Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival has returned to Disneyland Resort and is going on now until April 23, 2019, with some tempting flavors inspired by the Golden State.
There are 14 different Festival Marketplaces with unique food and beverages perfect for all ages. Each location’s menu is inspired by fresh, California-grown ingredients. The Marketplace menus this year are jam-packed with a delicious array of new items, as well as some returning favorites located throughout Disney California Adventure park. In addition, Paradise Garden Grill and the Festival Beer Garden are featuring their own offerings, including a great selection of beer flights and unique dishes.
Here are our top 5 foods at the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival this year.
Strawberry & Coconut Rice “Frushi”
I wasn’t expecting much from the Frushi. I first thought it was actual sushi instead of a sweet treat. Luckily, I was wrong. The coconut rice and Sweet Oikos Yogurt blended well together. Inside the roll is fresh strawberries topped with a Wasabi Sauce. Now you may think, ok it’s going to be spicy? It wasn’t, the Wasabi gave it a little kick. The Frushi has a great texture and is overall delicious. Also, at $5.50 it’s one of the cheaper Food & Wine items, so it’s a pretty good value. This is located at BERRY PATCH Booth (near the Cars Land Entrance).
For those looking for a vegan dish with some spice, you need to try the Cauliflower Ceviche topped with Chile corn crumble and served with tortilla strips. I love cauliflower and the combination of spices and vegetables, this was easily one of my favorite dishes. And at $6.25 not a bad price for a nice serving. This is located at VEGGIE, VEGGIE, FRUIT, FRUIT Booth (near Wine Country Trattoria).
Chocolate Crunch Cake
Who doesn’t like chocolate? This Mickey shaped Chocolate Crunch cake is new to the Festival this year. Priced at $5.50, this dessert is creamy as well as a rich chocolate decadent filling with a nice crunch. I loved this as a nice sweet touch after eating some of the savory dishes at the Festival. This is located at GARLIC KISSED Booth (near Golden Zephyr).
Deconstructed Teriyaki Chicken Musubi
The Deconstructed Teriyaki Chicken Musubi with Pineapple Relish topped on white rice is probably my favorite dish this year. I must have had 6 servings (who’s counting). The juicy chicken mixed in with a perfect blend of spices and a wasabi sauce was tasty. It wasn’t too spicy but it had a little kick that will please your palate. At $7.25 it was one of the more expensive dishes but the serving is very generous. This is located at GOLDEN DREAMS Booth (near Redwood Creek Challenge Trail Entrance). Don’t miss this dish when visiting the festival this year.
Asian-style Beef Barbacoa Taco
Are you ready for something different? Then you need to try the Asian-style Beef Barbacoa Taco with Pickled Ginger. I’m a big fan of anything pickled, so when they added the Ginger with this taco, I was in heaven. The beef was seasoned to perfection and needed no sauce. At $8 for two tacos, it’s not bad, I wanted more than 2 but had so many other dishes to try. The tacos are located at LA STYLE Booth (located near Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!).
For added value, get the Sip and Savor Pass which is a great way to taste your way throughout the festival and is available to all guests. This pass includes a souvenir lanyard and credential, entitling you to eight select food or non-alcoholic beverage items from any participating Marketplaces, Paradise Garden Grill and select Festival Food & Beverage Carts. Use all eight coupons in a single day, or spread them out over multiple visits (they expire at the end of the Festival on April 23). You can purchase the Sip and Savor Pass at various locations throughout the park, including 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.
Now that we’ve shared some of our favorite foods, what are yours? Let us know in the comments below.