We're ringing the dinner bell, because Disneyland announced the dates for the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival at the Disneyland Resort. This perfect pairing of food and fun kicks 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 (some offerings are an additional charge and require reservations).
While we know the dates of the festival, we are still awaiting news of the 2020 menus and events. Let's look back fondly at 2019. In 2019, there were new experiences such as Dinner with the Disney Chefs and Winemaker Receptions at Carthay Circle Restaurant. Here’s the skinny on when, where and how to attend one of the seminars, celebrity chef events, dinners or special experiences. Reservations are not open yet. When they do open popular events are likely to fill up, especially for celebrity chefs.
What's Included in Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival
No Reservations Required
- Festival marketplace kiosks (food and drinks are an additional charge)
- Culinary demonstrations (free)
- Family-friendly cooking seminars (free)
- Jr. Chef (free)
Reservations Required (plus an additional charge)
- Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri (sold out quickly in 2019)
- Dinner with Disney chefs
- In the Kitchen With ...
- Sweet Sundays
- Carthay Circle Winemaker Receptions
- Wine, beer and mixology education & tasting seminars
When you visit in 2020, be sure to grab a Tasting Passport and 2020 Festival Guide to help you find all the foods and events. 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, Vegan, Kid-friendly and Gluten-friendly. The Festival Guide covers entertainment such as demonstrations, music and shows.
California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Marketplace Kiosks
To all who come to this foodie place, welcome! 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 (insider tip: enjoy shorter lines during the week). Start making room in your stomach now, because this year’s festival lasts seven and a half weeks. It will offer new outdoor marketplaces to buy tasty bites, sweets and beverages. Everything is fresh and rooted in the California lifestyle. Follow the path through 14 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 non-alcoholic 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. In 2019, the pass cost $54 ($49 AP).
The lanyard has eight tabs you can pull off and exchange for food or non-alcoholic 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. May we recommend the beer garden cart that serves up the most delicious chocolate and pretzel covered imperial stout mallow with caramel (21 and up). Or the delicious double mustard glazed chicken wings at the Elote cart by the Cars Land sign?
Keep a lookout for Sip and Savor Pass signs for more of these “hidden” items not sold in the Festival Marketplaces. You can also get a festival gift card 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 could find at the 2019 Festival Marketplaces booths. We will be update the 2020 information as soon as we get our froggy fingers on it. And then we'll be ready to taste everything. Hoppy times for us! We sampled 16 foods and drinks in 2019 and put an * next to our voted Frog Family favorites :) Maybe some of our favorites will return in 2020!
Nuts About Cheese
- Fiscalini white cheddar lager soup served in a mini Boudin sourdough bowl
- Ham and vella jack cheese pinwheel with smoked pistachios
- Creamy Oikos yogurt cheesecake
- Karl Strauss Brewing Company Columbia Street, Amber Lager
- California artisan cheese selection (select blue or cheddar)
- White wine flight
- Red wine flight
- Mimosa flight* (especially the hibiscus mimosa)
- Chandon Brut
- You can also buy each wine or mimosa in the flight by the glass
- Assorted wine varietals
I Heart Artichokes
- Fried artichokes with Blue Diamond almond aioli
- Artichoke toast with olive tapenade*
- Blue Diamond almond cake
- Chihuachua Cerveza Rico
- Creamy mac & cheese
- Black garlic soy-braised pork belly banh mi
- Chocolate crunch cake*
- Bloody Mary*
Veggie Veggie Fruit Fruit
- Grilled asparagus chicken caesar salad
- Cauliflower ceviche with chile corn crumble and tortilla strips
- Duo of frozen strawberry and lime fruit fruit bars
- Davis Bynum, Sauvignon Blanc
- Chihuahua Cerveza, Limon
- Cool Lime Michelada
California Craft Brews
- Pepperoni pizza egg rolls with marinara and pesto sauce
- Bright and Balanced Beer Flight
- Pizza Port California Honey Golden Ale
- Hangar 24 Orange Wheat
- Left Coast Pink Bikini Raspberry Wheat
- Karl Strauss Columbia Street Amber Lager
- Hobby and Bold Beer Flight
- Smog City Sabre-Toothed Squirrel Amber Ale
- Lost Winds Tropiclemente Tropical Ale IPA
- Towne Park Blacksmith Black IPA
- Asylum Rorschach Brown Ale
- By the Glass – Bright and Balanced
- Pizza Port Brewing Company, California Honey, Golden Ale, Solana Beach
- Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, Orange Wheat, American Wheat Ale, Redlands
- Left Coast Brewing Co., Pink Bikini, Raspberry Wheat, San Clemente
- Three Weavers Brewing Company, Day Job, Pale Ale, Inglewood
- Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Columbia Street, Amber Lager, San Diego
