The Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival kicks off on March 5 and runs weekends though April 24, adding 15 new dishes to its tasty line-up. New items include duck tacos, lobster ravioli, truffle fries and almond coconut truffles. If you have a favorite from last year, don’t worry. Several dishes, like bacon mac & cheese and griddled cheese cake sandwiches, are back by popular demand.
You pick and choose your cuisine from among the culinary cabins throughout the park. Each has its own exclusive menu. Here are the 11 cabins lined up for 2016, and you can see some of the dishes in the slideshow accompanying this article:
Artisan Eats is a new addition to the festival. It features sophisticated flavors crafted to treat guests’ appetites, including truffle fries, shrimp & grits and pan-fried bread pudding with Nutella-mascarpone drizzle.
Garden Gate Cafe
Garden Gate Café is another new kid in town. Dishes include pheasant sausage flatbread topped with filet de pomodoro and tuna poke.
Just as the name implies, Gourmet Lodge features some interesting flavors, like smoked beef brisket, pickled shrimp over couscous salad and a guest-favorite griddled cheese cake sandwich.
Savory Tavern offers delicious dishes like coconut shrimp cigars, espresso flan, and a goat cheese polenta cake topped with olives and tomatoes.
Chef’s Plantation is the spot to find hearty dishes like pan-seared salmon cakes, beef short ribs and duck tacos with sweet chili sauce.
Coast to Coast Cookery
Land and sea combine at Coast to Coast Cookery, with fare like green peppercorn-seared hangar steak, bacon-wrapped prawns and chilled smoked chicken with apples, sun dried cranberries and walnut quinoa.
Field House Eatery
The Field House Eatery is the largest cabin at the festival. It features pan-seared diver scallops and lamb chops with tabouleh and tatziki sauce.
If you like southern cookery, head over to Southern Station for all all-new bison sliders, pan-fried cod over fennel risotto, roasted pork belly with red pepper jam, and venison chili with roasted corn, black beans and lime sour cream.
The Comfort Kitchen is home to classic dishes with a twist, like bacon mac & cheese, and popular contemporary fare like lobster ravioli over tomato basil sauce.
Light Fare Canteen
The Light Fare Canteen is the spot for light bites like scallop ceviche, a potato and goat cheese tart, and even a cheese plate paired up with a glass of wine.
Are you ready for some island spice? Blazin’ Bistro grills up goodies lke jerk chicken sliders, roasted cauliflower hummus and a refreshing vanilla Cigar City Maduro ice cream float with caramel.
The festival also features concerts and some special ways to enjoy the food and wine. Jump here for more information.