It’s back! It’s finally back! The Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival kicked off on Friday, and I got the privilege to sample some of their new offerings, and favorites from the past 2 years. I can’t get enough. I’m not even kidding.
This year, Busch Gardens has expanded their offerings of delicious foods and drinks from all over the world to two new experiences- the amazingly themed Asia kiosk, and the French Quarter, along with all of the favorites of the past two years. There is so much to eat that not even I could fit it all in my belly!
If you don’t believe the above two statements- allow me to take you on my journey pigging out around the world via pictures!
Our first stop was a brand new experience this year in Scotland- a scotch tasting, of course! Three 15 year old sing malt scotches straight from Scotland (say that three times fast!)
Let me just say, I’m not a scotch girl, but it made me feel pretty fancy to be learning about, sniffing, and sipping fancy scotches!
HAHA! Now that we were nice and warm, we made our way over to the brand new Asia kiosk to sample their offerings. Let me just tell you- one of my children ate these dishes and said “I never knew vegetables could taste SO good!”
Pretty sure we need to put that on a plaque and plaster it on the outside of the kiosk.
Third was my personal favorite of the kiosk- the Mushi-Gyoza- Japanese style steamed chicken dumplings with citrus ponzu sauce. That ponzu sauce… I’d marry it if I could!
After that, we sipped on Thai Tea (SO good) and were served an amazingly refreshing Ginger-Lemongrass Custard that was so yummy I accidentally ate it before I remembered to photograph it. Oops! Trust me, you are going to want to make an extended stop at this new kiosk. And every kiosk. Basically, you’re going to want to move in.
From there, we were on our own to explore and taste and enjoy-and oh man, did we! My waistline might not agree, but my tummy sure does!
Here are some of my favorites from the rest of our day:
One stop we absolutely HAD to make was at the Caribbean kiosk for the Gamba Fritters(Caribbean fried shrimp dumplings with Pickapeppa dip). I could live off of these things. Seriously. Just bring in a wheelbarrow and prepare to roll me out.
From there, it was off to the brand new French Quarter! I think I gained 20 pounds from this kiosk alone. We ordered the Chicken & Andouille Gumbo (Creole spiced stew with shredded chicken and spicy sausage over rice) and the decadent Bananas Foster Cheesecake. We will definitely be stopping there again!
Now that we were sufficiently stuffed- it’s important to note that the food is NOT the only thing to check out! They also have some pretty amazing displays called “The Art of Food”- the boys’ favorite was the sea-themed exhibit, made out of jellybeans and rice krispies. Amazing!
To end our fabulous day sampling tasty treats from all over the world, we hopped aboard a boat for the Wine on the Rhine river tour- where we ate fruits, cheeses, and chocolates, and sipped on beers and wines while floating down the Rhine river and listening to on-board live music (they had juice for the little ones!)
So, what’s my verdict? GET TO BUSCH GARDENS AND EAT YOUR HEART OUT! Heck, you’ll probably see me there! There is SO much to do (wine tastings, cheese samplings, and more!), you have to keep going back!
The Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival is every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5/22 to June 28th!
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