- By the Glass – Hoppy and Bold
- Smog City Brewing Co., Sabre-Toothed Squirrel, Hoppy Amber Ale, Torrance
- Stereo Brewing Company, Perfect Day, American IPA, Placentia
- Lost Winds Brewing Company, Tropiclemente, Tropical IPA, San Clemente
- Towne Park Brew Co., Blacksmith, Black IPA, Anaheim
- Asylum Brewing, Rorschach, Brown Ale with Kenyan Coffee, Anaheim
- Verlasso sustainable salmon Peruvian poke with cucumber-lime salad and aji verde salsa
- Ghost pepper mac & cheese*
- Jalapeno-lime margarita
- Petite Impossible burger with guac and pepper jack cheese*
- Spiced roasted chicken on pita
- Kombucha mojito cocktail
- Suja organic pineapple passionfruit kombucha (non-alcoholic)
- Orange chicken & rice
- Citrus-brined pork roast
- Meyer lemon Blue Diamond almond macaron
- Meyer lemon ginger mule
- Ginger beer (non-alcoholic)
- Strawberry & coconut rice “Frushi” with sweet Oikos yogurt wasabi sauce
- Fresh California berry pie*
- Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk
- Strawberry float with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and crunch cereal garnish (non-alcoholic)
- Passion fruit posset and coconut chia with mango compote and jelly
- Mango agua fresca
Off the Cob
- Esquites sweet corn nuggets with bacon lardons
- Shrimp boil tacos with Andouille sausage and fresh corn
- Peach tea (non-alcoholic)
- Citrus Radler beer cocktail, lager with grapefruit & blood orange juices
- Harris Ranch grilled beef tenderloin slider with chimichurri sauce*
- Salt and vinegar parmesan chicken wings
- Watermelon lemonade with watermelon garnish (non-alcoholic)
- Festival beer flight and by the glass
- Thorn Brewing, Barrio, Baja-style Lager, San Diego
- Strand Brewing Co., 24th Street, Pale Ale, Torrance
- Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Festiv-Ale, Belgian-style Brown, San Diego (Festival Exclusive)
- Brouwerij West, Dog Ate My Homework, Blackberry Saison, San Pedro
- Deconstructed teriyaki chicken musibi with pineapple relish
- Anaheim chile relleno bites with salsa verde (V)
- Chocolate-Peanut-Caramel Parfait (GF)
- Yippee! Mickey’s Cotton Candy Soda (non-alcoholic): Sprite, cotton candy premium syrup, half-rimmed butter cream with pineapple cotton candy garnish (this is very sweet and a fun, colorful mocktail for kids with a sweet tooth)
- Asian-style beef barbacoa taco with pickled ginger
- BLT chicharrón duro with ranch crema
- Tiki Cocktail: Aged rum, falernum, bitters, lime and grapefruit juices
Elote Cart at the entrance to Cars Land
- Double mustard glazed chicken wings*
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:
- Beer Garden Flight — 2 Towns Outcider Hard Apple Cider; Ommegang Hennepin Saison; Modern Times Booming Rollers IPA; and Karl Strauss Baltic Porter
- Bright and Refreshing Beer Flight — The Dudes’ Brewing Company Los Dudes Cerveza; Lost Coast Brewery, Watermelon Wheat, Eureka; 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Outcider, Unfiltered Hard Apple Cider; Brewery Ommegang, Hennepin, Farmhouse Saison
- Hoppy and Bold Beer Flight — Modern Times Beer, Booming Rollers, IPA; Divine Science Brewing, Third Contact, Gluten-friendly IPA; Bear Republic Brewing Co., Apex, Double IPA; and Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Baltic Porter
- Festival Indulgences — Twisted Horn Mead, Blue Cloak, Mead; and Founders Brewing Co., Backwoods, Bourbon Barrel-aged Scotch Ale.
Food Cart across from Beer Garden (on Sip and Savor Pass)
- Slow-roasted bratwurst on pretzel bun
- House-made beer marshmallows covered in chocolate with Karl Strauss stout, pretzels and caramel ( 21+)*
- Orange Vanilla Coca-Cola (also found at some drink carts only during festival)
The Paradise Garden Grill restaurant in this area features a special Food & Wine menu during the festival. As you enjoy your cold brew, you can feast on mouth-watering dishes (smaller portions of some dishes are on the Sip and Savor Pass)::
- Beer-battered cod, served with steak fries, sweet slaw and spiced remoulade
- Beer-braised pork tacos served with pickled apple slaw, black beans and queso
- Impossible No “Meat” Ball Submarine with marinara sauce topped with soy cheese and served with kettle chips (VG)
- Buffalo-style roasted turkey leg with celery slaw and crumbled blue cheese
- Large soft pretzel with beer-mustard dipping sauce
- Black Forest Parfait – layers of chocolate cake, vanilla chantilly, chocolate mousse and cherries
Or enjoy one of these beverages:
- Matanzas Creek, Sauvignon Blanc-Fume Blanc, Sonoma County, Nielson Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County
- ‘Ōlelo Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
- Deschutes Brewery, Pacific Wonderland, Lager, Oregon
- Sudwerk Brewing Co., Märzen, Amber Lager, David
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 2019 (Chip, Dale, hooray!), so 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. You can find these culinary demonstrations (which do double duty as the Family-Friendly Seminars for the 3 p.m. show) at the Backlot Stage in Hollywood Land on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. and also on Saturdays and Sundays at 4:15 and 5:30 p.m.
