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California Adventure’s Food & Wine Festival At The Disneyland Resort

Living in Wine Country allows a certain level of access to amazing food and wine but none can hold a candle to California Adventure’s Food & Wine Festival now in full swing at the Disneyland® Resort. With local events like barrel tastings in the spring and the plethora of Michelin rated restaurants it takes residents a high level of quality to get excited. That being said, when you put amazing food and wine at the Disneyland Resort’s California Adventure you have a making for success. Californians are known for our food obsessions, this is a fact! I was very lucky to be able to participate in this year’s California Adventure Food & Wine Festival. The biggest disappointment was that I didn’t have a large enough stomach.

 

Food & Wine Festival Big Bear Mountain

Food & Wine Festival Big Bear Mountain

For “lunch” I chose Gold Rush’s Triple Cheese Mac with Smoked Chicken and Apple Bacon Whoopie Pie and paired it with their suggestion, the MacMurray Ranch’s Pinot Noir (from my home territory of the Russian River Valley). The garlic in this dish brought it to a whole new level, I don’t think I have ever had such a delicious macaroni and cheese! It is possible for me never to enjoy it again. The smoked chicken in the dish was tender and made for an excellent dish. While this would be considered a comfort food it was not heavy and was the perfect consistency. I could eat this again daily!

The favorite Gold Rush's Triple Cheese Mac with Smoked Chicken and Apple Bacon Whoopie Pie

The favorite Gold Rush’s Triple Cheese Mac with Smoked Chicken and Apple Bacon Whoopie Pie

For dessert I had the Apple Bacon Whoopie Pie. Oh my! This was creamy and oh so good! The filling was so light and flavorful with crunchy bacon on top and a perfect maple flavoring throughout! The wine did not disappoint either. I love a good Pinot Noir and that is exactly what I had!

For a light bite, LA Style had a chilled Ahi Poke that made the crowds extremely happy! I heard nothing but rave reviews from everyone! They also offered a Pork Belly Bao Taco that looked so good, if I only had room!

 

Chilled Ahi Poke from LA Style

Chilled Ahi Poke from LA Style

While walking around trying to make room for more, I visited with the various vendors participating in the event. It was great to see these companies participating at the event and the products that they brought. I love Gourmet Blends oils and it was great to see them there. I have several of their products and I love their high quality. My personal favorite is their Meyer Lemon olive oil! So good!!!

Gourmet Blends at the Food & Wine Festival

Gourmet Blends at the Food & Wine Festival

There was also the official merchandise, and it was sold in a few different locations to include the demonstration area in Hollywood Land. If you need ideas on how to redecorate your kitchen to fit your Disney addiction, they have all the inspiration that you need! Can you say? “I see a remodel in my future!”

Food & Wine Festival Souvenirs

Food & Wine Festival Souvenirs

For my final meal of the day I chose the Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Chimichurri Sauce and paired it with Rodney Strong’s Cabernet Sauvigon. This was their take on a burger and fries. The extra crispy potato had just enough salt to bring out the flavors in the tenderloin and chimichurri sauce. This slider was so perfect I don’t think that I have words! I really hoped to try their Blueberry Macaroon but they were sold out.  That will teach me to wait! The wine was a perfect pairing and comes from a great county! The extra bonus to this meal was the view!

Grilled Beef Tenderloin Slider & Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvigon

Grilled Beef Tenderloin Slider & Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvigon

 

There is so much to do, with celebrity chef’s giving live demonstrations, Kurt Russell talking about wine later this month and even special perks for the Annual Passholders! This event brings a grown up experience to the resort. Many remarks about this year’s event included the better prices and better selections. While this was my first time participating in the event, I was not disappointed. The food and wine were excellent.

The vendors open at 11:00 and close one hour prior to the park closing. Initially through lunch there were small lines but I visited the event on a Monday. The event didn’t draw a large crowd until early evening and those seemed to be more southern California residents. Added bar height tables and barrel tables accommodated those who wanted to linger and enjoy their wine and food. There were several other vendors participating and I really wish I could have come back everyday for a week to enjoy everything!

As always for more information please visit Food & Wine Festival Website.