Last year Disney California Adventure brought back the Food and Wine Festival after a 5 year hiatus. Apparently it must have done so well, they brought it back for 2017, with more food, more wine, and more demonstrations.
I came on my actual birthday, which landed on a Monday. My friend Shellie (whose birthday was the day before) met up with me at 1:00 and the place was full of Spring Break families and kids. We made our way upstream to the Annual Pass kiosk to purchase our “Sip and Savor” pass, which cost $46 (which breaks down to $5.75 a tab) and could be used at any marketplace kiosk (except on alcohol).
This year’s marketplace themes were:
– Nuts about Cheese
– I Heart Artichokes
– Garlic Kissed
– Olive Us
– Bacon Twist
– Lemon Grove
– Seafood Sustained
– The Onion Lair
– Off the Cob
– Sweet and Sourdough
– L.A. Style
In addition to the kiosk, there were high end food items sold at the Paradise Pier food area
We were there until 7:00 and was able to try these items
Grilled beef tenderloin slider ($7.75) and the Pork Belly Bao (7.00)
I Heart Artichoke
Fried artichoke Carbonara ($6.00), Creamy Artichoke & Dark Chocolate Cake Pop ($4.25)
Duck confit ($7.00) and Cherry Lemonade with cherry pearls
The Onion Lair
Braised Wagyu sliders ($7.75), Fried onion Mac n Cheese ($7.25)
Sangria Flight (located in the Hollywood area)
Mimosa Flight (next door to I heart Artichoke)
At the end of the day, I still had 3 tabs leftover, to use before the end of the festival. I left DCA very satisfied, and felt it was a much better event than last season. I’m sure I spent a lot more than I wanted to, but then it is a Disney theme park, where things aren’t cheap to begin with.
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