Are you looking for something fun to do in the upcoming weeks? Well, it’s that time of year food and wine lovers! If you’re going to be in or around Tampa, this is the festival just for you!
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is once again hosting their Food & Wine Festival starting February 29 with many new choices of food by award-winning chef Ernie Reyes, along with over 80 wines, specialty cocktails and craft brews of your choosing. Not to mention a fantastic lineup of musical performers of all genres that you’re not going to want to miss. The festival lasts nine weeks starting February 29, 2020, and ending April 26, 2020, with admission into the park also included.
Some examples of the 25 new delicious items in the new Chef’s Corner Cabin include arroz con pollo, pork tenderloin with champagne watercress sauce, and pork belly taco with kimchi slaw, as well as Iconic Coaster Cocktails such as Tigris Tea, Falcon’s Fury Lemon Drop, and Iron Gwazi. If all of that isn’t enticing, you can make your way over to the new Pick-A-Barrel tasting where you can create your own wines and liquors from around the world!
A full calendar of musical talent playing throughout the festival includes:
February 28- Eaglemaina: The World’s Greatest Eagles Tribute Band. This event is an exclusive preview for pass members to experience the new food and drink samples before the start of the festival.
February 29- Collective Soul
March 1- The Commodores
March 7- Chase Bryant and Danielle Bradbery
March 8- Rachel Platten
March 14- Ezra Ray Hart
March 15- Three Dog Night
March 21- Locash
March 22- Fitz & The Tantrums
March 28- Home Free
March 29- Taking Back Sunday
April 4- Third Eye Blind
April 5- KC & The Sunshine Band
April 11- 38 Special
April 12- Micah Tyler and Austin French
April 18- Lee Brice
April 19- Clint Black
April 25- El Gran Combo
April 26- Toad the Wet Sprocket & The Verve Pipe
There are also new thrills for the adrenaline seekers in the park. Iron Gwazi is North America’s tallest hybrid coaster, making for the steepest and fastest in the world. Over at Adventure Island, fans can enjoy Solar Vortex, America’s only dual tailspin water slide! You can find all of their menu items along with passes on their website.
Fans now have two exclusive choices of packages to enjoy for each of the acts. Both packages including reserved concert seating and a five-item Food & Wine Sampler Lanyard. Fans also have the chance to upgrade to the ultimate concert-goer experience with Unlimited Food & Wine Festival VIP Seating giving you VIP seating for every concert during the festival.
If VIP isn’t for you, guests can also choose between a five, eight, or 12-item sampler lanyard to use at each cabin to try sample-sized dishes and drink choices for only $32. Pass members have a bonus choice of being able to grab an exclusive lanyard for 15-item samplers all for the same price as a 12-item sampler lanyard.
By purchasing an annual pass, you’re able to enjoy the Food & Wine Festival and events throughout the year. The pass gives you access to the festival along with a year of unlimited visits, free parking, dining discounts, and Serengeti Safari free merchandise.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has over 300 acres of incredible attractions with a mixture of rides, zoos with over 1000 animals ranging from 200 different species, live shows, and events. Busch Garden is also a part of SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. You can check out last year’s lineup here.