REVIEW: Peppers Cali-Ente Festival Marketplace at the 2018 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

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Peppers Cali-Ente is a new booth this year, and in our opinion it is a great addition. Both of the food items made it into our Top 7 new items from this year’s festival.

Jalapeño Popper Mac & Cheese with Bacon, $7.50

Both of the mac and cheese offerings this year were quite different from last year. We sorely missed the French Onion Mac & Cheese, but this was a great replacement. The French fried jalapenos were the perfect spicy accompaniment to the creamy cheese and crunchy bacon. They weren’t too spicy – even the older children in our group enjoyed this dish.

Verlasso™ Sustainable Salmon Peruvian Poke with a Cucumber-Lime Salad and Aju Verde Salsa, $7.50

The salmon poke would be the number one new item at many other events, which speaks to the overall quality of the California Food and Wine event. Available at “Peppers Cali-ente” and served with Cucumber-Lime Salad and Ajl Verde Salsa, this spicy and wonderfully fresh dish is an absolute must for anyone attending the event.

Lime Margarita with Jalapeño Garnish, $12.50

A respectable lime margarita with a lot of spice thanks to the jalapeños. I find it hard to believe it is just a garnish since this definitely had a kick to it.

Watermelon Lemonade (non-alcoholic), with optional Habanero Sugar & Chili-Lime Half-Rim, $5.00

While this is a nice flavored lemonade, what makes it amazing is the spicy sugar rim. It really packs a late-hitting punch (which is avoidable if you use the straw, but you won’t want to). I wish this rim was also on the lime margarita.

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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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