REVIEW: Citrus Grove Festival Marketplace at the 2018 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

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The Citrus Grove booth is technically new this year, but it’s clearly a replacement for last year’s Lemon Grove booth. I guess they had to rename it since they added an orange-based dish.

Citrus-Brined Pork Roast with Tangy Barbecue Sauce and Lemon Pepper Slaw, $7.00

This is basically barbecue pulled pork topped with cole slaw. While it’s quite good for what it is, it is definitely not an adventurous dish by any means. We actually had this twice several days apart. The first time it was a nice portion of pork topped with the slaw. The second time around, they decided to put the pork on top of the slaw. Not only was it a smaller portion, but serving it upside down meant that the slaw was heated by the pork, and not chilled like it should be. When we asked why it was upside down, the cast member replied that sometimes they like to switch it up. I’m fairly certain that there are guidelines on how the dishes should be served (you can see a laminated sheet describing each dish and how to prepare it in each booth), so they clearly were taking things into their own hands.

Crispy Orange Chicken & Rice with Garlic Cracker, $7.50

This dish was a rather mediocre version of orange chicken you could get at most Chinese restaurants, and you’d probably pay $7.50 for a full serving instead of the paltry serving size here. Although the chicken was white meat, which made us happy, the sauce was incredibly salty. We had this a second time as well, and it was no better. At the price point they are charging, spend your money on something else.

Meyer Lemon Macaron, $4.75

This is a holdover from last year’s Lemon Grove booth, when we said:

This was one of the best dessert selections at the festival (although we seem to say that a lot in this review, which shows just how strong the dessert game is at this event). A rather large macaron, and super tasty. The cashier was going on and on about how good this was, and we were skeptical, but she was right!

This year it was just as good, and quite a good value since it is so large. It was amusing that there was a third-party cart right next to this booth, selling standard-sized macarons for $3.00.

Meyer Lemon Ginger Mule, $12.25

This drink was also a carryover from the Lemon Grove booth of 2017. Our take from then:

This was a great version of a mule.  The sweet lemon contrasted nicely with the ginger beer. This was basically a version of the Gold Rush from Paddlefish, albeit much cheaper.

The price has increased from $11.75 last year to $12.25 this year, but it’s still cheaper than the Gold Rush.

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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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