Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival

By Kelsey Ko on April 3, 2017
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L.A. and O.C. foodies, grab your Disney gear and gather around.

It’s that time of year again: Disney California Adventure’s Food and Wine Festival has returned to the Disney California Adventure Park. From March 10 to April 16, park-goers can travel from kiosk to kiosk all around the California Adventure Park to try small plates of decadent, delicious, and delightful food and drinks that define the Californian lifestyle.

If you or someone in your group is an Annual Passholder, there is an option that will definitely save you some money if you are desperate to try some of these dishes, but don’t want to blow $7 to $10 for each individual dish.

Introducing: The Annual Passholder Sip and Savor Pass.

Annual Passholders have the opportunity to buy the Sip and Savor Pass for the Food and Wine Festival. Photo by Kelsey Ko.

This nifty, Annual Passholder-exclusive plastic card that you can hang around your neck has eight tabs, which means you can buy eight different items in total at almost any kiosk and purchase anything they have on their menu, excluding alcoholic beverages. Each kiosk that you use a tab on will also give you a small Annual Passholder exclusive button. Because I am an Annual Passholder and also a college student with a small budget, I decided to split this $45 pass with three of my other friends, which turned out to be more than enough for all of us. Below are some foods that we tried and rated with the Sip and Savor Pass:

 

 

1.) Bay Shrimp Louie Salad in a mini Boule at Sweet & Sourdough Kiosk

Light and refreshing taste of shrimp and diced tomatoes in a miniature sourdough bowl. Photo by Kelsey Ko.

  • 3/5 Stars
  • The ingredients in the bowl were very light on the sauce and definitely tasted very fresh. However, it didn’t have much flavor to it. If you’re looking for something not drenched in sauce and strong flavors, this is it.

2.) French Onion Mac & Cheese at The Onion Lair Kiosk

Creamy mac & cheese smothered with a sweet onion flavor. Photo by Kelsey Ko.

  • 4.5/5 Stars
  • This mac & cheese was so incredibly creamy. The onions give it a little twist that I didn’t expect to like.

3.) Sweet Corn Nuggets with Beef Chili at Off the Cob Kiosk

Corn tots with sweet corn bits inside, covered in a warm beef chili. Photo by Kelsey Ko.

  • 4/5 Stars
  • The sweet corn bits inside the nuggets were great! The only downside was that the food got cold really fast.

 

4.) Roasted Sweet Corn Custard Tart at Off the Cob Kiosk

Soft tart with corn custard, topped with chocolate sauce and a freeze dried raspberry. Photo by Kelsey Ko.

  • 4/5 Stars
  • Nice, filling custard. It was enough just having a couple bites; it was so decadent!

 

5.) DOLE® Pineapple-Strawberry Float (non-alcoholic) at L.A. Style Kiosk

A pineapple-strawberry juice topped with vanilla ice cream and strawberry pearls. Photo by Kelsey Ko.

  • 3/5 Stars
  • Everyone raved about this drink, but it was mostly vanilla ice cream and underwhelming juice mixed together. Use your money to try something else!

 

6.) Verlasso® Sustainable Salmon Tataki at Seafood… Sustained Kiosk

Raw salmon drizzled in avocado wasabi purée and topped with furikake dust. Photo by Kelsey Ko.

  • 5/5 Stars
  • The salmon was extremely fresh and buttery, and the whole plate was so well balanced in terms of flavor. Would get this again and again!

 

7.) Braised Wagyu Beef on Creamy Polenta at The Onion Lair Kiosk

Topped with haricot vert-red onion salad and roasted cipollini onion. Photo by Kelsey Ko.

  • 4/5 Stars
  • My friends and I really enjoyed this! The polenta was nice and flavorful, and contrasted well with the beef.

 

8.) Smoked Bacon Mac & Cheese at Bacon Twist Kiosk

Macaroni covered in cheese and bacon bits, topped with crispy onions. Photo by Kelsey Ko.

  • 3.5/5 Stars
  • Definitely something you can make at home! I appreciated the twist they had to this, which was the addition of crispy onions.

 

This food-filled experience was definitely worth the price after splitting the price of the pass between 4 people. For roughly $11, I had my fill of the Food and Wine Festival and know what to look out for next year. From salmon to custard tarts, I was not disappointed by the selection that the Food and Wine Festival had to offer. Aside from the interesting food, there was also entertainment near the kiosks and fun activities for children!

So, grab some of your Annual Passholder friends and split that Sip and Savor Pass; it’ll look good on your Instagram and Snapchat, and it will definitely feel good in your stomach.

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By Kelsey Ko

Uloop Writer
HI! Kelsey here. I'm an English major at UCI and the biggest Disney fanatic you will ever meet. I'm always excited for new food, new places, and new people!

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