REVIEW: Watermelon Poke and More at One In A Melon for the 2020 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

Making its debut to the Disney California Adventure 2020 Food & Wine Festival is the marketplace One in a Melon! Bringing fruit and citrus combinations in unique ways, such as tomato and watermelon or a cream puff with mango and passion fruit, this booth seems to bring together healthy, yet still tasty options and we’re excited to dig into this new booth.

One In A Melon Marketplace at Disney California Adventure 2020 Food & Wine Festival

Menu for One In A Melon Marketplace at Disney California Adventure 2020 Food & Wine Festival

Food:

  • πŸ†•Compressed Watermelon and Tomato with Whipped Ricotta and Lemon Olive Oil (Vegetarian, Gluten-Friendly) – $7.00
  • πŸ†•Poke-style Watermelon with Cucumber (Plant-Based, Gluten-Friendly) – $6.75
  • πŸ†•Pabana Cream Puff with Mango, Passion Fruit and Banana Mousse – $5.50

Beverages:

  • πŸ†•Berry Mule (Alcoholic) – $14.00
  • πŸ†•House-made Watermelon Agua Fresca (Non-Alcoholic) – $6.00

Photos of Menu Items from One In A Melon Marketplace at Disney California Adventure 2020 Food & Wine Festival

*NEW* Compressed Watermelon and Tomato with Whipped Ricotta and Lemon Olive Oil (Vegetarian, Gluten-Friendly) – $7.00

At first glance, this dish appears to be an odd combination of ingredients, and we were a bit unsure of how all of the flavors would work together. Surprisingly, this was our favorite food dish of the booth. The base is a juicy slice of compressed watermelon topped with soft ricotta cheese. The whipped ricotta cheese has hints of fruity flavoring, which complimented the watermelon. The lemon olive oil drizzle is barely noticeable and adds a small amount of zest. The dish is topped with fresh tomatoes, which were tasty.

*NEW* Poke-style Watermelon with Cucumber (Plant-Based, Gluten-Friendly) – $6.75

We love a good poke bowl, but this dish was just strange. The watermelon and rice combination created clashing textures and flavors that didn’t work together at all. Our rice was actually undercooked, and no one wants to eat hard rice. If there’s any positive element of the dish, it’s the cucumber salad on top. We preferred to eat the cucumber alone. When mixed with the watermelon and rice, it’s just an odd pairing.

*NEW* Pabana Cream Puff with Mango, Passion Fruit and Banana Mousse – $5.50

Take a trip to this islands with this little cream puff! A bold mixture of tropical flavors, this pastry is packed full of fruity goodness. The pastry shell holds the most passionfruit flavor and that flavor comes through in every bite. The pastry is sweet, but the subtle banana flavor of the mousse helps to cut it down. The mousse is light and airy with the perfect banana flavoring. The dessert is served on a bed of fresh mango chunks, adding moisture to the plate.

*NEW* Berry Mule (Alcoholic) – $14.00

This fruity version of a classic mule was a bit underwhelming. We expected some sort of berry flavor (hence the name), but it was completely absent from the drink. According to the menu, this mule contains rhubarb juice, but we didn’t taste it at all. We can best compare this drink to plain watermelon juice with a tiny kick, thanks to the ginger beer and vodka. The berry mule was a let-down.

*NEW* House-made Watermelon Agua Fresca (Non-Alcoholic) – $6.00

The House-made Watermelon Agua Fresca is made with peaches, watermelon, agave nectar, and lime juice. Similar to the Berry Mule, the watermelon juice washed out any other flavors. It was weirdly bubbly, but not in a refreshing way. Overall, we were expecting this drink to be full of fruity flavors, but it was dull and bland. You can definitely skip it.

Is One in a Melon one in a million for you, or just another Food & Wine Marketplace? Sound off in the comments below.