on it!
No Reservations Required
- Festival marketplace kiosks (Food and drinks are an additional charge)
- Culinary demonstrations (Free)
- Family-friendly cooking seminars (Free)
- Jr. Chef (Free)
- Musical entertainment
Reservations Required (plus an additional charge)
- Culinary Adventure Tour (New!)
- Carthay Circle Winemaker Receptions
- Wine, beer and mixology education and tasting seminars
When you visit Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival in 2020, be sure to grab a Tasting Passport and 2020 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 our for our friends with special dietary needs, so we've noted some plant-based, vegetarian and gluten-friendly choices below, as well. 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 2020 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. 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 9:00 p.m. daily during the festival.
Everything is fresh and rooted in the California lifestyle. Follow the path through the festival booths, leading from Hollywood Land toward the Golden Zephyr.
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. You can pick up a Sip and Savor Pass at any of the food booths, merchandise locations and a few other locations such as Trolley Treats, Elias & Co. or the Studio Store. The pass is $56 ($51 for annual passholders). If you eat a plant-based diet, you'll probably save money by skipping the pass purchasing each item individually.
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, and if you go through it too quickly, get another. The pass is good for items at the Festival Marketplaces, select items at Paradise Garden Grill and a few other food stands. We are toadally drooling just thinking about all the foods we can try in 2020!
Keep a lookout for Sip and Savor Pass signs for more “hidden” items not sold in the Festival Marketplaces. You can also get a festival gift card that you can wear on your wrist for Festival Marketplaces or festival merchandise.
Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Menus
Here are the tasty tidbits and libations you can find at the 2020 Festival Marketplace booths. The booths have exciting new signs that light up at night (some even move)! Some booths have colorful art on the side, which can make for excellent photo opportunities and backdrops for your most photographable eats. Be sure to check them out! We are toadally full from tasting so many yummy foods. Hoppy times for us!
Nuts About Cheese
- Fiscalini white cheddar lager soup served in a mini Boudin sourdough bowl
- Impossible cheeseburger mac & cheese (Vegetarian)
- Oikos Greek yogurt banoffe tart
- Honey bourbon lemonade (Alcoholic)
- California artisan cheese with Central Coast Creamery Holey Cow Swiss and Vintage Cheese Co. Cabernet Cheddar (Vegetarian)
- White wine flight - Malibu Rocky Oaks, Sauvignon Blanc, California; Rombauer, Chardonnay, Carneros; and Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Sofia, Rosé, Monterey County
- Red wine flight - Erath, Pinot Noir, Oregon; The Prisoner, Red Blend, Napa Valley; and Quilt, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
- Road House Mimosa Trio - Pacific Mimosa, Mojave Mimosa and Sierra Mimosa
- Chandon Brut
- You may buy each wine or mimosa in the flight by the glass
I Heart Artichokes
- Fried artichokes with lemon aioli (Vegetarian)
- Artichoke toast with artichoke cream cheese and olive & artichoke tapenade (A favorite from 2019!)
- Lolea, red sangria, Spain
- Brooklyn Brewery Special Effects nonalcoholic lager (Alcohol regulations apply)
- Carbonara garlic mac & cheese with Nueske's bacon
- Black garlic soy-braised pork belly banh mi
- Aperol cocktail (Alcoholic)
- Wither Hills, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough
One in a Melon Marketplace
- Compressed watermelon and tomato with whipped ricotta and lemon olive oil (Vegetarian, Gluten-Friendly)
- Poke-style watermelon with cucumber (Plant-Based, Gluten-Friendly)
- Pabana cream puff with mango, passion fruit and banana mousse
- Berry mule (Alcoholic)
- House-made watermelon agua fresca (Nonalcoholic)
California Craft Brews
- Pepperoni pizza egg rolls
- Triple B Cocktail with Beer, Bourbon and Berries (Alcoholic)
