Disney’s Food & Wine Festival returns with an eight-week culinary celebration
Wines from Napa Valley, beers from San Diego, artichoke hearts from the Central Coast and pastries topped with fruit grown in Northern California are on the menu at Disney California Adventure theme park’s 2022 Food & Wine Festival. , which opened on March 4 and will run until April 26.
This year’s eight-week festival is the 12th to be held at Disneyland’s sister park in Anaheim since 2006. The hugely popular festival draws large, hungry crowds during what is typically a slow time of year for California tourism. In honor of the California-centric celebration this spring, the Soarin’ Over California version of the park’s Soarin’ Around the World ride is back for a limited time.
The festival features chef and mixology demonstrations, cooking-themed children’s stage shows, and specialty menus at restaurants throughout the Disneyland Resort and Downtown Disney shopping district. There is also a wide variety of California wines, beers, and cocktails available for adults at kiosks and restaurants throughout the park.
But the festival’s main attraction each year is the Marketplace, a collection of 12 food kiosks spread across the park serving tasting portions of hot and cold food inspired by Californian cuisine. The menu changes every year, with only a handful of customer favorites making repeat visits year after year. Individual food items can be purchased at prices ranging from $4.25 to $8.50, or park visitors can purchase a “sip and savor” pass for a choice of eight dishes or non-alcoholic beverages for $57.
Booths have themes that celebrate California’s best-known artisan cultures and foods. These include the Avocado Time booth, Garlic Kissed, I Heart Artichokes, Peppers Cali-Ente, Nuts about Cheese, Berry Patch and LA Style, which showcases some of the food truck specialties that LA is famous for.
Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival
With the opening of the Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure last year, several food stations in this area of the park are also offering bite-sized festival fare that can be purchased with a Sip and Savor pass.
Each year, the Disneyland Resort culinary team conducts extensive research to determine the hottest new culinary trends, ethnic flavors, seasonings and ingredients. In recent years, this has included plant-based vegan options Impossible Burger, chicken and waffles, banh mi sandwiches, lavender-infused cold brew coffee, and Anaheim chili relleno “bites.”
This year’s menu celebrates American comfort foods, with burgers, mac and cheese options, hot dogs, grills and fried savory dishes.
What’s new to eat this year?
Here’s a look at some of this year’s new food items, both at Market kiosks and other Disney California Adventure dining locations:
Peanut butter and jelly macaroni: The macaroni and cheese dishes are among the festival’s best sellers, so there are always a few new options every year. This new twist on mac and cheese is both toddler-friendly and a savory dessert option. It’s macaroni and cheese topped with brown sugar streusel and strawberry “crackers” on top. It can be found at the Nuts About Cheese kiosk.
Glazed BBQ Pork Belly: Another perennial favorite of Food & Wine Festival diners is pork belly. This year, the dish is presented in an Asian-style glazed barbecue and served with a furikake-togarashimac salad. This can be found at the LA Style booth.
French Onion Grilled Beef Tenderloin Slider: Festival-goers love their beef, always present at the Marché du Festival in mini-burgers, steaks, short ribs and other cuts and styles. This year’s creation is the Mini Filet of Grilled Beef Tenderloin with French Onion, topped with Gruyere cheese sauce and caramelized onions served on an onion roll. This can be found at the Cluck-A-Doodle Moo kiosk.
IPA sausage dog: This hot dog-style bite is a sausage made with India Pale Ale beer brewed in California, served on a soft pretzel role with onion-pepper pot, cheddar cheese sauce and malt vinegar-jalapeño crunch. It can be found at the California Craft Brews kiosk.
Raspberry Spiral Ration: Served in a booth at the brand new Avenger campus, this mini dessert is a yellow strawberry churro twisted into a spiral shape, dusted with sugar and topped with California berry compote. It can be found at the Terran Treats stand.
Chicharron-crusted fried artichoke dip: California artichoke hearts are rolled in crushed chicharron (crispy pork rinds), fried, sprinkled with Oaxaca cheese and served on a bed of smoked peppercorn cream. This dish can be found at the I Heart Artichokes kiosk.
Snickers Caramel-Peanut Milk Chocolate Mickey Macaron: Mickey’s ear macaroons are among the best-selling desserts at the festival every year. This year’s version of the treat is made with chocolate macaroon cookies, filled with caramel ganache and Snickers chocolate bar pieces and topped with nuts and chocolate frosting. It can be found at the Nuts About Cheese kiosk.
Another feature of the festival this year are cooking demonstrations offered over the weekend by Disneyland Resort chefs and guest chefs from across California.
Chef Events: More than 30 chefs from across California and the Disneyland Resort will present free one-hour cooking demonstrations at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on stage in the Hollywood Land area of the park. Among this year’s chefs is San Diegan’s Rich Sweeney, who appeared on the TV series “Top Chef” in season 5 and is now executive chef at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Garden at Liberty Station. Sweeney will demonstrate on April 3.
Festival Sponsors: Mini-cooking demonstrations and educational programs will be featured on weekends featuring California-made foods and other products.
March 12-13 and April 2-3: California Milk Advisory Board
April 16-17: Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co.
April 23-24: National Geographic
California winemakers will host wine tasting receptions featuring paired bites. Advance reservations are recommended and are priced at $140 each, plus tax and tip. They take place at the Carthay Circle Restaurant.
- Vineyard The Artishasic in Contra Costa County with sommelier Chris Hoel and Artie Johnson. 7 p.m. on March 18.
- Skywalker Vineyards in Marin County, owned by “Star Wars” filmmaker George Lucas, will host a tasting with Tom Johnson. 7 p.m. on April 8.