We checked out the new limited capacity FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL event at Busch Gardens Williamsburg! Check out the sights, sounds, and tastes of this year’s event, as well as a peek of the signage for Pantheon, opening later in 2021.
Here’s our experience at this year’s event!
More information about this year’s Food and Wine Festival:
This spring, NEW flavors are in bloom at Busch Gardens with the return of the park’s fan-favorite Food & Wine Festival starting Friday, April 2! With enhanced health and safety measures, including limited capacity, reservations, increased cleaning and sanitation, temperature checks, and face covering requirements,guests are invited to take their taste buds on a one-of-a-kind adventure through 11 internationally inspired food and beverage kiosks as they sample tasty treats, including NEW unique dishes and specialty beverages.
This year’s menu features more than 25 festival favorites and fresh twists on classic cuisines from around the world that pair perfectly with more than 75 wines, brews, and cocktails. And, for the first time in over a year, more than 100 acres of the park is open for guests to explore all 10 European villages and experience some of their favorite coasters, rides, and live entertainment!
Try food and beverage items not normally served at the Williamsburg theme park! This festival will take guests on a savory, sweet and scrumptious culinary trip through Virginia; Mexico; Hawaii; Brazil; Jamaica; South Korea; Italy and the Mediterranean. To complement the dishes, an array of specialty beverages, such as the all-new Honeybee Hurricane, the Manta Margarita, and a variety of refreshing Sangria choices, will be available.
There are many tasty reasons to come back week after week:
- ALL-NEW savory dishes like Spam Musubi with sushi rice, Chicken Bulgogi and Chicken & Andouille Gumbo are sure to satisfy taste buds. With over 25 fresh global cuisine offerings, guests can also enjoy many returning fan favorites like tuna poke, bacon and cheddar hushpuppies, Churrasco grilled beef and local she-crab soup.
- Savory sliders, Muffaletta, and more: Try sharable dishes like Jamaican jerk chicken sliders and Gamba fritters. Taste New Orleans flavors like Muffaletta, or Ham and Pineapple Mac and Cheeseinspired by the Hawaiian Islands.
- Sinfully sweet eats: From pineapple coconut mousse, Beignets, honey and cinnamon Loukoumades, Horchata and more, there’s something to satisfy any sweet tooth.
- ALL-NEW cocktails like the Dark & Stormy with Myers® spiced rum, Ouzo Lemonade and Rumchata, or NEW non-alcoholic options like Chocolate or Vanilla Banana Milk will provide plenty of options for guests to choose from. With more than 75 refreshing cocktails, wines, beers, seltzers and non-alcoholic specialty beverages for all tastes, it’s easy to find the perfect beverage pairing to complement this year’s festival menu.
- Then, take a tasting tour of vineyards and breweries from around the Commonwealth, country, and globe without leaving Williamsburg. Enjoy signature brews on tap from Virginia Brewing Company, 2 Silos Brewing Co.®, Caiseal Beer & Spirits and Kona Brewing Company®, and a variety of hard seltzers flavors from Cutwater® spirits.
Enjoy the Best of the Food & Wine Festival with a Sampler
The best way for guests to savor and save on their favorite dishes and drinks at this year’s Food & Wine Festival is with a sampler card. Guests can purchase 10 or 15 item samplers to use at each food and beverage kiosk to explore dishes and drink offerings with ease starting at just $49 for a 10-item sampler. Visit buschgardens.com/williamsburg/events/food-and-wine-festival/ to view the full festival menu.
Best Way to Play
For only $98.99, guests can buy a Busch Gardens Fun Card, a get Water Country USA for FREE – this offer ends March 21.
Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival single-day event admission starts at only $39.99. For the best admission option, guests can lock in an entire year of fun with a new 2021 Membership for as low as $11.25 per month with no down payment. Members receive 12 months of unlimited visitation and amazing park benefits and rewards such as FREE parking, up to 50 percent discount on in-park merchandise, up to 20 percent discount on dining, FREE guest tickets, and so much more. Admission to the Food & Wine Festival is included for active Members, Annual Pass and Fun Card holders. Visit www.buschgardens.com/williamsburg/tickets/reservations/ for a complete list of rides, attractions, event activities, and to make reservations.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg is committed to the health and safety of our guests, employees, and the animals in our care. The park has worked diligently with state and local health officials, outside consultants and attraction industry leaders to enhance our already strict health, safety and cleanliness standards. These protocols and guidelines will be modified based on evolving industry standards and methodologies, public health, and governmental directives, and advancing scientific knowledge on the transmissibility of COVID-19. For detailed information about the measures that guests can expect when visiting the park, including key operational changes, visit Buschgardens.com/williamsburg/park-info/park-safety/.
About Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Busch Gardens® Williamsburg is an action-packed European-themed adventure park with 17th-century charm and 21st-century technology, boasting more than 100 acres of family fun. Home to top-rated roller coasters including the all-new Pantheon®, the world’s fastest multi-launch coaster coming in 2021, more than 50 rides and attractions, live stage shows, monthly special events and delicious culinary experiences. Busch Gardens has been voted the “World’s Most Beautiful Amusement Park” every year since 1990. For more information, visit BuschGardens.com/williamsburg. Busch Gardens is owned by SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS), a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped more than 38,000 animals in need over the Company’s history.