Friday was a crazy day, I was able to attend the opening of Water Country USA newest ride, Colossal Curl as well as attend a media event for the Food and Wine Festival Opening. Maybe you are not a thrill seeker and don’t care much about rides. Are you a foodie that loves food and wine festivals? Well Busch Gardens Williamsburg has the answer for you, you can bring the kids along to ride the rides while you sit back and explore the tastes of Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival. There is something there for everyone in your group including these Love of Food crafting stations all free with park admission.

This Memorial day was the start of the second annual Busch GardensĀ® Food & Wine Festival. The festival runs weekends through June 29 and features 14 tasting kiosks with 55 menu items that can only be sampled during the event. The festival also offers over 71 varieties of wine, beer and specialty cocktails. If I did not have to drive an hour home to catch the school bus, I would have been quite tempted by the array of wine options available.


As usual Busch Gardens is beautifully decorated and you will never have to guess which Country you are visiting.


As a Thrill Seeker Blogger, we were able to meat Busch Gardens Executive Chef Justin Watson. He discussed the many food and wine kiosks available this year including the addition of the Caribbean and American Southwest tasting stations. These were added because Busch Gardens asked their Facebook Fans for feedback and they got to choose. Talk about making it personal for their visitors. I do wish I had more time to try some of these.

This was a spread of food we had to sample during our media event. You can find food varieties from Belgium, Canada, France, Greece, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Scandinavia, Scotland, Spain, Caribbean and Southwest.


I had a chance to visit one kiosk and made it to France where I tried their Ratatoiulle. Each sampler ranges from $4-$6 and you could easily share your tasting with someone else to get your fill of all the amazing country offerings.

I dare you to complete the full Food and Wine Festival booklet!


Don’t worry you don’t have to try everything on one visit. This year, Busch Gardens extended the festival an additional two weekends so guests have more time to stroll through the park and sample the internationally inspired cuisine. Cultural hosts are on hand at each kiosk to provide background information on the cultures represented at the festival.

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Busch Gardens makes sampling simple with a cashless wristband. Guests can link a cashless wristband to a credit card to make purchases throughout the day. This convenient payment system can be used while touring the food and wine festival kiosks The Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival runs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through June 29.

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