A Food Lover’s Guide to Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

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Foodie Guide to Food & Wine Festival

It’s that time of year again at The Disneyland Resort, every food lover’s dream, Food & Wine Festival! This year’s festival is running from March 1 – April 23. The longest festival to date! Ashlee and I had the pleasure of joining our friend Sarah during our quest to try as many food (and drink) items as possible! We had a blast and ate a TON of food! Here’s everything we tried and our thoughts! Stay tuned for updates as we try even more items!

Pro Tip: Divide and conquer! Going with friends and family allows you to try more and not get full as fast!

Nuts About Cheese

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Fiscalini White Cheddar Lager Soup – $6.75

Bread Bowl

This amazing soup is served in the most adorable mini Boudin sourdough bowl. This was our first item and it set the bar high! The flavors were absolutely delicious and instantly a favorite among us. My recommendation would be to not eat the entire bowl as it will fill you up. I wish there was just a little more soup in the bowl, but overall this item is HIGHLY recommended and was Sarah’s favorite item!

Uncork California

Uncork CA Menu

California Artisan Cheese Selection – $8.50

Cheese Plate

Last year our favorite item hands down was the cheese plate. We love cheese plates! This year there are two different plates being offered instead of one for a higher price. You have a choice between Point Reyes Blue cheese OR Fiscalini White Cheddar Hand Crafted California cheese. The plate includes nuts, dried fruit, crackers, and the cheese option.  I was slightly disappointed with the plate because I would have liked more cheese as opposed to nuts and fruit. The cheese itself was absolutely delicious and I do recommend it to fellow cheese lovers!

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The cheddar plate does include grapes. If you’re unsure which cheese plate to choose, go with the blue cheese it’s MUCH better!

Citrus Grove

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Orange Chicken & Rice – $7.50

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We all had great things to say about this item! There were generous portions of chicken, even if the bites were a little large. Sarah found this “refreshing” while Ashlee thought it was “authentic.” I’m a sauce person, so I enjoy seeing how well sauces tie a dish together and this one was very well done! All in all, we recommend this item!

Meyer Lemon Blue Diamond Almond Macaron – $5.50

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I can’t say it enough, I LOVE Disney macarons! I’m glad this item was on Sarah’s radar as well. I have high expectations for macarons and let me say this did not disappoint! The lemon flavor is not overwhelming and the cream is delicious! What’s not known by looking at the title is that there is jelly in the middle which compliments everything very well! This was definitely in our top 3 food items, highly recommend!

Berry Patch

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Strawberry & Coconut Rice “Frushi” – $5.50

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If you’ve never had frushi before you should know it’s very…interesting. Ashlee really wanted to try this and she really enjoyed it! I took one bite and realized I made a mistake, it was just not for me. There is a sweet Oikos yogurt wasabi sauce drizzled on top. The flavors work well together and are refreshing, but I wouldn’t get it again.

Strawberry Float (Non-alcoholic) – $6.50

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We also tried the strawberry float which contains vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and crunchy cereal garnish. It was really hot the day we tried this so it was perfect! Also, it helped cool down our mouths as we ate the ghost pepper mac & cheese for a second time! There is a lot of ice cream and the strawberry flavor mixes so well together! This is great for kids and adults alike!

California Craft Brews

Pepperoni Pizza Egg Rolls – $7.00

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This was on Ashlee’s must-try list. I will admit “pizza” and “egg rolls” are just two foods I can’t imagine coming together, but Disney made it happen! The egg rolls are accompanied with a marinara and pesto sauce. What I enjoyed most about this was the marinara sauce because it had a slight kick to it. Overall this wasn’t my favorite, but Ashlee enjoyed it so it’s worth trying if you’re curious about it!

Peppers Cali-Ente

Peppers Caliente Menu

Ghost Pepper Mac & Cheese with Chili Cheese Corn Chip Dust – $7.75

Ghost Pepper Mac n Cheese

This is probably one of the most talked about items at the entire festival! I’ve heard many great things about this mac & cheese so I knew I had to try it! I also love spicy food so I wanted to see how spicy this truly was! Now I can handle some spicy foods, but I will say this mac & cheese is SPICY! Ashlee had to stop eating it after 2 or 3 bites. In her words, “it just stays with you.” LOL! I ate about half of it but had to stop. I was sad I couldn’t finish it because it was truly very flavorful but my mouth couldn’t handle it any longer. The portion size was fantastic as well! If you’re up for a spicy challenge this is a must!

