Food & Wine Festival at California Adventure: Everything to Know for a Fun Experience

The Food & Wine Festival that takes place every Spring at Disneyland is a fun experience for locals and visitors! This is one of the many options for adults to enjoy themselves- Disneyland isn't just for the kiddos! Adults can have the happiest experience of their lives here too. The festival will feature a bounty of vibrant cuisine, celebrity chefs, entertainment and more! This year's festival runs from February to April. 

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Food and Wine Festival Marketplaces

Drinks are handed out to a happy group of young adult Guests

The Food & Wine Festival features a variety of marketplace booths in the style that California Adventure typically uses for their food festivals with marketplace booths lined throughout the park.

Each marketplace location will have a special menu all inspired by California grown ingredients. There are a variety of craft beers, wines, and food from across the region of California.

You can see Disney's Foodie Guide to the 2020 Food and Wine Festival here. 

Each year the festival features a Sip and Savor Pass which allows guests to save money by purchasing treats from the booths in advance. The pass costs $56 and is good for eight of your choice marketplace items excluding alcohol or souvenirs. The pass is a good deal if you plan on enjoying many of the food items offered or you can split a pass between a group too! These tickets are also good for multiple visits so you don't have to use them all in one day.

You can purchase the Sip and Savor Pass at the Sip and Savor Cart, Seaside Souvenirs, Elias & Co., the Festival Marketplaces, Kingswell Camera Shop, Rushin River Outfitters, and Studio Store.

Annual passholder discounts apply and annual passholders will also receive a lanyard with their Sip and Savor Pass. Each coupon must be attached to the Sip and Savor Pass prior to redemption- this is important! Don't tear them off your pass!

Soarin' Over California 

The fan favorite Soarin' Over California will be returning to Disney's California adventure for a limited run to celebrate the Food & Wine Festival. This version of Soarin' was the original one to debut in California Adventure and features the ever so famous orange grove scents along with other classic California views and smells. This version is often ranked as ‘the best' one by many locals and it's hard to disagree!

This version of Soarin' is always extremely popular with park guests and you can expect to see that reflected in the wait times for the attraction. If you're following our morning strategy for California Adventure, you can beat the lines and head straight to the attraction!

Another great thing about Soarin' is there is usually often FastPass options available throughout the day so you can grab a FastPass to enjoy later at the kiosk near the attraction or through the digital version MaxPass.

Annual Passholders Get Extra Ride Time

Disney recently announced that on March 11th, 18th, and 25th that Disneyland Annual Passholders will get an extra hour of ride time on Soarin' Over California! On these dates, California Adventure is open to 10PM-11PM so in order to access the ride passholders nee to be inside the park before it closes to get that extra time.

EntertainmentChef doing a demo at the food and wine festival

There is more than just Food & Wine to enjoy at this festival. There are plenty of entertainment offerings each year that include a variety of:

Family-Friendly Seminars2 mothers and their daughters share a laugh over snacks at Disney California Adventure Park

There's plenty of learn on a variety of foodie topics during sessions with guests presenters Disney brings in to run these family friendly seminars.

Chef Daniella presents fun and inspiring demonstrations to help even the busiest of families come together. The demos take place at the Backlot Stage in Hollywood Land on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 3PM.

Jr. ChefGirls wearing chef hats mix batter in a bowl with the help of a woman wearing a Junior Chef baseball cap

This is something just for the kids! Aimed for age 3-11, kids can take a try at creating their own tasty recipes and hands-on cooking experiences with silly supervision from Chef Goofy. Each child gets a wrapped, ready-to-eat baked treat.

The Jr. Chef kitchen is open for fun several times daily in the Hollywood Backlot. Daily showtimes are posted at the event location or check the Disneyland app. Jr. Chef is available on a first-come, first-served basis for children ages 3 to 11.

Live Musical Performances

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Each year the Food & Wine Festival at California Adventure hosts a lineup of talented musicians at venues surrounding the festival.

Culinary Demonstrations

There are plenty of outdoor cooking options featuring a variety of local, visiting, and Disney chefs. The demos take place at the Backlot Stage in Hollywood Land on Fridays at 3PM and Saturdays/Sundays at 3PM, 4:15PM, and 5:30PM.

Culinary Demonstrations with Visiting and Disney Chefs

  • Saturday, February 29 – Celebrity Chef Brian Malarkey
  • Sunday, March 1 – Alex Flores, Chef de Cuisine, Carthay Circle Restaurant, Signature Dining
  • Saturday, March 7 – Celebrity Chef Nyesha Arrington
  • Sunday, March 8 – Gracie Gomez, Pastry Sous Chef, Disneyland Resort
  • Saturday, March 14 – Celebrity Chef, Restauranteur and Author Richard Blais
  • Sunday, March 15 – Amy Benson, Chef, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
  • Saturday, March 21 – Celebrity Chef and Actor David Burtka
  • Sunday, March 22 – Johnny Sequro, Area Chef, Lamplight Lounge
  • Saturday, March 28 – Celebrity Chef and Restauranteur Wing Lam
  • Sunday, March 29 – Jorge Sotelo, Executive Pastry Chef, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
  • Saturday, April 4 – Celebrity Chef Shaun O’Neale
  • Sunday, April 5 – Marcel St. Pierre, Chef de Cuisine, Disneyland Hotel
  • Saturday, April 11 – Celebrity Chef and Restauranteur Jet Tila
  • Sunday, April 12 – Markus Meza, Disneyland Resort Candy Maker
  • Saturday, April 18 – Celebrity Chef, Radio Host and Lifestyle Expert Jamie Gwen
  • Sunday, April 19 – Chris Maggetti, Executive Chef of Disneyland Park and Gary Maggetti, General Manager, Disney California Adventure Park

These next events featured at the Food & Wine Festival offer advanced reservations. We recommend reserving your spot in advance so you don't miss out as they often sell out!

