The Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival kicks off earlier than ever before on February 29! Featuring more than two dozen new menu items, new hand-held fare like bacon flavored cotton candy, and a fantastic line-up of world class musical acts – the 6th Annual Food & Wine festival runs every weekend February 29- April 26 and is included with park admission.
This year’s Food & Wine Festival introduces 25 new menu items in addition to fan-favorite dishes and over 80 wines, beers and cocktails to choose from, the Food & Wine Festival offers an endless variety of flavors to sip and savor!
The all-new Chef’s Corner cabin will feature three unique dishes from the Busch Gardens’ chef’s team. Executive Chef, Ernie Reyes, will present the classic Arroz con Pollo, inspired by his own family recipe. Chef Richard Shepherd presents an all-new pork belly taco featuring a fusion of flavors with crispy pork belly, crunchy kimchi slaw, and zesty mango salsa. Chef Stuart Morton reintroduces an award-winning pork tenderloin with champagne watercress sauce- a classical French dish made with simple ingredients for complex flavors.
At Hog Heaven melt over the new charred Brussels sprouts drizzled with warm bacon vinaigrette, sweet and savory maple bacon cinnamon roll, and spicy Kung Pao ribs. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Sweet Sips with handmade cannoli and Hummingbird cupcake – a traditional southern cupcake with pineapple, banana, and nuts. New Iconic Coaster Cocktails include Iron Gwazi Gimlet, Falcon’s Fury Lemon Drop, and Tigris Tea.
Pick your perfect upgrade or purchase your Food & Wine Festival Sampler Lanyard – the best way to savor and save on everything the event has to offer! Guests can purchase a 5, 8 or 12-item sampler lanyard to use at each festival cabin to explore sample-sized dishes and drink offerings with ease, starting at just $32. Pass Members can purchase an exclusive 15-item sampler for the same price as a 12-item sampler. Guests can upgrade their Food & Wine experience by sampling four delicious offerings at the bourbon, gin, and tequila tastings. A returning favorite, guests can learn all about the unique flavors and the perfect food pairings with the guidance of an expert at these tempting-tastings.
New in 2020, guests can concoct their own mix of samples of liquors and wines at Pick- A-Barrel tasting where they can create their own flight.
The Food & Wine Festival line-up reflects musical genres of all tastes – from nostalgic bands to modern favorite.Fans can book the ultimate festival experience with one of two exclusive VIP packages available for each act, including reserved concert seating and a 5-item Food & Wine Festival Sampler Lanyard. NEW for 2020, upgrade to the ultimate concert-goer experience with Unlimited Food & Wine Festival VIP Seating which includes VIP seating for EVERY concert of our 2020 Festival! Feb. 28: Pass Member & Fun Card holder exclusive preview with Eaglemania: TheWorld’s Greatest Eagles Tribute Band!”
This exclusive event is available ONLY to Pass Members to preview the all-new menu of sips and samples at the 6th Annual Food & Wine Festival. In additional to the first-taste of the festival, experience Eaglemania, and end your Friday with fireworks!
Visit buschgardenstampa.com to learn more or purchase your Annual Pass to gain access to this VIP opportunity!
Feb 29: Collective Soul
March 1: The Commodores
March 7: NEW! Chase Bryant & Danielle Bradbery
March 8: NEW! Rachel Platten
March 14: Ezra Ray Hart
March 15: NEW! THREE DOG NIGHT
March 21: NEW! LOCASH
March 22: NEW! Fitz & the Tantrums
March 28: NEW! Home Free
March 29: NEW! Taking Back Sunday
April 4: Third Eye Blind
April 5: KC & The Sunshine Band
April 11: NEW! 38 Special
April 12: NEW! Micah Tyler & Austin French
April 18: NEW! Lee Brice
April 19: NEW! Clint Black
April 25: El Gran Combo
April 26: NEW! Toad the Wet Sprocket & The Verve Pipe
The best value to visit Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival and year-round events is with an Annual Pass – with perks like free parking, discounts on merchandise, and even unique animal encounters – visit BuschGardensTampa.com to learn more and to get your Annual Pass for 12 months of unlimited visits!
Busch Gardens has something for everyone with two NEW thrills launching in spring 2020. Thrill seekers can take on Iron Gwazi, North America’s TALLEST hybrid coaster and the FASTEST and STEEPEST hybrid coaster in the world. At Adventure Island this season, guests can spin and splash on Solar Vortex, America’s FIRST DUAL TAILSPIN waterslide.