Busch Gardens is deep in production of its third annual Food & Wine Festival, which takes place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays May 22 through June 28. Park guests can enjoy the beautiful landscaping, thrilling rides, musical shows and fun family attractions while sampling the flavors of Europe, the Caribbean, Canada and the U.S.
The Williamsburg park has just announced two new culinary regions: the French Quarter of New Orleans and Eastern Asia. While the menus are still in the development stages, Executive Chef Justin Watson has said that the New Orleans-themed kiosk will consist of Cajun and Creole dishes and the Eastern Asia one will feature flavors such as bahn mi, jiaozi and Thai tea.
Chef Justin Watson said:
“With the addition of the French Quarter and Eastern Asia kiosks, guests can sample culinary traditions spanning fourteen geographic regions representing Europe, the Americas and Asia. We are pleased to offer these tastes of the world to our guests during this year’s Food and Wine Festival.”
The Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival offers individual-sized tasting portions of food, desserts, beer and wine, which are for sale at 14 themed kiosks located throughout the park. Guests can purchase pre-loaded wristbands to make the purchase process more convenient. Simply present the wristband to the cashier for scanning – no need to dig around in bags and purses for wallets. The food and beverage discount given to Busch Gardens Annual Passholders can be used for the Food and Wine Festival.
Busch Gardens first implemented its Food and Wine Festival in 2013 and has added new regions and food and beverage options each year. 2014 saw the addition of the American Southwest and the Caribbean. With the French Quarter and Eastern Asia now making an appearance, 2015 is shaping up to be better than ever.
Busch Gardens’ 2015 Food & Wine Festival culinary regions
- American Southwest
- Coffee & Crepes
- Eastern Asia
- The French Quarter (Cajun and Creole)
Tasting menus are being finalized, so stay tuned for more information as menus become available. For more information, please visit www.buschgardens.com/foodandwine.
As part of the 2014 Busch Gardens’ Thrill Chaser/Ambassador Blogger program, I was able to take an in-depth look at (and taste of) the Food and Wine event. For a look at last year’s Food and Wine event, please click right here or check out SomewhereInTheSand for even more photos, menus and insider opinions.