Must-Try Menu Items at the 2022 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

Must-Try Menu Items at the 2022 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

Disneyland Resort guests can savor a smorgasbord of specialty dishes and experiences at the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival, taking place now through April 26, 2022. A dozen Festival Marketplaces peppered throughout Disney California Adventure Park serve irresistible small plates and beverages inspired by California-grown ingredients, plus dining locations across Disney California Adventure offer festival-inspired fare.

Related – The Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival opens today at Disneyland

Let’s take a look at some of the must-try menu items!

Must-Try Menu Items at the 2022 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

Beverages Inspired by the Golden State


The cornucopia of innovative food and beverages at the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival highlights the diverse cuisines and flavors of the Golden State, with a distinct Disney twist. Notable inspirations behind featured beverages include:

  • Mezcaleros ancho sandia margarita: This cocktail was inspired by the Mexican heritage of many California residents. Additionally, watermelon is commonly grown in both California and Mexico (LA Style).
  • Sake-melon ’75: California’s Japanese American community is reflected in the use of cantaloupe, which is commonly grown in both California and Japan (LA Style).
  • Blackberry-lavender lemonade (nonalcoholic) celebrates the Sierra Nevada Mountains that stretch along California’s eastern border. Blackberries represent the wild berries that grow throughout the forest, and lavender represents the many wildflowers (Cluck-A-Doodle Moo).
  • Orange-honey cold brew (nonalcoholic) pays homage to citrus, one of the most prominent California-grown ingredients, and the orange groves the Disneyland Resort was built upon (Golden Dreams).

Related – Meet Chef Jet Tila and other famous chefs at the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

Must-Try Menu Items at the 2022 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

Exciting New Offerings

This year’s Festival Marketplaces offer more than 15 new dishes for guests to discover. Highlights include:

  • Chile relleno empanada with arbol pepper salsa and Oaxaca and Cotija cheeses (Peppers Cali-Ente)
  • IPA sausage dog on a soft pretzel roll with onion-pepper Jardinière, cheddar cheese sauce and malt vinegar-jalapeño crunch (California Craft Brews)
  • Mango-carrot gazpacho with grilled shrimp and jalapeño crema (Golden Dreams)
  • Strawberry cheesecake with lemon Chantilly (Berry Patch)

Related – Food & Drink Preview for the 2022 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

Must-Try Menu Items at the 2022 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

Kid-Friendly Options

Young guests can explore and expand their palate with delightful, kid-friendly options such as:

  • Cubano slider: slow-roasted mustard-crusted pork and sliced smoked ham with melted Swiss cheese and slice of pickle served on a Hawaiian roll (D•Lish)
  • Peanut butter and jelly mac with brown sugar streusel and strawberry crackle; vegetarian (Nuts About Cheese)
  • Frozen guacamole: avocado paleta with lime crema, pico de gallo and chile-lime seasoning; vegetarian (Avocado Time)
  • Chocolate hazelnut crunch: chocolate-hazelnut mousse topped with chocolate-hazelnut glaze and a gold leaf (Uncork California)
Must-Try Menu Items at the 2022 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

Returning Guest Favorites

Culinary adventurers may once again relish in irresistible, fan-favorite small plates. Among the offerings making a comeback are:

  • French onion grilled beef tenderloin slider: grilled beef tenderloin topped with a Gruyère cheese sauce and caramelized onions, served on an onion roll (Cluck-A Doodle Moo)
  • Petite avocado Impossible™ burger with dairy-free pepper jack; plant-based (Avocado Time)
  • Carbonara-garlic mac and cheese with peppered bacon (Garlic Kissed)
  • SNICKERS caramel-peanut milk chocolate Mickey macaron: chocolate Mickey macaron filled with caramel ganache and SNICKERS pieces (Nuts About Cheese)

What is your favorite offering at the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival?

If you’d like to experience the festival, contact me today to start planning your trip! I am a travel agent with Destinations to Travel, a Disney Earmarked agency, and my services are complimentary.

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