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2024 SeaWorld Orlando Seven Seas Food Festival: REVIEW


SeaWorld Orlando, renowned for its year-round festivals, welcomes the 2024 edition of one of Orlando’s premier theme park food events – SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival. This year’s celebration features unique culinary stations inspired by cultures from around the world and live performances from hit artists. The event occurs on select dates through May 19 and is included with general admission to the park, which can purchased at a discounted rate with your trusted friends at Orlando Informer.

SeaWorld's Seven Seas Food Festival
SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival

With so many returning favorites and new items, we’re here as your time-honored resource with our favorites and some tips about how to get the best experience.

Seven Seas Food & Beverage Sampler Lanyard

We suggest purchasing a sampler lanyard to maximize your Seven Seas Food Festival trip while maintaining a budget. This option is highly recommended for those who wish to sample a wide range of offerings within their budgetary constraints and appetitive limits.

A lanyard for 10 samples costs only $70, and $85 for 15 samples. The sampler lanyard is valid at every station, making each item’s price between $5.66 and $7.00. As an important reminder, there is a difference in serving portions between the sampler lanyard and purchasing a la carte. However, it’s still an excellent deal considering the savings and variety.

As we come to our review, our recommendations are listed in ascending order of food and beverage stations following the map for your convenience. They consist of our top choices for must-tries, and there are quite a few! We have rated these offerings on quality, quantity, and worthiness of your hard-earned dollar. Of course, while following our directions, you can also add in a couple of stops along the way of your choice.

On that note, let’s get into it!

French Market

Duck Confit

Duck Confit at SeaWorld's Seven Seas Food Festival
Duck Confit at SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival

As a fan of Duck, this plate certainly stood out, considering that you don’t often find a duck entree in a theme park. The meat itself is tender, with nicely crisped skin. It also has a good fattiness, adding a creamy texture to the carrots, celery, and beans it’s paired with. The inclusion of the vegetable medley also elevates the dish to resemble a complete meal.

Sweet Sips

Passionate Cupcake

Passionate Cupcake at SeaWorld's Seven Seas Food Festival
Passionate Cupcake at SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival

Sweet Sips is a popular station with plenty of returning favorites. New this year is the Passionate Cupcake. Much like the station’s other selections, this adult cupcake is enough for two to share and worthy of the asking price. The base has a nice density and is very passionfruit-forward in flavor. The whipped mousse topping has a gentle but notable peach schnapps taste, reminding guests that this is very much an adult selection.

Overall, the Passionate Cupcake has an excellent flavor and stands as the best new dessert at the festival this year.

Irish Market

Bangers and Mash

Bangers and Mash at SeaWorld's Seven Seas Food Festival
Bangers and Mash at SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival

As a fan of authentic bangers and mash, you can’t beat the real thing. With that out of the way, SeaWorld’s bangers and mash come in a close second.

While the dish does not prominently feature Guinness in its flavor profile, the essence is still present and works in the overall concept. The sausage is notable for its excellent texture and thorough smoking, while the mashed potatoes exhibit a delightfully whipped consistency, serving as a tasty complement to both the sausage and the gravy. Additionally, the inclusion of peas introduces a welcome touch of freshness, contributing to a well-rounded dish. The portion is also generous for the price, making it a great “bang” for your buck.

Asian Market

Elderflower Mule

Elderflower Mule at SeaWorld's Seven Seas Food Festival
Elderflower Mule at SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival

This cocktail is one of the best I’ve had at this event over the years. While ginger beer can be a divisive ingredient, it’s nicely rounded out by the elderflower liquor. Both allow it to stand out as a refreshing drink that tantalizes the senses due to the ginger beer’s natural traits. I’ll also add that it’s dangerously delicious, as you can barely taste its potency. I’d place this at the top of anyone’s list of worthwhile drinks for your visit to SeaWorld during this event.

Concerts at Seven Seas Food Festival

On top of the incredible culinary spread at SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival, the event also includes amazing concerts as part of your experience. The live performances occur every Saturday and Sunday during the festival and feature artists across various genres, like Ludacris, Gloria Gaynor, Hoobastank, and more. Guests wanting to include a show of this type in their visit will want to arrive early as Bayside Stadium can fill quickly. Of course, the more popular the headliner, the greater the priority, so we suggest treating this as you would a parade.

SeaWorld Orlando offers nifty concert upgrades for guests’ convenience, like Reserved Stadium, Floor, and Premium Seating. These are excellent options for anyone wanting to avoid the crowds and simply enjoy the show of their choosing. The seating upgrades range from $35.99 plus tax for Stadium Seating to $64.99 plus tax for Premium Seating. Each can vary daily and is dependant on the artist, so be sure to check the site if this is an interest for you.

SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival is happening now! Anyone wanting to attend can purchase discounted admission from Orlando Informer! You can also discuss vacation planning with our SeaWorld Community on Facebook!


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About Sean Pagnotti

Sean is an Orlando geek of most trades. Growing up with the theme parks as his backyard, he developed a passion not just for the industry, but also for helping others get their best experience from the city. Aside from travelling annually with his wife, Sean can be found sketching in his drawing book, crafting the next cocktail from his bar, and binge-watching his favorite shows.