Here’s a look at some of the delicious snacks and drinks from the Festival of Holidays at Disney’s California Adventure. Everything we tried was absolutely amazing. Disney has truly outdone themselves with their recipes this year. If you plan on sampling multiple items the Sip and Savor Pass is a great savings. It comes with 8 coupons that can be redeemed for food or non-alcoholic beverages at all of the Festival Food Marketplace locations. Annual pass holders get a discount and a special AP lanyard. The pass is $54, ($49 for annual pass holders) and is available for purchase at Festival Merchandise Carts,Seaside Souvenirs(in Paradise Gardens Park), Holidays Central (nearThe Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure),Kingswell Camera ShopandRushin’ River Outfitters.
From Merry MashupsTurkey and Stuffing Tamale. This Tamale is packed with all the savory favorites of the holiday season. Turkey, stuffing, gravy, and veggiestopped with a sweet-tart cranberry sauce. It was delicious!
From Blissfully Braised Cornbread Cakes with Braised Collard Greens and Smoked Bacon Gravy. These have a perfect balance of sweet and savory and the bacon gravy is to die for. We also had to try the Blood Orange Ginger Mule. I had been craving a Mule my whole pregnancy so imagine how excited I was to try this and I will say it did not disappoint. It was so refreshing and the rosemary sprig gave it just that touch of holiday flavor making it perfect.Braised Pork Belly Adobo with Garlic Fried Rice. This was so flavorful and tender. If you are a pork belly fan you definitely don’t want to miss this.
From Grandmas RecipesBeef Pot Roast on a Potato Roll with Horseradish Cream. The flavors complemented each other perfectly and the pot roast was so tender, and flavorful.The Tart and Fruity Brews were just that. Our favorite was Smog City’s Snugglebug Sour Blond Ale. The Pear Cider was very much like a sparkling wine and the Gose Fresca was an interesting blend of flavors that I would have never thought to combine. If you enjoy sours this is a great flight to try out some local seasonals.
From Winter SliderlandFrosty Frosé, made with Fleurs de Praire Rosé, Blue Curaçao, and White Cranberry Juice. An adult slushy, this was also refreshing and delicious and not too sweet. The Holiday Stuffing Mac and Cheese was the best Mac and Cheese we’ve tried at the Disney Food Festivals so far. It was a savory mac and cheese stuffed with traditional Thanksgiving stuffing tastes. Each bite was better than the last. The Roasted Turkey Slider with Cranberry Sauce is back from last years festival and is always a holiday favorite of mine. All of the best of Thanksgiving dinner on a roll.
From Visions of Sugarplums
The Eggnog Wreath Eclair was delicious. The filling had just a hint of Eggnog Flavor so it wasn’t too overwhelming. And the white chocolate icing was the perfect addition of sweet.
The Warm Sticky Toffee Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce is my festival favorite! Everything about this dessert is just perfect. It’s a rich, moist cake permeated with a thick caramel-like sauce then extra sauces is drizzled over the top. Yum.
The Warm Bourbon Cider is the perfect holiday drink. Nothing says fall like hot apple cider and this one is spiked with bourbon!
From Winter WondersThe Pumpkin Soup with Maple Cashew Cream is thick and savory with just a hint of sweetness from the maple cashew cream. It wasn’t my favorite honestly, I felt it needed more flavor and was a little too thick in texture.
From Brews and Bites,We tried Legends Brewery, Cookies Galore, Chocolate Cookie Milk Stout (pictured on the left) and Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Isomerizer, IPA (pictured on the right). The stout was just a little sweet with chocolate undertones and a thick smooth finish. The IPA was 7% ABV, with good flavor but not too hoppy. The Robust flight was delicious. The golden Stout was crisp and light for a stout. The Cherry Ale was a little tart but not a true sour. All in all, we loved this flight. The Chorizo Queso Fundido is served with House-Made Tortilla Chips and it was delicious. The Queso was a perfect blend of cheeses and tasted amazing.
Spicy CelebrationsWe tried the Nashville Hot Fried Turkey with Dill Pickles (shown without the pickles in the photo because the husband cannot stand pickles) and it was perfect. The turkey was nice and tender and the spice was just hot enough.
The Festival runs through January 8th so we will definitely be back to sample some more of the offerings.