Best of the Fest! Must-Eats at the 2018 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival!

Hot on the heels of the 2018 Epcot Flower and Garden Festival on the east coast starts the 2018 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival at Disneyland Resort on the west coast!

2018 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival

2018 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival

And we are taking in all of the bites and sips of California-inspired cuisine along the way! The Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival is ON for the next SIX WEEKS. So, you’ve got until April 12th to take in all of the Food Booths, Special Events, Seminars and Demonstrations, and more that make up all the Festival fun.

But we’ve got plenty to share right now, because we have eaten our way through all fourteen Food Booths at this year’s Festival! You can see all of our pics by visiting our 2018 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Menus page. (Oh, and the Festival Beer Garden is back, too!)

Click HERE to check out photos of ALL THE FOOD on our 2018 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Menus page!

In the meantime, though, here is a look at our favorites so far… Introducing The BEST of the FEST (and beyond)!

Best of the 2018 DCA Food and Wine Festival

Petite Guac Burger at Avocado Time

It was love at first sight — AND first BITE — with the Avocado & Pepper Jack Petite Guac Burger at Avocado Time!

Avocado and Pepper Jack Petite Guac Burger

Avocado and Pepper Jack Petite Guac Burger

They sure don’t skimp on the guacamole here, and the pepper jack gives this slider just a hint of kick.

Popcorn Lemonade Cocktail at Off the Cob

I know, I know… it sounds super weird. But the Popcorn Lemonade Cocktail (also available without alcohol) at Off the Cob should not be missed!

Popcorn Lemonade with Whipped Cream and Candy Corn Garnish

Popcorn Lemonade with Whipped Cream and Candy Corn Garnish

It’s basically lemonade with a fun hint of sugary kettle corn. And the whipped cream and candy corn garnish make it as cute as it is yummy.

 Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese at Peppers Cali-Ente

We are LOVING the Jalapeño Popper Mac & Cheese with Bacon at Peppers Cali-Ente

Jalapeño Popper Mac & Cheese with Bacon

Jalapeño Popper Mac & Cheese with Bacon

But it IS super spicy… so don’t say we — or the name of this booth ;) — didn’t warn ya!

Strawberry Frose AND Float AND Frushi at Strawberry Patch

It was difficult to pick our favorites at the new Strawberry Patch… but we finally narrowed it down to the two sips here (okay, plus a snack!), which include the cool and refreshing Strawberry Frose.

Strawberry Frose

Strawberry Frose

It also includes a returning favorite from last year: the Strawberry-Pineapple Float with Strawberry Popping Pearls!

Strawberry Pineapple Float with Strawberry Popping Pearls

Strawberry Pineapple Float with Strawberry Popping Pearls

You might remember this terrific and unique float from when it was located at LA Style in 2017. Same great, fruity flavor, but with a new home at the Strawberry Patch!

And we are totally digging the Strawberry & Coconut Rice “Frushi” with Sweet Oikos® Greek Nonfat Yogurt Wasabi Sauce.

Strawberry and Coconut Rice Frushi

Strawberry and Coconut Rice Frushi

This playful, fruity take on sushi is as flavorful as it is colorful!

Basically, just plan on spending some time at the Strawberry Patch!

Compressed Asian Cucumbers at Eat Your Greens

Well, they’ve done it. The new Eat Your Greens Booth actually found a way to make us want to do exactly that with the Compressed Asian Cucumbers with Green-Green Sauce, Toasted Almonds, and Sea Beans.

Compressed Asian Cucumbers with Green-Green Sauce, Toasted Almonds, and Sea Beans

Compressed Asian Cucumbers with Green-Green Sauce, Toasted Almonds, and Sea Beans

Nope, I’m not kidding. Granted, those greens are helped with some mighty flavorful sauce and almonds… but still ;) !

Bourbon Chocolate Whoopie Pie at I Heart Artichokes

The Bourbon Chocolate Whoopie Pie at I Heart Artichokes is another winner.

Bourbon Chocolate Whoopie Pie

Bourbon Chocolate Whoopie Pie

Why? Because bourbon. And chocolate. And WHOOPIE PIE. That’s why!

Creamy Mac and Cheese at Garlic Kissed

The Creamy Mac and Cheese with Garlic Bread Crumble at Garlic Kissed is just comfort food at its finest.

Creamy Mac & Cheese with Garlic Bread Crumble

Creamy Mac & Cheese with Garlic Bread Crumble

Sometimes pictures really do speak a thousand words, so we’re letting this one that we took today do that for us. YUM.

Mimosa Flight at Nuts About Cheese

You’ll find the famous Mimosa Flight at Nuts About Cheese this year!

Mimosa Flight

Mimosa Flight

Included are a Pineapple Mimosa, a Raspberry Mimosa, and a Strawberry Mimosa.

Salt & Beer Vinegar Parmesan Chicken Wings at Cluck-A-Doodle-Moo

Not only does the new Cluck-A-Doodle Moo have arguably the best Food Booth name at the Festival. It also lands on our list thanks to the Salt & Beer Vinegar Parmesan Chicken Wings!

Salt & Beer Vinegar Parmesan Chicken Wings

Salt & Beer Vinegar Parmesan Chicken Wings

Tasty and savory, and a great portion with four wings, to boot!

Meyer Lemon Ginger Mule at Citrus Grove

Last year’s Lemon Grove is now the Citrus Grove. But even though the name has changed, this Food Booth has retained some terrific hits, like the returning (and still a favorite) Meyer Lemon Ginger Mule.

Meyer Lemon Ginger Mule Cocktail

Meyer Lemon Ginger Mule Cocktail

The pucker from the lemon and the zest from the ginger make this one drink we’re especially glad to welcome back.

Sweet Corn Nuggets at Off the Cob

And, finally, making our list again this year are the Sweet Corn Nuggets with Beef Chili at Off the Cob!

Sweet corn nuggets with beef chili, spring onions and sour cream

Sweet corn nuggets with beef chili, spring onions and sour cream

Just like last year, it’s straight up pub grub. Also just like last year, we aren’t complaining about that in the least! Not when the spice from the chili balances the sweet and savory corn nuggets so well.

And THAT’S the Best of the Fest! And for now, we’re signing off from sunny — and tasty! — California!!

Click HERE to check out photos of ALL THE FOOD on our 2018 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Menus page!

2018 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Index

2018 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Booth and Menu Index
2018 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Low-Cost Seminar and Demonstrations
2018 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Wine, Beer, and Spirits Education and Tasting Seminars
2018 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Special Events
2018 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Passholder Information
Epcot Festival Fans Facebook Page
2018 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Menus and FOOD PHOTOS

Booking Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival Events

Booking is NOW OPEN for Low-Cost/Free Events, Seminars, and Demonstrations and Special Events. This year guests must register at this 2018 Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival page in order to book any reservations.

Which item are you most excited to try at the Disney California Adventure Food and Wine Festival this year? Please let us know with a comment!

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