Welcome to Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival!

The time is finally upon us! We arrived in Disneyland this morning and had a great time wandering around Disney’s California Adventure for an introduction to the California Food & Wine Festival.

We’ve got a good game plan for sampling all of this food — and more — in the coming days, but for now, I wanted to introduce you as well to Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival!

This Festival Center is the backbone of the festival. It houses temporary shops for wine and merchandise, seminar rooms, a kitchen for some of the signature dishes, and more!

Here are several items that you’ll see “in person” via my blog very soon! Click image for larger photo)

Festival Center Menu

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Disneyland Food & Wine Festival Twitter Contest

Disneyland is currently holding a twitter contest! Each week during Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival, Disneyland will be giving away 2 1-Day, 1-Park tickets and a $50 Disney Gift Card

Here are the details from the Disney Parks Blog:

As promised, here’s more information on how you can participate in Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival Twitter Sweepstakes:

1. Follow us on Twitter by going to twitter.com/disneyland.
2. To enter, reply between 12:01 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. (PT) Wednesday with #DisneyFWFest & “Enter me in Disney’s California F&W Festival Sweepstakes.”
3. Sweepstakes open to US residents 18 and over. No purchase necessary. 1 winner selected per week, on 4/14, 4/21 and 4/28/10. Void where prohibited. Please read the detailed rules to find out all the details.
4. Winners will be notified by direct message the day after such Wednesday sweepstakes, and such winners should follow the directions in that message. In order to win and receive a direct message from @Disneyland, you must follow @Disneyland. Winners must reply by email with their full name, email address, physical mailing address and phone number within 24 hours of the time of such winning notification. Tickets and Disney Gift Cards will be shipped to the winner overnight. Tickets must be used by May 31, 2010, the final day of the Festival, or their use will be forfeited.

Good luck! I’ll see you at the Festival!

Visit our F&W Festival page for more info on Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival.

Disney Food Post Round-Up: April 11th, 2010

Chocolate Fondant With Praline from Remy - (c) Disney Cruise Line

Bonjour, my foodie friends! This weekwe heard about the Disney Dream’s exclusive adults-only restaurant — Remy! If you’re booked for a Disney Dream cruise, I’d love to hear if Remy will make the cut for your dining arrangements. (Check out the full press release and photos at StitchKingdom)

And don’t forget — Disneyland’s Food and Wine Festival starts THIS COMING WEEKEND! (Check out DisneyGeek’s cool pic of the Festival Showplace banners!) You know I’m gonna be there in just two short weeks to start my reporting, but in the meantime, check out all the exciting events that are scheduled to take place: Disney’s 2010 California Food and Wine Festival.

Finally, I want to take a moment to thank and “toast” a brilliant person, Alain Littaye, who has written one of my favorite Disney-related blogs, Disney and More, for three years. I’m sad to see the blog end, Alain, but I look forward to seeing your stamp on many Disney-related projects in the future. Thank you for sharing your immense knowledge of and interest in Disney with your readers.

And now, on with the Round-Up!

The WDW Today Podcast kindly brought me on as a guest last week to discuss Food Quality vs. Atmosphere in Disney World Restaurants. I clearly need to take some public speaking lessons, but the discussion is still very interesting!

Disney World Basics looks at one of Disney’s strategies to create healthier options for dining in the parks — Kids’ Picks!

Main Street Gazette heads over to the Rose and Crown Dining Room for a delicious dining review!

The DVC Life takes a look at whether Jiko in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is worth the $100+ price tag.

Chef Druck Musings shares some secrets about her favorite character meals in Disney World.

Thanks to Zannaland for posting this very cool interview about a fellow blogger! (Wink, wink) The ensuing comments about tart-n-tiny candy is my favorite part.

The Disney Blog reports the potential shuttering of the final Goodings Supermarket near Disney World.

Disney Parks Blog celebrates the top honors received in Orlando Magazine by several Walt Disney World restaurants.

The Disney Chick makes Gourmet Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies from the Main Street Bakery. Go on. You know you want to click. ;-)

OC Register has a fun story about what Disneyland’s doing with the leftover fry oil from their kitchens! Here’s a hint: it has to do with Park transportation… .

Chip and Co shares some dessert options for people with Diabetes dining in Disney World restaurants.

DisUnplugged heads to Disneyland’s Plaza Inn for dinner!

“I’m Going to Disneyland!”

Yep, the Disney Food Blog train is headed to California next month to cover Disney’s fifth annual California Food and Wine Festival at Disney’s California Adventure Theme Park!

We’re pretty excited around here and wanted to share a little pre-trip “Dining Line-Up” for those of you who might be interested. Feel free to shout out your suggestions for dishes to try, counter service to sample, and your favorite snacks we shouldn’t miss. Here’s where we currently have reservations:


We’re excited to take you all with us to the Festival! In the meantime, be sure to check out our Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival Guide. If you’re headed to the festival, click on our nifty “Reserve Now!” links to go straight to the Disneyland Website and reserve spots at your chosen events.

Disney Food Post Round-Up, February 7, 2010

Eat hereHere’s the food news of the week, highlighted here on the Disney Food Blog:

Also, if you didn’t see it already, be sure to check out our first ever Disney food photo quiz. You can see the answers at the bottom of this post. Now, on to the round-up!

SamLand’s Disney Adventures shares a great detail from Pinocchio’s Village Haus in Disney World. Be sure to check the comments, where Anthony from DLRPMagic shares a very related detail from Disneyland Paris!

Orlando Sentinel shares more construction pics from Epcot.

DLRPToday, same folks from DLRPMagic, incidentally, reports that Hurricanes Discotheque will be closing permanently on March 31, 2010.

