The foodie-fan-favorite Disney California Adventure Good & Wine Festival has returned to the Disneyland Resort and it brings with it once again a tantalizing array of tastes celebrating the diverse color and flavor of the state of California.
Fresh tastes abound this year and we’ve got your first look at what you can expect to enjoy from the Festival Marketplaces in 2019. BON APPETIT!
What We Tasted
Anaheim Chile Relleno Bites with Salsa Verde
Anaheim Chile Relleno Bites with Salsa Verde ($6.75) – By far our favorite of the festival so far. A most unexpectedly delicious dish that couples the distinct flavor of Anaheim chiles with a delicious salsa that pairs with the crunch exterior and creamy topping. An absolute must try, especially if you like Chile Rellenos.
Petit Impossible Burger with Guac and Pepper Jack Cheese
Petit Impossible Burger with Guac and Pepper Jack Cheese ($8) – If you’ve never tried the IMPOSSIBLE brand meatless product you should absolutely let this offering be your first entry. Cooked perfectly and topped with a tangy guacamole and flavorful Pepper Jack cheese, it’s a great dish that we honesty feel you’d be hard-pressed to know is meatless without knowing ahead of time.
Cauliflower Ceviche with Chile Corn Crumble and Tortilla Strips
Cauliflower Ceviche with Chile Corn Crumble and Tortilla Strips ($6.25) – Wow is this one a surprise! This completely vegan offering is a most delightful surprise of freshness and flavor. There’s no fish or even fish substitute in this dish and yet as you pair the confetti of flavors with the fresh salty corn chips you somehow have the essence and flavor of eating a beuatiful fresh ceviche. The dish is NOT fish by any means yet somehow this all just works and it’s fantastic.
Grilled Asparagus Chicken Caesar Salad
Grilled Asparagus Chicken Caesar Salad ($7) – A delightful twist on a classic dish. Rich, tangy, and creamy!
Fried Artichokes with Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Lemon Aioli
Fried Artichokes with Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Lemon Aioli ($7) – Eating this freshly prepared is key. We happened to have a pretty fresh batch and it was really delicious. The crispy batter with the caramelized artichoke underneath is irresistable and the tangy aioli is a perfect pairing. I wish there were a little more greens to help balance this out but it’s a really great choice.
Artichoke Toast with California Olive Tapenade
Artichoke Toast with California Olive Tapenade ($6.50) – I love olives and i love me a tapenade but this artichoke toast is not exactly mind-blowing. It’s absolutely delicious for what it is but there’s nothing particular inventive about this one making it hard to declare it a must-try.
Kombucha Mojito Cocktail with Fresh Mint
Kombucha Mojito Cocktail with fresh mint ($13.50) – Not very strong. Refreshing but not a must-try.
Verlasso Sustainable Salmon Peruvian Poke with Cucumber-Lime Salad and Aji Verde Salsa
Verlasso Sustainable Salmon Peruvian Poke with Cucumber-Lime Salad and Aji Verde Salsa ($7.50) – A great take on a poke bowl with a zing. The Aji Verde Salsa provides a nice tang that couples well with the raw salmon.
Deconstructed Teriyaki Chicken Musubi with Pineapple Relish
Deconstructed Teriyaki Chicken Musubi with Pineapple Relish ($7.25) – This dish is DENSE! While it was not a favorite it certainly delivers in the realm of portions. So many of the dishes in the festival are rather light but the rice, chicken, and sauce here create a hearty sample size dish. The teriyaki chicken was not stellar but the pineapple relish provided a nice sweet balance and the sticky rice was actually really good.
Spiced Roasted Chicken on Pita with Avocado Hummus and Garlic Sauce
Spiced Roasted Chicken on Pita with Avocado Hummus and Garlic Sauce ($7.50) – I wish something like this was offered on the regular menu of Paradise Garden Grill. The pita was a little hard which provides a more tostada-like experience. The garlic sauce is ON POINT. The dish won’t disappoint.
