2024 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival: Your Complete Guide

by | Mar 1, 2024 | Disney California Adventure Park, Disneyland Parks, DLR Food

Wondering where to start as you dive into this year’s festival festivities? Here’s your comprehensive guide to the 2024 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival, with information on activities, live entertainment, schedules, food booths, and more.

The 2024 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival is back for a brand-new year! This year, the jam-packed festival runs from March 1 through April 22. We’ve broken down everything you can expect to do, see, and eat at the festival in our comprehensive guide to the 2024 DCA Food & Wine Festival.

What is the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival? It’s your chance to celebrate California’s culinary and wine history! The state is known for its creative cuisine and its winemaking from south to north, and this festival brings together creative culinary concoctions with California-made wines, beer, and more. A popular event since the first festival took place in 2006, the 2024 Food & Wine Festival is now in its fourteenth year. This year, you’ll find plenty of delicious eats to try, performances and culinary demonstrations to catch, and activities to participate in as you visit Disney California Adventure in March and April.

2024 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival?

The 2024 DCA Food & Wine Festival kicks off on March 1, 2024, and ends on April 22, 2024.

How long does the DCA Food & Wine Festival run for?

It lasts for just over seven weeks, giving you nearly two months to experience this food-filled fest.

What are the park hours for California Adventure’s Food & Wine Festival?

During the festival, Disney California Adventure Park is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day.

However, festival booth and activity times will vary. Each day, the food booths (or festival marketplaces) open at 10:30 AM (check the Disneyland app or website prior to your visit to see the most up-to-date park hours). Make sure you grab a festival guidebook upon entering California Adventure Park for the 2023 Food & Wine Festival. This is your guide to the day’s activities (and all the festival food booths).

How much is the 2024 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival?

All Disney California Adventure festivals, including the 2024 Food & Wine Festival, are included with the cost of admission to California Adventure Park.

  • If you’re a Magic Key holder, attending the 2024 Food & Wine Festival costs nothing.
  • If you’re purchasing a ticket, a standard single-day ticket to Disney California Adventure starts at $75/day (see the special offer here) while standard theme park tickets start at $83/day – you can price out your specific visit at Disneyland.com.

However, there are other Food & Wine Festival costs to factor in before you head to the park. For example, one of the main draws of the festival is the collection of food booths (or festival marketplace kiosks), where you can purchase small plates of food, snacks, and drinks. These vary in cost; the cheapest items are typically in the $6 to $7 range. However, the fanciest cocktails or wine flight may hit $17 to $18.

While the Food & Wine Festival at DCA has held free demonstrations and classes in the past, there have also been paid classes you can take (as little as $25 per person). There are a number of Food & Wine Festival experiences you can book in advance, too, that start at $25 per person and can cost as much as $100 or more, from cocktail classes to winemaker receptions to chef-led dinners.

And of course, there’s plenty of special festival merch to go around.

What’s free at the Disney California Food & Wine Festival?

If you’re hoping to do the Food & Wine Festival on a budget, there’s still plenty to enjoy! There’s a slew of live performances you can catch throughout the day – and each one of these performances is completely free! Additionally, you can enjoy the festival marketplace kiosks, or food booths, on a budget with the Sip and Savor Pass, which gives you eight tabs (now scannable credits loaded right onto your lanyard) to use for any food and nonalcoholic drinks you’d like to try. And there are regular culinary demonstrations and shows happening throughout the park each day of the festival.

In 2024, you can expect the following live entertainment to be free once you’re inside Disney California Adventure for the festival:

  • Culinary Demonstrations, which feature local, visiting, and Disney chefs as they prepare a few of their favorite recipes on stage Friday through Sunday.
  • Family Programming, which takes place throughout the duration of the festival, allowing you to find something fun for everyone in the family including special activity zones and demonstrations.
  • Live Music, with musical performances setting the vibe at locations throughout DCA.
  • Soarin’ Over California, which returns just for the festival! Head over to Soarin’ and you can catch the original California-centric ride film.
  • Jammin’ Chefs, who perform at the Paradise Gardens Obelisk with a crowd-pleasing blend of musical styles played on pots and pans!
  • Alice’s Wonderland Bakery Unbirthday Party, where kids 3-11 can decorate their own cupcakes at the Hollywood Backlot Stage.
  • Chef Goofy, who can be found greeting guests in Hollywood Land for a fun culinary photo op!