Designing Disney takes us to Disneyland’s Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor.

Disney and More reminds us that Disney Legend Walt Peregoy’s artwork is currently being exhibited at the Chocolate Bar in Encino, CA. I call this a food post because of the location. I think it works. Walt is best known for his work on 101 Dalmatians.

Stuff From the Parks shares a cool Haunted Mansion “I Scream” ice cream spoon from the 1969 Haunted Mansion grand opening promo. Learn more about the “I Scream” promo from this Imaginerding post.

The OC Register explains how Disney’s paying employees to lose unhealthy, excess weight.

2719 Hyperion is able to take its eyes away from the goodies and document the decor at the Disney’s Hollywood Studios Beverly Sunset Sweet Spells shop (also known as the Scary Apothecary).

WDW Alone reminds us to get training for the Wine and Dine Halloween 5K fun run

Orlando Sentinel reports that central Florida and the Disney area is the Word’s Most Celiac Friendly Destination!

DF 82 brings us back to Disneyland Paris with a look at Toad Hall.

Main Street Gazette shares a trip to Le Cellier — including a photo of the Chocolate Moose.

Disney Parks Blog has some suggestions for Date Night at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney.

Disney’s California F&W Festival: Annual Passholder Advance Ticket Sales

DLRFoodWinelogosmallDisneyland Annual Passholders will be able to purchase reduced-price, advance tickets starting today for Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival special events, including winemaker dinners, a new Brewmaster Dinner, and the Festival finale celebration “Taste Food-Wine-Life.” To purchase, log into Disneyland’s AP Special Offers Page.

For more details, pricing, and information about these events, see our Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival page.

The general public will be able to book events starting February 16th at 10am, via the Disneyland Food and Wine Festival page.

Thanks to the Disney Parks Blog.

Disney Food Round-Up: January 31, 2010

Eat here As usual, when there’s a lot of Disney food news during the week, we recap our Disney Food Blog stories for those who might like to take a look. This week, we have:

And here we go — off into the wonderful world of Disney Food posts from this week!

AKLResort.com shares a two food related blog-posts this week: a sample menu for the Kilimanjaro Club Concierge Lounge and info on grocery items available at Animal Kingdom Lodge.

OC Register reports the closure of Disneyland’s Tomorrowland Terrace until this summer. The kitchen is being expanded and renovated.

The WDWToday Podcast aired a Healthy Eating in WDW show with special guest: me. :-)

The Disney Chick makes what sounds like just about the best soup ever: Roasted Garlic and Gruyere Cream Soup from Victoria and Albert’s.

Heatherw25, an avid scrapbooker, posted a bunch of Disney Food Scrapbooking Lay-outs on her blog this week!

The Disney Parks Blog has some awesome grooms’ cakes from Disney Fairytale Weddings!

Touring Plans visits my favorite place and yours, La Cava del Tequila! Don’t forget that you can see the full La Cava del Tequila menu here on the Disney Food Blog :-)

Main St. Gazette shares fantastic photos of one of my favorite areas of Disney World — the Sunset Ranch Farmer’s Market.

Passport to Dreams takes a retro peek at Columbia Harbour House. (Also, you don’t want to miss their detailed look at the Caribbean Plaza — not a food article, but wonderful nonetheless.)

Dis Unplugged takes us to Disneyland twice this week with posts on the Carnation Cafe and Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen.

And, finally, just because when I find things like this on ebay, it’s my job to let you know about them: a Disney Characters Spork Collection.

Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival 2010

DLRFoodWinelogoDisney’s California Food & Wine Festival takes place at Disney’s California Adventure Park from April 16 to May 31, 2010. The festival includes delicious culinary demonstrations, wine seminars, celebrity chefs and more — all highlighting the wonderful dishes California has to offer along with a look at international cuisine.

Like Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, some events are included with Park admission, others require separate tickets and reservations.

What Can I Do There?
Here’s just a sampling of the events available at the 2010 Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival. To see ALL of the events available, including dates, times, prices, and reservation information, visit our Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival page!:

  • “Taste of California” Marketplace: Sample unique foods created specifically for the festival, wine and beer pairings, and tapas-sized portions of gourmet items.
  • Chef Showcase Stage: See celebrity and noted chefs, including chefs from the Disneyland Resort, showcase their expertise!
  • NEW! Brewmaster Dinner: The Karl Strauss Brewing Company hosts this delicious and educational event, where gourmet dishes are expertly paired with, well, suds ;-)

    Date: Friday, May 7
    Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Location: Steakhouse 55

  • Napa Rose Cooking School: Chef Andrew Sutton enlightens guests, leading them through the creation of a 4-course meal. (I hope it includes that hot cocoa he made on the Guy Fieri Disneyland Holidays show!)

    Date: Saturdays, April 17, May 1, 8, 15 and 22
    Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Location: Napa Rose, Disney’s Grand California Hotel®

  • Wine, Beer and Spirits Education and Tasting Seminars: Seminars will be led by noted winemakers, brewers, and distillers. Some will also include Disneyland sommeliers.
  • Junior Chef: A favorite from previous years, this is cooking class for chefs ages 11 and under.
  • Festival Wine Walks: This is a lot like the World Showcase Wine Walk in Epcot! Each walk allows you to purchase a tasting passport and select up to four tastes from around the world, or from a single region.
  • Festival Beer Walk: Sample beers, lagers, and ales from around the world.
  • Much More!!: Remember: these are just a few of the options available during the festival! Check out our Disney’s California Food & Wine Festival page for ALL of the details, including times, dates, prices, and reservation information!

I’ll see ya there! ;)