Food & Wine Festival Weekend Guide for April 29 - May 1

by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix, staff writer
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Food & Wine Festival Weekend Guide for April 29 – May 1

This is it—the final 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.

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 30

  • 1:00 p.m. – Graham Elliot
  • 5:00 p.m. – Graham Elliot

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 29
  • 2:00 p.m. – Wine Seminar: Lasseter Family Winery – Nancy Lasseter & Julia Iantosca, Winemaker
  • 4:00 p.m. – Wine Seminar: Hartford Family Winery – Jeff Stewart, Winemaker
  • 6:00 p.m. – Spirits Seminar: 619 Vodka – Nick Apostolopoulos
Saturday, April 30
  • Noon – Beer Seminar: Karl Strauss Brewing Co.
  • 2:00 p.m. – Wine Seminar: Hartford Family Winery – Jeff Stewart, Winemaker
  • 4:00 p.m. – Wine Seminar: Lasseter Family Winery – Nancy Lasseter & Julia Iantosca, Winemaker
  • 6:00 p.m. – Spirits Seminar: Kill Devil Spirits Co. – Ray Diglio
Sunday, May 1
  • Noon – Beer Seminar: Karl Strauss Brewing Co.
  • 2:00 p.m. – Wine Seminar: Lasseter Family Winery – Nancy Lasseter & Julia Iantosca, Winemaker
  • 4:00 p.m. – Wine Seminar: Seeing Pink – A Rosé Selection
  • 6:00 p.m. – Beer Seminar: Modern Times Beer – Brad Kelson

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 29
  • 2:30 p.m. – Culinary Demonstration: Stephen Lee, Finalist, MasterChef (Season 6)
  • 4:30 p.m. – Culinary Demonstration: Ida Rodriguez, Chef, Melissa's Produce
  • 6:30 p.m. – Culinary Demonstration: Daniella Malfitano, Chef & Author (presenting "Health & Happiness")
Saturday, April 30
  • 12:30 p.m. – Culinary Demonstration: Jorge Sotelo, Executive Pastry Chef, Disneyland Resort
  • 2:30 p.m. – Culinary Demonstration: Jeffrey Saad, Chef & Host of the Cooking Channel's United Tastes of America
  • 4:30 p.m. – Culinary Demonstration: Ida Rodriguez, Chef, Melissa's Produce
  • 6:30 p.m. – Culinary Demonstration: Daniella Malfitano, Chef & Author (presenting "Health & Happiness")
Sunday, May 1
  • 12:30 p.m. – Culinary Demonstration: Downtown Disney Chef TBA
  • 2:30 p.m. – Culinary Demonstration: Greg Daniels, Executive Chef & Partner, Haven Gastropub
  • 4:30 p.m. – Culinary Demonstration: Jeffrey Saad, Chef & Host of The Cooking Channel's United Tastes of America
  • 6:30 p.m. – Culinary Demonstration: Gracie Cordero, Pastry Chef, Disneyland Resort

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 29
  • 1:30 p.m. – Lifestyle Seminar: Home Fermenting – Chris Manzi, The Homebrewer
  • 3:30 p.m. – Lifestyle Seminar: Home Brewing – George Thornton, The Homebrewer
  • 5:30 p.m. – Lifestyle Seminar: Home Gardening – Stephen Lee
Saturday, April 30
  • 11:30 a.m. – Lifestyle Seminar: JinBuCha – Jing Chen
  • 3:30 p.m. – Lifestyle Seminar: Alcohol Infusions – Nick Apostolopoulos, 619 Vodka
Sunday, May 1
  • 11:30 a.m. – Lifestyle Seminar: Kitchen Inspiration – Daniella Malfitano
  • 1:30 p.m. – Lifestyle Seminar: Alcohol Infusions – Nick Apostolopoulos, 619 Vodka
  • 3:30 p.m. – Lifestyle Seminar: Water-Wise Landscaping – Steve Williams
  • 5:30 p.m. – Lifestyle Seminar: Creating Beautiful Container Gardens – Steve Williams

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 30

Off the Page – Artist Showcase: Steve Adams, Jeremy Fulton, Brian Kesinger, Noah, Mark Page, Javier Soto. 2–5 p.m.

Sunday, May 1

Off the Page – Artist Showcase: Steve Adams, Jeremy Fulton, Brian Kesinger, Noah, Mark Page, Javier Soto. 2–5 p.m.