Food & Wine Festival Weekend Guide for April 22-24

by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer
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Food & Wine Festival Weekend Guide for April 22–24

Today begins the fourth 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.

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 23

  • 1:00 p.m. – G. Garvin (sold out as of press time)
  • 5:00 p.m. – G. Garvin

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 22
  • 2:00 p.m. – Wine Seminar: Zaca Mesa Winery – Eric Mohseni, Winemaker
  • 4:00 p.m. – Wine Seminar: Eden Canyon Vineyards – Elaine Blackaby, Winemaker
  • 6:00 p.m. – Spirits Seminar: Alma de Agave – Nene Gonzalez
Saturday, April 23
  • Noon – Beer Seminar: Karl Strauss Brewing Co.
  • 2:00 p.m. – Wine Seminar: Eden Canyon Vineyards – Elaine Blackaby, Winemaker
  • 4:00 p.m. – Wine Seminar: Zaca Mesa Winery – Eric Mohseni, Winemaker
  • 6:00 p.m. – Spirits Seminar: Alma de Agave – Nene Gonzalez
Sunday, April 24
  • Noon – Wine Seminar: Sparkling Around the World – Champagne, Cava, Proseco
  • 2:00 p.m. – Wine Seminar: Zaca Mesa Winery – Eric Mohseni, Winemaker
  • 4:00 p.m. – Wine Seminar: Eden Canyon Vineyards – Elaine Blackaby, Winemaker
  • 6:00 p.m. – Beer Seminar: Karl Strauss Brewing Co.

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 22
  • 2:30 p.m. – Culinary Demonstration: Jamie Gwen, Chef & Host of Food & Wine with Chef Jamie Gwen
  • 4:30 p.m. – Culinary Demonstration: Martin San Roman, Chef, Dobson's
  • 6:30 p.m. – Culinary Demonstration: Kevin Templeton, Executive Chef, barleymash
Saturday, April 23
  • 12:30 p.m. – Culinary Demonstration: Gloria Tae, Chef de Cuisine, Napa Rose
  • 2:30 p.m. – Culinary Demonstration: Jamie Gwen, Chef & Host of Food & Wine with Chef Jamie Gwen
  • 4:30 p.m. – Culinary Demonstration: Stuart O'Keeffe, Chef & Star of Stuart's Kitchen
  • 6:30 p.m. – Culinary Demonstration: Alberto Morreale, Executive Chef, Fig Tree Café
Sunday, April 24
  • 12:30 p.m. – Culinary Demonstration: Justin Monson, Chef de Cuisine, Club 33
  • 2:30 p.m. – Culinary Demonstration: Eric Sarkisian, Executive Chef, Pacific Beach Alehouse
  • 4:30 p.m. – Culinary Demonstration: Darin Finkel, Executive Chef, Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen
  • 6:30 p.m. – Culinary Demonstration: Flor Franco, Executive Chef, Finca La Carrodilla

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 22
  • 1:30 p.m. – Lifestyle Seminar: Improving Social Media Photos – Denise Vivaldo
  • 3:30 p.m. – Lifestyle Seminar: Home Fermenting – Chris Manzi, The Homebrewer
  • 5:30 p.m. – Lifestyle Seminar: Home Brewing – George Thornton, The Homebrewer
Saturday, April 23
  • 11:30 a.m. – Lifestyle Seminar: Home Fermenting – Chris Manzi, The Homebrewer
Sunday, April 24
  • 11:30 a.m. – Lifestyle Seminar: Herbs for Everyone – Tom Farrell
  • 3:30 p.m. – Lifestyle Seminar: Herb Gardening – Alison Franchi
  • 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 23

Lifestyle Stage – Performance by artist Trevor Carlton. 3:30–4 p.m.
Off the Page – Artist signing experience: Trevor Carlton. 5–7 p.m.

Sunday, April 24

Lifestyle Stage – Performance by artist Trevor Carlton. 1:30–2 p.m.
Off the Page – Artist signing experience: Trevor Carlton. 3–5 p.m.