Guests brought their appetites over the weekend to Busch Gardens for the opening of the second annual Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival. The festival runs weekends through June 29 and features 14 tasting kiosks with 55 menu items that can only be sampled during the event. The festival also offers over 71 varieties of wine, beer and specialty cocktails.
“With the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival, we’re pleased to offer our guests unique culinary experiences that are a treat for the senses,” said Busch Gardens Executive Chef Justin Watson.
The park added Caribbean and American Southwest tasting stations to the festival this year based on feedback received by the park’s Facebook fans. Guests can sample regionally inspired cuisine like gamba fritters and jerk chicken in the brightly colored Caribbean kiosk or sonoran spice pork and chocolate lava cake in the adobe-themed American Southwest tasting station.
“Thanks to our Facebook fans, our new Caribbean and American Southwest kiosks bring new flavors from entirely different parts of the world to this international culinary festival,” said Vice President of Culinary Operations Franz Kitenko.
This year, Busch Gardens extended the festival an additional two weekends so guests have more time to stroll through the park and sample the internationally inspired cuisine. Cultural hosts are on hand at each kiosk to provide background information on the cultures represented at the festival. Busch Gardens makes sampling simple with a cashless wristband. Guests can link a cashless wristband to a credit card to make purchases throughout the day. This convenient payment system can be used while touring the food and wine festival kiosks The Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through June 29.
For more information, visitwww.buschgardens.com/