Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival begins February 28th through April 21, 2020.
During this annual festival you can feast, drink and be merry. There are lots of booths with special menus inspired by fresh, California-grown ingredients. This event doesn’t require a separate ticket. You just need your ticket to get into Disney California Adventure. The event includes lots of food, entertainment and merchandise. Read about all the fun you can experience during the festival.
Food and Wine Festival – THE FOOD
First thing you need to pick up a food guide called a Tasting Passport to help you. It has a map of where you can find each marketplace kiosk along with a menu for each location! There are 13 different marketplaces plus various dining locations that are offering specialty items. You can also search in the Disneyland app for each location their menu and prices. Plan ahead by visiting the Disney Parks Blog where they have shared the Foodie Guide for this year. Click here for all the menus.
Now the lines to get food, drinks, or snacks can get very long. But I have the BEST PRO TIP! Find the shortest food booth line. Order any of the food options from other booths at this booth with the shortest line. Then pay for all your items at the booth with the shortest line. Now take your receipt to the booth that makes that item and skip the long line. Head to the pick up line and voila grab your food!!!! Huge time saver especially during spring break time and heavy crowds. This tip will save you. Plus new this year you can mobile order as well. The lines for the marketplaces get long so utilize this option too. For more tips on how to utilize the mobile order option in the app head over here.
Sip and Savor Pass
Enjoy again this year the Sip and Savor Pass, which consists of a commemorative credential, lanyard and 8 coupons, redeemable for select food and beverage offerings (excluding alcohol) at participating Festival Marketplaces and dining locations. You can purchase the Sip and Savor Pass at Elias & Co., Festival Gifts and Marketplaces, Kingswell Camera Shop, Rushin’ River Outfitters, Seaside Souvenirs, the Sip and Savor Cart, and the Studio Store in Hollywood Land. Annual Passholders will receive a reduced price as well as a special souvenir lanyard. The cost of the Sip and Savor pass for guests is $56 and if you’re an annual passholder it’s $51.
I always get asked, is the Sip and Savor Pass worth it? Well I can’t really answer that question because it depends on what items you are eating. If you choose eight $5.00 items to use your coupons on then no. Get an idea of what you want to eat or drink and estimate a total then divide by 8 (the number of tabs you receive). So each item you purchase needs to total over $56 or an average of $7 per item to make the pass worth it. The idea is to use the tabs on the higher valued items to get the most value out of the pass.
Entertainment for everyone
There are a few fun shows that take place during the festival. Some performances are daily and then some only take place on the weekends.
The Jammin’ Chefs perform over in Paradise Gardens Park daily in front of The Little Mermaid. The high energy drummers sing and dance along with Chip and Dale in their chef outfits. It’s a cute culinary themed show that will entertain all ages. Performance times are at 11:00 AM, 12:00 PM, 1:15 PM, 2:15 PM, 3:45 PM, 4:45 PM, times are subject to change. Always double check showtimes in the Disneyland app or entertainment guide.
Another fun option is called Family Time at the 2020 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival. Join Chef Daniella Malfitano for inspiring cooking demonstrations that focus on celebrating family time. From prep to dessert, meals are a wonderful way to spend time together as a family. Chef Daniella shares tips sure to help even the busiest families get closer during her fun and enlightening 30-minute appearances. This show is in Hollywood land at the Backlot Stage on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. See the entertainment schedule or check in the Disneyland app for exact times.
And lastly what’s a food festival without Culinary Demonstrations. Hone your culinary chops—glean tips and tricks during demos starring some of the most celebrated chefs in the industry. Don’t miss the opportunity to watch some of the industry’s top kitchen wizards share their go-to recipes and insider tips for preparing sensational dishes. This show is in Hollywood land at the Backlot Stage on Saturdays and Sundays only. For a complete list of who will be presenting on which day go here to the Disneyland website.
Entertainment for the kids
Let me tell you about the cutest show for kids during the Food and Wine Festival. The Jr. Chef show is for aspiring young chefs who want to cook with Chef Goofy! The kids follow a recipe and swirl everything together (little hands may get messy). The finished goodies go into the magic oven and―voila! Each child gets a free wrapped cookie to go. There is no additional cost to participate. The Jr. Chef kitchen is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Hollywood land at the Backlot Stage. Showtimes differ each day check the app for times. Jr. Chef is available on a first-come, first-served basis for children ages 3 to 11. The number of participants for each Jr. Chef event is limited. They take about 50 kids each show. If your child wants to participate I suggest arriving 30 minutes before the show. A line forms to the left of the stage. They take participants until the show is full. Also right next to the staging area they have free craft stations for the kids. They can color their own Chef Mickey hat to take home as a souvenir.
Freebie at the Food and Wine Festival
Disney is passing out the cute Food and Wine chef’s hat for you to take home as a keepsake. Don’t forget to grab this fun freebie during the festival.
Return of Soarin’ Over California
Last exciting part about this event is the return of Soarin’ Over California. This attraction was removed and we have enjoyed Soarin’ Around the World, but I really enjoy the California version of this ride. I love the smell of oranges and traveling all over California. And BONUS, annual passholders can enjoy an extra hour of ride time at Soarin’ Over California on March 11, 18 and 25, 2020 after the park closes!
I hope you get a chance to check out the Food and Wine Festival this year. There’s something for everyone. Happy eating and celebrating at this fun event.