This spring, NEW flavors are in bloom at Busch Gardens with the return of the park’s fan-favorite Food & Wine Festival going on now till May 23rd. Read my full Busch Gardens Williamsburg Food and Wine Festival 2021 Guide filled with helpful info and my top foodie picks for this year!
2021 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Food and Wine Festival
It’s my favorite time of the year! The 2021 Food and Wine Festival is happening now at Busch Gardens, today I am sharing a full guide with helpful tips and information to help you plan your visit. Plus some mouth-water photos of my family’s favorite dishes we sampled in the park.
After you have finished drooling over the many yummy photos of foods you can sample during this event. Don’t forget to check out all of the helpful information I have provided to help you plan a stress-free trip.
2021 Food and Wine Festival | Every Thursday – Sunday, April 2 – May 23rd
Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival
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.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg Food and Wine Festival 2021 Guide
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!
Enjoy this special 2021 Food and Wine Festival, every Thursday through Sunday from April 2 to May 23rd. Make sure you grab your tickets and reservations for this limited-capacity event before they run out.
Try food and beverage items not normally served at the Williamsburg theme park!
This festival will take guests on a savory, sweet, and a 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.
My Top 2021 Food and Wine Festival Picks!
Among the many delicious food and drinks, I was able to sample during my recent visit to Busch Gardens Williamsburg. I had a few dishes and drinks that really stuck out to me. Some of my favorites have been offered yearly during this event, others are NEW to this year’s Food and Wine Festival.
Located in the Festa Italia Country, this booth is next to the Turkish Delight attraction. Just follow the wonderful smell of BBQ smoke and you will find it! The kids and I loved everything we got and were pleasantly surprised by the chocolate banana milk.
- NEW! Banana Milk (Vanilla or Chocolate)
- NEW! Chicken Bulgogi (Grilled Korean-style Chicken & Rice)
- Beef Bulgogi (Grilled Korean-style Beef & Rice)
- Korean BBQ Pork Ribs (Spicy Chili BBQ & Gochujang Slaw)
I look forward to visiting this booth every single year, it never disappoints. The Jamaica booth is located in the Germany Country across from the Kinder Karrousel. Not pictured is the DELICIOUS Frozen Jamaican Punch that was so good I wish I had ordered 2!
- Jerk Chicken Slider (Mango Salsa & Cilantro Lime Slaw)
- Gamba Fritters (Crispy Shrimp Dumplings & Pickapeppa™ Sauce)
- NEW RECIPE! Frozen Jamaican Punch (Sailor Jerry® Spiced Rum, Malibu® Coconut Rum, Blackberry Brandy, Banana Liqueur, Orange & Pineapple Juice)
As a born and raised Virginia girl, you know I couldn’t miss all the good stuff at the Virginia booth. Located next to the Clydesdales Stables, dine on some well-loved Virginia delights. Including hush puppies, strawberry lemonade, and of course apple pie moonshine!
- Bacon & Cheddar Hushpuppies (Cornmeal fritters & honey butter)
- She-Crab Soup (Crab bisque, Old Bay® Crostini & Chesapeake Blue Crab Salad)
- Strawberry Lemonade (Fresh Lemonade & Strawberries)
Aloha! Located next in the Ireland country just past Castle O’Sullivan. Where they typically hold their Santa’s Fireside Feast at Christmas Town you will find the wonderful Hawaii booth.
The Hawaii booth is my go-to spot for the Frozen Blue Hawaiian, and yes I did order two samples of it so I didn’t have to get back in line again. It’s so good! You won’t want to miss these other top picks below.
- NEW! Spam Musubi (Seared Spam, Sushi Rice & Sweet Soy Glaze)
- Hawaiian Mac & Cheese (Ham, Pineapple & Macadamia Nut Crust)
- NEW RECIPE! Frozen Blue Hawaiian (Ocean® Organic Hawaiian Vodka, Coconut Cream & Pineapple)
- Hibiscus Lemonade (Fresh Lemonade & Hibiscus Flower)
Every year I make a point to visit the Sangria Garden, I like to taste my way through the many sangria flavors they offer. They are located just outside of the country of Italy, next to the Battering Ram. If you are like me and can’t decide what flavor to try, grab the Sangria flight and enjoy them all guilt-free.
There are Many Tasty Reasons to Come Back Week After Week
During our visit, we, unfortunately, didn’t have the opportunity to sample any foods from Brazil, Mexico, Crepes and Coffee, Island Freeze, or the French Quarter. So that of course means we have to plan a trip to go back! While this is a great reason for us to plan another visit, there are many more 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 Cheese inspired by the Hawaiian Islands.
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 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Food and Wine Festival page to view the full festival menu.
Grab Your 2021 Food and Wine Festival Tickets
Now that you have the 411 on all the delicious foodie options it’s time to make a reservation for your visit. Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival single-day event admission starts at only $39.99.
In order to attend the event, you MUST make a reservation. However they do offer walkup days where you do not need a reservation to visit, however, it is first come first serve.
Save on 2021 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Membership
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. Visit Busch Gardens Williamsburg Reservations for a complete list of rides, attractions, event activities, and to make reservations.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg Commitment to Safety
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/.