I’m so excited that Tampa’s premier spring festival returns on Saturday, March 16! Plan to visit the Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival, with more than 35 delicious dishes to pair with over 100 wines, craft brews and cocktails, park guests can explore a variety of flavors while enjoying a diverse concert line-up, including acts for all tastes. This is one of our favorite events to attend at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. The Food & Wine Festival runs weekends from March 16 to April 28 and is included with admission to the park.
In addition to returning fan-favorites, this year’s menu boasts many daring new flavors inspired by cuisines around the country. Guests can begin their culinary road trip with grilled lamb chops featuring a 15-year balsamic drizzle from northern California. Foodies can’t miss mouthwatering Tex-Mex classics like chorizo queso fundido with sweet onions and shishito peppers or grilled elote – the park’s spin on Mexican street corn featuring cotija cheese and lime crema. Island delights feature flavors of paradise with Hawaiian-inspired delicacies including a dreamy pineapple upside down cake or Kona-crusted filet mignon with Maui onion butter. Nostalgic guests can even take a trip down memory lane with a visit to the 60th Anniversary cabin, featuring recipes inspired by historical Busch Gardens’ treats and snacks from decades gone by.
The best way to savor and save on everything the festival has to offer is with a Food & Wine Festival Sampler. Guests can purchase a 5, 8 or 12-item sampler lanyard to use at each festival cabin to explore sample-sized dishes and drink offerings with ease. Pass Members can purchase an exclusive 15-item sampler for the same price as a 12-item sampler.
Enjoy All-Star Performances at Live Concerts
From country and rock to R&B, the Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival line-up reflects musical genres of all tastes. Fans can book the ultimate festival experience with one of two exclusive VIP packages available for each act, including reserved concert seating and a Sampler Lanyard. Concert headliners include:
Saturday, March 16, 2019 Daughtry
Sunday, March 17, 2019 The Band Perry
Saturday, March 23, 2019 3 Doors Down
Sunday, March 24, 2019 Blue Rodeo, Kathleen Edwards and Fred Eaglesmith featuring Tif Ginn
Saturday, March 30, 2019 Justin Moore
Sunday, March 31, 2019 El Gran Combo
Saturday, April 06, 2019 To Be Announced
Sunday, April 07, 2019 Josh Turner
Saturday, April 13, 2019 Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Sunday, April 14, 2019 Boyz II Men
Friday, April 19, 2019 Edwin McCain and Vertical Horizon
Saturday, April 20, 2019 Hunter Hayes and Levi Hummon
Sunday, April 21, 2019 Mat Kearney
Saturday, April 27, 2019 Walk Off the Earth
Sunday, April 28, 2019 Foreigner
For more information about the 5th Annual Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival and to learn about all of the exciting events, new shows, rides, and memory-making experiences visit BuschGardensTampa.com.