UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 2023. If you love Disneyland Resort and Disney food, you’re in the right place for all the foodie finds! The Food and Wine Festival is a long established tradition at California Adventure Park and we’re here to make sure you enjoy every bite during your Disneyland vacation.
Get our 7 best tips for the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival heading your way in March and April 2024.
Tip #1 Enjoy the Freebies
There are so many Food and Wine Festival events and activities that are included with your theme park admission.
Some of our favorite freebies include:
- Live music and entertainment throughout the park
- Character meet and greets with favorites like Raya from Raya and the Last Dragon
- Chef Goofy
- Chip n Dale Jammin Chefs
Tip #2 Bring the Kids
As we mentioned in the first tip, there are lots of free Food and Wine Festival experiences included in your theme park admission. And there are activities for all ages. In addition to the regular rides, some special options for kids only happen during Food and Wine.
We love the appearances by the Jammin’ Chefs, in a lively demonstration full of singing and dancing with kids of all ages. Jammin’ Chefs often bring some of your favorite DIsney Pals along and perform several times each day. Be sure to check the Disneyland app for the most up to date times.
Another favorite is the newest version of Jr. Chef, “Alice’s Wonderland Bakery Unbirthday Party” show. Kids ages 3-11 are invited to get in on the action and get cooking. Each participant gets a free, ready-to-eat treat at the end of the show. Sign ups begin about 45 minutes before each show, so be sure to sign up early as space is limited.
Kids will also enjoy meeting Chef Goofy, who is usually only available to meet at Goofy’s Kitchen. This special meet and greet inside the theme park only happens during the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival.
Tip #3 Get a Sip and Savor Pass
Now let’s get back to the food! If you’re going to take advantage of the Marketplace menus, and you absolutely should, purchase a Sip and Savor Pass.
The Sip and Savor Passes are lanyards that come with a complete festival food guide and have eight detachable tabs. These tabs allow you to receive eight menu items (not including alcohol) from any of the Food and Wine Marketplace kiosks and select other locations for one price.
All of the Marketplace kiosks are inspired by California cuisine. Here is a quick glance at some of the kiosks that return during Food and Wine Festival:
- Avocado Time
- Berry Patch
- Garlic Kissed
- Golden Dreams
- I Heart Artichokes
- LA Style
- Nuts About Cheese
- Off the Cob
- One in a Melon
- Peppers Cali-ente
- Uncork California
To redeem your Sip and Savor Pass you’ll simply go to a kiosk and exchange one tab for one menu item—just be sure to remove the tab from your pass in front of the cashier. They will not accept loose tabs without a pass present as a form of payment.
Sip and Savor Passes can be purchased at multiple locations throughout the park, but our favorite is the Embarcadero right across from The Little Mermaid. There is typically no line and you can get one quickly.
The Sip and Savor Pass is easy, convenient, and the remaining lanyard without the tabs makes a great souvenir when you’re done. We recommend getting one at a time for your whole party and purchasing another once you’ve used all of the tabs just to make sure you don’t leave any extra tabs unused.
Tip #4 Order in One Place
One of our best time saving tips for the Disney California Food and Wine Festival is to order all of your food in one location. It’s super easy, but can save you a lot of time waiting in lines.
Each Marketplace kiosk has two lines; one for placing your food order, and the other for picking up your food order. The good news is, you can order any of the festival menu items from any of the kiosks.
If you have a Sip and Savor Pass, it’s even easier, because you have the entire Food and Wine Festival menu printed right on it. You’ll pay for everything in one place, then they’ll give you your receipt with all of the menu items you paid for.
From there, you’ll take your receipt to each kiosk that you ordered from and just stand in the pick-up line. Watch how the lines are going, because oftentimes the lines will fluctuate throughout the day.
Tip #5 Register for Exclusive Events
There are a handful of special events that require reservations at an additional cost. In the past we’ve seen several different offerings:
- Winemaker Dinners
- Carthay Circle Winemaker Receptions
- Wine, Beer and Mixology Education & Tasting Seminars
- Disney Culinary Adventure Tours
Be sure to plan your stay over at least one weekend day so you can enjoy one of the culinary demonstrations which are often limited to weekends only.
Tip #6 Go For as Many Days and Nights as Possible
Spread out the fun for as long as you can! We always recommend purchasing at least a 3-Day Park Hopper ticket. That’s even more true during the Food and Wine Festival. Trust us when we say that you’ll want enough time to sample all of the offerings. And don’t worry, if you purchase a Sip and Savor Pass, they’re good throughout the entire festival.
In addition to making sure you have enough time to eat all of the food items you want to try, we recommend visiting the Marketplace both during the day and the night.
During the day, you’ll find Instagram worthy wall backdrops on some of the kiosks. And at night, the signage is lit up for a whole new effect. The kiosks typically stay open until 8 or 9:00 pm, so just be sure to get your food picked up before closing time.
Tip #7 Experience the Entertainment
In addition to all things food related, the Food and Wine Festival brings some world-class entertainment to the stage. Beginning with the soundtrack to the Food and Wine Festival, you’ll likely notice the lively background music throughout the festival area.
Then stroll over to Paradise Gardens Bandstand and the Palisades Stage, where both areas feature live music from local artists like:
- Phat Cat Swinger
- The Filharmonic
- Midnight Hour
- The Tina Aldana Band
Be sure to check the Disneyland app to see who will be performing this season.
There you have it, our top 7 tips for the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival. We love attending year after year, and we think you will too! We’d love to help you get there. Whether you're going with family, friends or as a romantic getaway, we have a package for you.
Check out our Disneyland packages online, or call any of our vacation experts at 855-GET-AWAY. Either way, we can’t wait to help you book your most delicious Disneyland Resort vacation yet.