” I am a ThrillChaser Ambassador. Thank you Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA for partnering with me and helping this foodie live her best life during the Food & Wine Festival. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.”
Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival 2019 – My Top Picks!
Hello, all of my Lovelies! As many of you have heard the Food & Wine Festival is happening now at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA. It’s one of my favorite times of the year purely because my love of food is as equal as my love of riding rollercoasters. The 2019 Food & Wine Festival is held every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 17 – June 30.
One of the best perks of being a Thrill Chaser Ambassador with Busch Gardens is that I am one of the first to know which food and drinks will be featured each year. I was extremely ecstatic to learn that my home country The Phillippines would be a feature in this year’s festival.
Along with The Philippines, guests can look forward to 3 other New Food Kiosks representing Mexico, Jamacia, and Italy. For more information about these countries and menus look below. Can’t wait to attend this year’s festival? Check out what Busch Gardens Williamsburg offered at their previous Food & Wine Festivals in 2017 and 2018.
2018 Food & Wine Festival Recap
About The Food & Wine Festival
Busch Gardens® Williamsburg offers a delectable culinary tour around the world with its seventh annual Food & Wine Festival. Guests can enjoy authentic international tastes at 19 themed food and beverage kiosks featuring specialty entrées and desserts and more than 100 craft beers, wines, specialty cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages.
The Food & Wine Festival will take place every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 17 – June 30, and Memorial Day Monday. The festival is included with park admission. Festival entrées, beverages and desserts are available for an additional fee.
The Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival offers park guests the opportunity to sample a variety of food and beverages not normally served in the park. This year’s event includes four new food kiosks and new beverage bars featuring specialty drinks, cocktails, and wine with a focus around beautiful gardens
In addition to the delicious international flavors, special offerings like craft brewery talks, wine, tequila, and scotch tastings* also will be offered. And to make it easy, Food & Wine Festival Food & Beverage Samplers* can be purchased for festival-goers to get it all. Tastings and samplers require an additional fee.
*Requires an additional fee. Must be 21 years of age to purchase and consume alcohol (positive proof of age required)
While I wish I could have tried every single menu option at each food kiosk. I was sadly limited in time and stomach space. I feel like this specific kiosk deserves its own section of this review, simply because it’s literally a taste from my home.
Going into this festival I knew there would be some classic Filipino dishes being served, as well as some familiar drinks. I pretty much ordered the full food menu and added on the Melon Juice. I’m not a huge alcoholic drink consumer (Unless the occasion calls for one *cough* Pina Colada addict over here) so I tend to order the more sweet drinks.
- Chicken Adobo
- Melon Juice
- Boracray – Cocktail
- Moselland – Riesling Painted Landmark
- Nobel Vines – 446 Chardonnay
I think I spoil my kids with the number of times I make Filipino Chicken Adobo at home because when we tried it in the park they gave me that face. You know that face kids make when they are thinking “this isn’t my moms Chicken Adobo”. I actually make a family recipe that was handed down to me from my stepmother. Overall I loved the food and wished I had more time to go back for 2nd’s and 3rds!
My Top Picks!
Say hello to food, food, and more food this year with my top picks from the festival! Check out my top picks below including mouthwatering photos of what you can expect to receive in the park. I absolutely had an amazing time and cannot wait to see what next year brings!
- Chicken Adobo – Philippines
- Mamon – Philippines
- Melon Juice – Philippines
- Shrimp Tacos – Mexico
- Dumplings – Japan
- California Sushi – Japan
- Matcha Ice Cream – Japan
- Jerk Chicken – Jamacia
- Upsidedown Pineapple Cake, Rum glaze – Jamacia
- Brazilian Lemonade – Brazil
- She-Crab Soup – Virginia
- Strawberry Lemonade – Virginia
- Cannoli Sampler – Italy Desserts
- Tiramisu – Italy Desserts
New to the Food & Wine Festival this year, in a further commitment to protecting animals and habitats worldwide, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ is replacing polystyrene foam with products made from 100 percent recycled material in all 12 of its parks, including Busch Gardens and Water Country USA.
The parks have removed polystyrene foam dinnerware products, including bowls, plates, and trays, from all of their dining operations. Guests can expect to see the new products in our dining facilities, as well as at their annual 2019 Food & Wine Festival.
For more information, including a complete listing of all the Food & Wine Festival flavors and offerings, visit www.buschgardens.com/foodandwine.
The best way for guests to enjoy the Food & Wine Festival is with a Membership. Make unlimited visits to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA throughout the year for as little as $9.99 a month. For more information, visit https://buschgardens.com/williamsburg/annual-pass/benefits/.