We’ll look for basically any excuse to go to the Disneyland Resort, but the Food & Wine Festival is one of our favorite reasons to trek down to Disney California Adventure! Delicious treats, fascinating seminars with celebrity chefs, and amazing entertainment await. With the Food & Wine Festival’s 2017 return, we of course took the time to try everything (sung exactly like Gazelle).
Not only are there more marketplaces this year, but each marketplace is themed to an important crop of California, bringing the Park back to its state’s roots. Whether you’ve got a hankering for garlic or want to try seafood, they’ve got you covered. And now we proudly present, the food:
This marketplace plays homage to the sweeter Meyer lemon that’s thought to be a cross between lemons and oranges. We of course ordered both an entree and a dessert here. Here’s how it went:
Duck Confit on Potato Smash
A heaping mound of duck meat on oh-so-wonderful potatoes? Sign us up! If we weren’t so set on getting a sampling of all the delights at the Food & Wine Festival this easily could have been our entire lunch. The lemon preserves lent a nice light note on top of the dish.
Meyer Lemon Macaron
This macaron was so cute we almost couldn’t bring ourselves to eat it … almost. It’s actually pretty big for a macaron so feel free to share this sweet treat. Or keep it all for yourself since it’s that good.
SEAFOOD … SUSTAINED
As the name implies, this marketplace focuses on bringing the freshness of seafood to guests in a way that has a more environmentally friendly impact. Our thoughts on these dishes and sweet treats:
Verlasso Sustainable Salmon Tataki
The avocado wasabi puree and furikake dust were the perfect topping for the dense, flaky salmon underneath. What’s even better is that this salmon is farmed sustainably, and we’re always down for greener solutions to anything.
Passion Fruit Posset and Coconut Chia
There were actual tears in our eyes when we tried this dessert, it was that good. Guess you could say we have a real passion for passion fruit, and it really was the perfect post-salmon complement.
THE ONION LAIR
Ah, onions. Sweet, sweet onions. The dishes at this marketplace have a delicious kick to them thanks to the onion inclusions! Make sure to grab one of the marketplace’s delicious beverages to balance out the rich flavor! Here’s what we tried:
French Onion Mac and Cheese
Just … raised hand emojis here. If you didn’t think it was possible to take the amazing onion flavor of french onion soup and infuse it into mac and cheese (with caramelized onions on top of course), think again. The parmesan crumble adds a great slightly crunchy contrast to the creaminess of everything else.
Passion Fruit Lemonade
A drink so nice we had to order it twice! It’s amazingly refreshing and just sweet enough. Going back to get this drink was worth it. So worth it.
SWEET & SOURDOUGH
If we could write an ode to bread, it would be poetry to rival that of Shakespeare. Is there anything that this golden food item doesn’t go with? Of course, the bread at this station is Boudin, a proper homage to the Bay Area. Here’s what we thought about these delightful bread bowl selections:
Bay Shrimp Louie Salad
A beautiful bounty of shrimp awaits you if you order this—it’s simply overflowing with shrimp, eggs and more delectable ingredients! The sourdough bread provided a nice balance to the salad.
White Cheddar Lager Soup
This soup is very comforting and of course had to be served in a mini bread bowl. We’ll take cheesy anything and the lager ingredient makes the flavor even bolder.
We definitely love L.A. seeing as how that’s where we’re based, and we thought the dishes here were the perfect homage to our beloved city:
Korean Barbecue Beef Short Rib Tacos
We’ve never met a taco dish we didn’t like and it sure didn’t stop here! Let’s take a closer look at that kimchi shall we?
Dole Pineapple-Strawberry Float
It’s not a visit to the parks unless you get a Dole Whip, and this twist on the classic treat ensures that you still get your fix.
I HEART ARTICHOKES
Give it up for the thistle that made us whistle while we worked (sampling this food)!Fried Artichokes Carbonara
This was one of the last dishes we tried, but boy what a treat. It’s rich, and a good-sized portion without being overwhelming.Orange Iced Tea With Orange Pearls
Orange lovers will definitely find this drink a-peel-ing. Orange notes are infused into the tea, so it’s more sweet than bitter. The pearls provide an extra burst of flavor.
Garlic-Rosemary and Avocado Oil Ice Cream Pop
Combine a serious love for garlic with a very big affinity for ice cream, and it was only appropriate that the Food & Wine romp closed with this treat. This is a must-try! The garlic lends a richness to the ice cream that’s not overpowering and the avocado oil makes it extra creamy. The adorable push-pop packaging is the convenient cherry on top and it’s good for any time of day.
There are so many more amazing marketplaces with delightful treats, including Nuts About Cheese, Olive Us, Bacon Twist, and Off the Cob. But we’ll definitely be back plenty of times before Disney California Adventure’s Food & Wine Festival ends on April 16! !
Which dish are you most excited to try at Disney California Adventures Food & Wine Festival 2017? Tell us in the comments!