Salt and beer vinegar Parmesan chicken wings
Salt and beer vinegar Parmesan chicken wings ($8) – A hold-over from the same dish we sampled last year when we said: Cooked perfectly. Very moist. It seemed like these were crispy at one point but perhaps suffoated in its own moisture creating for wings that were not soggy but not crispy. Under the right conditions these could be stellar, the wings we had were not. However, portions here were pretty decent.
Black Garlic Soy Braised Pork Belly Banh Mi
BLT Chicharrón Duro with Ranch Crema ($7) – Another hold-over which we tried last year and said: Fantastic! Pork Belly usually hits the top of our list and this does the same for us this year. It’s a SOLID choice that is full of flavor.
BLT Chicharrón Duro with Ranch Crema
BLT Chicharrón Duro with Ranch Crema ($7) – Surprisingly delightful. The chicharrón is light and crispy, not greasy at all serving as a base for what is essentially a tostada with a salty bacon and perfectly complimenting sauce that’s all balanced out with the fresh lettuce and tomatoes.
Asian-style Beef Barbacoa Taco with Pickled Ginger
Asian-style Beef Barbacoa Taco with Pickled Ginger ($8) – The ginger provides a fresh twist to a classic Mexican flavor profile. Was pleasantly surprised by the flavor here but it felt like it needed a little in terms of toppings on the taco. Nice portion of meat, though.
Shrimp Boil Tacos with Andouille Sausage and Fresh Corn
Shrimp Boil Tacos with Andouille Sausage and Fresh Corn ($7.50) – A nice spicy bit of shrimp and corn that would have been a little more delightful if all the ingredients hadn’t been hacked to death into indistinguishable pieces. The texture profile suffered from the chop.
Fiscalini White Cheddar Lager Soup served in a Mini Boudin Sourdough Bread Bowl
Fiscalini White Cheddar Lager Soup served in a Mini Boudin Sourdough Bread Bowl ($6.75) – Amazing! Definitely one of the top dishes of the festival. Imagine a cheesy garlic bread in soup form. It’s definitely a must-try.
Strawberry and Coconut Rice “Frushi” with Sweet Oikos Yogurt Wasabi Sauce
Strawberry and Coconut Rice “Frushi” with Sweet Oikos Yogurt Wasabi Sauce ($5.50) – Really good, really refreshing. Quite satisfying and yet… maybe not worth the effort; especially if you’re using Sip & Savor.
Blue Diamond Almond Cake with Butter Streusel, Apricot Compote, and Brown Sugar Crème Fraîche
Blue Diamond Almond Cake with Butter Streusel, Apricot Compote, and Brown Sugar Crème Fraîche ($5) – Hardly a bad dish, it tastes good but it’s not very memorable.
Citrus-brined Pork Roast with Tangy Barbecue Sauce and Lemon Pepper Slaw
Citrus-brined Pork Roast with Tangy Barbecue Sauce and Lemon Pepper Slaw ($8) – An interesting option. It’s a hearty portion of pork. The citrus flavor really comes through giving the dish perhaps a slightly sweeter flavor than expected. We felt like there was not enough slaw to balance it out. Imagine that, the dish had TOO MUCH meat!
Ready to Sip & Savor?
Pay once, enjoy eight times! Each Sip and Savor Pass has eight (8) coupons and each coupon may be redeemed for one (1) food or non-alcoholic beverage item at participating Festival locations.
- Regular Price: $54 (Make sure to only get items valued $6.75 or more)
- Annual Passholder Price: $49 (Make sure to only get items valued $6.13 or more)
Valid for the length of the festival through April 23, 2019. Excludes novelties including souvenir tumblers. Nonrefundable, nontransferable, may not be redeemed for cash (in whole or in part), no substitutions and no change given.
Below is a full look at the 2019 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival Marketplace menus WITH prices.
Dietary Restriction Menus: The food items this year are organized for convenience for Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Friendly, and Kid-Friendly options.
More Special Menus
Paradise Garden Grill
Festival Beer Garden
Cocktails at Sonoma Terrace
The Sonoma Terrace is celebrating the festival with special offerings with cocktails and, of course, wine.
More to Explore
Regular ODV and restaurant locations around the park have special menu featured items.
See it for Yourself
Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival returns to Disney California Adventure from now through April 23, 2019.
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