Food & Wine Festival Weekend Guide for April 15-17

by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer
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Food & Wine Festival Weekend Guide for April 15–17

Today begins the third weekend of the 2016 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival. Here are the schedule highlights for the weekend. Bookmark this page for quick reference during your visit, and check back next Friday for another weekend guide.

For comprehensive information about the Festival, including full menus for each of the eight Marketplace booths, check out Your Guide to the 2016 Disney California Food & Wine Festival.

Go directly to: Celebrity Kitchen schedule | Wine, Beer, and Spirit seminars | Culinary demonstrations | Lifestyle seminars | Festival artists schedule


The 2016 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival runs through May 1. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.


Celebrity Kitchen schedule

Celebrity Kitchen events are 90-minute seminars presented in a "network-quality demonstration kitchen" inside Stage 17. These hard-ticket events start at $99 per person, and include an autograph session after the presentation. Annual passholders also have the option for the Celebrity Kitchen VIP Experience, which includes "a VIP autograph session with the Celebrity Chef, front-of-house priority seating, and a special festival gift." The passholder-exclusive package is $149 per person, plus tax.

One late-breaking announcement was the addition of a new event called "A Conversation with Kurt Russell" on Saturday, April 16. Per Disney, "This special event will be a 90-minute question and answer session with Disney Legend Kurt Russell about his adventures and personal journey in winemaking, complete with wine tasting." The cost is $199 per person, and can only be booked by calling (714) 781-3463.

Seminars are held inside Stage 17 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Make reservations via the Disneyland website. The Celebrity Kitchen VIP Experience is available only to Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders, and must be booked by phone at (714) 781-3463.

Date Event

Saturday, April 16

  • 1:00 p.m. – Keegan Gerhard (sold out as of press time)
  • 5:00 p.m. – Keegan Gerhard
  • A Conversation with Kurt Russell (new event, time unknown)

Wine, Beer and Spirit seminars


The Wine, Beer and Spirit seminars are hosted on this outdoor patio. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Seminars are held at the Sonoma Terrace, and are limited to 75 people per class. The price is $15 per person, plus tax. Make reservations via the Disneyland website. All participants must be age 21 or older to enter the venue; children and strollers are not allowed in the seminars.

Date Event
Friday, April 15
  • 2:00 p.m. – Wine Seminar: MacMurray Ranch Vineyard
  • 4:00 p.m. – Wine Seminar: Williams-Selyem – Jeff Mangahas, Winemaker
  • 6:00 p.m. – Beer Seminar: Modern Times Beer – Brad Kelson
Saturday, April 16
  • Noon. – Beer Seminar: Modern Times Beer – Brad Kelson
  • 2:00 p.m. – Wine Seminar: Williams-Selyem – Jeff Mangahas, Winemaker
  • 4:00 p.m. – Wine Seminar: Tangent Wines – Christian Roguenant, Winemaker
  • 6:00 p.m. –Wine Seminar: MacMurray Ranch Vineyard
Sunday, April 17
  • Noon – Beer Seminar: Modern Times Beer – Brad Kelson
  • 2:00 p.m. – Wine Seminar: Tangent Wines – Christian Roguenant, Winemaker
  • 4:00 p.m. – Wine Seminar: Seeing Red – From Pinot to Zinfandel
  • 6:00 p.m. – Spirits Seminar: Kill Devil Spirits Co. – Ray Diglio

Culinary demonstrations

These free seminars take place at the Backlot Stage in Hollywood Land. Bench seating under a canopy is available, but can fill fast. Samples and tastings are not offered.


Chef Jamie Gwen presents one of the culinary demonstrations during the Food & Wine Festival. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Date Event
Friday, April 15
  • 2:30 p.m. – Culinary Demonstration: Rene Kobeitri, Founder & Owner, RIM cafe
  • 4:30 p.m. – Culinary Demonstration: Tony Luke, Jr., Chef/Owner, Tony Luke's
  • 6:30 p.m. – Culinary Demonstration: Daniella Malfitano, Chef & Author (presenting "Health & Happiness")
Saturday, April 16
  • 12:30 p.m. – Culinary Demonstration: Natalie Willingham, Chef de Cuisine, Disneyland Resort
  • 2:30 p.m. – Culinary Demonstration: Bret Thompson, Founder, Executive Chef, Pez Cantina
  • 4:30 p.m. – Culinary Demonstration: Tony Luke, Jr., Chef/Owner, Tony Luke's
  • 6:30 p.m. – Culinary Demonstration: Stretch Rumaner, TV Personality & restaurateur, Grinders, Kansas City
Sunday, April 17
  • 12:30 p.m. – Culinary Demonstration: Daniella Malfitano, Chef & Author (presenting "The Kids Kitchen")
  • 2:30 p.m. – Culinary Demonstration: Bret Thompson, Founder, Executive Chef, Pez Cantina
  • 4:30 p.m. – Culinary Demonstration: Stretch Rumaner, TV Personality & restaurateur, Grinders, Kansas City
  • 6:30 p.m. – Culinary Demonstration: Matt Dhillon, Chef, Osteria Vicario

Lifestyle seminars


The former Mad T Party stage in the backlot was quickly converted for use during the Food & Wine Festival, and is now billed as the Lifestyle Stage. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

These seminars take place at the Lifestyle Stage (most recently home to the Mad T Party) in Hollywood Land. This venue has very limited seating (one row of benches), and no shade or cover over the viewing area.

Date Event
Friday, April 15
  • 1:30 p.m. – Lifestyle Seminar: Kitchen Inspiration – Daniella Malfitano
  • 3:30 p.m. – Lifestyle Seminar: Water-Wise Landscaping – Steve Williams
  • 5:30 p.m. – Lifestyle Seminar: Creating Beautiful Container Gardens – Steve Williams
Saturday, April 16
  • 11:30 a.m. – Lifestyle Seminar: The Art of Chocolate – Rene Kobeitri
Sunday, April 17
  • 11:30 a.m. – Lifestyle Seminar: The Art of Chocolate – Rene Kobeitri
  • 3:30 p.m. – Lifestyle Seminar: Food & Fandom – The Recipes of Star Wars – Jenn Fujikawa
  • 5:30 p.m. – Lifestyle Seminar: Backyard Orchards – Teena Spindler

Festival artists schedule

Disney will feature more than a dozen artists during the Food & Wine Festival, with several debuting new products commissioned just for this event. You can meet the artists and purchase their creations during scheduled events each weekend of the Festival.

In addition to these product releases, Disney is also featuring some of these artists on stage during the Food & Wine Festival. Visitors can watch the artists create new artwork at the Lifestyle Stage in Hollywood Land then meet them in person at Off the Page later in the day.

Here is the full schedule of artists and appearance times. Note that the Lifestyle Stage (most recently home to the Mad T Party) has very limited seating (one row of benches), and no shade or cover over the viewing area.

Date Event
Saturday, April 16
Sunday, April 17

 

 

Comments

  1. By olegc

    I went to Off the Page during the week and could not find any of the art from the previous weekend(s). Do they only have the art on exhibit (and for sale) during the weekend they are on display? If so that's a shame. I can get there late afternoons on weekdays - weekends are harder. Of course I am in the minority here.

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