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March 3, 2018
A Wildly Good Time: Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival
By Rosie Raggio, for TampaBayDateNightGuide.com
If you’ve been in Tampa, for a while, or even if you haven’t, it’s pretty much a sure thing that you’ve heard about Busch Gardens. Chances are, you’ve been to the famous theme park or one of its many events. But if you haven’t, never fear! One of Busch Gardens most loved events is coming back soon for its fourth year! Get ready for the Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival for a day full of roller coasters, concerts, shows, food and much more!
The Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival runs Saturdays and Sundays from March 3 through April 29 and is included with passes, Fun Cards or daily admission into the park.
This is a food and wine festival, so be prepared for an abundance of good food and even better wine. This year Busch Gardens has 13 different food cabins with 40+ food items, over 65 fine wines, more than 50 craft beers, and many featured cocktails. You can experience all these tasty treats in a few ways. At each cabin, you can purchase whatever items you want. Or, you can purchase a sampler lanyard for 5, 8, 12 or 15 samples of any food or beverage. Remember, the sampler lanyards are only valid at festival locations!
Some of the cabins you’ll see are Chef’s Plantation, Gourmet Lodge, Savory Tavern, Southern Station and many more.
One of the most popular stops on preview night were the wine, tequila and bourbon tasting bars! You’ll not only get to taste different brands of each beverage, but you’ll learn about the history, creation and notes of each one from the experts at Busch Gardens!
On Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 6pm, you and your significant other can enjoy a date at one of the Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival concerts! Artists range from pop to Latin to country and more, depending on the day. Acts change each day, so you can choose which artists are your favorites and go then. These concerts are included with every pass or daily admission to the park.
Love the bourbon or tequila you sampled during a tasting? Take a bottle home! Busch Gardens will even send it to the front gate so you can take it with you before you go and not have to worry about taking the bag with you throughout the night. There are several small booths among the culinary cabins where you can pick up gifts and more! We spotted some great merchandise in the Xcursions building! Check it out:
Just because the Food and Wine Festival is starting doesn’t mean you have to miss out on enjoying everything Busch Gardens has to offer on a normal basis! You can ride one of Busch Gardens famous attractions, from the old time favorite, Montu, to newer rides like Falcon’s Fury and Cheetah Hunt.
There is also food throughout the park, whether you prefer a big restaurant like Zagora Cafe or a smaller pit stop, like one of the mobile carts. And, of course, Busch Gardens has shows galore for you to enjoy! Head to Stanley Theater, the Moroccan Palace, and more for daily shows. Busch Gardens is also a zoological experience so don’t forget to check out the many animal exhibits while you’re there!
Learn more: buschgardens.com/tampa
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