REVIEW: Off the Cob Festival Marketplace at the 2018 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

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This booth appeared at the 2017 festival, but has a very different menu this year, with only one item held over from last year.


Sweet Corn Nuggets with Beef Chili, $6.75


This is the one item still on the menu at this booth from the 2017 festival. Back then, we said:

I can’t even begin to tell you how great these are. The corn flavor paired well with the chili, and the whole thing was just prepared perfectly. A highlight of the Festival for sure!

This year they were just as good, maybe even a bit better as we thought the chili was a bit tastier with bigger chunks of meat.

Shrimp Boil Tacos with Andouille Sausage and Fresh Corn, $7.00

One of the problems we had with the festival in general is that the booths are themed after a specific kind of food. This is a perfect example of a dish that would be much better suited to a seafood booth or a Louisiana-themed booth, but instead it is shoehorned in to the corn booth because they sprinkled some unnecessary corn kernels on it.

Nevertheless, this was a quite tasty offering. The combination of the shrimp and the sausage created a great-tasting dish, and we’d recommend trying it.

Caramel Popcorn Crispy Treat, $4.00

The best I can describe this is that it is a rice krispy treat but instead of being made from rice, it’s made from corn. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. The caramel taste was almost completely missing, so it wasn’t as sweet as it probably should be to make it a more palatable dessert offering.

Popcorn Lemonade Cocktail, $12.25

DCA Food Wine Popcorn Drink

This made it into our Top 7 new items this year. While not the most photogenic beverage, I though this was fantastic, with a perfect combination of salty popcorn flavor and sweet lemonade. Others didn’t like it nearly as much, describing it as overly-fake flavored, like a buttered popcorn Jelly Belly jelly bean. If you’re into trying something different, this offering is worth a try, though if you think you might not like it, save some money by trying the non-alcoholic version first.

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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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