Food & Wine Festival 2019 starts today at Disney California Adventure. There’s fourteen booths (more than ever) and dozens of food items to try at this year’s event. Not sure where to start? Here, in no particular order, are some of the best items to try at the 2019 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival.
Black Garlic Soy-braised Pork Belly Banh Mi – $8.00 – Garlic Kissed
Starting off the list with a banger. The Banh Mi is absolutely decadent. The pork belly is perfectly cooked and is so tender that it falls apart in your mouth. The garlic soy sauce makes this item a real winner. The bread is very soft, so it easily soaks up all the juices from the pork belly. When you’re done eating you’re left with a wonderful garlic aftertaste.
Citrus-brined Pork Roast with Tangy Barbecue Sauce and Lemon-Pepper Slaw – $8.00 – LA Style
You can’t go wrong with a pile of shredded pork. The combination of citrus brine, tangy barbecue sauce and lemon-pepper slaw gives this item a unique taste when everything is mixed together. I enjoyed all of the different flavors it offered. I also enjoyed that the portion size was pretty decent. Maybe not $8 worth, but I didn’t feel like the size was criminally small like some items have been in previous years.
Strawberry & Coconut Rice “Frushi” with Sweet Oikos Greek Nonfat Yogurt Wasabi Sauce – $5.50 – Berry Patch
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. This item’s price has increased by one whole dollar since the last time it was offered, but I still think you get a decent bang for your buck.
Artichoke Toast with California Olive Tapenade – $6.50 – I Heart Artichokes
Every year there is at least one ingredient at the Food & Wine Festival that I have no idea what it is. This year that ingredient was “Tapenade” (it’s finely chopped olives, capers, and olive oil). I’m happy to confirm that I now love Tapenade! I’m a huge fan of both artichokes and olives, so because of that the Artichoke Toast ended up being my favorite item I tried from Food & Wine this year. Disney does crazy things to people. I can’t believe I’m recommending spending $6.50 on a single piece of toast.
Meyer Lemon Blue Diamond Almond Macaron – $5.50 – Citrus Grove
In the past few years Disneyland Resort has created a ton of different macarons and most of them have turned out to be quite good. The Lemon Blue Diamond Almond Macaron continues the streak. The taste of lemon and almond blend together perfectly, although it leans more on the lemon side of things.
Petite Impossible Burger with Guac and Pepper Jack Cheese (V) – $8.00 – Avocado Time
This was my first time trying one of those Impossible Burgers that seem to be in every restaurant these days. My feelings are pretty much the same as everyone else that has tried one; it’s shocking how similar the taste and texture is to real meat. This one was a bit on the well done side (I usually prefer medium), but it was still very good. I also appreciate the good-sized portion of avocado on the top. Here’s some more information about the Impossible Burger:
Chocolate Crunch Cake – $5.50 – Garlic Kissed
When I started my reviews for this year’s Food & Wine I didn’t want to complain about the portion size, but here I am about to complain about the portion size of an item. The Chocolate Crunch Cake is good, very good even, but it’s also insanely small for the price they are charging. It’s about the size of three Oreo cookies stacked on top of each other. I’m also not sure why this is at the Garlic Kissed booth. I did not even taste the slightest bit of garlic.
Ham and Vella Jack Cheese Pinwheel with Smoked Pistachios – $7.00 – Nuts About Cheese
I really enjoyed the flaky bread in this dish. The combination of the ingredients blended well and the Pistachios on top gave it a satisfying crunch. I was also surprised to find that the serving size pretty good. I can easily see two people sharing this.
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.