Right now, at this very minute, Disney’s fifth annual California Food & Wine Festival is happening. Until May 31st, you have the opportunity to “please your ‘palette’ with a kaleidoscope of culinary experiences.” During the event you can enjoy cooking demonstrations, seminars and recipes that “reflect the Golden State’s regional and culinary diversity.” But more importantly, at least in my opinion,  is all the delicious food!

There are several incredible Signature Events (like Wine Pairing Dinners or Sweet Sundays featuring pastry chefs, bakers and chocolatiers), but one of my absolutely favorite, festival activities is taste-testing my way through the park.  Lucky for us, you don’t have to get a babysitter, or make reservations, because you can have a culinary experience pretty much anywhere in the park. During the festival, several of the quick service restaurants are offering festival -inspired menu items, as well as “expertly paired wines & beer.” Here’s a listing of the fabulous dishes you’ll definitely want to taste…

Award Wieners Restaurant: “Mangia Meatballs,” marinara simmered meatballs with sauteed peppers, onions & shredded mozzarella in a hoagie roll. Paired with Becks or Bass.

Taste Pilots Grill Restaurant: “Southwest Pulled Pork Sandwich,” slow cooked pulled pork in Chipotle BBQ Sauce with caramelized apples & onions in a toasted cornmeal bun. Paired with Widmer Hefeweizen, Michelob Amber Bock, Canyon Road Chardonnay or Coppola Rosso Shiraz.

Farmers Market: “Festival Chicken Wrap,” crispy chicken strips tossed in a spicy buffalo wing sauce & wrapped in a spinach tortilla with diced celery & crumbled blue cheese.

Pizza Oom Mow Mow Restaurant: “Pasta di Antipasto,” angel hair pasta with bufalo mozzarella, julienne salami & pepperoni, sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, green olives & red onion. Paired with Lasorda Chianti DOCG, Miner  Rosato, Widmer Hefeweizen, or Bud Light Lime-Aluminum Bottle.

Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill: “Anaheim Chile Relleno,” battered local Anaheim chiles stuffed with dos quesos and served with traditional ranchero sauce & crema fresca. Also available is a “Ducle de leche Cheesecake,” which is a creamy dulce de leche drizzled on a graham crusted cheesecake. Paired with Martin Codax Albarino, Bud Light Lime-Aluminum Bottle, or Rolling Rock-Bottle.

Pacific Wharf Cafe: “Wine Country Chicken Salad Boule,” a salad of diced chicken breast, roasted corn, carrots, artichokes, red bell peppers & celery tossed in a creamy cumin mayonnaise in a Boundin salad boule.

Lucky Fortune Cookery: “Thai Rice Spring Roll,” chewy rice noodles with julieene carrots, green onions, thai basil & red bell peppers all rolled up in a rice paper wrapper, served with a ginger sauce.

You’ll also want to be sure to stop by the “Taste of California” marketplace at the Festival Showplace, where the will be serving the following tasty offerings “tapas style”:

* “White Cheddar Soup,” Canadian white cheddar soup with smoked bacon, served in a famous mini Boudin bakery sourdough boule. Paired with Karl Struass Pale Ale.
* “Marketplace Slider,” slow braised beef with spicy mayo on a sweet brioche roll.
* “Mucho Gusto Quesadilla,” chicken & pepper jack cheese quesadilla with arugula & pico de gallo.
* “Beer Battered Halibut,” beer battered halibut with traditional malt vinegar. Paired with Karl Struass Woodie.
* “Santa Rosa Pear Salad,” garden salad of mixed greens, sliced pears, toasted almonds & buttermilk bleu cheese, tossed with champagne vinaigrette.
* “Island Ahi,” broth poached medium rare ahi tuna with crunchy Asian cabbage slaw & spicy wasabi aioli.
* “Artisanal Cheeses,” a selection of artisan cheeses with sundried raisins & sliced baguette.
* “Ghirardelli Chocolate Profiterole,” a cream puff filled with vanilla pastry-cream, topped with chocolate ganache.
* “Driscoll’s Berry Crisp,” warm assorted berry crisp splashed with a lemon sauce.

xoxo, K
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