Ultimate Foodie Guide to Festival of Holidays at California Adventure

by Samantha Davis-Friedman

The holidays are just around the corner, and so is one of Disneyland Resort’s most popular holiday events — the Disney Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure — and this year, the food and beverage offerings are more delicious than ever.

Grandma's Recipes Marketplace

From Nov. 12, 2021, through Jan. 9, 2022, Disneyland guests can enjoy the tastes, sights, and sounds of winter celebrations from around the world, including Christmas/Navidad, Diwali, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, and Three Kings Day.

“The [eight] Festive Foods Marketplaces […] offer tasty holiday dishes that are a nod to family traditions and dishes from around the globe,” explains Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Food & Beverage Content Relations Manager Karen McClintock in the Disney Parks Blog. “Our Disney chefs drew on inspiration from their own unique stories to create some of these marketplace menus [plus] special festival-inspired treats at select restaurants, carts, and kiosks throughout the park.”

The popular Festival of Holidays Sip and Savor Pass is back with eight entitlement tabs that can be redeemed for select food and nonalcoholic beverages at participating marketplace kiosks and dining locations. However, sip and Savor Passes expire on Jan. 9, 2022, and entitlement tabs may not be redeemed at any other event.

As a one-time exception, remaining entitlement tabs on unredeemed 2020 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival Sip & Savor Passes may be used for eligible 2021 Festival of Holiday offerings at participating locations. To be accepted, the entitlement tabs must still be intact and attached to the original 2020 Food & Wine Festival Sip and Savor Pass. Guests can also request to exchange the unused, qualifying entitlement tabs for a Disney Gift Card eGift.

Here is the list of all the delicious food and beverage offerings at this year’s Disney Festival of Holidays:

Holiday Duets Marketplace

Holiday Duets Marketplace

  • Braised pork belly Adobo with garlic fried rice
  • Shrimp & Grits with Andouille sausage
  • Pabana Cachaça Colada – Cachaça, passionfruit, banana, mango, coconut cream, and lime
  • Calamansi melon lemonade – Calamansi, cantaloupe, and house-made lemonade
Brews & Bites Marketplace

Brews & Bites Marketplace

  • Impossible Chorizo queso fundido with house-made tortilla chips

Winter Sliderland Marketplace

  • Nashville hot turkey slider with dill pickle
  • Bourbon cranberry cocktail – Bourbon, cranberry, orange, and cinnamon
  • Prickly pear tea lemonade – Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co. Ceylon black tea (cold brew), prickly pear syrup, and house-made lemonade

Grandma’s Recipes Marketplace

  • Impossible arepa encantada
  • Gingerbread Mickey
  • Berries ‘n’ Crema – Huckleberry, strawberry, and raspberry house-made syrup, condensed and whole milk, and fruit-flavored cereal topped with house-made strawberry whipped cream

A Twist on Tradition Marketplace

  • Reimagined beef brisket Wellington
  • Reuben potato bites with Russian dressing and rye toast crumble
  • Churro toffee cold brew latte – Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company Mexico origin-blend Coffee, Demerara and cinnamon sugar, vanilla bean and almond milk topped with whipped cream and churro toffee pieces
  • Red sangria
  • Sauvignon Blanc

Making Spirits Bright Marketplace

  • Cinnamon & sugar holiday tart
  • “Hot Cocoa” marshmallow macaron
  • Maple hazelnut hot buttered rum – Rum and maple syrup with flavors of hazelnut, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove topped with house-made salted caramel whipped cream
  • White wine flight
  • Red wine flight

Favorite Things Marketplace

  • Holiday stuffing Mac & Cheese
  • Chana Masala with grilled garlic naan
  • Hibiscus ginger Mezcal Mule – Mezcal, house-made hibiscus syrup, ginger, lime juice, and Topo Chico mineral water
  • Selection of pale ales and stouts

Merry Mashups Marketplace

  • Esquites carnitas Mac & Cheese featuring Oaxaca and Cotija cheeses with spiced puffed rice
  • Holiday spiced wings with citrus cranberries
  • Holiday mix
  • Honey guava Pisco punch – Pisco, guava, spicy honey syrup, ginger, and lime juice
Treats for Santa Marketplace

Treats for Santa Marketplace

  • Mickey snowman cookie decorating kit
  • Holiday mix
  • Maple hazelnut hot buttered rum – Rum and maple syrup with flavors of hazelnut, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove topped with house-made salted caramel whipped cream

