The Best Activities at the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

by | Apr 18, 2023 | Disney California Adventure Park, Disneyland Parks

Visiting the DCA Food and Wine Festival in 2023? We’re sharing the best activities you’ll want to take advantage of while you’re visiting Disney California Adventure!

The Food and Wine Festival at Disney California Adventure is always a yummy adventure. One of the neat parts about Food and Wine is that your adventure is not only limited to going to food booths. The festival also brings unique opportunities, experiences, and even a ride update. So in between trying out delicious food and drinks, here are some other fun things you should check out at the festival, which runs through April 25, 2023.

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Soarin’ Over California

Soarin' Over California makes a limited-time return for the duration of the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif. This beloved attraction celebrates the beauty and wonder of the Golden State, from San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge to the crashing waves in Malibu. For event dates and more details, visit Disneyland.com. (Christian Thompson/Disneyland Resort)

Soarin’ Over California makes a limited-time return. Photo by Christian Thompson/Disneyland Resort

Soarin’ Over the World gets an update! During the Food and Wine Festival, you can soar over California from sunny San Diego to beautiful Lake Tahoe. Much like the classic Soarin’ Around the World, this version comes with scents that are unique to each location to help you feel like you’re actually there. Fun fact: the upbeat music for this flight was inspired by the optimistic spirit of California and was composed by Academy Award winner Jerry. Hurry, though; this version of the ride won’t last long. April 25, 2023 (the end of the Food and Wine Festival) will be the last chance to catch flights for this version of the ride.

Wine, Beer, and Mixology Education & Tasting Seminars

Resort guests may expand their culinary knowledge with mixology classes beverage seminars during the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif. This festival highlights the best of California’s culinary scene with boundless choices of specialty foods, beverages, entertainment and experiences inspired by the state’s diverse cultures and regions. For event dates and more details, visit Disneyland.com. (David Nguyen/Disneyland Resort)

Mixology classes beverage seminars during the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival. photo by David Nguyen/Disneyland Resort

Ever wanted to learn more about wine, beer, or even mixology? Now is your chance! Each seminar is 45-minutes and occurs at the Sonoma Terrace Friday-Sunday. All this great knowledge can be yours with a reservation booking. Check out this list to see what wineries, breweries, and mixologists will be there (i.e. a mixologist from the super popular, tropical, Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar!).

Found a seminar you would like to attend? Book your spot here! Keep in mind, though, that these events are for guests 21+. Anyone under the age, even infants or children accompanied by an adult, cannot attend. 

Attending a seminar is definitely a great experience. During the wine and beer seminars, the tastings are led by expert(s) from that winery/brewery. They talk about their company and guide you through the tasting so you can make sure you’re getting the most out of the tasting experience. The tastiest part is the guided sampling. During the tasting, you are given a sheet and a pen where you can mark down your thoughts on what you sampled so you can remember which was your favorite(s).

The mixology classes have a little bit of a different spin to them. During those seminars, you actually get to make one of the cocktails that were created for the 2023 Food and Wine Festival! Sounds a bit like a daunting task? Don’t worry! The experts already portioned out the ingredients, so you make sure you’re adding the right amounts of everything.

Live music and family fun

Resort guests may encounter Chef Goofy at the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif. This festival highlights the best of California’s culinary scene with boundless choices of specialty foods, beverages, entertainment and experiences inspired by the state’s diverse cultures and regions. For event dates and more details, visit Disneyland.com. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

Chef Goofy. Photo by Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort

The Food and Wine Festival also has experiences the whole family can enjoy together. Keep an eye out for fun live music performances going on throughout the 2023 festival! These lively events will make you want to dance! Nothing better than good food and music!

Keep an eye out for other fun demonstrations and activity zones! Like cooking demonstrations! On Fridays-Sundays, local, guest, and even Disney chefs provide free cooking demonstrations that you and your family can watch as the chefs make the meal on stage.

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Emily has been a Disney fan all her life. Growing up, she enjoyed watching Disney shows and movies (and she still enjoys watching them today!). She also loves to visit the Parks any chance she gets. One of Emily’s favorite things to do at the parks when she’s not on rides or exploring is to go to the stores and check out all the cute merch!
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Emily Santana

Emily has been a Disney fan all her life. Growing up, she enjoyed watching Disney shows and movies (and she still enjoys watching them today!). She also loves to visit the Parks any chance she gets. One of Emily’s favorite things to do at the parks when she’s not on rides or exploring is to go to the stores and check out all the cute merch!
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