- Beer Flight – Fun with Flavor
- Mother Earth Orange Vanilla Cali Creamin’ Ale
- Black Market Cucumber Sour
- Golden Road Strawberry and Pomegranate Balboa Blonde Ale
- Aftershock Guavaaah! Hazy Pale Ale
- Beer Flight – Bigger & Bolder
- Bootlegger’s Rocco Red Ale
- Stereo Perfect Day IPA
- Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing Hazy IPA
- Karl Strauss Wreck Alley Imperial Stout
- Backstreet La Calleja Mexican-style Lager
- Boomtown Ingenue Belgian White
- Divine Science Event Horizon Blonde (Gluten-Friendly)
- JuneShine Acai Berry Hard Kombucha (Gluten-Friendly)
- Meiomi, Rosé, California
- MacMurray Ranch, Pinot Noir, Central Coast
- Joel Gott, Cabernet Sauvignon, California
- Creamy poblano pepper pasta (Vegetarian)
- Grilled shrimp tacos on jicama tortillas (Gluten-Friendly)
- Cantarito-style paloma (Alcoholic)
- Annabella, Chardonnay Special Selection, Napa Valley
- Petite Impossible burger with guac and pepper jack cheese
- Tortilla-crusted fried guacamole with carne asada
- Mezcal cocktail (Alcoholic)
- Chapman Crafted Slow Riser with Coconut, Red Ale on Nitro
Off the Cob
- Mini chicken chimis with chimichurri corn pico de gallo and chipotle crema
- Shrimp and braised corn with chorizo (Gluten-Friendly)
- Mickey-shaped caramel-peanut-milk chocolate macaron
- Fields & Orchards with elderflower and artichoke liqueurs (Alcoholic)
- Farmstand Punch (Nonalcoholic)
- Raspberry-lychee-rose custard with mixed berry compote
- Oikos Greek yogurt California berries summer pudding (Contains trace amounts of alcohol)
- Blue Marble berry hard seltzer (Alcoholic)
- Blue Marble tropical hard seltzer (Alcoholic)
- Ruby citrus sparkler (Nonalcoholic)
- Ranch fried chicken wings with buffalo hot sauce drizzle
- French onion grilled beef tenderloin slider
- Chocolate hazelnut crunch
- 1664 Blanc Witbier (Limited-time offering)
- Craft Micheladas, Beers, and Flights - Pizza Port Honey Blonde Golden Ale, Golden Road Pineapple Cart Wheat Ale, Lost Coast Watermelon Wheat and King Harbor Cerveza Hermosa Mexican Amber Lager
- Brunch fried chicken & waffle sandwich with mimosa-inspired slaw and OJ bubbles
- Seared Verlasso salmon with lemon pea purée, black rice and Meyer Lemon relish (Gluten-Friendly)
- Strawberry-rose lemonade (Nonalcoholic)
- Fig & Lavender cold brew (Nonalcoholic)
- Asian-style beef barbacoa street tacos
- Smoked bacon barbecue beef loco moco on rice (Gluten-Friendly)
- Monkey bread with caramel whiskey glaze and candied pecans (Contains trace amounts of alcohol)
- Amaretto stout-cream cold brew (Alcoholic)
- Blue Angeleno cocktail (Alcoholic)
Visit the Paradise Garden Grill Beer Garden
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 Gardens Park Festival 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 Festival Beer Garden. Here are 2020's offerings:
- Smog City Little Bo Pils Unfiltered Pilsner
- Ayinger Bräuweisse Hefeweizen
- Chihuahua Guava Lime Suprema Low-Cal Lager
- 2 Towns Outcider Hard Cider
- Karl Strauss Practice What You Peach Sour
- Bottle Logic Marceline Muffin Blueberry Imperial Blonde
- Enegren Valkyrie Alt Bier
- Figueroa Mountain Point Conception IPA
- Lost Winds Whirlpool Galaxy Double IPA
- Allagash Black Stout
- Twisted Horn Raven’s Claw Apple & Boysenberry Mead
- Founders Backwoods Bourbon Barrel-aged Scotch Ale
The Paradise Garden Grill restaurant in this area features a special Food and Wine menu during the festival. As you enjoy your cold brew, you can feast on mouthwatering dishes (smaller portions of some dishes are on the Sip and Savor Pass), including:
- Beer-battered fish tacos, with Karl Strauss Follow the Sun pilsner-infused batter
- Impossible meatball submarine (Plant-Based)
- Buffalo-style roasted turkey leg with celery slaw and crumbled blue cheese (Gluten-Friendly)
- Brisket sliders
- Brisket fries
- Black forest parfait
- Watermelon vodka lemonade (Alcoholic, Gluten-Friendly)
- Matanzas Creek, Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County
- Deschutes Pacific Wonderland Lager
- Sudwerk Märzen Amber Lager
- Berry spectacular cookie shake (Nonalcoholic)
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. Be sure to also ask about special menu items when dining in Downtown Disney!
