Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival 2017

The Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival opens THIS WEEKEND!! We're heading over tonight for a special VIP preview. We won't get to see any of the cool bands that are coming, but we will get to sample all the yummy food!!

Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival 2017 - Concert Line Up and More on Having Fun Saving & Cooking

The festival returns with signature dishes and exciting new cuisine – including duck tacos, lobster ravioli, bacon mac & cheese, brown sugar rubbed pork belly, banana foster panna cotta, gator bites, and cabernet-filled chocolates – as well as an expanded selection of wines, craft brews and cocktails.

Food and beverage is not included with park admission and is available for an extra fee. You must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages.

How much does it cost? The festival is FREE with park admission. How much is park admission?

For a limited time, buy a Busch Gardens Fun Card and get an Adventure Island Fun Card FREE.  And don’t forget about the Busch Gardens Preschool Card – kids 5 and under get in FREE. I prefer the Annual Pass which offers unlimited admission all year, free parking, no blockout dates and special benefits totaling more than $300. With EZpay, Annual Passes start at just $14 per month for one park, and $16 per month for both Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island.

Will you be heading to the Food and Wine Festival this year?

Howl-O-Scream Busch Gardens Tampa 2016

Ella has already been asking when Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens is going to open. She went last year for the first time and LOVED it. You can read about her experience HERE

 

I thought it seemed too early to be thinking about Halloween, but I guess it's not! Busch Gardens is ready!! And if you are a current Funcard holder you can buy a ticket for 2 nights of Howl-O-Scream fun for only $50!! Click on t he image below to learn more about this great deal!

Ella and I will be heading over probably in late September, and I'll be sure to share a full review!

#EvilEncore

 

Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival The Commodores #CorksandCoasters

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?