Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival 2017 – Entertainment

Welcome to the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival 2017!

This year’s expanded Food & Wine Festival at Disney California Adventure brings back both the culinary demonstrations and the popular (and still pricey) food and drink booths from last year’s event but adds several more of these along the parade route down Paradise Pier.

Sadly, the prices kept me away from sampling these offerings once again this year. I simply cannot justify $6 for a spoonful of soup in a mini bread bowl (bread roll?), when I can pay $11 for an entire cup of soup with a full loaf of bread just down the way at Pacific Wharf Café – so in fact, that’s exactly what I had!  Although I was disappointed that the seasonal Loaded Baked Potato soup there yesterday was much saltier than I remembered from previous meals.

But very happily, the entertainment for the Festival has been greatly enhanced as well and will definitely be bringing me back regularly for the rest of this event, which runs March 10-April 16, 2017!

For the run of the Festival, there will be two stages with all day and into the evening performances. First is the Paradise Park stage – an elevated platform right in front of World of Color. This is for the bigger shows and I’m absolutely thrilled that one of the regular bands performing here is a Disneyland Resort favorite: TOMASINA!

TOMASINA playing at Paradise Park during the day.

Yes, Tomasina is bringing her wild and crazy rock and pop show to Disney California Adventure this season!

TOMASINA playing at Paradise Park in the evening.

Following are TOMASINA’s currently scheduled dates and show times (as always, subject to change):

  • Friday – March 10
  • Saturday – March 11
  • Monday – March 13
  • Friday – March 17
  • Saturday – March 18
  • Monday – March 20
  • Friday – March 24
  • Saturday – March 25
  • Monday – March 27
  • Friday – March 31
  • Saturday – April 1
  • Monday – April 3
  • Friday – April 7
  • Saturday – April 8
  • Monday – April 10
  • Friday – April 14
  • Saturday – April 15

Friday and Saturday set times: 1:15pm, 2pm, 3:45pm, 6pm, 7:15pm

Monday set times: 1:15pm, 2pm, 3:45pm, 6pm, 7pm

Update 3/12/17: I’ve been informed that TOMASINA will not be performing on March 25, April 1 or April 3.

You will also be able to find daily and nightly entertainment on the more intimate Paradise Garden Bandstand stage.

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Faultlines playing at the Paradise Garden Bandstand stage.

I was thrilled to hear that another favorite band – Faultlines – will be sharing their incredible harmonies with the Food & Wine crowds!  This explains why they’re not playing in Downtown Disney this month.

Following are Faultlines’ currently scheduled dates and show times (as always, subject to change):

  • Sunday – March 12
  • Sunday – March 19
  • Tuesday – March 21
  • Monday – March 27
  • Tuesday – March 28
  • Friday – March 31
  • Sunday – April 2
  • Monday – April 3
  • Tuesday – April 4
  • Sunday – April 9
  • Tuesday – April 11

Friday and Sunday set times: 2:25pm, 3:25pm, 4:45pm, 6:45pm, 7:45pm, 8:45pm

Monday and Tuesday set times: 2:25pm, 3:25pm, 4:50pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm

The wonderful thing about multiple musical entertainment options is the chance to check out new groups as well! So I was very pleased to also find on the Festival schedule an a capella group that has been on my radar for a while but I’ve not yet had the chance to see them perform – m-pact!

Following are m-pact’s currently scheduled dates and show times (as always, subject to change):

  • Saturday – March 11
  • Wednesday – March 22
  • Wednesday – March 29
  • Wednesday – April 5
  • Saturday – April 8
  • Wednesday – April 12

Saturday set times: 2:25pm, 3:25pm, 4:45pm, 6:45pm, 7:45pm, 8:45pm

Wednesday set times: 2:25pm, 3:25pm, 4:50pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm

Along with the wonderful live music component of the entertainment happenings at the Food & Wine Festival this year are two new shows with characters!

First, at Paradise Park (but up along the walkway, not down by the pier like the bands are), a couple of times daily you will find Goofy in his chef outfit teaching kids some of his cooking “skills” in the Jr. Chef show. This has an interactive element with young ones from the audience.

Gotta love Goofy’s cooking! Especially at his kitchen!

And second are the Jammin’ Chefs (similar to the JAMMitors who’ve reportedly been at Disney California Adventure at times but I’ve not caught them there – they originated as a percussion show from EPCOT and still run there). This is a group of “chefs” who share their musical skills and Disney spirit via their cooking equipment. And Chip & Dale in their chef outfits also join in the fun!

Dale hanging out with the Jammin’ Chefs!

This show runs several times per day on the Paradise Pier parade route – meaning basically across from the Little Mermaid attraction and store where the Green Army Men usually perform.

Check the daily Entertainment Times Guide or the Disneyland app for the schedule for both of these shows.

In all, even if one isn’t interested in the food or the wine, there are still plenty of reasons to head to Disney California Adventure during the Festival this year!

Have you experienced any of the entertainment at the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival 2017? Which was your favorite?

Update 4/9/17: Check out some of TOMASINA’s performances at the Food & Wine Festival here on the Mousertainment YouTube Channel

Also check out some of Faultlines performances at the Food & Wine Festival here on the Mousertainment YouTube Channel

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