Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival for 2019 has begun! One of the best parts of the festival is the Sip and Savor pass that allows you to try many items from the festival in small portions at an affordable price! This years pass allows you to select eight options of food or non-alcoholic beverages from any participating Marketplaces, Paradise Garden Grill and some of the Festival Food & Beverage Carts. The best part is you can use the pass the entire festival and come back to try new things each time.
The very first item I used my Sip and Savor pass for was the Chocolate Peanut Butter Churro. This all chocolate churro is rolled in white sugar, drizzled with warm peanut butter and chocolate, then topped with peanuts! This churro is located on a cart by Stage 17 in Disney’s California Adventure and you can purchase for $6.26 or use one of your Sip and Savor tabs.
The next item we tried was the Fried Artichokes with Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Lemon Aioli from the I Heart Artichokes booth. It was very good if you like artichokes and didn’t last in our group! We gobbled it right up.
For my “lunch” I tried the Impossible No “Meat” Ball Submarine with marinara sauce topped with soy cheese and served with kettle chips. It’s located in the Paradise Garden Grill along with several of the other new food options at the festival like the HUGE roasted Buffalo Style Tukey Leg on a bed of celery slaw. The “Impossible” burger was introduced as a vegan option for the festival this year. The “meat” is made from all-natural ingredients such as wheat, coconut oil, potatoes, and something called Heme. I was actually surprised how it tasted just like ground beef. The texture was even the same.
Our California based writer Eric tried the Beer-Battered Cod with Steak Fries and Spiced Remoulade. The cod itself was delish and crispy, but the fries were a little soggy. Just the perfect size to nibble on without getting full! We had so much more to try. The cod was also located at the Paradise Garden Grove and we used one of our tabs from the Sip and Savor to purchase.
Eric also tried the Harris Ranch Grilled Beef Tenderloin Slider with Chimichurri Sauce from Cluck-A-Doodle-Moo! A couple of bites and this was GONE! It was very flavorful and the perfect bite in between booths. (Hand model Eric)
I had a MAJOR sweet tooth and wanted to try the strawberry float with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and crunchy cereal on top(think Captain Crunch). I used one of my tabs at Berry Patch(previously known as Strawberry Patch) to purchase. I got three paper straws and we enjoyed sharing this treat while we walked around the festival. The berry drink was light and very fruity. It didn’t taste artificial as some of the floats I have had in the past. I didn’t taste a syrup flavor, it was all fruit!
The Deconstructed Teriyaki Chicken Musubi with Pineapple Relish from the Golden Dreams booth was mouthwateringly delish! We got two and are going to go back again this week for more! To wash it down we got the “Yippee! Mickey’s Cotton Candy Soda with Sprite, cotton candy syrup, half-rimmed buttercream with pineapple cotton candy garnish.
Back at Cluck-a-Doodle-Moo we grabbed the “Salt & Vinegar Parmesan Chicken Wings” and some of the best Watermelon Lemonade we have ever had. The wings were cooked perfectly and had just enough parmesan cheese seasoning to balance the salt & viegar flavor perfectly. We went back later in the evening for more wings but they had sold out for the night!
Berry Patch had more than just the delicious shake to offer! This Strawberry & Coconut Rice Frushi topped with Sweet Oikos Yogurt Wasabi sauce isn’t something I would normally try, but Eric tried it and loved it! It is cut into sushi size bites and is perfectly balanced with the toppings!
LA-Style was one of the last stops for these Asian-style Beef Barbacoa Tacos with Pickled Ginger on top! The tacos were perfectly cooked and tender. The Ginger was lightly pickled and not too overpowering.
I hope you enjoyed my stroll around the Food and Wine Festival at Disney California Adventure with our Sip and Savor pass! Keep checking back for even more food to come from the festival as we go back throughout the event to try even more! The festival runs from March 1st to April 23rd, 2019! Make sure you take advantage of the Sip and Savor pass on your next trip to Disney’s California Adventure!
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