Here's your first look at the menu for the 2017 DCA Food & Wine Festival

February 23, 2017, 12:08 PM · Disneyland has announced the menu for this year's Food & Wine Festival, which runs March 10-April 16 at Disney California Adventure.

This year's festival nearly doubles the number of marketplaces from last year's event, which marked the return of the festival to the Disneyland Resort after a five-year absence. The festival will offer food at 11 marketplaces this year, as well as taking over the menu at the Paradise Garden Grill, which now has become standard practice at DCA's festivals.

The marketplace themes this year will be ingredients rather than California geography, which should help fans navigate the many offerings. It makes sense for Disney to offer geographic marketplaces at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival that clearly inspired California Adventure's event — that's a natural extension of World Showcase's national pavilions. But in a state where every community has mashed up cuisine from the countless ethnic backgrounds of their residents, pavilion names such as "LA Style" and "By The Bay" told people nothing about what they served.

So here is the food line-up for this years festival, courtesy Disney:

Nuts About Cheese
Brie toast with fig and mint and roasted California almond crumble
Baked ham and Swiss cheese Croque Monsieur roll with smoked pistachios
Chevre fromage blanc tartine infused with rosemary and honey, topped with toasted hazelnuts
Almond milk tea with pudding

I Heart Artichokes
Artichoke carbonara with garlic aioli and smoked bacon
Grilled and chilled artichoke hearts with Romesco sauce
Creamy artichoke and dark chocolate cake pop
Orange iced tea with orange pearls

Garlic Kissed
Grilled beef tenderloin slider with chimichurri sauce
Black garlic soy-braised pork belly bao with pickled vegetables
Garlic-rosemary and avocado oil ice cream pop

Olive Us
Chilled Cioppino soup with shrimp, crab claw and grilled olive bread
Warm olive focaccia with olive oil and sea salt
Vanilla bean creme fraiche panna cotta with Amarena cherry jus and madeleine

Bacon Twist
Baby iceberg and heirloom tomato wedge with peppered bacon and blue cheese dressing
Smoked bacon mac and cheese with barbecue-seasoned crispy onions
Maple-bacon Whoopie Pie

Lemon Grove
Roasted cauliflower and Meyer lemon-infused yogurt cauliflower puree with sundried tomatoes and fried capers
Duck confit on potato smash with Meyer lemon preserves
Meyer lemon macaron with blueberry marmalade, Meyer lemon cream and blueberry dust
Cherry lemonade with cherry pearls

Salmon tataki with avocado-wasabi puree and Furikake dust
Cage-free cream cheese deviled eggs with farm-raised smoked trout and chives
Passion fruit posset and coconut chia with mango compote and jelly
Mango agua fresca

The Onion Lair
French onion mac and cheese topped with parmesan crumble and chives
Braised Wagyu beef on creamy polenta with haricot vert and red onion salad and roasted Cipollini onion
Chocolate-hazelnut and raspberry Feuillete tart
Strawberry pineapple float with vanilla ice cream and strawberry pearls

Off the Cob
Sweet corn nuggets with beef chili, spring onions and sour cream
Jackfruit carnitas banh mi nachos with cilantro crema and "pickled" de gallo
Roasted sweet corn custard tart with honey tuille and smoked chili-infused chocolate sauce

Sweet & Sourdough
Bay shrimp Louie salad served in a mini Boudin sourdough boule
White cheddar lager soup topped with bacon, served in a mini Boudin sourdough boule
Milk chocolate sourdough bread pudding with vanilla bean sauce

Chicken Teriyaki slider with spicy pineapple jam
Korean barbecue beef short rib tacos with Kimchi slaw
Fresh strawberry compote, lemon verbena and vanilla bean shortcake parfait
Pineapple-strawberry float with vanilla ice cream and strawberry pearls

Paradise Garden Grill Beer Garden
Beer-battered cod served with steak fries, sweet slaw and spiced remoulade
Potato and cheese pierogis with vegetarian sausage served with grilled Anaheim chilies, caramelized onions and sour cream
Beer-braised pork tacos served with pickled apple slaw, black beans and queso
Sausage platter trio served with braised red cabbage and warm potato salad
Large soft pretzel served with beer-mustard dipping sauce
Salted caramel budino with vanilla bean Chantilly cream
Bienenstich cake with honey-glazed almonds, filled with vanilla bean custard

The big question yet to be answered is how much any of this will cost. Items at last year's festival ran 15-45% higher here than for similar items from the previous Epcot Food & Wine fest. Disney last year initially offered an AP holder festival passport that ended up costing more per item than buying dishes individually. DCA kept the marketplace prices high for its holiday food festival last year but did bring them down a touch for the recent Lunar New Year fest. Will Disney reduce the prices from last year's event to encourage more sales? Or will prices stay up... and fans continue to stay away? We will find out when the event launches next month.

Review of last year's event:

Replies (4)

February 24, 2017 at 10:09 AM · The dishes sound great. I really hope with the additional offerings, they will lower the prices (seriously attempting to stifle my laughter) so guests can enjoy trying multiple tastes. The goal should be to allow us to give them lots of money by getting to try lots of small tastes, not by taking all our cash after one or two things. I also anticipate the marketplaces moving beyond the parade route corridor this year to spread the fun around.
February 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM · I hope Disney gets the message about pricing. There's something to be said about people being satisfied and feeling they got a good value vs. thinking "I paid $8 for that?" That said, I realize that the dishes will appeal to foodies and people who want to sample something different, but give me Knott's Boysenberry Festival any day.
February 24, 2017 at 10:19 AM · The festival food prices are not reasonable. At DCA's Lunar Festival, a tiny meat bao is $4. Seems like they sold out so people are still buying it. It costs 4 for $4 at a Chinese supermarket for large meat bao. Also the egg custard tarts are huge and cost $4. At a Chinese bakery, they would cost $1.25 for a small custard tart so people usually buy a few. Well, the Knott's boysenberry festival is coming in April so this is a better deal.
February 24, 2017 at 2:34 PM · I'll have to wait until I see the prices before deciding whether or not to go to this event this year. Last year, I gave myself a $30 budget for both the Knott's Boysenberry Festival and DCA's Food & Wine festival and found the value of the former to be much, much greater. If I can't sample a satisfactory number of items (at least five) within that budget, I'll probably pass on the festival this year. The menu does seem significantly better this time, but at an event like this you need lower prices if you offer more items to make sure people are satisfied.

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