Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival 2017

The 2nd Annual Food & Wine Festival at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has arrived. Last year I was thrilled when Busch Gardens announced its inception. As a season pass holder, I was thrilled to have another great reason to visit the park. Well, that and I am a big time foodie.

 

I ended up going to the Food & Wine Festival at Busch Gardens last year on a whim. It was a first date and we had a blast. As an attendee at the Food & Wine Festival, you can not only enjoy the normal attractions at the park but you also get to enjoy the delicious food and drink being featured along with the nightly concerts.  We took full advantage of all the park had to offer and we stayed for the entire day. Needless to say, this event provided great memories for me and I could not wait for this year.

 

I was fortunate to be invited as a guest of Busch Gardens courtesy of the Tampa Bay Bloggers to the VIP Tasting Event for this year’s Food & Wine Festival.

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We did not sample all of the featured items on the Food & Wine Menu, as there are more than 40 food items, 65 fine wines, and 70 craft brews.  See pictures of the food and drink we sampled below.

 

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For your tasting experience, you can purchase a passport which includes 5, 8 or 12 punches. If you are a foodie like me who will want to taste several of the menu items, I suggest the 12 punch card which is $54.99. I also think this is the best deal if you are enjoying the day with friends or significant other.  At just $4.58 per sample, this is an affordable way to enjoy the tastes of the Food & Wine Festival at Busch Gardens.

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The Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival is on Saturdays & Sundays March 4 through April 30. The Festival area is open from noon to 9 p.m. and headlining concerts start at 7 p.m.

The concerts span all of the musical genres and make for a great way to conclude an evening of fun, food, and adventure at the theme park.

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21 Comments

  1. March 17, 2017 / 1:12 PM

    Wow! I have been wanting to attend a food and wine festival forever. Everything looks so good!

    • Tia
      March 18, 2017 / 3:31 PM

      Yes I want to attend the SOBE and NY Food & Wine festivals soon.

  2. March 17, 2017 / 3:16 PM

    The thought that you enjoy what you are doing with the perks of delicious food and drink being featured is amazing. This is a great experience!

    • Tia
      March 18, 2017 / 3:30 PM

      I agree! It certainly is a blessing to be able to enjoy foodie events in the city given how much I truly love food.

  3. March 17, 2017 / 3:54 PM

    This sounds like fun and very affordable. In NY they have something similar but for barbecue. It’s one of the best activities of the summer.

    • Tia
      March 18, 2017 / 3:29 PM

      I would love to attend a BBQ tasting event. Can’t wait to see your pictures if you go this year.

  4. March 17, 2017 / 5:17 PM

    Looks like a great event. Those are some mouth-watering images. Great photography!

    • Tia
      March 18, 2017 / 3:28 PM

      Thank you! It was an awesome event.

  5. March 17, 2017 / 11:59 PM

    Looks like you had a blast! I’d be full and probably a little tipsy by time I left an event like this lol. Thanks for sharing!

    • Tia
      March 18, 2017 / 3:27 PM

      I was stuffed! And yes drink up if you have someone designated to drive.

  6. March 18, 2017 / 1:52 PM

    Looks so cool. I haven’t been to Busch gardens in years.

  7. March 19, 2017 / 11:01 AM

    Food and wine, this is my kind of event. I wonder if they have that at the Virginia location. The food looks delicious.

    • Tia
      March 20, 2017 / 12:27 AM

      Yes it appears Busch Gardens in Williamsburg is also having the Food & Wine Festival. I cannot wait to see your pictures if you go.

  8. March 19, 2017 / 4:11 PM

    I am SOLD! I really want to attend a wine festival this year. Food would be cool too, but definitely the wine part! lol

    • Tia
      March 20, 2017 / 12:23 AM

      Ha! We could hang out because I want all of the food and you can have all of the wine.

  9. March 19, 2017 / 11:03 PM

    Great pics! Man that food looks good! I’d be all over that bacon mac, desserts and wine. I absolutely love food & wine festivals. I really need to start photographing my foodie experiences more.

    • Tia
      March 20, 2017 / 12:23 AM

      Desserts are my weakness! I am truly a sweet fiend.

  10. March 20, 2017 / 8:33 AM

    Now this is right up my alley. I would go and not want to leave at all. Bacon mac is my jam.

    • Tia
      March 20, 2017 / 10:15 AM

      I felt the same. I just wanted to stay and eat all night.

  11. March 20, 2017 / 10:38 PM

    I have heard of Busch Gardens but have never been! Ive never been to a food tasting festival but i would love to go the food looks good!

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