Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival. March 10th through April 16th.

We decided to venture out and check out the DCA Food & Wine Festival this past weekend. As a Passholder, they give you the option to purchase the Sip and Savor Pass for a price of $45.00.  If you choose to do this, you should also pick up the Tasting Passport, which lists all the tasting stations and what they serve. It also lets you know what is gluten friendly, vegetarian and kid friendly, which is nice for those of you looking for those options in particular. You can check  off the items you eat as you go and get a stamp of completion at each station. It was a fun thing to do.  Once you take the tab off and hand it to the cashier they hand you an AP pin.  Each station has a different color, but they are the same pin.

We purchased our pass to share.  Trust me, it is plenty for 2 people, plus I am a picky eater so he got to eat most of the items.  The pass is good for all food, desserts and drinks – non alcoholic only.  We opted to only use it for food and if we want to try any of the non alcoholic drinks or desserts, we would pay for them separately.  This worked out well because at the end of the day I added up the total for the foods we chose and it came out to over $56.00.  Everything was between $4.50 and $7.75. We purchased 2 desserts and one drink as well.  Now, before we move on to the food, we had to stop to take our AP photos, right? 🙂

Ok, so now to the good stuff, right?  THE FOOD!  Now these are just the ones we decided to try with our pass, you can pick whatever sounds or looks good to you and these were ours.

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Bay Shrimp Louie Salad in a mini bread bowl

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French Onion Mac & Cheese w/parmesan crumble & chives – this was yummy!

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Passioni Fruit Posset & Coconut chia with mango passion compote

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another view of this dessert

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Grilled Beef tenderloin slider with garlic chimichurri sauce

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Sweet corn nuggets with beef chili, spring onions & sour cream

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Roasted cauliflower & meyer lemon-infused Oikos Greek nonfat yogurt cauliflower puree with sun dried tomatoes & fried capers

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Meyer Lemon macaron with blueberry marmalade, meyer lemon cream  & blueberry dust

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Baby iceburg & heirloom tomato wedge with peppered bacon & point reyes blue cheese dressing

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Warm Olive focaccia with olive oil & sea salt

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Creamy artichoke & dark chocolate cake pop

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another view of the cake pop

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the inside of the cake pop- hence the creamy artichoke

So there you have it,  the choices that we made with our pass.  Dave’s favorite was the Grilled Beef tenderloin slider with garlic chimichurri sauce.  In fact, he liked it so much that we used 2 of our tabs for that.  My favorite was the French Onion Mac & Cheese w/parmesan crumble & chives, minus the onions.  I am not a fan of onions.  I did taste the sweet corn nuggets, and they were really good.   Finally, Dave got me to try the Artichoke cake pop and I do not like artichokes but surprisingly it was really good.   Maybe it was the chocolate that masked the taste, or maybe it was how it was whipped into like a cream like paste.  I wouldn’t eat a whole one, but a taste was sufficient.

My least favorite that I chose was the Warm Olive focaccia with olive oil & sea salt.  It was green olives and I don’t like them but they were easy to pick out.  The sea salt was good on the bread, but to me it was just really dry.  I picked this one for the last tab as I didn’t want to duplicate,  I wanted to pick something I thought I would like, but ended up not liking it so much

Dave’s least favorite was the Roasted cauliflower & meyer lemon-infused Oikos Greek nonfat yogurt cauliflower puree with sun dried tomatoes & fried capers.  He indicated that it was cold and would have been better if it was warm.   He went back to the booth and asked if it was supposed to be cold and they told him it was supposed to be served at room temperature. He did not agree.

All in all we were definitely full at the end of the day and satisfied with what we got for the $45.  Granted Dave ate most of the food, but hey, that’s normal.

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At the end of the day, this is how our completed lanyard looked.  I think I missed  a total of 2 of the AP pins, but I did ok.  On a side note, the sharp part of these pins is longer than the button so I kept getting poked with them.

 

 

 

 

 

There are a lot of other things you can to at this event, if you don’t want to eat.  Wine education and tasting seminars, Brewmaster Beer Dinners, Winemaker Dinners, Sweet Sundays and In the Kitchen With, which includes celebrity chefs..  These are all at an additional cost, so make sure check them out on the Disneyland Website.

Overall we had a great time and would do it again.  If you are at the park and are looking for something different to do, this is definitely worth checking out and have fun with it, like we did!

Thanks for reading and if you have any questions, just ask.

Now here are some random, around the park photos for you.

Until next time-  This IS Cindy’s Spin.  😉

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