We all know that Disney California Adventure has fun rides, shows, characters, shopping and more. But did you know they also manage to fit in several festivals throughout the year? Starting in March and running for about a month, Disney California Adventure has a Food & Wine Festival-and it is amazing! This festival highlights California flavors and gives a little sample of what the beautiful state of California can produce. In addition to wonderful food, the festival offers events such as-culinary demonstrations by star chefs, JR. chef classes, live music, wine and beer tastings, and more! Such a fun way to spend a day at Disney California Adventure!
Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival:
There are more than a dozen Festival Marketplace kiosks, each having it’s own theme and flavor. Each kiosk offers 3 different samples of the theme. This delicious looking slider was found at the “Garlic Kissed” kiosk, and it was absolutely superb! The meat was so tender it fell apart when you took a bite, and the flavors were perfection. This is where we started our tasting and this “Grilled Beef Tenderloin Slider with Garlic Chimichurri Sauce” did not disappoint!!
Grilled Beef Tenderloin Slider with Garlic Chimichurri Sauce:
I think I might lose you at the name of this cake pop but stay with me, I promise it will be worth it! 🙂 This “Creamy Artichoke & Dark Chocolate Cake Pop” was recommended by one of the California Adventure employees so we knew we needed to give it a taste. We had no idea what to expect with an artichoke cake pop, but this did not disappoint. The inside of this cake pop was unlike anything I’ve ever tasted, creamy, smooth, sweet, and just a hint of artichoke in the background. The outer shell had been dipped in pistachio nuts which was perfection. This was one of my very favorite things we sampled.
Creamy Artichoke & Dark Chocolate Cake Pop:
Have you ever heard of Jackfruit? We hadn’t either until we tasted these fantastic “Jackfruit Carnita Banh Mi Nachos.” Apparently Jackfruit is a sweet fruit when it’s ripe, but when it’s picked before it’s ripe it becomes a meat substitute. It shreds like meat having the same texture and takes on any flavor. Trust me, you can’t tell you’re not eating meat with these nachos! Really flavorful, with the Jackfruit soaking in all of the yumminess. These were found at the “Off the Cob” kiosk.
Jackfruit Carnita Banh Mi Nachos:
I’m not sure you will guess what kind of whoopee pie this is? We found this deliciousness at the “Bacon Twist” kiosk, and yes, it has bacon in it! This “Maple-Bacon Whoopie Pie” tasted like eating a yummy pancake with just a hint that you served bacon with the breakfast! It was super soft and chewy, and middle filling is sent straight from heaven! I definitely could have had more of these little guys.
Maple-Bacon Whoopie Pie:
The “Warm Olive Focaccia with Olive Oil & Sea Salt” was on my husband’s must try list. It was served warm, drizzled with olive oil, and topped with sea salt and it was delicious! The olives are baked in the bread adding little bursts of flavor to the soft bread. We found this at the “Olive Us” kiosk, and it was yummy.
Warm Olive Focaccia with Olive Oil & Sea Salt:
If you are in the mood for some really good Mac & Cheese this “Smoked Bacon Mac & Cheese” found at the “Bacon Twist” kiosk will not disappoint! This is comfort food at its finest. Creamy mac & cheese topped with crispy bacon and fried onion straws equals a perfect combination of flavors. There were definitely oohs and awes happening when we took our bites!
Smoked Bacon Mac & Cheese:
This was probably my very favorite, a lemon flavored macaron with a little splash of blueberry in the center…just heavenly! Macarons are typically smaller, but this one was the size of a normal cookie. We found this at the “Lemon Grove” kiosk and I’m so happy we did. If you love macarons, this one is a MUST try…I promise you will fall in love!!
Meyer Lemon Macaron with Blueberry Marmalade:
I’m convinced that we would have loved any of the food samples at this festival. It was apparent to me that so much attention has been given to every flavor at this festival, but what else would we expect from Disney…they are the best at what they do! Come check out the festivals next time you are at California Adventure, they are marvelous!
Have fun with Disney!
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