New Things to Eat and Experience at the 2017 Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival!

Can you believe it’s already been a year since the last food & wine festival at Busch Gardens?

Funny thing is, during the off season, it feels like it’s taking seventeen years, but once it’s here I can’t believe it got here so fast. And I couldn’t be happier! Next to Howl-O-Scream, this is my absolute favorite time of year to be at Busch Gardens, and there’s always something new to try!

Along with a ton of my favorites they brought back this year (and some that sadly went away- RIP France kiosk) like the Caribbean kiosk (FRITTERS ARE LIFE), the Cheddar & Lager chowder in Canada, and the empanadas in Spain, there are new places to stop and snack.

SO, in addition to Caribbean, Canada, Spain, Ireland, Virginia, Hawaii, French Quarter, Germany, and the American Southwest, here are the new additions this year (you can also check out my roundup from last year for more yummy pictures & reviews):



I have a new love of Indian food (I’m a late bloomer, what can I say?) so I was really excited to try the fare at this beautiful new kiosk

You can smell the spices wafting through Oktoberfest as you enter the area. A mix of cardamom and curry- you’ll want to order one of everything on the menu, and here’s what they offer:

Spiced yogurt-marinated chicken with cardamom ginger rice & cucumber raita

Full of flavor, but still safe enough for even a picky eater (like my 7 year old).

Indian savory pastry filled with curried potatoes and peas with mango chutney

Now, they don’t look like much, but these soft little pockets pack a punch and have a sweet dipping sauce to cool it down a bit. Great for a quick spicy snack!

Garbanzo beans, sweet peas, and potatoes stewed in coconut milk with curry spice

Easily my favorite from this kiosk. Tons of flavor, but not overpowering for anyone who isn’t adventurous, and the portion size is great for the price. A vegetarian option!

Mango & coconut snowballs

I LOVE mango, but I’m not a fan of coconut. Still, these were really good! Chilled, perfect for a hot day, and not too heavy. My kids inhaled them. I’m honestly lucky I got a bite at all.

To drink, there is a Mango Mint Lassi (alcoholic) which tastes like a milky smoothie, and a Masala Chai Iced Tea, which was really refreshing!

All-in-all, a really great addition to the Food & Wine festival!


The Greece stand got a makeover and is now The Mediterranean, with a kick-ass Lamb slider (seriously, get it).

FOR THE ADULTS, and I KNOW you’re out there wondering- is there anything just for me?

UMMM YES. I’m not a wine, or a beer drinker, so the adult beverages for me have always been slim-pickins, and beer flights & wine tastings aren’t really for me, but Busch is on top of it. They now have an entire stand of frozen mixed drinks!

At I(ce)lands Freeze, you can choose from drinks like a Pina Colada, Rum Runner, Mojito, Strawberry Daquiri, and more!
I got the Rum Runner, and it was yummy!



I feel kinda like a game show host right now.

Another new addition for the adults out there looking for a more private, fine-dining experience, you should seriously look into the Pairings of Note experience. This takes place in Castle o Sullivan in Ireland. You get to sit down with wine ambassadors who will serve you six sample sized plates along with paired wines for each while a live band plays.

Check out these pretty little dishes:


Once you’re done, you can even purchase a bottle of wine to enjoy around the park for the rest of your day (or to take home).
The Pairings of Note experience can be purchased separately from park admission at Guest Services for $50 per person. Definitely a date-night event!

For ALL the info, including prices on Sampler passes (the best value if you ask me), you can check out the official Busch Gardens’ Website.

The Food & Wine Festival runs every Friday, Sat, & Sun through July 2nd.

Posted on June 2, 2017 by Holdin' Holden 0 Comment
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