Heading to Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival? I’ve compiled a list of tips to help you make the most of your foodie adventure. This year’s dates are March 1 to April 23, 2019. Pick your dates and head on over to the Happiest, Foodiest, Place on Earth! You’ll find lots of delicious eats, all inspired by fresh California-grown ingredients. You will also be able to enjoy culinary demonstrations, food seminars, and much more. Now on to making the most of your foodie crawl!
Book special Food & Wine Experience’s in advance – If you plan on taking advantage of any signature events, such as Dinner with Disney Chefs, Celebrity Chef demonstrations, or the Winemaker Receptions at Carthay, it is best to book in advance. These events tend to book up quickly so make sure to reserve a spot if you are wanting to experience this. *Please note that signature events do require a separate fee*
You can check pricing and more details by clicking here.
Tip #2 (most important for those with dietary restrictions)
Grab a Tasting Passport – This little booklet will be your guide through the festival. It will have all the different booths, foods, beverages, gluten friendly, vegetarian, and kid friendly information for you! Inside the passport is also a map of each booth location. It will note the different beers available to you from the Beer Garden. These little booklets can be found throughout the park.
Take advantage of the freebies
- Chef hat – Grab your complimentary paper chef hat. It’s cute, kids can color it, and makes for a fun free souvenir.
- Kids Cooking Event – It’s free and fun for the young ones. Children ages 3-11 can join Chef Goofy and create a fun treat to enjoy. This is a hands-on experience. Times and dates will be posted daily in the Hollywood Backlot. This is a MUST for those who have little ones.
- Culinary Demonstrations – Watch some of the best chefs whip up some tasty eats! They’ll share their cooking tips and tricks. Location will be the Backlot Stage in Hollywood Land. Samples will not be provided but it is still fun to watch and maybe even learn a few fun tips. Click here for times and dates of demonstrations.
- Family Friendly Seminars – This event will share how you can prepare meals as a family and enjoy them together. Click here for times and dates of demonstrations.
Previously exclusive for AP’s, now anyone can purchase a Sip & Savor to save $ – A must for all who plan to eat their way through the festival. A sip and savor costs $54.00 (Discounted for AP’s, price TBA). It comes with 8 coupons that are valid at the festival booths. (1) item per coupon and not valid on any alcoholic beverages. Pro tip – Use the coupons for the more expensive food items. Sip & Savor coupons can be purchased at Festival Merchandise carts, the Studio Store, and Festival Gifts.
Stop by the AP Corner – Don’t forget to stop by the AP corner to grab your FREE Button and take advantage of the photo ops.
Tip #5 – Merchandise and entertainment.
Merchandise – This year’s merchandise looks awesome! Be sure to check it all out. They’ll have items for the home, apparel, collectible art, and lots more.
Entertainment – Take advantage of the fun entertainment during Food & Wine. You can catch live music at Paradise Gardens and Paradise Park. Jammin Chefs is a favorite. You’ll see Chip & Dale jammin’ out.
Lines – Lines are usually going to be longer closer to lunch time. If you prefer lower wait times, go in the evening or before noon.
Plan ahead – Keep an eye out on your favorite bloggers’ coverage of the all the foods. This will allow you to plan ahead and make a list of all the BEST foods to try!
Take friends – If you are wanting to try all the fun foods, take some friends with you. This way you can split the cost and share the foods. Not only that but I’m sure you’ll have a blast with your friends eating your way through the festival. I know I always do!
If you plan on going, have fun! Food & Wine is one of my favorite festivals.
As always, thank you for stopping by.