It’s the most flavorful time of the year! Disneyland Resort’s Food and Wine Festival is returning for 2020 with culinary demonstrations, special performances, and of course food!
The festival will take place as always at Disneyland Resort’s Disney California Adventure Park. Upon arrival at the festival be sure to pick up a festival map and tasting passport as you wander about. The map will show you exactly where to find each kiosk as well as the locations of demos and performances. The tasting passport holds a detailed menu of every food and beverage item available at the festival. It also specifies vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Inside the passport, you will also find festival merchandise options and locations.
Sip and Savor Pass 2020
If you plan on trying several Food and Wine Festival options, you might consider a Sip and Savor Pass. You can purchase this pass for $56 ($51 for annual passholders). The pass has 8 removable tabs that can be redeemed at the kiosks for food and non-alcoholic beverage items. As a Disneyland annual passholder, I love to get the pass and hold on to it for future visits as they don’t expire and you can use them until the last day of the festival. To get the most value out of my Sip and Savor Pass, I like to use it for items $6 and above and pay out of pocket for less expensive options like desserts and drinks.
Food and Wine Festival Merchandise and Entertainment
The merchandise for the Food and Wine festival changes each year. This year brings a vibrant new Spirit Jersey, sequined Minnie ears with a chef’s hat, and more.
There is musical entertainment located on the Palisades Stage and the Paradise Gardens Bandstand to enjoy while you eat. Returning fan favorites include Fat Cat Swingers, Adelaide Tropical, and more. But my favorite Food and Wine Festival show is “Jammin’ Chefs” where Chip and Dale join in the fun in this musical cooking-themed entertainment. If you’re visiting with kids, be sure to check out “Jr. Chef” where kids make their own culinary creations with the supervision of Chef Goofy at the Hollywood Backlot.
Fun New Menu Options
I attended the soft opening of this year’s festival today—a day before it’s official opening tomorrow, February 28th. Many of my favorite booths and menu items have returned from last year such as “Off The Cobb” and “Nuts About Cheese.” Other than the beautifully elaborate new booth signs, there were also a few new items I knew I needed to try right away. One new option is the vegetarian Impossible Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese. I’m always excited to see new vegetarian food and this did not disappoint. The Mac and Cheese is rich and creamy and tastes more like a cheeseburger than it does macaroni and cheese. I definitely intend on having it again.
Over at the cleverly named “One in a Melon” booth, I took a chance on something unlike anything I’ve ever had before. I tried the Poke-Style Watermelon with Cucumber. It’s a dish of diced watermelon cubes marinated in citrus-soy poke dressing on white rice, topped with cucumbers and red onions with furikake. And you know what? I enjoyed it! It definitely reminds me more of a salad than a poke bowl, but being served poke style was a lot of fun.
Also at “One in a Melon” is the Pabana Cream Puff. It’s a bold statement but this is quite possibly the best dessert I’ve ever had. The cream puff has a creamy mousse blend of mango, passion fruit, and banana and sits on a bed of vanilla-bean pineapple compote. It is a delicious and perfectly balanced dessert that I foresee myself eating way too much of in the near future.
Disney Culinary Adventure Tour
New to the Food and Wine Festival this year is the Disney Culinary Adventure Tour. On Wednesdays and Thursdays during the festival, guests can take a behind-the-scenes tour of one of the many kitchens inside Disney California Adventure.
Disney California Food and Wine Festival starts tomorrow, February 28, 2020, and goes through April 21st!