Updated March 4, 2019
It’s time! It’s time!
The Food and Wine Festival is here.
Disney California Adventure hosts a few special events like this throughout the year and they keep getting better and better.
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The Food and Wine Festival takes place at California Adventure, which is the park adjacent to Disneyland Park. You will need a theme park ticket to get into the park, but the celebration is part of your day and includes no additional cost. Food, drinks and merchandise are available for purchase.
This event runs from March 1, 2019 to April 23, 2019.
Visit this link for lots more info direct from Disney.
The festival is super fun and something not to miss if you’re in the parks during these dates. Sip beer, wine, or non-alcoholic drinks while strolling through the parks enjoying so many yummy dishes. See cooking demonstrations, partake in the Jr. Chef experience, and more.
Disney shares all of your food options at this link.
There are so many booths this year! I can’t wait to try them all.
Here is what’s in store for 2019:
- Avocado Time
- Berry Patch
- California Craft Brews
- Citrus Grove
- Garlic Kissed
- Golden Dreams
- I Heart Artichokes
- Nuts About Cheese
- Off the Cob
- Paradise Garden Grill
- Peppers Cali-ente
- Uncork California
- Veggie, Veggie, Fruit, Fruit
Sip and Savor Pass
The Sip and Savor Pass is available to all park guests this year and is a great value if you want to sample several dishes. It costs $54 and is available for purchase at the following locations:
- Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street
- Elias & Co. at the end of Buena Vista Street near Carthay Circle
- Seaside Souvenirs in Paradise Gardens
- The Sip and Savor Cart
- Festival Marketplaces
- Festival Gift and Artist Corner
- Studio Store in Hollywood Land
Your $54 entitles you to a commemorative lanyard that you can wear around the park if you wish. On the lanyard, you’ll find 8 coupons. Redeem those coupons at the booths I shared above. They’re good for most dishes and drinks (without alcohol).
Formerly only available to Annual Passholders, this is a nice perk open to everyone this year. Enjoy it!
New This Year
Disney started this new option during Lunar New Year and I was immediately a big fan!
To combat long lines at the food and drink booths, guests may now visit ANY of the booths, order from one or all, and then pick up food at the appropriate booths.
Once you pay, you’ll be given a voucher to collect your dishes. Before this change, guests had to pay for and pick up dishes at their own booths. Now, you can skip all those lines and just order at one!
Cooking Demonstrations & Family Time
Disney details everything you need to know about the demos at this link. Find info on scheduling ahead of time if you’re interested in attending.
The demonstrations are held on the Backlot Stage in Hollywood Land. To get there, walk down Buena Vista Street and take a left at Carthay Circle onto Hollywood Blvd. Walk about half way down and veer left through the arch to find the backlot area. The stage is just to the right after you walk a bit into that area.
There are additional options for cooking experiences that require reservations. This link details those. Don’t panic if you can’t get into any of those options. There is so much to see and do that is included without reservation.
On select days during the festival, Chef Daniella Malfitano shares tips on preparing meals for busy families. Find her schedule at this link.
Jr. Chef Experience
The Jr. Chef Experience is super cute and open to kids age 3-11. It includes a “cooking” experience and a treat to enjoy when it’s over. Find more information from Disney at this link.
Located in Hollywood Land, it’s easy to find. Start down Buena Vista Street and take a right at Carthay Circle on Hollywood Blvd. Veer left through the arch just before Scmoozies and then find this experience to the right after walking in a bit.
This is a very popular part of the festival, so I recommend arriving 30-45 minutes before showtime to ensure your child gets a spot. They typically have fun arts and crafts in the same area to keep kids busy while you wait.
Paradise Gardens and Paradise Park will have live music here and there. Check the Entertainment tab on the Disneyland app for specifics during your stay. Look for signs, too, detailing who is on the schedule for your visit.
And, do your best not to miss the Jammin’ Chefs! Chip ‘n’ Dale accompany performers and play music throughout the day. They typically can be found near Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. A sign should be up letting you know show times. This performance is so much fun.
How to Fit the Festival Into Your Day at DCA
As with any day at the Disneyland Resort, I recommend you arrive an hour prior to official park opening. Focus on attractions as soon as you arrive and then enjoy the Food and Wine Festival in the afternoon.
If you follow one of my strategies, you will not wait more than 20 minutes for any attraction at California Adventure. You’ll also very likely have every attraction in the park complete by around lunch time.
This post shares exactly how to make that happen.
Once you’re finished with attractions, head over to the festival to get started on all it has to offer.
Annual Passholders enjoy discounted Sip and Savor Passes for $49 each. The AP lanyard is different than the one available to all park guests, highlighting that you’re a passholder.
Find a cool photo opportunity at the AP Corner at Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar from March 1 – 31, 2019. It’s open from 12:00pm to 6:00pm each day. The Blue Sky Cellar is adjacent to Wine Country Trattoria, which is directly across from the entrance to Cars Land.
Disney shares even more at this link.
Enjoy it all!