Six Must Try Items at the 2018 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

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Food & Wine Festival 2018 starts today at Disney California Adventure. There’s eleven booths and dozens of food items to try at this year’s event. Not sure where to start? Here’s six must try items at the 2018 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival.

Jalapeno Popper Mac & Cheese – $7.50 – Peppers Cali-Ente Booth

This entrée is made up of thick and creamy mac and cheese, and served with diced bacon, friend jalapeno, and sour cream. The mac & cheese alone would be enough to top most people’s lists, but the jalapenos really make this dish stand out. I’m not too crazy about bacon like a lot of people, so I was worried it would overpower the other ingredients. But every bite of that cheesy, spicy, and bacony goodness was an absolute pleasure.

Strawberry & Coconut Rice “Frushi” – $4.50 – Strawberry Patch Booth

I was not expecting much from the Frushi. I thought it would be more of a gimmick than anything worth eating. Luckily, I was wrong. The coconut rice and Greek yogurt blend well together. Inside the roll is fresh strawberries. The Frushi has a great texture and is overall delicious. Also, at $4.50 it’s one of the cheaper Food & Wine items, so it’s a pretty good bang for your buck.

Image © Disney (Apparently I forgot to take a picture of this item, so here’s Disney’s stock photo)

Black Garlic Soy-braised Pork Belly Banh Mi – $7.50 – Garlic Kissed Booth

Garlic and pork belly is all I should need to say about this dish. Sure, it’s expensive and the serving size is small, but the taste is fantastic. I thought the pork belly was succulent, and just fatty enough to where every bite had the perfect mix of fat and meat. The only problem is that I want to eat a full sandwich. Disney, make it happen.

Sweet Corn Nuggets – $6.75 – Off the Cob Booth

The corn nuggets are great, they’re small chunks of corn that have been thinly fried. The sweetness of the corn and saltiness of the nugget batter go well together. But the real stand out of this item is the beef chili. The beef they use is so tender and delicious. Both the nuggets and chili together make for a fantastic dish.

Watsonville Strawberry Pie – $5.00 – Strawberry Patch Booth

This almost didn’t make the list because it’s really just a piece of strawberry pie, but smaller, and it’s $5. But who am I kidding? No one can resist strawberry pie, and this particular pie tastes wonderful. I’m not going to lie, I had to look up what a “Watsonville” was. Turns out it’s a place, and not a thing. Duh, Guy. Anyway, Watsonville, California has a yearly Strawberry festival, so without doing any further research I’m going to assume they are the strawberry capital of the universe. In that case it makes sense the Disney would honor them with this food item.

Caramel Popcorn Crispy Treat – $4.00 – Off the Cob Booth

The Caramel Popcorn Crispy Treat was the first item to catch my eye at this year’s Food & Wine Festival. “Is that corn on top?” I thought to myself as I stared at the picture on the menu. Yes, dried pieces of corn. Strange but I’ll go with it. The outside layer is caramel. Okay, that’s simple enough. On the inside, I was expecting there to be popcorn. But to my surprise it ended up being a Rice Crispy Treat, but with more dried corn pieces mixed in. An even bigger surprise was that it ended up being pretty tasty. Therefore, I must recommend Caramel Popcorn Crispy Treat because it tastes good and is unique compared to the other desserts available.

Let me know what you think after you try these items at the DCA Food & Wine Festival. Are there any items you tried and enjoyed? Are there any that you think others should avoid? Let me know in the comments below.

Guy Selga Jr.

Disneyland writer for and co-author of the Unofficial Guide to Disneyland. Also a Disneyland local and appreciator of Disney theme park history. Twitter and Instagram: @guyselga

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