Outdoor Vending Carts
- Savory empanada with chipotle crema sauce
- Sweet empanada with caramel sauce (Plant-Based if you omit the caramel sauce)
Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta
- Chocolate-hazelnut cheesecake
- Leading Role Lemonade – Gin with lavender lemonade (Alcoholic)
- Opening Night Cocktail – Banana whiskey with cream soda (Alcoholic)
- Movie Star Mule – Whiskey with black cherry and ginger ale (Alcoholic)
- On Location Libation – Stone Peak Conditions IPA with POG juice (Alcoholic)
- Backlot Michelada – Tomato-based michelada with Modelo (Alcoholic)
- Modelo Especial Lager
- Hangar 24 Passion Punch Gose
- Stone Peak Conditions Hazy Double IPA
- Honest Abe limoncello hard cider
- Bottle Logic Emerald City raspberry piña colada hard seltzer
- Supporting Role Lemonade – Lavender lemonade (Nonalcoholic)
Hollywood Churro Cart
- Churro topped with peanut butter cream, chocolate icing and chopped peanuts
- Almond mocha shake
- Almond mocha affogato
- California cheesesteak
- Italian meatball sandwich
- Bavarian pretzel with cheese sauce
- Chocolate brownie
- Sandy Beach – Green apple vodka with flavors of sea salt caramel (Alcoholic)
- Catalina Island – Vodka and passion fruit with flavors of raspberry lemonade and lime (Alcoholic)
- Sparkling Greyhound – Vodka with flavors of grapefruit, chamomile and cardamom (Alcoholic)
- Pineapple Passion – White rum with flavors of pineapple and passion fruit (Alcoholic)
- Firestone Walker Rosalie Beer Rosé
- Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Sofia, Brut Rosé, Monterey County
- Chandon Brut, Sparkling Wine, California
- Selection of craft beers and ciders
Pacific Wharf Coffee Cart
- Tropicalifornia Tea Cocktail with berry vodka, green tea, pineapple and orange juices (Alcoholic)
- Fruitful Green Tea with berry, pineapple and orange juices (Nonalcoholic)
Pacific Wharf Distribution Company
- Karl Strauss Crazy Eyes Doppelbock
Free Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Cooking Experiences
See the Jammin' Chefs
The Jammin’ Chefs return to the California Adventure Food and Wine Festival in 2020 (Chip, Dale, hooray!). Be sure to hop over to see them! You can add a cute musical interlude into your dining and drinking plans. The Jammin' Chefs show — featuring Chip 'n' Dale — is a fun show of drumming, music and dancing and lets kids get involved with instruments. The Jammin' Chefs appear in Paradise Gardens Park in front of the entrance to Paradise Pier each hour from late morning until late afternoon.
You can take cooking lessons and gather insider tips for creating new recipes. Sorry, no samples at these free demonstrations. In 2020, you will find culinary demonstrations at the Backlot Stage in Hollywood Land on Saturdays and Sundays. Besides Family Time (mentioned below), event themes may include Discover California and Culinary Demonstrations with visiting Disney Chefs.
Here's the 2020 schedule of Culinary Demonstrations with visiting and Disney chefs:
- Saturday, Feb. 29 – Celebrity Chef Brian Malarkey
- Sunday, March 1 – Alex Flores, Chef de Cuisine, Carthay Circle Restaurant, Signature Dining
- Saturday, March 7 – Celebrity Chef Nyesha Arrington
- Sunday, March 8 – Gracie Gomez, Pastry Sous Chef, Disneyland Resort
- Saturday, March 14 – Celebrity Chef, Restauranteur and Author Richard Blais
- Sunday, March 15 – Amy Benson, Chef, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
- Saturday, March 21 – Celebrity Chef and Actor David Burtka
- Sunday, March 22 – Johnny Sequro, Area Chef, Lamplight Lounge
- Saturday, March 28 – Celebrity Chef and Restauranteur Wing Lam
- Sunday, March 29 – Jorge Sotelo, Executive Pastry Chef, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
- Saturday, April 4 – Celebrity Chef Shaun O’Neale
- Sunday, April 5 – Marcel St. Pierre, Chef de Cuisine, Disneyland Hotel
- Saturday, April 11 – Celebrity Chef and Restauranteur Jet Tila
- Sunday, April 12 – Markus Meza, Disneyland Resort Candy Maker
- Saturday, April 18 – Celebrity Chef, Radio Host and Lifestyle Expert Jamie Gwen
- Sunday, April 19 – Chris Maggetti, Executive Chef of Disneyland Park and Gary Maggetti, General Manager, Disney California Adventure Park
Family Time Seminars
Is there anything more fun than having family time around food? Family Time seminars take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at the Backlot Stage in Hollywood Land. Chef Daniella Malfitano shares her expertise on meal prep and mealtimes during a culinary demonstration for families in 30-minute, free seminars during Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival. She just might need a child sous-chef to help teach the audience how to prepare some creative, healthy snacks or meals that kids can make.
