Busch Gardens Food And Wine Festival 2022
A world of taste awaits at the annual Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival. With a delicious menu and drinks as dynamic and unique as the park’s thrilling roller coaster collection.
Sip And Savor!
Guests can sip & savor their way through flavorful eats and mouthwatering treats before finding their new favorite brew or cocktail. With more than 20 delicious NEW dishes to pair with wines, craft brews and cocktails. Park guests can explore a variety of flavors while enjoying a diverse concert lineup, including acts for all tastes. The Food & Wine Festival runs Fridays through Sundays from March 11 to May 22 and is included with admission to the park.
There are 20 new dishes among more than 90 offerings that are paired with wines, craft brews and creative cocktails. They are offered in 16 culinary cabins that are set up around the park. Mostly in the Gwazi Park area, and open from noon to park closing on weekends through May 22.
Food items run $6.99 to $10.99, and wine and cocktails are $8.99 to $13.99. A 10-sample lanyard starts at $65, for food and samples of wine or cocktails. Note that for cocktails, you will be given about half of what you’d get for full price. But you get a full food portion using the sampler lanyard. The food portions are fairly generous and shareable.
Snoop’s Cali Red!
Snoop Dog’s Cali Red, a bold fruity red wine from his 19 Crimes label, is offered as a pairing with braised short ribs at the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival. On that label and also offered at the Southern Kitchen kiosk is a wine by Snoop’s friend Martha Stewart.
Some foods are new and some entrees are “re-imagined,” such as the Southern Kitchen’s Jack Daniel’s Tennessee BBQ Short Ribs. That are served on a jalapeno cheddar corn muffin top with barbecue sauce, pickles and fried onions. It was very tasty, but even more intriguing was that the suggested pairing was Snoop Dogg’s Cali Red, a bold fruity red wine from his 19 Crimes label. Also, on that label and also offered at the Southern Kitchen kiosk is a wine by Snoop’s bestie Martha Stewart. Her 19 Crimes brand chardonnay is paired with Cajun Garlic Shrimp and Grits.
Three new cocktails celebrate the newly opened coaster Iron Gwazi. They sell for $13.99 each and show a lot of creativity. The most popular among those around me on a recent media preview was the Iron Gwazi Fizz, a light, refreshing drink made with Hendrick’s gin, lavender, lemonade, grenadine, blue curacao, and club soda. Hybrid Heat, named for Iron Gazi’s record as North America’s tallest hybrid coaster, is made with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Disaronno almond liqueur and Coca-Cola.
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