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Food And Wine Festival Returns To Busch Gardens Tampa

Updated: Mar 16, 2022

Here at Gotta Go Orlando we love our theme park festivals, and we're delighted its almost time for the annual Food and Wine Festival to return to Busch Gardens Tampa. This popular event returns again for 2022 with its longest run yet, starting on March 11 and running all the way through May 22.



This year’s Food and Wine Festival includes over 90 chef and mixologist food and drink items inspired by cultures from around the world.


Plus returning this year is the ever popular weekend concert series, 2022 sees an amazing 22 concerts over 11 weekends.


Admission to the Food and Wine Festival, including the concerts are included with regular park admission, although VIP seating for the concerts is available at an additional cost.


New this year, guests can indulge in savory bites like Hawaiian BBQ pork with coconut jasmine rice and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos elote street corn. Complimenting your meal are signature cocktails like the Iron Gwazi Fizz or frozen watermelon margaritas, a selection of more than 40 wines and beers – this year’s menu offers an endless variety of flavors to sip and savor. The Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival also includes non-alcoholic beverages such as the new Gwazi snow cones with unique flavors like black raspberry and cotton candy.


As in previous years, sampler lanyards will be available for purchase in 10 and 15 punch increments. We definitely recommend purchasing a lanyard as you can get a lot of eats and treats for your money. We would suggest using your punches for the higher priced menu items and using cash for non-alcoholic beverages to get the most value out of your sampler lanyard.


Oh and the icing on the Food and Wine Festivals cake is that on the day the festival opens, March 11, Iron Gwazi, the parks newest roller coaster officially opens!



Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival Booths

Tempt your taste buds like never before with more than 20 NEW delicious dishes to pair with wines, craft brews and cocktail.


Food & Wine Festival Culinary Cabins are open on event dates from 12:00 p.m. - Park Close


Let’s take a quick look at what each food and beverage booth will offer:



Coaster Cocktails

  • Iron Gwazi Fizz – Hendrick’s Gin, Lavender, Lemonade, Grenadine, Blue Curacao, Soda

  • Hybrid Heat – Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Disaronno, Coca-Cola

  • The 91° Drop – Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Melon Liqueur, Triple Sec, Lemonade



Napa Nook

  • Dark Chocolate Truffle Tart – Wild Raspberries, Whipped Topping

  • Ca’ Momi Chardonnay

  • Oberon Merlot

  • Scattered Peaks Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Chardon Brut

  • Mumm Sparkling Rose



Seasonally Inspired

  • Impossible Mini Avocado Slider – With Smashed Avocado, Roasted Garlic Aioli on a Brioche Bun

  • Sour Orange Glazed Burnt Ends Pork Belly Bites – With Sweet Plantains, Toasted Sesame & Scallions

  • Toasted Coconut Lemon Cheesecake Mousse with Mint & Blueberries


Southern Kitchen

  • Braised Rib Slider – Served on a Jalapeno Cheddar Corn Muffin with Jack Daniels Whiskey Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce, B&B Pickles, & Fried Onions

  • Cajun Garlic Shrimp & Grits – With Smoked Cheddar & Tasso Ham

  • Bavarian Fruit Punch Trifle – With Vanilla Cake, Banana Pudding, Pineapple, Wild Cherries, Toasted Coconut and Whipped Topping


Vino Vidi Vici

  • La Perlina Moscato

  • Borgo Scopeto Chianti

  • Allegrini Valpolicella

  • Peroni Italian Beer


All American Eats

  • Game Time!!! Mini Bison Cheeseburger – With Wild Blackberry Preserve, Pinot Noir Caramelized Onions & Midnight Blue

  • Creamy Lobster White Cheddar KRAFT Mac ‘n’ Cheese – With Lobster Bisque & Lobster

  • 24K Double Chocolate Whoopie Pie – Marshmallow Cream, Chocolate Drizzle, Chocolate Pearls


Springs Creamery

  • Brownie Fundae!!! – With Madagascar Vanilla Ice Cream, Chocolate Fudge, Caramel, Whipped Topping, Shaved Chocolate & Macerated Cherries

  • Chocolate Cookie Waffle Cone – With Oreo Cookie Crumbs, Chocolate Drizzle, Sprinkles & Whipped Topping

  • Sangria Float – With Madagascar Vanilla Ice Cream, Club Soda, Brandy Cherries & Edible Flowers




