Disney's California Food & Wine Festival

“I eat merely to put food out of my mind.”

Disney's Food & Wine Festival 2010

Jim Ames

Thank you Jim Ames who is the Event Producer - Disney's California Food and Wine Festival.  We were at the Festival ten times this gentleman seemed to be everywhere making the event positive for all. 

We can't figure out how he managed to always have a smile even when the cooktop malfunctions in the middle of a demo... He just figured out how to make an adjustment in plans (that time it was a portable hot-plate) and the show went on!  Thanks again!

We went Ten Times This Year

Disney's Fifth Annual California Food and Wine Festival has quickly become a guest favorite. The Disneyland Resort plays host to this festival that showcases the diverse tastes of the Golden State Festival Highlights. From Friday through Sunday there are celebrity chefs and noted sommeliers who conduct demonstrations and seminars as well as host special dinners. There are complimentary activities, food and wine samplings and Signature events. Most of the action takes place at Disney's California Adventure Park

Visit #1 - April 20, 2010... A Stormy Tuesday Afternoon

On the first day we went the weather started out pretty then became rainy but we managed to miss the downpour... We were drinking wine!

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The Disney gardens were, as always, beautiful

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Sue reads the signs

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The sky was blah

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The chefs get ready for the 1:00 demo, ice cream!

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The only sun out today!

The Demonstration Area Gets Better Every Year

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HD Television instead of the overhead mirrors

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The TV's were OK but we preferred the overhead mirrors

The 2:30 Demo Was Gazpacho By Greg Stillman (Catal)

Did you know? - Gazpacho is a cold Spanish tomato-based raw vegetable soup, originating in the southern region of Andalusia. Gazpacho is widely consumed throughout Spain, neighboring Portugal (where it is known as gazpacho) and parts of Latin America. Gazpacho is mostly consumed during the summer months, due to its refreshing qualities.

Gazpacho has ancient roots. There are a number of theories of its origin, including as an Arab soup of bread, olive oil, water and garlic that arrived in Spain with the Moors, or via the Romans with the addition of vinegar. Once in Spain it became a part of Andalusian cuisine, particularly Seville, using stale bread, garlic, olive oil, salt, and vinegar, similar to ajoblanco. Tomato was added to the recipe after it was brought to Europe after the Columbian Exchange which began in 1492. The dish remained popular with field hands as a way to cool off during the summer and to use available ingredients such as fresh vegetables and stale bread.

There are many modern variations of gazpacho, often in different colors and omitting the tomatoes and bread in favor of avocados, cucumbers, parsley, watermelon, grapes, meat stock, seafood, and other ingredients. Gazpacho has become an almost generic term for chilled vegetable soup.

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We Headed For The 4:00 PM Wine Tasting

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All inside this year

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We tried a cheese plate and a tuna plate prior to wine tasting

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Sue discusses wine with the wineologist

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This building is used normally for making candy for all of Disneyland

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See Wilshire and the Hollywood Bowl??

Wine Tasting Area Is Getting Ready

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Two Fisted Drinker

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Time to head for Catal

Of Course We Stopped At Catal And Visit With Friends And Had A Drink

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Great Restaurant

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We missed the rain but not by much!!!

Join us for visit #2 - Sweet Sunday 4/25/2010