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California Adventure Food and Wine Festival

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We recently spent time at the 2020 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival. This week we’ll share be covering the event by sharing general info, history of the festival, and our thoughts about some of the things we tried. 

General info:

2020 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

The festival includes a number of themed kiosks, each featuring food and beverages from a particular aspect of California cuisine. Other offerings include wine and beer tastings, seminars, and cooking demonstrations.

Valid Park Admission Required

February 28 – April 21, 2020

Food info:

Each kiosk’s menu is inspired by fresh, California-grown ingredients like avocados, berries, citrus, peppers and artisanal cheeses. Plus, you can also enjoy a variety of wines and locally brewed craft beers from across the Golden State.

Festival Marketplaces

  • Avocado Time – Indulge in the rich, creamy goodness of this fleshy fruit.
  • Berry Patch – Say “yes” to berries in a big new way!
  • California Craft Brews – Quench that thirst with craft beer and appetizing bites.
  • Cluck-a-Doodle-Moo – Sink your teeth into finger-lickin’ bliss!
  • Garlic Kissed – All hail the stinking rose!
  • Golden Dreams – Please palates with well-seasoned eats.
  • I Heart Artichokes – Feast on cuisine featuring this thorny thistle!
  • LA Style – Gobble up some of the southland’s food-truck faves.
  • Nuts About Cheese – Celebrate California’s bounty with taste bud-teasing cuisine.
  • Off the Cob – Refuel with flavorful medleys that make your mouth sing!
  • One in a Melon – Nosh on nature’s super-juicy treat!
  • Peppers Cali-ente – Snack on hot ‘n’ spicy fare with a California twist.
  • Uncork California – Discover the Golden State’s wine-making artistry!

History – link
This event was inspired by the similar but much larger Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. This festival was held annually from 2006 through 2010, and was cancelled in 2011 when Disney California Adventure began a period of major construction. The event returned in the spring of 2016.

The inaugural event featured two food service kiosks with 12 food offerings, each offering wine pairings and beer samples as well. The Golden Vine Winery patio hosted culinary demonstrations, wine, beer, and spirits seminars, guest sommelier education, a wine shop, and event merchandise shop.


Sip and Savor Pass

Embark on an amazing epicurean adventure with the Sip and Savor Pass! Each pass consists of a commemorative credential, lanyard and 8 coupons redeemable for select food and beverage offerings (excluding alcohol) at participating locations during the Festival.

Each Sip and Savor Pass is $56, including tax. In addition to a special price, Annual Passholders will also receive a souvenir lanyard. To receive the Passholder price and keepsake, a valid Annual Passport and photo ID must be shown upon purchase.

The Sip and Savor Pass is available for sale at the Sip and Savor Cart, Seaside Souvenirs, Elias & Co., Kingswell Camera Shop, Rushin’ River Outfitters, Studio Store and each Festival Marketplace.

Sip and Savor offerings at these locations are tasting-size portions only, not full entrées.

  • Cappuccino Cart
  • Festival Food and Beverage Cart
  • Hollywood Land Churro Cart
  • Paradise Garden Grill

Don’t tear off tab until you order: 

Get the printed map

Food talk:

  • Talk about what we tried
  • What was our favorite?
  • What did we not like?
  • Anything we would change?

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