Guide To The 2018 Disney Food & Wine Festival

The third annual Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival will tempt foodies of every type to visit the park this March and early April. A variety of specially-ticketed events, including celebrity chef demonstrations, winemaker dinners, and beer tasting seminars, as well as unique cuisine offerings will be featured throughout the park during the six-week-long event. Come hungry, this year’s culinary offerings will bring out the magic.
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Celebrity Chef Demonstrations
Hoping to catch your favorite celebrity chef in person? Chef demonstrations, food tastings, and autograph sessions with the stars, including Guy Fieri, Duff Goldman, and Robert Irvine, will be offered on select days throughout the festival, both in the park at the Hyperion Theater and at Napa Rose in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. Park admission is not required for these demonstrations, but visitors must be 21 and up. Event tickets are required for each demo and should be purchased in advance. Visitors looking for a VIP opportunity to the LIVE! at the Hyperion shows can enjoy the show on stage with the stars and with a private meet and greet. $99-$250 plus tax and tip.

March 4
Keegan Gerhard, Sweet Sundays at Napa Rose

March 9
Guy Fieri, LIVE! at the Hyperion

March 11
Emily Ellyn, Sweet Sundays at Napa Rose

March 30
Robert Irvine, LIVE! at the Hyperion

April 8
Duff Goldman, Sweet Sundays at Napa Rose

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Specially-Ticketed Dinners
For the ultimate culinary splurge, reserve a table at one of Disney California Adventure’s Winemaker Dinners or Brewmaster Beer Dinners, offered on select evenings throughout the Festival. Specialty menus, prepared by Disney’s masterful culinary team, will be expertly paired with wines and beer respectively at each dinner. Reservations can be made online. $150-$250 plus tax and tip. Theme park admission is only required for events taking place inside Disney California Adventure park.

March 8
Karl Strauss Brewing Company Dinner at Disneyland Hotel’s Steakhouse 55

March 15
Flora Springs Dinner at Disneyland Hotel’s Steakhouse 55

March 29
Disney Family of Wines Dinner at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel’s Napa Rose

April 5
David Arthur Vineyards Dinner at Disney California Adventure’s Carthay Circle Restaurant

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Culinary Demonstrations & Seminars
A variety of limited-space culinary demonstrations and seminars will be offered throughout the Festival inside Disney California Adventure. Although not required, advance reservations are recommended. Details and pricing (some events are included with park admission) are below:

Beer Education & Tasting Seminars – Educate yourself about the process involved in making, drinking, and pairing your favorite beers. Seminars, located at the Golden Vine Winery at Sonoma Terrace, include tasting samples. Daily. $20 in addition to park admission.

Spirits Education & Tasting Seminars – A variety of spirits and cocktail beverages are featured throughout the seminar schedule, allowing you to mix, muddle, and stir your way to your own hand-crafted beverage, taught by bar experts in the know. The daily seminars are offered at Golden Vine Winery; check their schedule for cocktail/spirit focus. $20 in addition to park admission.

Wine Education & Tasting Seminars – Also at Golden Vine Winery, learn about California wines, get tasting notes and ask questions to a sommelier during this educational experience that focuses on varietal, region, or style. Offered daily throughout the festival for $20/person (in addition to park admission).

Culinary Demonstrations – Head to the Palisades Stage in Paradise Park for culinary demonstrations, weekends March 2 – April 12. Included with park admission, these standing-room only demonstrations from Disneyland Resort chefs will have you cooking like a pro. VIP packages are available for $30 and include reserved seating, samples from the chef’s prepared dish, and a private meet and greet with the chef.

Lifestyle & Live Art Presentations – Daily seminars from lifestyle presenters, as well as live artists producing art onstage, will take place daily at the Backlot Stage in Hollywood Land. Free, limited seating available. Offerings include topics on growing your own vegetables and more.

Jr. Chef Kids Cooking Event – Kids ages 3-11 can join Chef Goofy in his pop-up kitchen located in Paradise Pier for a magical “cooking” experience that ends with a sweet treat. Free, first-come, first-serve basis with limited showtimes throughout the day.

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Festival Marketplaces
Get your California feast on with the return of the Festival Marketplaces, an assortment of pop-up restaurant kiosks located throughout Disney California Adventure. The kiosks will be serving a variety of individually-priced small bites, tempting treats, and specialty beverages, all inspired by fresh, California cuisine and ingredients such as avocado, strawberries, citrus, and artisanal cheese. Guests will be able to find each location and hours on a special map made for the month-long event. This year, park guests can utilize a Festival Gift Card in the form of an elastic writstband for easy payments at all Festival Kiosks.
Katie Bodell is the Blog Editor for Trekaroo, the largest family travel website in the U.S. She is also a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. See more on: Trekaroo | CheapOair | Google+ | Twitter.
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