Festival-inspired Offerings:

Viva Navidad at Paradise Garden Grill (mobile order available)

  • Chile Relleno Plate – Roasted poblano stuffed with veggie stew topped with roasted tomato sauce and tofu crema served with Spanish rice and black beans (plant-based)
  • House-made Pozole – Mild red chile and pork stew with hominy topped with shredded cabbage, onions, radish, lime, and oregano served with tortilla chips (Sip and Savor Pass portion eligible)
  • Torta al Pastor – Soft telera roll, chorizo beans, pork al pastor, cabbage, guacamole, and crema served with tortilla chips and molcajete salsa (Sip and Savor Pass eligible)
  • Street-Style Tacos – Three corn tortilla tacos filled with carne asada, carnitas, and chicken with white onion and fresh cilantro served with Spanish rice and black beans topped with queso Blanco (Sip and Savor Pass portion eligible)
  • Pineapple Tres Leches Roulade – Vanilla sponge with layers of pineapple filling and cinnamon buttercream finished with white chocolate mousse, and tres leches soak
  • Kids’ Street-Style Tacos – Corn tortilla taco filled with choice of carne asada, carnitas, or chicken served with Spanish rice and black beans topped with queso Blanco and choice of small low-fat milk or small Dasani water
  • Kids’ Cheese Quesadilla – A whole-wheat tortilla with melted cheese served with a mandarin orange and choice of small low-fat milk or small Dasani water
Paradise Garden carts

Paradise Garden Carts

  • Beef Tamale with red sauce
  • Guava and cheese pan dulce – Guava and cheese pan dulce finished with a colorful chocolate sarape
  • Maple-hazelnut hot buttered rum – Rum, maple syrup, and flavors of hazelnut, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove topped with a house-made salted caramel whipped cream

Willie’s Churro Cart

  • Chocolate-Pecan Churro – Classic churro topped with maple glaze, toasted pecans, and chocolate drizzle

Grizzly Peak Churro Cart

  • Peppermint Churro – Churro coated with crushed candy canes and drizzled with chocolate and vanilla icing

Hollywood Churro Cart

  • Chocolate-Hazelnut-Strawberry Churro – Classic churro drizzled with chocolate-hazelnut and strawberry sauces

Lucky Fortune Cookery (mobile order available)

  • Bao bun with seasonal fruit – Crispy bao bun filled with seasonal fresh fruit tossed in a berry sauce and dusted with powdered sugar

Pacific Wharf Café (mobile order available)

  • Apple fritter bread pudding – Warm apple-cinnamon bread pudding served with whipped cream and warm salted caramel sauce
Disney Festival of Holidays - Smokejumpers Grill

Smokejumpers Grill (mobile order available)

  • Holiday shake – Spiced shake garnished with green whipped cream and a red wreath donut
  • Loaded latke – Traditional latke loaded with smoked brisket topped with soy yogurt-horseradish sauce and scallions

Sonoma Terrace (mobile order available)

  • Avocado cheese steak – Thinly sliced steak with grilled onions, bell peppers, jalapeños, avocado spread, and melted jack cheese
  • Peppermint cold brew cocktail – Cold brew with coffee liqueur, a splash of crème de menthe, and crème de cacao garnished with a miniature candy cane
  • Cranberry Mule – A twist on a classic mule with cranberry juice and agave garnished with a sprig of rosemary and a cape cranberry

Studio Catering Truck (mobile order available)

  • Deconstructed carnitas tamal – Rajas con queso tamale, carnitas, salsa verde, avocado salsa, crema, and queso fresco
Disney Festival of Holidays - Pym Tasting Lab

Pym Tasting Lab (mobile order available)

  • Holiday Snack Molecules – Gingerbread and Mexican hot chocolate caramel corn, mini-pretzels, honey-roasted peanuts, dried cranberries, and popped sorghum

Terran Treats

  • Pineapple-Coconut Ration – Pineapple-flavored spiral churro dipped in a coconut-flavored glaze and sprinkled with toasted coconut

Guests can also pick up the Disney Festival of Holidays Tasting Passport and receive stamps as they taste their way through the sips and bites at the eight Festive Foods Marketplaces kiosks. Once they’ve collected all the marketplace stamps, they can stop by the Holiday Central Pergola near The Little MermaidAriel’s Undersea Adventure attraction and receive a special completion stamp.

Click here for more information about the Festival of Holidays at California Adventure.


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