Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival The Commodores #CorksandCoasters

by jennifer3. April 2016 10:56

No joke. I LOVE The Commodores!

When I saw them listed in the lineup for the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival I was giddy with excitement.

The only other performance that even caught my eye was Andy Grammar which was on the same weekend as The Commodores and I knew I'd have to work one of those days, so I held my breath to see which performance I'd get to see. I crossed my fingers, my toes, my everything and hoped it would be The Commodores. 

And my day off was on SATURDAY!! I was so excited. And so were my kids. But not only did we get to see The Commodores, we had VIP seating and a Meet and Greet opportunity complete with a photo!

It was so amazing!!

Despite that a steady drizzle was going on throughout the concert, I would totally go back and do it again. Though I'd likely bring an umbrella along. But again the rain didn't slow anyone down! Hundreds of people were singing along with "Easy" and "Brick House" (myself included) along with another dozen or so of the The Commodores most loved hits. They even mentioned that they came on the music scene in 1974. I would have been 3 years old. Makes perfect sense as when I think about the music of my childhood, The Commodores make up most of my soundtrack. 

I've had TWO great concert experiences at Busch Gardens: The Steve Miller Band and The Commodores. Priority seating is totally the way to go at Busch Gardens. You are so close to the band and it's nice to be able to sit down after walking through the park all day.

Have you been to the Food and Wine Festival this year? Did you stay for a concert? Which one did you see?  

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Food and Wine Festival at Busch Gardens 2016 #CorksAndCoasters

by jennifer7. March 2016 18:15
Last week I was invited to a VIP Media sneak peek at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. We were there to drink and taste some of the goodies that are available at the 2016 Food and Wine Festival. And taste we did! I brought along my friend Liz and we had a really good time drinking and eating. Liz is a beer connoisseur so I felt comfortable letting her take charge of what beer we would sample and in what order because honestly....all I really drink is Michelob Ultra.  We had access to stations 20-27, but we didn't try everything at the stations. Station 21 was my absolute favorite. At this station we had Lamb Chops, Pan-Seared Diver Scallops, Rodney Strong, Pinot Noir, and the Rekorderlig Strawberry-Lime Cider. Without a doubt the lamb was AMAZING and the Strawberry-Lime Cider was the BEST BEER (is it really a beer??) I have ever had. Simply amazing. Station 20 brought us Pan-Seared Creole Shrimp, Duck Fat Truffle-Infused Fries and De Loach Vineyards, Pinot Noir. Very tasty. My son Ronin is a french fry NUT and he would have totally loved these Duck Fat Truffle-Infused Fries. At Station 23 we tried the Undercover Investigation Shut-Down (beer), and A Little Sumpin' Sumpin (beer). Both were okay, but I was glad I only had a sample and not a full glass as it really wasn't my jam. Besides the wonderful food and drink they also had some amazing topiaries. Check these out! They are beautiful!  I love the Octopus one the most but the Big Bird one is pretty cool too as Big Bird's nest is made from GRAPE VINES! So fitting for the Food and WINE Festival! There are 11 topiaries throughout the Festival but I only saw these 3. There was also a DJ spinning tunes from the upcoming artists.If I don't have to work on April 2nd and 3rd, you will certainly find me and the #TampaTrio singing along to Brick House and Honey I'm Good.   The Food & Wine Festival is open Saturdays & Sundays, March 5 through April 24. Sampler and VIP packages can be purchased to add even more flavor to your visit. Food Sampler – choose any 5 samples of food for $24.99 Wine & Brew Sampler – choose any 10 samples of beer or wine for $36.99 Food, Wine & Brew Sampler – choose any 5 samples of beer or wine and any 5 samples of food for $44.99You can check out all the details and purchase tickets at Busch Gardens.  

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