DCA Food and Wine Festival Update

I was checking out Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival website (http://www.disneyland.com/foodandwine) last night and noticed that some new things have been added recently.

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Most weekends are going to feature a celebrity chef who will be conducting cooking demonstrations as well as book signings. In addition to Chef Jamie Gwen, who will be there every weekend, Cat Cora is scheduled on April 12-13, Bret Thompson on April 19-20, and both Nancy Silverton and Guy Fieri on April 26.

Hmm…with all those chefs around, I hope there aren’t too many cooks in the kitchen…

A new “Signature” event has been added: A Special Evening with the Gallo Family Winery is scheduled for Sunday, April 20. This dinner will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at the Vineyard Room restaurant inside Disney’s California Adventure. The cost is $85/person.

I hadn’t planned to be at the parks that weekend but that sounds intriguing…I love Chef Tae’s food!

The Daily Schedule for the Food and Wine Festival complimentary events is now up on the web site also, so I’ve been checking out things I want to attend on the weekend of the 11th-13th and the weekend of the 2nd-3rd.

Ghirardelli Sweet Sundays…oooooooooooh! (Every Sunday at 11:00)

Wine and Chocolate…oh my. (Every weekend at 5:30)

They’re starting the Festival off right as far as I’m concerned – Delicious Desserts on April 11 is the very first demonstration. Also that weekend are demos for Gilroy Garlic and Melissa’s Produce, and a What’s for Brunch session on Saturday.

With the Festival going to a daily schedule this year, there’s many more wineries represented – 24 if I counted correctly. Beer tasting sessions will feature either the returning Karl Straus Brewing Company or (new this year) Widmer Beers. Don Julio Tequila sponsors tequila tasting sessions every weekend, and there’s a new Mixology 101: Drinks 1-2-3 session offered every Monday afternoon.

If you haven’t made plans yet to attend any of the Signature events…The Napa Rose Cooking School is sold out, but there are still tickets left for all of the other events, though some are getting close to capacity.

I plan to try to blog live from the Festival the first weekend, so there will be lots of photos and reports coming both here and on the AllEars.net Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival web page, which is HERE.

Please send me any reports or comments that you have, too!

Laura Gilbreath is a native of San Diego, CA. She has been making the trek up Interstate 5 to Disneyland since she was a small child and terrified of talking tikis and hitchhiking ghosts. She and her husband Lee enjoy trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World, as well as sailings on the Disney Cruise Line.

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