Disney California Adventure will present a unique Food & Wine Festival. Each day from March 2-April 12, 2018, the California Adventure Food and Wine Festival will offer a taste of the best of California cuisine. This event has previously been only offered on weekends, so this is a great expansion.
The price of admission to the California Adventure Food and Wine Festival is included with regular Disney California Adventure park admission. Some experiences and offerings will have an additional fee. Guests must be 21 years of age or over to participate in some events; valid ID required. Subject to restrictions and change or cancellation without notice.
While there may be some similarities to the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, the focuses are different. Epcot’s festival focuses on international offerings, but the California Adventure Food and Wine Festival will focus on California inspired options.
This year there will be over a dozen Festival Marketplaces. Delicious food and beverages from all over the state of California will be available.
Demonstrations and Seminars
Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival will include culinary demonstrations, celebrity chef appearances and seminars. While some aspects of the festival are available only guests age 21 and over, expect that there will be something for every member of the family to enjoy at the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival.
Culinary Demonstrations will take place on the Palisades Stage in Paradise Park. These 30-minute presentations will feature some of the best chefs in the industry. They take place Friday through Sunday at 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Standing room only is available to watch the demonstration (no samples will be served) and is included in park admission. The VIP Package includes reserved seating, a meet and greet with the chef, and samples and costs $30 per person.
Conducted in the Sonoma Terrace at the Golden Vine Winery, Wine, Beer and Spirits Education and Tasting Seminars are fun and informative presentations about wine, beer and spirits. The 30 to 45-minute seminars include up to 3 tastings. Cost is $20 per person plus tax. Monday through Thursday, these are held at 5:00 pm. Friday through Sunday, they are held at 11:45 am, 1:30 pm, 3:15 pm, and 5:00 pm. Each week has a unique schedule showcasing various California wineries, breweries, and distilleries, so be sure to check out the schedule in the park.
On select nights you can also enjoy a 4 course meal focusing on gourmet wine-focused pairings. These Winemaker Dinners take place on March 15 (6:00 pm at Steakhouse 55 – $175), March 29 (6:30 pm at Napa Rose – $250), and April 5 (6:30 pm at Carthay Circle – $300) cost All costs are per person, plus tax and gratuity.
On select nights (March 8) you can also enjoy a 4 course meal focusing on gourmet food and beer pairings. Located at Steakhouse 55, these Brewmaster Beer Dinners cost $150 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
The Hyperion Theater in Hollywood Land will be host to the Celebrity Chef LIVE! at the Hyperion. Here you can catch some of the biggest names of the culinary world, including superstar chefs Guy Fieri (March 9) and Robert Irvine (March 30), as they share tips, treasured recipes and behind-the-scenes-stories and demonstrate how to create their personal favorite dishes. A tasting will follow each chef appearance. Cost is $99 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Note – theme park admission is NOT required for this event, and seating is assigned. A limited number of VIP seats (on stage) are available, and include a private meet and greet. Cost is $250 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
If you have more of a celebrity sweet tooth, you can also stop by Napa Rose in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa for Sweet Sundays on March 4, March 11, and April 8. These are 2 hour breakfasts with sparkling wine during a celebrity baking demonstration, featuring the likes of Duff Goldman, Emily Ellyn, and Keegan Gerhard. Cost is $99 per person, plus tax and gratuity.
Family-Friendly Seminars celebrate life’s simple joys. Held in Hollywood Land, these seminars are an opportunity to learn more about exciting topics including gardening, horticulture and health & wellness.
Kids 3 to 11 can also get some hands on experience with Jr Chef in the Hollywood Backlot. Here, young chefs follow a recipe while being supervised by Chef Goofy. Participation is available on a first come first served basis and is scheduled throughout the day.
Festival Marketplace Booths
More information about the booths at the 2018 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival will be added as it’s released. Below is the information for 2017.
Numerous carts and kiosks provide visitors with a selection of foods and drinks from across the state. This Festival Marketplace is located between Hollywood Land and the Golden Zephyr.
Festival Marketplace Offerings
- Nuts About Cheese – Discover wine’s best friends.
- Uncork California – Wine in flights and by the glass.
- I Heart Artichokes – The thistle prepared 3 ways.
- Garlic Kissed – Savory heat and an ice cream treat.
- California Craft Brews – The best from local breweries.
- Olive Us – Get a side of soup with your martini.
- Bacon Twist – Because bacon is always on your mind.
- Lemon Grove – Citrusy refreshment in every offering.
- Seafood…Sustained – A better way to fresh flavor.
- The Onion Lair – Kicky dishes and cool beverages.
- Off the Cob – The essence of summer’s sweetness.
- Sweet & Sourdough – The classic California staff of life.
- LA Style – Favorite southland food truck flavors.
- Wineology – Taste wine and sangria by the glass.
- The Brewhouse – Craft beers and beer cocktails.
Additionally, the Paradise Garden Grill transforms itself into the Festival Beer Garden throughout the duration of the festival.
Reservations for Beverage Seminars, Special Meals and Celebrity Kitchen experiences can be made by calling (714) 781-DINE or visiting disneyland.com/dine.