REVIEW: Garlic Kissed Festival Marketplace at the 2018 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

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The Garlic Kissed booth returns for this year’s festival. Last year it was one of our favorite booths. How did it do this year?

Creamy Mac & Cheese with Garlic Bread Crumble, $7.00

While this was decent, it was no match for last year’s French Onion Mac & Cheese from the now-defunct Onion Lair booth. But in any case, $7.00 for a kid-size portion of standard mac and cheese with an almost flavorless garlic bread crumble is somewhat excessive.

Black Garlic Soy-Braised Pork Belly Banh Mi, $7.50

Last year we said:

If you are a pork belly fan, you’ll love this.  The meat was very good, and the bun was fantastic, which we didn’t expect coming from a booth in the middle of California Adventure.

Again this year, this pork belly sandwich was a standout. Though pork belly has been somewhat overused in the past few years, this offering was a perfect cut with an amazing flavor provided by the Garlic Soy (which isn’t overpowering) and just the right, light amount of accompaniments on the petite bun.

Bloody Mary with Garlic-Stuffed Olive, $12.25

I suppose if you like Bloody Mary, you’d like this (so we were told by other Festival goers). We do not, so we struggled to drink very much of this.

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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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