Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival Disney’s California Adventure
Dates for 2008: April 11-May 5
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2008 Dates: Daily April 11 – May 5
Disney's California Food and Wine Festival will be held April 11-May 5 at Disney's California Adventure park. Festival events include cooking schools, winemaker dinners, cooking demonstrations, wine, beer, and spirit seminars, and a Marketplace where appetizers and beer and wine are available. New this year, there are Festival events occuring daily at the Pacific Wharf and Golden Vine Winery areas, and on weekends the Festival expands into venues in the Bountiful Farm area as well. The Festival Welcome Center will be located in Sunshine Plaza where daily event schedules are available and guests may make same day reservations for Festival events, pending availability.
Some of the events are "ticketed" – e.g. there is a charge and reservations are required in advance – such as the winemaker dinners and wine tasting classes, but most of the cooking demonstrations and seminars take place in the park and are included with park admission.
Register on-line for any of the ticketed events at: http://www.disneyland.com/foodandwine
Event Schedule – List of all currently scheduled seminars as described below.
There are multiple complimentary wine, beer, or spirit seminars each day which are conducted by a noted winemaker, Master Brewer, or Disneyland Resort Sommelier. Seminars will be held at the Pacific Wharf and Golden Vine Winery areas.
These 30-minute presentations feature demonstrations by chefs from all over the Disneyland Resort, as well as visiting chefs respresenting some of California's favorite food festivals, such as the Gilroy Garlic Festival and the California Strawberry Festival. Chefs will demonstrate cooking techniques while preparing dishes associated with the session's theme, and at the end of the presentation guests receive their own samples to taste. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Demonstration kitchens will be located at the Pacific Wharf and Bountiful Farm venues.
Celebrity Chef Culinary Demonstrations
A series of noted Celebrity Chefs will be on hand on weekends during the Festival where they will present culinary demonstrations and participate in book and photo signing sessions.
Jamie Gwen April 11, 19, 20, 25, 27, May 2
Cat Cora – April 12-13
Bret Thompson – April 19-20
Guy Fieri – April 26
Nancy Silverton – April 26
Jr. Chef Program
Designed for younger guests, these 30-minute sessions on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. will be held in the Bountiful Farm area.
Taste of California Marketplace
An array of tempting appetizer-sized food selections will be available for sale at the Marketplace located at the the Lucky Fortune Cookery. Beer and wine selections which have been specially selected to pair with the food items will also be available.
New this year, special Festival menu items will be available at restaurants around the park, such as Award Wieners, Pizza Oom Mow Mow, Corn Dog Castle, Cocina Cucamonga, Pacific Wharf Cafe, and Farmer's Market.
Located on the Upper Terrace of the Golden Vine Winery, the Sparkling Bar offers champagne and sparkling wines by the glass, as well as a selection of wine country tapas. Open Friday-Sunday during the festival.
During the Festival, selected restaurants at the Disneyland Resort will be offering a special multi-course prix fixe Vintner's Menu. Participating restaurants include: Napa Rose, Steakhouse 55, The Vineyard Room, Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen, and Catal. Wine pairings will also be available.
The following are all ticketed events
The Winemaker dinners feature a multi-course meal with specially selected menu and wine pairings. They are held on Friday evenings from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at Steakhouse 55 at the Disneyland Hotel. Tickets are $125 including tax and gratuity. Guests must be at least 21 years of age.
Friday, April 11 – Chappellet Winery, Phillip Titus
Friday, April 18 – Twomey Cellars, Daniel Baron
Friday, April 25 – Nickel & Nickel Single Vineyard Wines, Darice Spinelli
Friday, May 2 – Pride Mountain Vineyards, Steve Pride
A Special Evening with the Gallo Family Winery
This dinner, featuring award-winning wines from the Gallo family and a special menu by Chef Gloria Tae, will be held on Sunday, April 20 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at The Vineyard Room restaurant inside Disney's California Adventure park. Tickets are $85/person including tax and gratuity. Guests must be 21 years of age to attend. Theme park admission is not included in the event price.
Celebrity Chef Dinner
This year's Celebrity Chef Dinner features chef Guy Fieri, star of The Food Network's "Guy's Big Bite" cooking show. The dinner will be held Sunday, April 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Napa Rose restaurant at the Grand Californian Hotel. Tickets are $185 including tax and gratuity.
Napa Rose Cooking School — SOLD OUT
Interactive hands-on cooking school taught by Napa Rose Executive Chef Andrew Sutton. During the class attendees will participate in creating a meal and then partake of it, including appropriate wine pairings. Students receive a Napa Rose Cooking School chef's coat to take home. Classes will be held on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the show kitchen of the Napa Rose restaurant at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel. Tickets are $400 including tax and gratuity and attendees must be at least 21 years of age. Register early – this one sells out quickly!
Taste Wine Like an Expert
Introductory wine tasting class taught by Napa Rose's Master Sommelier Michael Jordan. Classes will be held on Sundays at the Napa Rose restaurant from 1:00-3:00 p.m. and will include basic training on the different grape varietals and a blind tasting of four different wines. Tickets are $45 including tax and gratuity. Attendees must be at least 21 years of age.
Taste – Food, Wine, Life
The Festival's grand finale on Saturday, May 3 will feature the talents of numerous chefs serving up samplings of creatively prepared and elegantly presented foods. Specially selected beer, wine, and spirits will also be offered by a variety of vintners and brewers. The evening will feature live entertainment and all attendees will receive a memento of the evening. The event will be held at Stage 17 in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $125 including tax and gratuity. Theme park admission is required but not included in the event cost.
Festival Wine Receptions
Enjoy an outdoor wine reception with hot and cold hors d'oeuvres, and a special viewing location for Disney's Electrical Parade. Receptions will be held on the Lower Patio of the Golden Vine Winery on Friday and Saturday evenings from 7:30-9:00 p.m. the first three weekends of the Festival. Tickets are $55, including tax and gratuity. Theme park admission is required but is not included in the event price. Attendees must be at least 21 years of age.
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