DE's Guide to the 2018 DCA Food and Wine Festival - Disney Elite

DE's Guide to the 2018 DCA Food and Wine Festival

The 2018 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival kicks runs through Apr 12th, and features a variety of tasting opportunities, adult beverage seminars, cooking demonstrations, celebrity chef appearances and featured artists.

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Festival Marketplace Menus

Special dishes created for the Food & Wine Festival, and available at the 14 standalone Marketplace booths located throughout Disney California Adventure park, as well as at the Beer Garden at the Paradise Garden Grill. 

Nuts About Cheese


  • Brie Toast with Fig, Mint and Almond Crumble [$4.50]
  • Goat Cheese Fromage Blanc Tartine with Rosemary and Hazelnuts [$5.00]
  • Selection of 3 California Cheeses – Point Reyes Blue, Vella Jack and Fiscalini Cheddar [$14.00]


  • Pineapple Mimosa [$14.00]
  • Raspberry Mimosa [14.00]
  • Strawberry Mimosa [$14.00]
  • Mimosa Flight [$16.00]
  • Duckhorn Vineyards, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley (3oz for $7.50; 5oz for $14.00)
  • Baileyana, Grand Firepeak Cuvee, Chardonnay, Edna Valley (3oz for $9.00; 5oz for $17.00)
  • Chandon, Brut, California [$12.00]




  • Korean BBQ Beef Short Rib Tacos [$7.50]
  • Chicken Teriyaki Slider with Spicy DOLE® Pineapple Jam [$6.50]
  • Mexican Chocolate Custard [$4.50]


  • LVP, Vanderpump, Red Sangria, Spain [$9.50]
  • Golden Road Brewing, Mango Cart, Wheat Ale [$9.50]
  • Mango Agua Fresca (non-alcoholic) [$5.00]


The Brewhouse


  • Backlot Michelada [$9.75]
  • Tropical IPA Shandy [$9.75]
  • Modelo Especial Lager [$9.50]
  • Refuge Brewery, Blood Orange Wit, Belgian Wheat Ale [$9.75]
  • ACE Craft Ciders, Apple Honey, Hard Cider [$9.50]
  • Smog City Brewing, Sabre-Toothed Squirrel, Hoppy Amber Ale [$9.75]
  • Ballast Point Brewing Company, Unfiltered Sculpin, IPA [$9.75]
  • Festival Punch (non-alcoholic) [$5.00]


California Craft Brews 


  • White Cheddar Lager Soup in a Mini Boudin’s Sourdough Boule [$6.00]


  • Beer Flight – Bright & Refreshing [$14.00]
    • Three Weavers Brewing Company, Seafarer
    • Mission Brewery, Hefeweizen
    • Bottle Logic Brewing, Kingdom Common, California Common
    • Black Market Brewing Co., Cherry Gose
  • Beer Flight – Bold & Hoppy [$14.00]
    • Stone Brewing, Scorpion Bowl, Tropical IPA
    • Hangar 24 Craft Brewing, Betty, American IPA
    • Aftershock Brewing Co., Red Alert, Red Ale
    • Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Barney Flats
  • Three Weavers Brewing Company, Seafarer, Kolsch [$9.75]
  • 21st Amendment Brewery, El Sully, Mexican Style Lager [$9.75]
  • Mission Brewery, Hefeweizen [$9.75]
  • Black Market Brewing Co., Cherry Gose [$9.75]
  • Bottle Logic Brewing, Kingdom Common, California Common [$9.75]
  • Aftershock Brewing Co., Red Alert, Red Ale [$9.75]
  • Stone Brewing, Scorpion Bowl, Tropical IPA [$9.75]
  • Hangar 24 Craft Brewing, Betty, American IPA [$9.75]
  • Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Boat Shoes, Hazy IPA [$9.75]
  • Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Barney Flats, Oatmeal Stout [$9.75]


Peppers Cali-Ente


  • Jalapeño Popper Mac & Cheese with Bacon [$7.50]
  • Verlasso™ Sustainable Salmon Peruvian Poke with a Cucumber-Lime Salad and Aju Verde Salsa [$7.50]


  • Lime Margarita with Jalapeño Garnish [$12.50]
  • Watermelon Lemonade (non-alcoholic), with optional Habanero Sugar & Chili-Lime Half-Rim ($5.00; $9.00 in souvenir cup)


Uncork California


  • White Wine Flight [$16.00]
    • Twomey, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa County, Sonoma County
    • Cambria Estate Vineyards & Winery, Benchmark, Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley
    • Sofia, Rosé, Monterey County
  • Red Wine Flight [$16.00]
    • La Crema, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
    • Ferrari-Carano, Merlot, Sonoma County
    • Rodney Strong, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County
  • Sparkling Wine Tropical Float [$14.00]
  • Sofia Blanc de Blancs, Monterey County [$12.00]


Strawberry Patch 


  • Strawberry & Coconut Rice “Frushi” with Sweet Oikos® Greek Nonfat Yogurt Wasabi Sauce [$4.50]
  • Watsonville Strawberry Pie [$5.00]


