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Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival 2019

Published on February 7, 2019 by SarahE

Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival in Tampa is held every spring. It will be returning March 16th - April 28th 2019.

Each Saturday & Sunday during the festival, Tampa is blessed with an amazing feast of food, wine and craft beers.

Add live music by world-famous artists and what have you got? An awesome mix not to be missed.

Taste Bud Heaven at Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival

Can you negotiate your way past 11 Food Cabins without succumbing to a nibble at each? Why bother trying? It’s far more fun to forget the diet and indulge.

With over 100 fine wines, craft beers and cocktails to wash it all down.


  • Northern California: 
    Grilled Lamb Chops with 15-Year Aged Balsamic Drizzle
    Duck Fat Truffle Fries with Parmesan Aioli
    Charcuterie & Cheese Cone
  • Pacific Northwest:
    Cedar Planked Wild Alaskan Salmon
    Bison Slider with Bacon Onion Marmalade
    Dungeness Crab Croquettes with Lemon Aioli
  • Nola Eats:
    Grilled Oysters topped with Creamed Spinach, Andouille Sausage & Garlic Crumb
    Chicken Gumbo
    Bananas Foster Cheesecake
  • Southern Cuisine:
    Fried Chicken & Biscuit Slider
    Bacon & Cheddar Hushpuppies
    Fried Green Tomato Stack
  • The Boardwalk: 
    Maryland-Style Crab Cake with Mustard Sauce
    Taylor Ham Mac & Cheese
    Griddled Cheesecake with Raspberry Sauce
  • New England Tavern: 
    Lobster Roll
    Clam Chowder
    Blueberry Rhubarb Crisp
  • The Heartland: 
    Potato & Cheese Pierogis
    Italian Hot Beef Sandwich
    St. Louis Ribs
  • SoCal:
    Baja Fish Tacos
    Blistered Shishito Peppers with Lemon Aioli
    Cheeseburger Slider with Pico de Gallo & Guacamole
  • Aloha Eats:
    Kona Crusted Filet Mignon with Maui Onion Butter
    Kahlua Pulled Pork  with Hawaiian Sweet Roll & Pineapple Agrodolce
    Pineapple Upside Down Cake
  • Tex Mex Cantina: 
    Short Rib & Cheddar Quesadilla
    Grilled Elote - Mexican Street Corn with Cotija & Lime Crema
    Chorizo Queso Fundido with Jack Cheese, Sweet Onions & Shishito Peppers
  • Tampa Tavern:
    Cuban Egg Roll
    Fried Snapper Sandwich
    Key Lime Pie

With so many lip-smakin’ treats, you might want to consider a Festival Sampler offering five, eight or twelve items.
You can mix and match with food, wine and beer.


There are five expert tasting packages on offer, priced at $29.99 per person. You can select two tasting sessions for $39.99 or try all four for $59.99.

The price includes 5 different tasting packages:

  • Tequila Tasting
  • Bourbon Tasting
  • Vodka Tasting
  • Ice Wine Tasting
  • Sparkling Wine Tasting

Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival Headline Acts

Headline acts will be performing every Saturday and Sunday through the event. All concerts are included in entry ticket/pass. There are two types of VIP reserved seating packages available, that include 5 food/beverage samples too.

2019 Concert Line up

    • Saturday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m. - Daughtry
    • Sunday, March 17 at 6:00 p.m. - The Band Perry
    • Saturday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m. - 3 Doors Down
    • Sunday, March 24 at 4:00 p.m. - Blue Rodeo, Kathleen Edwards & Fred Eaglesmith ft. Tif Ginn
    • Saturday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m. - Justin Moore
    • Sunday, March 31 at 6:00 p.m. - El Gran Combo
    • Saturday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m. - To be announced
    • Sunday, April 7 at 6:00 p.m. - Josh Turner
    • Saturday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m. - Mighty Mighty Bosstones
    • Sunday, April 14 at 6:00 p.m. - Boys ll Men
    • Friday, April 19 starting at 5:30 p.m. - Edwin McCain & Vertical Horizon
    • Saturday, April 20 starting at 5:30 p.m. - Hunter Hayes & Levi Hummon
    • Sunday, April 21 at 6:00 p.m. - Mat Kearney
  • Saturday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m. - Walk Off The Earth
  • Sunday, April 28 at 6:00 p.m. - Foreigner

Note: There are blockout dates for Fun Card holders and Bronze Annual Pass Members during the festival: March 30, April 6 and April 13-27. Upgrades or Annual Pass upgrades are available for these guests.

Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival Octopus Garden

Horticultural Masterpieces at Busch Gardens Flower and Garden Festival

In between eating and drinking, look out for the life-sized topiaries:

  • Bird Gardens:
    Butterfly Giants
    Darwin the Orangutan
    Spirit of Spring
    Elmo, Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch
  • Garden Gate Cafe:
    Octopus Garden
    Commerson’s Dolphin
    Sea Turtles
  • Park Entrance:
    Mugambi the Lion
  • Gate Plaza:
  • Gwazi Plaza:
    Kanburi Pit Viper
    Wooloomooloo and Coogee Kangaroo and Joey

Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival Topiaries

And if all that wasn't enough, all the Busch Gardens white-knuckle rides will be in full flow and a horde of exotic animals will be more than happy to see you.

We hope you have an awesome visit to the Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival.

Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival Event Details:

When: March 16th - April 28th 2019
Where: Busch Gardens,10165 McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612
Web: Food & Wine Festival at Busch Gardens

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Our Florida journey began over 2 decades ago when we were searching for somewhere warm for winters. We discovered Florida was the perfect choice. We started spending every winter there and absolutely loved it. Orlando quickly became our permanent ‘winter home’. We were true Snowbirds! We decided to make our commitment a little more concrete in 2005 and bought our first vacation home – Serendipity at Indian Creek. We soon discovered we LOVED being in the hospitality world, so we decided to expand a little. We purchased Sleepy Hollow in 2010. Five years later we came across Serenity Lake House in 2015 and just had to have it to complete our portfolio. We now spend half the year on Disney’s doorstep in Orlando,. The rest of the time we're either in our second home in Scotland overlooking a beautiful Scottish Loch, or enjoying time with family in Cyprus. Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it? Ours is served with Pixie Dust on top :)
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