In addition to these free entertainment offerings, there’s plenty to see around California Adventure during the Food & Wine Festival. And it’s all free! You’ll be able to find photo opportunities, participate in demonstrations, or even try limited-time festival offerings at restaurants throughout the park.

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Elote Paleta (Golden Dreams festival marketplace at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, Calif.) – sweet corn paleta with parmesan crema, chile-lime seasoning, corn crunch and cilantro. Available March 3 through April 25, 2023. For more details, visit DisneyParksBlog.com. (David Nguyen/Disneyland Resort)

Would you try the Elote Paleta? Photo by David Nguyen/Disneyland Resort

What’s New at the 2024 DCA Food & Wine Festival

Something we love about the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival is that each year many fan-favorite food booths, activities, and entertainment return – but the festival always brings something new and fresh for a brand-new year.

This year, one of the newest additions to the festival is the addition of two Michelada Tasting Seminars. These join the usual Beer, Wine, and Mixology Seminars at the festival. Plus, on one festival weekend, guests can also try out a new Ethel M Chocolate and Wine Pairing Seminar too!

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2024 Food & Wine Festival Food Booths

One of the big draws of the annual DCA Food & Wine Festival is the food booths. While every festival held at California Adventure Park includes food booths (or festival marketplaces), the Food & Wine Festival is the biggest, with the largest number of booths. And the special focus on California flavors, ingredients, and chefs means this is your chance to try local fare – in fact, many of the beers offered come right from local Anaheim breweries!

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Photo by Heather Adams

We have yet to find out which booths are returning – or making a first appearance – at the 2024 festival. However, you can check out the full list of 2023 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival food booths below:

Food & Wine Festival Sip and Savor Pass

Don’t forget to grab your Sip and Savor Pass if you’re planning to spend the day at Disney California Adventure sampling all of the food and drink options! All Guests can purchase a Sip and Savor Pass (though Magic Key holders will typically get a discounted price), and the pass provides you with a commemorative festival credential, lanyard, and eight tabs that can be redeemed for select food and nonalcoholic beverages at participating festival locations.

The Sip and Savor tabs are accepted at the festival’s food booths as well as some restaurants throughout DCA that offer small sample-sized portions and limited-time festival creations. This year, you can redeem your tabs at:

Festival Marketplaces

  • Avocado Time
  • Berry Patch
  • California Craft Brews
  • Cluck-a-Doodle-Moo
  • D•Lish
  • Garlic Kissed
  • Golden Dreams
  • I Heart Artichokes
  • LA Style
  • Nuts About Cheese
  • Peppers Cali-ente
  • Uncork California

Dining Locations (Note: dishes eligible here are tasting portions, not entrees)

  • Cappuccino Cart
  • Churros near Redwood Creek Challenge Trail
  • Cocina Cucamonga
  • Festival Food and Beverage Cart
  • Lucky Fortune Cookery
  • Pacific Wharf Café
  • Paradise Garden Grill – featuring an entirely plant-based food menu!
  • Pym Tasting Lab
  • Smokejumpers Grill
  • Sonoma Terrace
  • Terran Treats
  • Willie’s Churros

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Activities at the 2024 DCA Food & Wine Festival

In addition to eating your way throughout the park, the Food & Wine Festival has so much to do, from photo ops to shopping experiences to actual learning opportunities.

Here’s a full list of things to do at the 2024 California Adventure Food & Wine Festival:

Carthay Circle Winemaker Receptions

If you’re looking for an elevated and truly special experience, the Carthay Circle Winemaker Receptions offered during the annual Food & Wine Festival at DCA are a total treat. These unforgettable events are designed to highlight wines from different California vintners, and those wines are paired with carefully selected menus. As you sip and dine, you’ll also hear from guest presenters from each winery, who will offer background and tasting notes to enhance the evening.