  • Strawberry Frosé [$13.00]
  • Strawberry Pineapple Float with Strawberry Popping Pearls (non-alcoholic) ($6.00; $10.50 in souvenir tumbler)


Avocado Time


  • Avocado & Pepper Jack Petite Guacamole Burger [$7.75]
  • Spice Oumph!® on Pita with Avocado Hummus and Garlic Sauce [$6.00]
  • Avocado Ice Cream Bar [$4.50]


  • Kickback Michelada with Flavors of Pineapple and Lime [$9.75]
  • Black Market Brewing Co., Deception Coconut Lime, Blonde Ale [$9.75]


Eat Your Greens


  • Grilled Asparagus Caesar Salad [$5.50]
  • Compressed Asian Cucumbers with Green Sauce, Toasted Almonds and Sea Beans [$6.00]


  • Lolea, No. 2 Sparkling Frizzante White Sangria, Spain [$9.00]
  • Beet Kombucha Sangria [$9.50]
  • Health-Ade Beet Kombucha with Wild Berry FOMZ (non-alcoholic) ($5.50; $10.00 in souvenir tumbler)


Citrus Grove


  • Citrus-Brined Pork Roast with Tangy Barbecue Sauce and Lemon Pepper Slaw [$7.00]
  • Crispy Orange Chicken & Rice with Garlic Cracker [$7.50]
  • Meyer Lemon Macaron [$4.75]


  • Meyer Lemon Ginger Mule [$12.25]
  • White Blend, Conundrum, California (3oz pour $7.50 5oz pour $14.00)
  • Fever Tree Ginger Beer [$6.00]


I Heart Artichokes


  • Grilled & Chilled Artichoke Hearts with Romesco [$6.50]
  • Fried Artichoke Carbonara [$6.00]
  • Bourbon Chocolate Whoopie Pie [$4.50]


  • Tio Pepe, Fino Sherry, Gonzalez Byass, Spain [$11.00]
  • Mumm Napa, Sparkling Wine, Brut Prestige, Napa Valley [$12.00]




  • Grilled Harris Ranch Beef Tenderloin Slider with Chimichurri Sauce [$8.00]
  • Salt & Beer Vinegar Parmesan Chicken Wings [$7.50]
  • Oikos® Greek Nonfat Yogurt Panna Cotta with Red Raspberry Compote [$4.75]


  • Festival Beer Flight [$14.00]
  • Estrella Damm, Lager [$9.75]
  • Towne Park Brew Co., Pale Ale [$9.75]
  • Bootlegger’s Brewery, Thai Tea Far Out, West Coast IPA [$9.75]
  • Lost Coast Brewery, Downtown Brown, Brown Ale [$9.75]
  • Justin, Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles [$9.75]
  • Orange-Vanilla Cream Float with Whipped Cream (non-alcoholic) ($6.50; $11.00 in souvenir tumbler)


Off the Cob


  • Sweet Corn Nuggets with Beef Chili [$6.75]
  • Shrimp Boil Tacos with Andouille Sausage and Fresh Corn [$7.00]
  • Caramel Popcorn Crispy Treat [$4.00]


  • Popcorn Lemonade Cocktail [$12.25]
  • Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co, Paradise Rd, Pilsner [$9.75]
  • Popcorn Lemonade with Whipped Cream and Candy Corn Garnish (non-alcoholic) ($5.50; $10.00 in souvenir tumbler)


Garlic Kissed


  • Creamy Mac & Cheese with Garlic Bread Crumble [$7.00]
  • Black Garlic Soy-Braised Pork Belly Banh Mi [$7.50]


  • Bloody Mary with Garlic-Stuffed Olive [$12.25]


Festival Beer Garden


  • Beer Garden Flight [$14.00]
    • Legends Craft Brewery, American Lager
    • Modern Times Beer, Lomaland, Saison
    • Stereo Brewing Company, Tales of Brave Ulysses
    • Sierra Nevada, Tropical Torpedo, Tropical IPA
  • Legends Craft Brewery, American Lager [$9.75]
  • Saint Archer Brewing Co., Blonde Ale [$9.75]
  • Barley Forge Brewing Company, Nom Nom, Mango Hefeweizen [$9.75]
  • Modern Times Beer, Lomaland, Saison [$9.75]
  • Stereo Brewing Company, Tale of Brave Ulysses, Scottish Ale [$9.75]
  • Sierra Nevada, Tropical Torpedo, Tropical IPA [$9.75]
  • Noble Ale Works, Big Whig, IPA [$9.75]
  • Unsung Brewing Company, Naturia, Double IPA [$10.00]
  • Goose Island Beer Co., Matilda, Belgian-Style Pale Ale [$10.75]
  • Lindemans Brewery, Framboise, Raspberry Lambic [$13.00]


