Disneyland has really stepped up their foodie game in the last few years, making the park as much about the clever and creative food and drink choices as the classic fun to be had at the popular amusement park. At the Disney Food & Wine Festival that happens each year in March/April, you’ll find a fusion of California-fare, farm-fresh food from locally sourced ingredients with top notch wine purveyors from Napa Valley. Creative wine cocktails on trend like Beet Sangria Kombucha and Strawberry Frosé were a happy and tasty surprise. The festival marketplace at Disney’s California Adventure Park is set up with kiosks featuring small plates and wines which you can visit like a walking tour through the best bites of California. Sip and nibble extraordinary offerings using your Disney dining passport card and then ride a few of the rides and you have yourself and perfect day at Disney!
Wine Flight at Uncork California Kiosk
This was such a creative idea to present a wine tasting of three popular California wineries. You have your choice of the White Wine or Red Wine Flight. The white wine flight featured Twomey Sauvignon Blanc from Napa/Sonoma County, Cambria Estate Vineyard & Winery Benchmark Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley and the Sofia Rosé from Monterey County. We both chose the red wine flight as we were so impressed by the choices – La Crema Pinot Noir, Ferrari-Carano Merlot, and Rodney Strong Cabernet. You had your choice of have either a flight or you could have a single glass of any of these wines.
Mumm Sparkling Wine from the I Heart Artichokes Kiosk
I Heart Artichokes was a tempting kiosk which is why we order the Fried Artichoke Carbonara and a glass of Mumm
Sparkling Wine. Sparkling Wine is one of our favorite beverages so it’s not shocking we put it at on this list of top sips at the Disney Food and Wine Festival. We indulged in the California bubbles as we walked around the park and felt like “what else could be better?” Mumm + Disney. Perfection!
Beet Sangria Kombucha from the Eat Your Greens Kiosk
A trifecta of some of our favorite things in one complete wine cocktail – beets, sangria, and kombucha. This fizzy concoction of this popular fermented health drink is perhaps one of the highlight tastes at the Disney Food and Wine Festival. Refreshing, tasty and dare we say healthy? We savored every sip of this drink and made it a point to take notes so we could add this to our “what to bring to a party” list.
Strawberry Frosé at the Strawberry Patch Kiosk
All things strawberry at this venue including Strawberry & Coconut Rice Frushi (a dessert type sushi), a Watsonville Strawberry Pie, Strawberry Frosé, and a mocktail of Strawberry Pineapple Float with Strawberry Popping Pearls. We choose the Frosé of course, because although it was raining a tad this day, we still were in the mood for a icy wine. It was a refreshing and very photogenic beverage and they were very generous with the rosé which we appreciated.
Pork Belly Banh Mi at Garlic Kissed Kiosk
The Garlic Kissed Booth featured three choices that had us contemplating for more than a few minutes. There was the creamy mac n’ cheese with garlic bread crumble topping, the Bloody Mary with garlic-stuffed olives, or the black garlic soy-braised pork belly banh mi. We decided to go for the latter as it sounded like a fusion of flavors we’d be DTE (down to eat). The tiny sandwich was a few bites of pure foodie heaven. The pork belly was tender and balanced the crunch of the fresh veggies like carrots and peppers.
Fun Fact: California produces the most garlic of any state. Gilroy, California is the garlic capital of the world. Garlic is part of the onion family and is nicknamed the “stinking rose”.
Bourbon Chocolate Whoopie Pie from the I Heart Artichokes Kiosk
At the media preview we were able to taste this creatively delicious dessert. A large whoopee pie filled with a creamy chocolate filling and white chocolate frosted drizzle on top. A couple of bites were enough to transport you to choco-heaven. A sweet ending to a perfect day of California food and wine tasting.
For more information about the 2019 Disney Food & Wine Festival visit https://disneyland.disney.go.com/events-tours/disney-california-adventure/food-and-wine-festival/