REVIEW: Cluck-a-Doodle-Moo Festival Marketplace at the 2018 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

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Here is the problem when all of your other booths are themed after a specific food. You need a catch-all booth for what’s left. Here, we have chicken, beef, and dairy. So Cluck-a-Doodle-Moo is the hilariously-named catch-all booth of the festival.

Grilled Harris Ranch Beef Tenderloin Slider with Chimichurri Sauce, $8.00

Last year this appeared at the Garlic Kissed booth, but is essentially the same dish this year. What we said then:

This was a fairly sizable piece of beef for the price, and it was definitely tasty.

This time around, the price went up by 25 cents, and the portion size was smaller. Still very tender, cooked medium-well.

Salt & Beer Vinegar Parmesan Chicken Wings, $7.50

A new item at this year’s festival, and it drew mixed reviews from our group. There were four fairly sizable wings in the dish, so it’s not a bad value (at a Disney Park), but it seems they couldn’t really decide what flavor they wanted here. Salt and vinegar? Beer and parmesan? In the end, the wings definitely weren’t salt and vinegar. I liked the wings, and I hate salt and vinegar potato chips.

There was ample parmesan cheese to make these almost garlic-parmesan wings (sans the garlic). I thought they were tasty, but not great, especially because they were not crispy at all (something hard to do at food booths that lack a fryer).

Oikos® Greek Nonfat Yogurt Panna Cotta with Red Raspberry Compote, $4.75

Last year, the Olive Us booth at the festival featured a vanilla bean panna cotta with Amarena cherry jus, which we liked very much. Wondering why it was at the olive booth? So were we. In any case, the panna cotta this year was again very good, with the raspberry compote giving the same flavor kick as the cherry jus did last year.

Orange-Vanilla Cream Float with Whipped Cream (non-alcoholic), $6.00 ($10.50 with souvenir cup)

Tom argued for putting this on our Top 7 new items list for this year’s festival, but I argued against it. Why? Because this is probably the simplest thing to make at home. It’s literally just ice cream with Fanta orange soda and some whipped cream on top. Sure, it was good, as you would expect, but creative? Deserving to be at a food festival? Not in the least.

Tom’s Note: I dare Jason to make this at home and it taste just as good. Also, there were unadvertised bits of cake in it which were wonderful. Yes, this is nothing out of the ordinary, but it isn’t something you can typically get in this park and I thought it was enjoyable if you are in the mood for such a thing.

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Jason Diffendal

Jason has been a lifelong fan of the Disney parks since his first visit at age 2. His biennial pilgrimages during his childhood accelerated into semi-annual visits by the year 2000, when he also Joined the Disney Vacation Club. Luckily, Jason’s bride-to-be was also a Disney fan, which allowed his infatuation with the Disney parks to continue, and ultimately culminated in their wedding at Disney's Wedding Pavilion in September 2003. Early in 2007, Jason began his involvement with the planning for what became Celebration 25, the unofficial fan gathering to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Epcot®. Soon thereafter, Jason met Tom Corless at a pin trading meet in New Jersey, and became part of the WDW News Today podcast starting with Episode 17. Jason has been involved with the WDWNT Network ever since, and can't seem to escape no matter how hard he tries.
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