Chef Daniella Malfitano shares her expertise on meal prep and mealtimes during a culinary demonstration for families in 30-minute, free seminars at 3:00 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival 2019. In the one we saw, Daniella and a child sous-chef taught us how to prepare some creative healthy snacks 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. Next to the stage in Hollywood Land, your tadpoles can color their own free chef hat and decorate it with food stickers.
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.
California Adventure Food and Wine Dinners, Seminars and Tastings (Additional Fee)
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. Here's a look at 2019 offering, and we will hope that some of them will be served as "leftovers" in 2020!
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 $20 per person including tax, and they include sample tastings. You must reserve in advance through the online reservation system. Here are the events, days, times and locations from 2019:
- Wine Seminars are at Sonoma Terrace on Thursdays at 5:45 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 1:15 and 2:45 p.m.
- Beer Seminars are held at Paradise Gardens Colonnade, near Paradise Garden Grill, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 3:30 and 5:15 p.m.
- Mixology Seminars can be found at The Vineyard Room at Wine Country Trattoria on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 4:15 and 5:45 p.m.
Reserve a New Winemaker’s Reception at Carthay Circle Restaurant
In 2019, there are two nights of gourmet wine-focused pairing meals at Carthay Circle Restaurant, with pairings selected to enhance the flavor of the California wines. The Winemaker’s Receptions cost $99 plus tax and gratuity, and there are no cancellations or exchanges. Events are from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. with check-in beginning at 6:45.The vintners and dates are:
- April 19: MacMurray Ranch Vineyards, with Kate MacMurray
- March 30: Silverado Vineyards with Jonathan Emmerich
Another feature we look forward to at Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival is Sweet Sundays. Start off Sunday with a light brunch buffet and alcoholic beverage while attending a two-hour dessert demonstration from a celebrity chef. Sign me up for the samples, please! The Sweet Sundays event runs 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and costs $110, plus tax and gratuities, per person. You do not have to be 21 to attend, but you do need to show ID to be served an alcoholic beverage. Here was the Sweet Sundays Chef lineup in 2019:
- March 10: Jean-Marc Viallet, Disneyland Resort Executive Pastry Chef
- March 24: Matt Lewis, Baked NY and Tokyo, Baked: New Frontiers in Baking
- April 7: Emily Ellyn, Food Network Star and Cutthroat Kitchen
- April 21: Keegan Gerhard, Food Network Challenge
Rub Elbows with a Celebrity Chef
Get prepped for a two-hour culinary demonstrations by the celebrity chefs at Palisades Stage in Paradise Gardens Park. One chef who usually sells out quickly is Guy Fieri. Hear stories and watch Guy turn up the heat on some of his signature dishes. Afterwards, you’re invited to a reception to sample the featured dish. This event costs $120 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Participants who are over the age of 21 may enjoy a paired glass of an alcoholic beverage.
The event is on March 9, 2019, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with check-in 5:30 at Palisades Stage in Paradise Gardens Park. The reception is near Paradise Garden Grill. Be sure to reserve in advance (as we expect this one will sell out quickly) and be aware that there are no cancellations, refunds or exchanges.
The "In the Kitchen with … " series includes other celebrity chefs doing a demonstration, followed by a brunch buffet that features one of the chef’s dishes, along with beverages. They cost $110, plus tax and gratuity. Here are the dates and times of "In the Kitchen With … and their hosts:
- Fabio Viviani, Top Chef: March 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Richard Blais, Top Chef, Top Chef All-Stars, Iron Chef America and Chopped All-Stars: March 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Graham Elliot, MasterChef, MasterChef Jr. and Top Chef: March 31 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Claudia Sandoval, MasterChef and MasterChef Latino: April 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Afterwards, you can take photos and get your book signed.
Have Dinner with the Disney Chefs
You could join the Disney Chefs for dinner in the Vineyard Room at Wine Country Trattoria on March 28, 2019. Enjoy a 4-course dinner that reflects festival flavors as well as cultures and flavors from around the globe. The Dinner with Disney Chefs event was held March 28, 2019, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. It costs $225, plus tax and gratuity.
Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Merch
The Disney Parks Blog promised a new line of merchandise in 2020. Hold onto your ears as there will be new head ware, apparel, home decor and kitchen gadgets. I can't wait to wear my exclusive Minnie ear headband (featuring gold fork and spoon!) and a popular wine-colored spirit jersey from last year again. In 2019, along with the exclusive California Adventure Food and Wine merchandise, there was kitchenware, signed art and more available for purchase at Studio Store, Festival Gifts, Seaside Souvenirs and Festival Merchandise.
The Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival is just one of many events happening 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!