Carthay Circle Winemaker Receptions cost $150 per person, plus tax and gratuities. While we don’t yet have dates or information for 2024, here’s a look at the receptions for 2024:

  • Jared Gutierrez, Baja Wine: Friday, March 15, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Tony Lombardi, Lombardi Wines: Friday, March 29, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Nat Komes, Flora Springs Napa Valley Family Estate: Friday, April 12, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.

Advance reservations and payment are required for these winemaker receptions. Space is limited, as each reception is an intimate affair, and these events tend to sell out quickly.

Hotel Winemaker & Mixology Class Experiences

Another special event that takes place only during the California Adventure Food & Wine Festival is a small series of Hotel Winemaker & Mixology Class Experiences. Hosted by the restaurants at the hotels of the Disneyland Resort, these experiences are very limited and welcome only a few guests each year – but if you can snag a spot, you’ll learn a lot and get to try some incredible treats! Chefs, mixologists, and winemakers will share their culinary expertise with Guests, and you’ll learn about wines, mixing cocktails, and pairing delicious homemade dishes with your beverages.

For 2024, the Hotel Winemaker & Mixology Class Experiences start at $159 per person, plus tax and gratuities. Here’s a look at the seminar options and dates for the 2024 Food & Wine Festival:

  • Trader Sam’s Tiki Mixology Seminar: Learn to make one of the legendary libations served at Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar. Then, sample tray-passed snacks around the outdoor fireplace. At the end, you’ll take home a tiki mug as a souvenir.
  • Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa Food and Wine Experience: Meet the chefs, sommeliers and art historians from Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa as you sip wines paired with specially crafted plates at the venerable Hearthstone Lounge.

Remember, you’ll need to make an advance reservation and have a valid, government-issued ID to prove you’re 21 years old or older to join these events!

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 California

The original version of Soarin’ typically returns for the annual DCA Food and Wine Festival! If you’ve been missing the attraction’s original California-centric film, the festival is your opportunity to experience it once again. For 2024, Soarin’ Over California will be back in action, flying Guests over the state’s most iconic landmarks (which, of course, includes Disneyland Park!).

Wine, Beer, and Mixology Education & Tasting Seminars

If you want to learn from experts in wine, beer, and mixology, you can sign up for one of the education and tasting seminars offered during the DCA Food & Wine Festival. These seminars are always a popular activity with Guests – though they do come with an additional fee, it’s an opportunity to sip some wine or beer (or a cocktail!) and learn from experts who had a hand in creating the products you’re sampling. From renowned California winemakers and brewmasters to Disney mixologists, these seminars will teach you a little more about wine, beer, and mixing the perfect cocktail.

Here’s a look at the schedule of Wine, Beer, and Mixology Education & Tasting Seminars for the 2024 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival:

Wine Seminars

The following events take place from 4:00 PM to 4:45 PM.

  • Friday, March 1: Avensole Winery, Sharon Cannon
  • Saturday, March 2: Avensole Winery, Sharon Cannon
  • Sunday, March 3: Avensole Winery, Sharon Cannon
  • Friday, March 8: Kobler Estate Winery, Mike Kobler
  • Saturday, March 9: Kobler Estate Winery, Mike Kobler
  • Sunday, March 10: Kobler Estate Winery, Mike Kobler
  • Friday, March 15: Baja Wine, Jared Gutierrez
  • Saturday, March 16: Baja Wine, Jared Gutierrez
  • Sunday, March 17: Baja Wine, Jared Gutierrez
  • Friday, March 22: Serres Ranch Wine, Taylor Serres
  • Saturday, March 23: Serres Ranch Wine, Taylor Serres
  • Sunday, March 24: Serres Ranch Wine, Taylor Serres
  • Friday, March 29: Lombardi Wines, Tony Lombardi
  • Saturday, March 30: Lombardi Wines, Tony Lombardi
  • Sunday, March 31: Lombardi Wines, Tony Lombardi
  • Friday, April 5: Chenoweth Wines, Amy Chenoweth
  • Saturday, April 6: Chenoweth Wines, Amy Chenoweth
  • Sunday, April 7: Chenoweth Wines, Amy Chenoweth
  • Friday, April 12: Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards, Nat Komes
  • Saturday, April 13: Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards, Nat Komes
  • Sunday, April 14: Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards, Nat Komes
  • Friday, April 19: Brown Estate
  • Saturday, April 20: Brown Estate
  • Sunday, April 21: Brown Estate

Beer Seminars

The following events take place from noon to 12:45 PM.

