// Huge thanks to AWEsome Retreat and Disneyland for giving me the chance to experience the festival. //
Did y'all know that I used to live in Los Angeles and was a Disneyland Annual Passholder? I was and it was awesome.
Now that I've lived away from SoCal for decades, it's been hard to get to Disneyland as often as I've wanted to.
The kids and I did visit a few years ago and had a blast and I've been dying to take to go back ever since.
Well. LUUUUUCKY me… this past weekend, not only was I able to hang at the park for a few days but I also got special media access to the 2020 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival!
All. The. Food. Y'all. ALL. THE. FOOD.
I so completely enjoyed the food offerings (y'all remember that I don't drink alcohol so visit Jana if you want to know about the booze) and noticed that I kept thinking to myself that my kids would love whatever I was eating.
Kid-Friendly Food at 2020 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival
And that got me to thinking, in the middle of Disney foodie paradise, what available offerings WOULD kids want to eat (i.e. what are you spending money on that will not whined about and tossed in the trash?)?
So. I did it.
I sucked it up for y'all and snacked my way through Food & Wine Festival to try and see what food your kids would probably eat.
Here's what I would recommend for your kids at each kiosk:
Avocado Time: Petite Impossible™ Burger
Made from planets doesn't taste like it. VERY tasty and if your kid hates tomatoes or guacamole – they're super easy to leave off.
Berry Patch: Raspberry-Lychee-Rose Custard
Don't let the fancy name fool you. This is straight up fruit yogurt with a fruit puree topper (at least, that's what it will appear to be to your kids).
California Craft Brews: Pepperoni Pizza Egg Rolls
I did not think these were spicy at all and saw several kids eating them right up. Skip the purees if your kids hate that stuff.
Cluck-a-Doodle-Moo: Ranch Fried Chicken Wings
Skip the red sauce on top (it's just a drizzle but you know kids) and it's just a really yummy fried chicken wing.
Cluck-a-Doodle-Moo: French Onion Grilled Beef Tenderloin Slider
A good option if your kids don't shy away from onions (because it DOES taste like beef and onions).
Cluck-a-Doodle-Moo: Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch
Baically, a fancy looking but completely yummy tasting chocolate pudding cup.
Garlic Kissed: Carbonara Garlic Mac & Cheese with Bacon
Insanely good mac-n-cheese. Might be a bit spicy for kids with blander taste buds but since you'll be happy to gobble the whole thing up if they refuse to finish it – it's a winner.
Golden Dreams: Brunch Fried Chicken & Waffle Sandwich
Skip. The. Slaw. And. Bubbles. Too weird and alcohol-y for most kids. Then it's just a yumm-o waffle and chicken strip.
I Heart Artichokes: SKIP IT
Your kids will hate everything here. You, however, will LOVE the artichoke toast (with a spicy tapenade).
LA Style: Smoked Bacon Barbecue Beef Loco Moco
It's beef on rice. Skip the BBQ sauce if you're kids don't like that stuff.
LA Style: Monkey Bread
Served without the Whisky Glaze (ask if they can do that before ordering), it's traditional bread and sugar combo that kids love.
Nuts About Cheese: Impossible™ Cheeseburger Mac & Cheese
Tastes exactly like a Big Mac.
Off the Cob: Mickey-shaped Caramel-Peanut Milk Chocolate Macaron
My FAVORITE dessert of the whole thing. HUGE serving and it tastes exactly like a Snickers bar.
One in a Melon: Pabana Cream Puff
Probably a kiosk to skip, unless your kids are big tropical fruit fans. If they are, get them this and tell them it's fancy pudding.
Peppers Cali-ente: SKIP IT
Probably not one for the kids but for you – try the shrimp tacos!
Uncork California: California Artisan Cheese Selection
This has a “normal” cheese (cheddar) and a some-kids-hate-it cheese (Swiss) plus plain crackers, purple grapes, dried apricot, and candied pecans.
But Will Kids Eat It?
I really tried to think about my kids and what they like to eat while on vacation when creating these recommendations.
I also kept an eye out in the parks and watched what other parents were buying for their kids… and what their kids were ACTUALLY eating (you know what I mean?).
Your kid is your kid and have their own preferences so be sure to read the descriptions on each booth's menu board.
Allergies and Special Food Preferences:
If your child has an allergy, the Food & Wine Festival passport has a list of allergy-friendly options on the back page.
You can also ask at each booth (before ordering/paying) if you can alter an option, if needed. I have a tomato allergy and was able to ask to have the tomato or salsa left off of several selections I wanted to try.
An Affordable Food Option:
Also, the tasting sizes are a great size for a kid. It might be worth it for you to purchase the Sip and Savor Passes then use some of the tabs for your kid's choices.
If you're at the Festival for one day, they can use a few and then you can use the rest for snackies.
If you'll be at the Food & Wine Festival for several days, use a few tabs every day to feed your kids something other than hot dogs or chicken nuggets (ammiright?).
More About the Sip & Savor:
Each pass has a commemorative credential, lanyard, and eight redeemable coupons (for select food and beverage offerings *excluding alcohol* at participating Food & Wine kiosks during the Festival).
The Sip and Savor Passesare $56 each, including tax.
Annual Passholders will also receive a souvenir lanyard. To receive the Passholder price and keepsake, a valid Annual Passport and photo ID must be shown upon purchase.
The Sip and Savor Passes can be purchased at the Sip and Savor Cart, Seaside Souvenirs, Elias & Co., Kingswell Camera Shop, Rushin’ River Outfitters, Studio Store and each Festival Marketplace.
- Sip and Savor Passes expire April 21, 2020.
- Valid Annual Passport and photo ID must be shown upon purchase of the Sip and Savor Pass to receive the discounted price and lanyard.
- Discounts are only applicable to Sip and Savor Passes purchased by and for Annual Passholders.
- Each coupon must be attached to the Sip and Savor Pass prior to redemption and may be redeemed for one (1) food or non-alcoholic beverage item at a participating Festival Marketplace kiosk or dining location. Sip and Savor offerings at participating dining locations are tasting-size portions only, not full entrées.
- Pass and coupons will not be replaced if lost, stolen, destroyed or expired. Sip and Savor Passes are nonrefundable, nontransferable and may not be sold or redeemed for cash, in whole or in part. No substitutions or change will be given.
- Separate theme park admission required.
- Please check for Annual Passport blockout dates.
Sip and Savor Pass, food and beverage offerings, participating marketplace locations, and Annual Passholder lanyards are all subject to availability, restrictions and change without notice.