Avocado Time

Avocado Time Menu

Petite Impossible Burger with Guac and Pepper Jack Cheese – $8.00

Impossible Burger

For those who don’t know what the Impossible burger is, it’s a plant-based patty that looks just like a burger! I did not try this item, but Sarah and Ashlee did. Sarah enjoyed the small spice, likely in the guac, and would eat this again. However, Ashlee would not. I don’t think this burger is for everyone. I’m sure it’s a vegetarian’s dream though! I know my sister would enjoy it!

Veggie, Veggie, Fruit, Fruit

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Grilled Asparagus Chicken Caesar Salad – $7.00

This was definitely another favorite item of mine! If you love asparagus this is a MUST! The chicken salad on top is so delicious and it goes perfectly with the asparagus. The crunchy topping adds another texture element and ties everything together. This is not something you’ll want to pass up!

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I Heart Artichokes

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Artichoke Toast with California Olive Tapenade – $6.50

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Although this may not look like the most appealing item out there it’s actually pretty good. If you don’t like olives or are unsure if you like olives, skip this item LOL! They are super salty, but aside from that everything is really delicious. I loved the toast itself it was very good! Ashlee realized how much she didn’t like olives after this item. The artichokes don’t stand out since they’re mixed in with the olives, but overall I do recommend!

Cluck-A-Doodle-Moo

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Harris Ranch Grilled Beef Tenderloin Slider with Chimichurri Sauce – $8.50

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Instead of having the Impossible burger I went with the real meat and enjoyed this slider! The beef was very tender and cut easily with a fork! (They were out of knives at the booth). The meat was delicious and cooked well! Everything tied together well! I would recommend this item and will likely try it again!

Watermelon Lemonade with Watermelon Garnish – $5.75

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After eating all this delicious food we all needed something to drink. This lemonade was an instant favorite! The watermelon and lemonade were nicely balanced. One flavor didn’t overpower the other. The watermelon garnish was a nice addition to the drink as well! Hands down will get this drink again and so should you!

Garlic Kissed

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Creamy Mac & Cheese with Garlic Bread Crumble – $7.75

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For those who might be looking for a mac & cheese option that won’t set your mouth on fire, you’ll want to get this item! We had nothing but great things to say about this mac & cheese. The noodles were cooked well, you can taste the garlic but it’s not overwhelming, and you get a great portion size! You won’t want to miss this item, it’s worth it!

Off The Cob

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Shrimp Boil Tacos with Andouille Sausage & Fresh Corn – $7.50

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Unfortunately, there had to be one item we didn’t like and this was the one. We were all very unhappy with this dish. The shrimp and sausage did not go well together. For a booth dedicated to corn, there was hardly any corn in the taco. If you have your heart set on this item you may want to consider getting something else. Thank u, next…

Peach Tea (Non-alcoholic) – $5.00

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I was really excited to try this because I love peach tea, but not this peach tea. If I had to choose my least favorite booth of the festival it would be this one. The tea is not very sweet, which is fine, some people like it that way. The peach garnish is just a frozen peach so that was a bummer as mine was pretty hard. There are much better drinks worth trying so I wouldn’t recommend this one.

Golden Dreams

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Yippee! Mickey’s Cotton Candy Soda – $7.00

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After the disappointing tacos, we had to get the drink everyone has been raving about! This drink contains Sprite, Cotton Candy Premium syrup, half-rimmed buttercream with Pineapple Cotton Candy garnish. The fun part about this drink is that it changes colors once you had the cotton candy in and mix it up! I will say I expected this drink to be extremely sugary, but surprisingly it wasn’t. It’s not something I could drink by myself, but it’s fun and flavorful and great for pictures!

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LA Style

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Asian-style Beef Barbacoa Taco with Pickled Ginger – $8.00

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These tacos were really flavorful! I absolutely loved the tortillas! Unfortunately, they were really salty…If you’re not sure where this booth is located it’s far removed from the rest of the booths. It’s located in front of the Monster’s Inc. attraction! I think there were much better items, but still glad we tried this!

Paradise Garden Grill

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Beer-Battered Cod with Steak Fries and Spiced Remoulade 

Fish n Chips

If you make your way down to the Paradise Garden Grill you’ll see there are a few items on the menu that are being offered in “tasting portions.” So I’ve never had fish and chips before and I thought what better place to have them than at Disney?? You can use one of your sip and savor tabs for any of the items indicated on the menu. The fish was extremely fresh and hot, there was a good amount of fries, and the remoulade was delicious! I found the fish to be better with the remoulade, but that’s my opinion. I’m curious about a couple other items on the menu, but if you like fish this one’s for you!

Although we tried a lot of items, there are still many more worth tasting! Stay tuned as we update you with any new food or drink items we may try!

 

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