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Photo Report: April 1st, 2016 - Food & Wine Festival Returns!
Food & Wine Festival Photo Report
by Luke Manning
Please enjoy our latest item, a photo report from April 1st, 2016 taking a look at the return of the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival, including reviews of some of the items I tried...
Welcome to the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival, being held weekends all throughout the month of April!
Here's a look at the Festival map for the first weekend
The highlight of the Festival (to me at least) are the 8 Festival Marketplaces located along the Performance Corridor near Cars Land and the Golden Vine Winery
The first of the 8 identical booths you come across is LAstyle
I tried the Pork Belly Bao Taco. It was quite scrumptious, although the pork was a bit too fatty for my taste
Next up, right next to each other are Wine Country and The Vineyard
I tried the Chardonnay flight from The Vineyard, and this was actually my first ever time having wine. I honestly had no idea what it would taste like, but I think it's safe to say I'm more a wine person than a beer person
Also along the Performance Corridor are a few outside vendors, including Leonardo e Roberto's Gourmet Blends
Viva Fresca! appeared to be one of the more popular booths, but I didn't try anything from there
Construction has finally wrapped up on the back of the Blue Sky Cellar, revealing a new Disney Vacation Club booth
Right outside the Blue Sky Cellar is Gold Rush, featuring one of the items I was most looking forward to trying...
Can you guess which one?
You guessed it, the Apple Bacon Whoopie Pie! Boy was this thing sweet! It was essentially like a macaron, but unfortunately I only had a couple of bites where I actually tasted any bacon
The Brewhouse has flights and glasses of beer
Annual Passholders can charge their phones, recieve recipe cards and buttons, and catch screenings of an original DCA attraction, Seasons of the Vine, inside the Blue Sky Cellar!
The Farm has a couple of items I want to try, but decided to save for a later visit
More outside vendors
Beverage Seminars take place at the Sonoma Terrace. It costs $15 due to the sample tastings
The final Marketplace booth is appropriately By the Bay
One of the hottest items appears to be the Cheddar Ale and Bacon Soup
Taking a brief break from the Festival, I checked out The Jungle Book Exclusive Sneak Peek at the Bug's Life Theater
I was already pretty interested in this new adaptation of the Disney classic, but after seeing the preview, I'm now even more excited. What's more, early reviews of the film are very positive!
Posters along the exit pathway. The Jungle Book hits theaters on April 15th
Back to the Food & Wine Festival, this time in Hollywood Land where the free presentations take place
The Mad T Party area has been very lightly redressed to be used for the Food & Wine Festival. Mad T ended its run this past Wednesday, so there was obviously a very quick turnaround
The Hollywood Backlot Stage is used for culinary demonstrations
And the newly christened Lifestyle Stage (formerly the Mad T Stage) is used for Lifestyle seminars
The Mad T Party bars are being used with new Food & Wine inspired menus
A closer look at the menu
All of the Mad T Party decorations are gone from this section of the Backlot
The Studio Catering Truck has been returned to its original red color scheme
No more giant playing cards or air hockey tables
Various celebrity chefs appear once a week inside Stage 17. These event will cost you a hefty surcharge
Festival merchandise can be found at the Studio Store, which recently lost its Wandering Oaken's Trading Post theme
Thanks for viewing this photo report, and check out the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival running through May 1st!