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 March 1 to April 23, 2019.

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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 2019 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 $54 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 Trolley Treats, Elias & Co., Seaside Souvenirs, the Sip and Savor Cart, the Festival Marketplaces, Festival Gift and Artist Corner and Studio Store in Hollywood Land.

Entertainment

Chef 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 Seminars

2 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. Chef

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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.

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!

Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri

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Watch as superstar chef Guy Fieri shares some of the secrets of his success, personal stories and a few of his favorite recipes. Watch the live demonstration on the Palisades Stage on Saturday, March 9th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM as Guy Fieri creates his signature dishes. After the event guests will be invited to sample the dishes!

The cost is $120 per person, plus tax and gratuities for servers. Full payment is required at the time of booking, make your reservation here.

*The tickets for the 2019 demonstration are now sold out. 

In the Kitchen With

A chef demonstrates technique on a stage at Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

You can have the chance to attend a buffet brunch with a celebrity chef that will demonstrate their talents, answer questions, and meet guests. After the demo guests can take photos with the chef!

This year’s schedule for In The Kitchen With is: 

  • Sunday, March 3, 2019 – 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    Fabio Viviani
    Top Chef
  • Sunday, March 17, 2019 – 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    Richard Blais
    Top Chef, Top Chef All-Stars, Iron Chef America and Chopped All-Stars
  • Sunday, March 31, 2019 – 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    Graham Elliot
    MasterChef, MasterChef Jr. and Top Chef
  • Sunday, April 14, 2019 – 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
    Claudia Sandoval
    MasterChef and MasterChef Latino

Event Location and Price

  • Palisades Stage in Paradise Gardens Park
  • $110 per person, plus tax and gratuities for servers

Full payment is required at the time of booking to secure your reservation.

Sweet Sundays

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This buffet brunch is a place for guests to learn how to create signature desserts with a celebrity pastry chefs along with the chance to meet the chef and ask questions.

This year’s Sweet Sundays takes place from 11AM-1PM at the Palisades Stage in Paradise Gardens Park.

This year’s schedule and lineup:

  • March 10 – Jean-Marc Viallet, Disneyland Resort Executive Pastry Chef
  • March 24 – Matt Lewis, Baked NY and Tokyo, Baked: New Frontiers in Baking
  • April 7 – Emily Ellyn, Food Network Star and Cutthroat Kitchen
  • April 21 – Keegan Gerard, Food Network Challenge

Event Location and Price

  • Palisades Stage in Paradise Gardens Park
  • $110 per person, plus tax and gratuities for servers

This is a popular event so be sure to make your reservation ASAP! Full payment is required at the time of booking to secure your reservation.

Wine, Beer and Spirits Education & Tasting Seminars

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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 2019 Wine, Beer and Spirits Education & Tasting Seminar dates are: 

Wine Seminars
Sonoma Terrace
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

  • 1:15 PM
  • 2:45 PM

Thursdays

  • 5:45 PM

Beer Seminars
Paradise Gardens Colonnade, near Paradise Garden Grill
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

  • 3:30 PM
  • 5:15 PM

Mixology Seminars
The Vineyard Room at Wine Country Trattoria
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

  • 4:15 PM
  • 5:45 PM

The cost is $20.00 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.

Dinner with the Disney Chefs

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This year’s Dinner with the Disney Chefs is on Thursday, March 28, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Vineyard Room at Wine Country Trattoria. You’ll get to meet the Disneyland Resort chefs and sommeliers featured in the new Disney Festivals Cookbook, while you enjoy a four-course dinner with dishes and paired with hand-selected wines and cocktails.

The cost is $225 per person, plus tax and gratuities for servers. Full payment is required at time of booking.

Make your reservation as soon as possible- spots fill up quickly!

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:

MacMurray Ranch Vineyards, with Kate MacMurray
Friday, March 22, 2019
7:00 to 8:00 PM
$99 per person, plus tax and gratuities for servers

Silverado Vineyards, with Jonathan Emmerich—Sold Out
Friday, April 19, 2019
7:00 to 8:00 PM
$99 per person, plus tax and gratuities for servers

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 Perks

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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

AP Corner Details

  • Blue Sky Cellar
  • March 1 through March 31, 2019
  • Noon to 6:00 PM daily

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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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