Paradise Garden Grill


  • Beer-Battered Cod with Steak Fries, Sweet Slaw and Spicy Remoulade [$12.99]
  • Vegetarian “Meatball” Sandwich with Marinara Sauce Topped with Melted Mozzarella Cheese and served with Kettle Chips [$10.99]
  • Beer-Braised Pork Tacos with Pickled Apple Slaw, Black Beans and Queso [$10.99]
  • Sausage Trio Platter with Braised Red Cabbage and Warm Potato Salad [$13.99]
  • Large Soft Pretzel with Beer-Mustard Dipping Sauce [$5.29]
  • Salted Caramel Budino with Vanilla Bean Chantilly Cream [$3.99]
  • Bienenstich Cake with Caramelized Almonds and filled with Vanilla Bean Custard [$3.99]


  • Brewery Ommegang, Hennepin, Farmhouse Saison [$9.00]
  • Innis & Gunn, Original, Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale [$9.00]
  • Zilliken Estate, Riesling, Mosel, Germany [$11.00]


Sip and Savor Pass and AP Corner

None of the Marketplace booths offer a discount to annual passholders, but APs can again purchase the "Sip and Savor Pass" for $45. The passport provides eight tasting portions of selected food and  nonalcoholic beverage items from 12 participating Festival Marketplace booths. The passport is not valid at Paradise Garden Grill.

The average price of the items you can purchase with this pass is $6, or $48 for eight items. Because sales tax is not applied to the price of the Sip and Savor Pass, but is to the food items, you get an 8 percent advantage when you use the pass.

The passport is a plastic card with eight snap-off tabs, strung on a lanyard printed with an Annual Passholder logo. Disney has designed a series of 12, buttons with the "AP" logo in varying color combinations. You receive one of the buttons each time you redeem a tab, and so can collect a series of eight when you redeem the whole pass. You'll need more than one pass if you want the whole set of 12 buttons.

You can purchase the pass at the following locations:

  • Festival Merchandise carts
  • The AP Corner
  • The Studio Store in Hollywood Land
  • The Festival Gifts stand in the Hollywood Backlot

AP Corner is in the Hollywood Backlot, outside Stage 17. This area opens at 11:00 a.m. each day, and offers a special PhotoPass backdrop for passholders, as well as annual passholder exclusive collectible buttons, and a collection of exclusive annual passholder merchandise from the event. Disney characters will be available for a special photo opportunity each day from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. and from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

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Celebrity Chefs

Celebrity Chef LIVE! at the Hyperion is a new feature, each week different chefs will take the stage inside the Hyperion Theater. These hard-ticket events are $99 per person, and include samples during a post-show Tasting Party.

Advance reservations are required via the Disneyland website.

  • Friday, March 9 – Guy Fieri (Diners, Drive-Ins and DivesGuy's Grocery Games)
  • Friday, March 30 – Robert Irvine (Dinner: Impossible; Restaurant: Impossible)

Sweet Sundays

Sweet Sundays are back for 2018, offering visitors a chance to start the day with a cooking demonstration by popular bakers and pastry masters. These hard-ticket events are $99 per person, and include a light breakfast and sparkling wine toast.

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Seminars are held inside Napa Rose restaurant at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at 10:00 a.m., unless otherwise noted. Advance reservations are required via the Disneyland website.

  • March 4 – [Sold out as of press time] Keegan Gerhard (Food Network Challenge)
  • March 11 – Emily Ellyn (Food Network StarCutthroat Kitchen)
  • April 8 – [Sold out as of press time] Duff Goldman (Cake MastersAce of CakesKids Baking Championship)


Spirit seminars

Seminars are held on the Sonoma Terrace at the Golden Vine Winery. The price is $20 per person, plus tax. All participants must be age 21 or older; neither children nor strollers are allowed in the seminars.

Advance reservations are required via the Disneyland website



Disney is trying a new approach for 2018, moving the live culinary demonstrations outdoors again, this time to Palisades Stage in Paradise Park. This standing room only location provides more visibility for the speaker.

For $30, you can purchase a Culinary VIP ticket, and receive both a seat for the presentation and a sample of the dish. Afterwards, you can enjoy a meet and greet with the chef. Advance reservations are required via the Disneyland website.


Junior Chef

The popular Junior Chef offering is back for 2018, at a new home in Hollywood Land. The Junior Chef program gives children ages 3 to 11 the opportunity to help "bake" a sweet treat, with help from Goofy and some Disney chefs. Every participant receives a packaged baked treat to enjoy after the activity. 

The free offering is scheduled three times per day, so check the event schedule for the day you want to visit. Participation is first come first served, and each participant must be accompanied by someone 14 or older.


Family-Friendly Seminars

Previously known as "Lifestyle Seminars," these brief 20 to 30-minute presentations focus on different aspects of the food world, from gardening to cooking. The seminars take place at the Backlot Stage in Hollywood Land each Friday through Sunday. Disney does not post the schedule online in advance


Festival Artist Showcase

Disney will again feature popular artists during the Food & Wine Festival, with several debuting new products commissioned just for this event. You can meet the artists and purchase their creations during scheduled events each weekend of the Festival. Look for the Artist Showcase area near Festival Gifts.

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