Wine, Beer and Spirits Education & Tasting SeminarsA man holding a microphone

This is the place to go to learn about making wine, spirits, and beer as experts share their tips during 30-45 minute long sessions.

The 2020 Wine, Beer and Spirits Education & Tasting Seminar dates are: 

Wine Education & Tasting Seminars
Sip in the glory! Discover different wine varieties, get tasting notes and ask questions about featured wines.

  • Sonoma Terrace at Golden Vine Winery
  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
  • February 28 through April 21, 2020
  • 12:30 PM or 5:00 PM
  • $25.00 per person (tax included)

Beer Education & Tasting Seminars
Sample craft brews while gleaning in-depth info on what goes into making them, flavor notes, ideas for food pairings and serving tips.

  • Sonoma Terrace at Golden Vine Winery
  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
  • February 28 through April 21, 2020
  • 3:00 PM
  • $25.00 per person (tax included)

Mixology Education & Tasting Seminars
Shake, muddle and stir! Acclaimed mixologists and distillers teach attendees about a specific spirit or beverage and help Guests make the featured cocktail!

  • The Vineyard Room at Wine Country Trattoria
  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
  • February 28 through April 21, 2020
  • 1:30 PM, 4:00 PM or 6:30 PM
  • $25.00 per person (tax included)

Guests must be age 21 or older and present a valid photo ID to attend. No one under the required age, including infants or children accompanied by an adult, will be admitted into the venue. Full payment is required at time of booking to secure your reservation.

Disney Culinary Adventure Tour

Get a delicious glimpse into how this multi-sensory extravaganza comes together—from guest chefs to menus and more.

Dinner with the Disney ChefsA chef places garnish on two desserts

This year's Dinner with the Disney Chefs is on March 18 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Steakhouse 55.

Chef Marcel St. Pierre and his team will whip up a gourmet meal expertly paired with wines from Silver Oak & Twomey, a winery founded in 1972 by Raymond Twomey Duncan and Justin Meyer. Silver Oak’s renowned Cabernet Sauvignon and Twomey’s Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Merlot all offer a deliciously versatile range of pairing options which may be selected as the evening’s featured varietals.

Head winemaker Nate Weis will guide attendees through each wine’s journey from grape to glass, explain why it was chosen to accompany your meal and greet Guests at their tables. Connoisseurs and wine collectors alike won’t want to miss this extraordinary evening!

Event Details

  • March 18, 2020
  • 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • $175 per person—includes tax and gratuity (discounts do not apply)
  • Includes 5 hours of valet parking at the Disneyland Hotel (validation required)
  • Alcohol will only be served to Guests 21 and older with a valid government-issued photo ID

How to Book This Experience
Use the Disneyland Dining website Check Availability tool to search for a 6:00 PM reservation on March 18, 2020.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received at least 3 days prior to your reservation to avoid fees. No-shows or failure to cancel within this 72-hour period will result in a $50 per person charge to the credit card provided at time reservations were made.

Carthay Circle Winemaker Receptions

Carthay Circle offers two nights of gourmet wine-focused pairings with wine from featured California wineries with carefully selected food to pair with the wines. Guests presenters from the wineries will also provide information about the wine and tasting notes.

The two options for this culinary splurge are:

Skywalker Vineyards
Friday, March 20, 2020
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
$110 per person—plus tax and gratuities

Fess Parker Winery
Friday, March 27, 2020
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
$110 per person—plus tax and gratuities

Silverado Vineyards
Friday, April 10, 2020
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
$110 per person—plus tax and gratuities

Guests must be age 21 or older and present a valid photo ID to attend. No one under the required age, including infants or children accompanied by an adult, will be admitted into the venue. Full payment is required at the time of booking.

Annual Passholder Corner and Perks2 families walk and enjoy snacks together

Annual Passholders can take advantage of the AP Corner at Walt Disney Imagineering Blue Sky Cellar for Festival perks especially for Passholders. Simply show your valid Annual Passport to enjoy the following:

  • A one-of-a-kind photo opportunity with novelty props and Disney PhotoPass photographers
  • A complimentary collectible button—limit one per Passholder for event duration, while supplies last

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Annual Passholders get a special lanyard with their Sip and Savor pass along with collectible AP buttons at each marketplace they redeem their coupons at. Annual Passholders also get a discount on the Sip and Savor Pass along with their usual discounts on food and merchandise offerings along with special activities and a photo opportunity.

Food & Wine Festival Merchandise

Each year the Food & Wine Festival offers a variety of themed merchandise aimed at catching the heart of cooking and wine enthusiasts. You will find a variety of items for the kitchen, home, along with traditional dated t-shirts and other items.

Annual Passholders will also find items for purchase with unique Food & Wine Festival themes just for annual passholders.

Find festival-design apparel, ornaments, drinkware, water bottles and more at:

  • Studio Store
  • Festival Gifts, near The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
  • Festival Merchandise Carts
  • Seaside Souvenirs

Ready to Enjoy the Food & Wine Festival at Disneyland?

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