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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Food and Wine Festival Returns for 2021


As Mardi Gras festivities draw to a close at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, the next seasonal event has appeared on the horizon – the park’s renowned Food and Wine Festival. This annual celebration of flavor and fun will return in full bloom this spring, welcoming guests every weekend from February 20 to April 25 with limited capacity. With over 110 menu items to explore, including mouth-watering favorites such as bison sliders and slowly smoked beef brisket, you’ll have an abundance of delicious selections from all over the world to satisfy you. Plus, if you’re craving something enticingly unique, there will be 22 new culinary additions making their debut!

More interested in beverages than bites? You’re in luck! Alongside this year’s delectable dishes will be over 50 different wines, beers, and seltzers to try, from local brews and vineyards to the top picks from across the globe. Or, if a refreshing cocktail is more your style, you’ll have 20+ hand-crafted mixologist recipes to choose from, such as the Falcon’s Fury Lemon Drop with Milagro Tequila or Cutwater frozen margarita popsicles.

Of course, we can’t forget to mention some of the dreamy desserts you’ll be able to find. Have you ever tasted a maple bacon cinnamon roll? How about a sangria cupcake? Or bourbon bread pudding? If not, now is your chance! These creative twists on classic treats are the perfect way to complement your tasting adventure through the park.

Just in case your stomach isn’t growling yet, we have a few of our most-anticipated menu highlights to show you below:

Chicken Biscuit with Bourbon Blackberry Jam

A savory Southern classic with a sweet twist

Lobster White Cheddar KRAFT Mac ‘n Cheese

Lobster mac and cheese is just one of 22 new dishes to feast upon

Five-spice Duck Lettuce Wraps with Asian Pear Coleslaw and Plum Sauce Drizzle

These exotic flavors pair beautifully with a glass of red wine

Oh, and one more thing – you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite food and wine samples to the beat of live music! Concerts, which are included with theme-park admission, will take place at the Festival Field on select dates in March and April. While acts are yet to be announced, nationally recognized bands are expected to make an appearance. Additionally, guests can experience local bands and artists at the Coke Canopy stage beginning February 20, where open-air, socially distanced seating is available.

Which dishes and drinks are you most excited to devour? Be sure to share your foodie bucket list in our Orlando Informer Community on Facebook – and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram to feast on the latest announcements and updates.


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About Xandra Hardigree

Having grown up with Universal and Disney in her backyard, Xandra developed her love for theme parks at a very young age and has regarded them as her second home ever since. While gaining work experience in the tourism and hospitality industry, she realized her passion for using social media to share her adventures with the world. Today, she continues pursuing her career in both writing and creating digital content based on Orlando’s thrills. Her hobbies include yoga, photography, playing tourist in her own city, and obsessing over Halloween Horror Nights.