If you’ve been in Tampa, for a while, or even if you haven’t, it’s pretty much a sure thing that you’ve heard about Busch Gardens. Chances are, you’ve been to the famous theme park or one of its many events. But if you haven’t, never fear! One of Busch Gardens most loved events is coming back soon for its fifth year! Get ready for the Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival for a day full of roller coasters, concerts, shows, food and much more!
The Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival runs Saturdays and Sundays from March 16 through April 28 and is included with passes, fun cards or daily admission into the park.
What to Expect
This is a food and wine festival, so be prepared for an abundance of good food and even better wine. This year Busch Gardens has 13 different food cabins with 35 food items, over 65 fine wines, more than 50 craft beers, and many featured cocktails. Explore exotic spirits at signature vodka, bourbon, ice wine, tequila and sparkling wine tastings. You can experience all these tasty treats in a few ways. At each cabin, you can purchase whatever items you want. Or, you can purchase a sampler lanyard for 5, 8 or 12 samples of any food or beverage. (pass holders can purchase a special 15 item lanyard for the price of the 12 item sampler). Remember, the sampler lanyards are only valid at festival locations!
Some of the cabins you’ll see are Northern California, Pacific Northwest, Southern Cuisine, The Boardwalk, a special 60th Anniversary Cabin, and many more!
This year, in conjunction with the fan favorites, enjoy new, delicious cuisine from all around the country! For starters, check out the “Grilled Lamb Chops” which feature a 15-year balsamic drizzle straight from Northern California. Also, check out delicious new Tex-Mex options as well as island-inspired fare featuring delights from Hawaii. Guests can also take a nostalgic bite into “historical Busch Gardens’ treats and snacks” from years past inside the 60th Anniversary Cabin.
Be sure to check out the Food & Wine Festival Sampler option this year! Choose from a 5, 8, or 12-item sampler to experience different dishes as well as drink options.
On Saturdays and Sundays, you and your significant other can enjoy a date at one of the Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival concerts! Artists range from pop to Latin to country and more, depending on the day. Acts change each day, so you can choose which artists are your favorites and go then. These concerts are included with every pass or daily admission to the park. For the ultimate fan experience, consider purchasing one of two VIP Packages including reserved seating as well as a sampler lanyard.
*For a limited time only, Florida Residents purchasing a Fun Card can now receive an Adventure Island Fun Card for FREE until the end of 2019.
*Guests can also choose a new Annual Pass option featuring monthly perks and discounts. The new Pass also features complimentary experiences including trying out the Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum Passes for whichever benefits or values they so desire.
Busch Gardens Every Day Fun
Just because the Food and Wine Festival is starting doesn’t mean you have to miss out on enjoying everything Busch Gardens has to offer on a normal basis! You can ride one of Busch Gardens famous attractions, from the old time favorite, Montu, to newer rides like Falcon’s Fury and Cheetah Hunt.
There is also food throughout the park, whether you prefer a big restaurant like Zagora Cafe or a smaller pit stop, like one of the mobile carts. And, of course, Busch Gardens has shows galore for you to enjoy! Head to Stanley Theater, the Moroccan Palace, and more for daily shows. Busch Gardens is also a zoological experience so don’t forget to check out the many animal exhibits while you’re there!