  • Saturday, March 9: Crowns & Hops Brewing Co.
  • Sunday, March 10: Crowns & Hops Brewing Co.
  • Saturday, March 16: Ballast Point Brewing Co.
  • Sunday, March 17: Ballast Point Brewing Co.
  • Saturday, March 23: Brewheim
  • Sunday, March 24: Brewheim
  • Saturday, March 30: Stone Brewing
  • Sunday, March 31: Stone Brewing
  • Saturday, April 6: Unsung Brewing Co.
  • Sunday, April 7: Unsung Brewing Co.
  • Saturday, April 13: Pizza Port Brewing Co.
  • Sunday, April 14: Pizza Port Brewing Co.

Mixology Seminars

The following events take place from 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM.

  • Friday, March 1: Disney Mixology featuring Carthay Circle Restaurant
  • Saturday, March 2: Disney Mixology featuring Carthay Circle Restaurant
  • Sunday, March 3: Disney Mixology featuring Carthay Circle Restaurant
  • Friday, March 8: Disney Mixology featuring Lamplight Lounge
  • Saturday, March 9: Disney Mixology featuring Lamplight Lounge
  • Sunday, March 10: Disney Mixology featuring Lamplight Lounge
  • Friday, March 15: Mixology Class featuring Blind Rabbit
  • Saturday, March 16: Mixology Class featuring Blind Rabbit
  • Sunday, March 17: Mixology Class featuring Blind Rabbit
  • Friday, March 22: Disney Mixology featuring Hollywood Lounge
  • Saturday, March 23: Disney Mixology featuring Hollywood Lounge
  • Sunday, March 24: Disney Mixology featuring Hollywood Lounge
  • Friday, March 29: Mixology Class featuring Truly LA
  • Saturday, March 30: Mixology Class featuring Truly LA
  • Sunday, March 31: Mixology Class featuring Truly LA
  • Friday, April 5: Disney Mixology featuring Oga’s Cantina
  • Saturday, April 6: Disney Mixology featuring Oga’s Cantina
  • Sunday, April 7: Disney Mixology featuring Oga’s Cantina
  • Friday, April 12: Mixology Class featuring Bad Birdy of KUDUOWL
  • Saturday, April 13: Mixology Class featuring Bad Birdy of KUDUOWL
  • Sunday, April 14: Mixology Class featuring Bad Birdy of KUDUOWL
  • Friday, April 19: Mixology Class featuring Lauren “LP” Paylor of Drink Masters
  • Saturday, April 20: Mixology Class featuring Lauren “LP” Paylor of Drink Masters
  • Sunday, April 21: Mixology Class featuring Lauren “LP” Paylor of Drink Masters

Michelada Seminars

New for 2024, there are two Michelada Seminars on the festival calendar! The following events take place from noon to 12:45 PM.

  • Saturday, March 2: Bricia Lopez, Guelaguetza
  • Sunday, March 3: Bricia Lopez, Guelaguetza

Advance reservations and payments are required for the Wine, Beer, and Mixology Education & Tasting Seminars. And keep in mind these events are only open to Guests age 21 and older! You’ll be asked to show a valid, government-issued ID when you arrive for the seminar. Space is limited for these events, so you’ll want to book in advance! You can see which seminars are available and make your reservation here.

Ethel M Chocolate & Wine Pairing

The following events take place from noon to 12:45 PM.

  • Saturday, April 20
  • Sunday, April 21

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2024 Food & Wine Festival Merch

As always, expect a fair amount of food and wine themed merch, including apparel, accessories, and special pins. You can check out a few of our favorite merchandise picks from the festival below!

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Heather is a lifelong Disney fan who grew up at Disneyland and loves spending as much time as possible in the parks. As WDW Magazine’s Content Operations Manager, Heather is a content creator and strategist with experience at a wide variety of different outlets. She’s written for publications including Clean Eating Magazine, Fatherly, The Drive, Task and Purpose, Healthversed, Nation.com, and Car Bibles. Heather also authored the book Fidget!: 101 Ways to Boost Your Creativity and Decrease Stress.
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