West Coast Catch

  • Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Elote Street Corn – with Avocado Lime Crema, Tajin & Cotija

  • Harvest Chipotle BBQ Shrimp Tacos – with Creamy Ranch Slaw, Pipian Sauce & Cotija

  • Orange Flan


Pepin Garden (Garden Gate Cafe)

  • Bud Light

  • Corona

  • Michelob Ultra

  • Estrella Damm

  • TBBC Reef Donkey APA

  • 3 Daughters Beach Blonde Ale

  • Piña Colada – Flor De Caña Rum, Coconut Créme, Pineapple

  • Strawberry Daiquiri – Flor De Cana Rum, Fresh Strawberries

  • Tampa Vice – Flor De Caña Rum, Blend of Piña Colada & Daiquiri

  • Frozen Watermelon Margarita – Milagro Tequila, Watermelon, Lime

  • Frozen Stingray – Tito’s Handmade Texas Vodka, Melon Liqueur, Pineapple, Coconut, Lime


Tastings


Bourbons:

  • Elijah Craig

  • Angels Envy

  • Horse Solider

  • Ammunition

Wine Flight:

  • Ca’Momi Chardonnay

  • Notorious Pink Grenache Rose

  • Intercept Pinot Noir

  • 3 Finger Jack Rum Barrel Aged Red Blend


Xcursions Cupcakes

  • Black Berry Pinot Noir

  • Orange Creamsicle

  • Strawberry Short Cake

  • Havana (Guava & Cream Cheese)


NOLA Sweets

  • Bourbon Pecan Pie – With Sea Salt Caramel Drizzle & Whipped Topping

  • Banana Foster Beignets – With Bourbon Chocolate Sauce & Whipped Topping (we LOVED this offering during the Mardi Gras event and glad to see it stick around for Food and Wine)


Hurricanes

  • Frozen Traditional Hurricane

  • Iced Traditional Hurricane

  • Mango Passionfruit Hurricane


NOLA Eats

  • Beer Battered Shrimp Po’Boy – With Lettuce & Lemon Cajun Remoulade

  • Buffalo Chicken Po’boy – With Lettuce, Blue Cheese & Ranch Dressing

  • Jockamo Juicy IPA

  • Smoked Bloody Mary


Yuengling Butcher

  • Urban Duck Fries – With Duck Confit, Parmesan Cheese, Fresh Herbs & Roasted Garlic Aioli

  • New Hawaiian BBQ Pulled Pork – With Coconut Jasmine Rice, Pineapple Serrano Relish & Cilantro

  • Yuengling beer

  • Yuengling Flight Light Lager


Gwazi Field Spirits

  • Puffin Punch – Tito’s Vodka, Watermelon Juice, Lavender Syrup, Lime

  • Monkey Around – Monkey Shoulder Whiskey, Amaretto, Coconut Cream, Pineapple & Orange Juices

  • Honey Bee Hurricane – Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, Passion Fruit Puree, Monin Hibiscus syrup, Lemon

  • Montu Margarita – Milagro Tequila, Monin Blueberry Syrup, Pineapple Juice, Citrus Sour

  • Lion’s Lemonade – Hendrick’s Gin, Lemonade, Sparkling Water



Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival Entertainment

This year’s concert lineup features acts ranging from nostalgic bands to national headliners – there’s a little something for all musical tastes! Let’s take a look at who will be performing.


  • March 11 – Sean Paul

  • March 12 – American Authors

  • March 13 – Boyce Avenue

  • March 19 – 38 Special

  • March 20 – Chris Lane

  • March 26 – Scott Stapp

  • March 27 – The Purple Xperience: Prince Tribute

  • April 2 – Rodney Atkins

  • April 3 – Air Supply

  • April 9 – Coming Soon

  • April 10- Chris Janson

  • April 16 – Fleetwood Max: Fleetwood Mac Tribute

  • April 17 – Hotel California: Eagles Tribute

  • April 23 – Kansas

  • April 24 – Clint Black

  • April 30 – 3 Doors Down

  • May 1 – Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute (Beatles Tribute)

  • May 6 – Latin Explosion: Selena, Santana & Gloria Estefan Tribute

  • May 7 – Jenny and the Mexicats

  • May 8 – Grupo Cañaveral de Humberto Pabón

  • May 14 – Jerry Riveria

  • May 15 – Gente de Zona

  • May 21 – Coming Soon

  • May 22 – Tito Nieves



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