Get the Kids Cooking at Jr. Chef
Tadpoles and froglets ages 3 to 11 will enjoy FREE hands-on Jr. Chef cooking experiences that end with a sweet surprise. They can join Chef Goofy on stage to work together to create magical treats. Jr. Chef is offered several times a day. Check the schedule for showtimes, and arrive 30-minutes early to sign up and join the show. The first show of the day is the least crowded. The last show will be the most crowded. Participants get a free cookie at the end!
Cook Up Some Crafts
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 in Hollywood Land and decorate it with food stickers.
Enjoy Musical Entertainment
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 Dinners, Seminars and Tastings
The Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival 2020 offers many opportunities for exclusive and exquisite culinary adventures. There are a number of dinners, seminars 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 now for several 2020 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 they include 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. Here are the events, days, times and locations for 2020:
- Wine Seminars at Sonoma Terrace on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30 and 5:00 p.m.
- Beer Seminars take place in the seating area across from the Paradise Gardens Festival Beer Garden on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00 p.m.
- Mixology Seminars at The Vineyard Room/Golden Vine Winery on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30, 4:00 and 6:00 p.m.
Reserve a Winemaker’s Reception at Carthay Circle Restaurant
This popular event returns in 2020 with three nights nights of gourmet, wine-focused pairings with hors-d'oeuvres. The Winemaker Reception costs $110 plus tax and gratuity, and there are no cancellations or exchanges. Events take place from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., with check-in beginning at 6:45 p.m. The vintners and dates in 2020 are:
- March 20: Skywalker Vineyards
- March 27 : Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard
- April 30: Silverado Vineyards
Savor a Winemaker Dinner
Hop over to Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel to embark on a five-course meal and wine pairing. Learn from your very own vintner. You do not need to be in the theme park to enjoy this dinner. Reservation information is not posted for this event, so keep checking back!
- March 18, 2020
Go on a Culinary Adventure Tour
New for 2020, guests have a chance to go behind the scenes at the Disneyland Resort! This 90-minute walking tour (requires closed-toe, nonslip shoes) meets in front of Carthay Circle on select dates at 1:30 p.m. Guests get a taste of what occurs when the Disneyland Resort creates new culinary offerings for the Food & Wine Festival. It includes a unique, hands-on food experience! This tour is for ages 12 and up, and participants under the age of 18 must have a supervisor who is 18 or older. The tours cost $99 plus tax and require separate valid theme park admission.
The 2020 Culinary Adventure Tour dates are:
- March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26
- April 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16
Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Merchandise
The Disney Parks Blog promised a new line of merchandise in 2020. Hold onto your ears, as there is new headwear, apparel, home decor and kitchen gadgets. I can't wait to wear my exclusive Minnie ear headband from 2019 again (featuring gold fork and spoon!). The 2020 ears have a chef hat! The 2020 spirit jersey is hot pink and sports Chef Mickey on the back. It says, "Life is too short ... EAT!" I just might have to budget some festival money for it! Along with the exclusive California Adventure Food and Wine Festival merchandise, there is kitchenware and signed art available for purchase at Studio Store, Elias & Co., Festival Gifts, Festival Merchandise Carts and Trolley Treats. You can also pick up a convenient Festival Disney gift card with an elastic wristband at some store locations and Festival Merchandise Carts.
The Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival is just one of many events hoppening at the Disneyland Resort in 2020. Will you be hopping in for this festive celebration? Did you attend last year's event? Let us know in the comments below!