All the Things You Can Do at the California Adventure Food & Wine Festival
We are officially in March and that means only one thing to Disneyland foodies – The Disney California Food and Wine Festival has officially arrived. Making its debut yesterday March 1st, this year’s festival is longer than ever with 54 days of amazing food, drinks and fun.
To help you make the most out of your Food & Wine Festival visit, here are some activities that you’ll definitely want to have on your radar:
On Fridays, Saturday’s and Sundays you can witness culinary demonstrations by world-renowned chefs who will walk you through some of their favorite go-to recipes. Learn a few tricks of the trade before recreating these specialities at home.
A highlight of each year’s Fest is the incredible Festival Marketplace kiosks celebrating Calfornia dining at it’s best. This year boasts 14 outdoor kitchens featuring mouthwatering menus inspired by fresh, California-grown ingredients like avocados, citrus, strawberries, peppers, artisanal cheese and more! You’ll also find a wide variety of locally brewed craft beers and wines from across the Golden State.
For a complete look at this year’s Festival Marketplace menus check out this article.
Family-friendly seminars will also take place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays by Chef Daniella Malfitano. She’ll provide budding chefs of all ages with an opportunity to discover how preparing and sharing a meal together can make for a family bonding experience.
At the Junior Chef experience located at the Backlot Stage in Hollywood Land, young aspiring foodies (with a little help from Chef Goofy), will be able to participate by following a recipe until it leads them to a tasty surprise.
Dinner With Disney Chefs and Winemaker Receptions
Meet Disneyland Resort chefs and sommeliers and enjoy a 4-course dinner inspired by Festival recipes with an emphasis on cultures and cuisines from around the world. Each course will be paired with a perfectly matched hand-selected wine or cocktail.
For more information on Disney Chef and Winemaker Receptions visit www.disneyland.com.
Start your week the sweet way. On Sunday’s at Disney California Adventure Park, you can join a celebrated pastry chef for an entertaining dessert-focused demonstration, interview the chef and enjoy a light brunch buffet featuring one of the chef’s dishes. You’ll see how the chef bakes perfection into their signature dishes and learn tips and techniques.
The list of chefs are as follows:
Sunday, March 10 – 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Disneyland Resort Executive Pastry Chef
Sunday, March 24 – 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Baked NY and Tokyo, Baked: New Frontiers in Baking
Sunday, April 7 – 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Food Network Star and Cutthroat Kitchen
Sunday, April 21 – 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Food Network Challenge
Event Location and Price
Palisades Stage in Paradise Gardens Park
$110 per person, plus tax and gratuities for servers
In addition, this year’s festival will also feature some special events, each for one day only—so make sure to plan now:
- March 9 — Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri will be at Palisades Stage in Paradise Gardens Park
- March 10 — Jean-Marc Viallet, Disneyland Resort Executive Pastry Chef*
- March 22 — MacMurray Ranch Vineyards Winemaker Reception with Kate MacMurray at Carthay Circle Restaurant
- March 24 — Matt Lewis, Baked NY and Tokyo, Baked: New Frontiers in Baking*
- March 28 — Dinner with Disney Chefs at The Vineyard Room at Wine Country Trattoria
- April 7 — Emily Ellyn, Food Network Star and Cutthroat Kitchen*
- April 19 — Silverado Vineyards Winemaker Reception with Jonathan Emmerich at Carthay Circle Restaurant
- April 21 — Keegan Gerhard, Food Network Challenge
Set aside a bit extra in your souvenir budget to stock up on some of the incredible Food and Wine inspired items available during festival time. Among this year’s amazing merch you’ll find a spirit jersey and special Minnie ears.
You can show off your Disney style with tees, hats and bags.
Visitors will also find a fun range of Kitchenware like this fantastic cutting board perfect for meal prep!
Many of the Disney California Food & Wine events are included in the cost of your theme park admission ticket. Special signature events, demonstrations, seminars and dining events will require a separate fee.
For additional details and reservation information for seminars and signature dining events visit. Disneyland.com/FoodandWine.
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