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20 Mouthwatering Photos from Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival

The Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival, an amazing culinary feast that includes specialty items served at Disney California Adventure restaurants, cooking demonstrations, and wine tastings, is currently upon us, and running until the end of the month. Recently, I took a trip to the park and tasted foods from each of the 7 marketplaces (you can read more about them in our extensive rundown). I also had a photographer on hand, who snapped some truly delicious photos. Please enjoy these photos, but please try not to lick or bite your computer screen/cell phone.

Apple Bacon Whoopie Pie

This is the apple bacon whoopie pie, located at the Gold Rush marketplace. With maple cream cheese icing and bacon brittle, it’s basically like eating a tiny, fluffy breakfast. And I mean that in the best possible way.

 

Artichoke Chips with Spicy Aioli

These are artichoke chips, also from the Gold Rush marketplace. It’s golden crispy goodness and the spicy aioli dip adds just the right amount of kick!

 

Blackberry Tart

Over in Wine Country, you can get a blackberry tart. It comes with rosemary vanilla bean crème fraîche and a cabernet wine glaze, which is a really fancy way of saying that it’s super refreshing and delicious. Just look at the way those blackberries glisten.

 

Chilled Ahi Poke

Not going to lie: I had never had or heard of chilled ahi poke, but now that I have (from the LA Style marketplace), I can imagine having it again and again and again. Especially prepared like this, with avocado crème and wakame salad, topped with a sesame tuile. Again, part of its charm comes from the fact that it’s really, really cool, which was especially nice on such a hot day.

 

Chilled Shrimp and Snow Crab Cocktail

Another favorite from the festival: a chilled shrimp and snow crab cocktail from the By the Bay marketplace. Look at that crab claw! The “chilled” aspect of this dish was wonderful, and the cocktail had big chunks of crab meat and shrimp, so you definitely get everything its name promises.

 

Coconut Tapioca

This is also from By the Bay marketplace, and was one of the best deserts at this year’s Food and Wine: coconut tapioca layered with fresh mango and lychee boba, topped with a green tea micro sponge, mango couli, and a sesame tuile. The way the flavors go together is practically profound; it’s sweet but never too sweet. And look at those boba bubbles!

 

Fried Shrimp Soft Taco

At the ¡Viva Fresca! marketplace you can get A fried shrimp soft taco with pickled red onion-jalapeno, queso fresco, and avocado-lime crèma. Look at the way the crumbly cheese sits atop the taco, like the snows of Mt. Kilimanjaro, with the shrimp the color of a golden sunset.

 

Golden Thai Vegetable Curry

For the vegetarians out there, there’s the golden Thai vegetable curry with jasmine rice, from The Farm marketplace. It tastes as great as it looks, and is a welcome alternative to the meat-based dishes. Very strong stuff!

 

Grilled Beef Tenderloin Slider

But if you are in the mood for meat, there’s the grilled beef tenderloin slider from The Farm. Look at that slab of meat, perched majestically between two pieces of bread, proving that sliders aren’t just for upscale cocktail parties and hip food trucks anymore.

 

Meyer Lemon Macaron

Another sweet treat from The Farm: a Meyer lemon macaron with blackberry marmalade, Meyer lemon cream, and dried blueberry dust. It tastes as sweet as it sounds.

 

Milk Chocolate Caramel Tart

From LA Style, here’s a milk chocolate caramel tart with almond brittle and sea salt. This looks like a piece of art that you’d hang in a museum or a very rich person’s living room, which sort of amplifies the simple, chocolate-y pleasure of this dish. Anyway you slice it, it’s great.

 

Pork Belly Taco

No joke, the steam bun that surrounds this delicious pork belly bao taco (from LA Style) is the closest you’ll ever come to biting into a cloud—a delicious, delicious cloud.

 

Roasted Yellow Beets and Purple Haze Goat cheese

This dish from Wine Country, which consists of roasted yellow beets and purple haze goat cheese with baby greens, green ver jus, sultanas, and cashews, might sound unconventional, but it’s an absolute delight. Strong, unexpected flavor combinations will make your heart go pitter-patter.

 

White Cheddar Ale and Bacon Soup

This was a standout from By the Bay: white cheddar ale and bacon Soup, served in a Boudin sourdough mini-boule. The sourdough bowl is an added bonus because you can walk around and still be eating it long after your meal is through.

 

Triple Mac Cheese and Whoopie Pie

Yes, that’s a photo of the whoopie pie again, but I wanted to point out the other deliciousness in this shot: the warm and gooey triple cheese mac with smoked chicken, featuring fontina, cheddar, and gouda cheese. It’s as decadent as it is delicious. I’ve already tried to make this at home, with decidedly mixed results.

 

Zinfandel-Braised Wagyu Beef

Zinfandel-braised wagyu beef with creamy polenta and spring pea puree. ‘Nuff said.

 

BONUS: GROUP SHOTS (everybody get close)!

By the Bay Trio

The stars of By the Bay!

 

LA Style Trio

The trio of LA Style standouts!

 

The Farm Trio

The Farm favorites!

 

Wine Country Trio

The Wine Country trifecta!

Posted 3 years Ago
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