Busch Gardens Tampa is bringing back its Food and Wine Festival for the second year with a packed schedule of musical performers, along with plenty of good food and drink and creative topiaries. To get an overall flavor of the food, go to this article, and to hear from the event’s creators, go here. Meanwhile, see who’s performing below. In addition to the artists listed, others are still to be announced for March 12 and 26 and April 9. The concerts are included with park admission; last year Busch also offered special seating packages at an extra cost, so watch for those to be announced later this year.
March 5 – Kenny Rogers
The Gambler kicks things off at Busch Gardens Tampa at the 2016 Food and Wine Festival. Kenny Rogers is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, and this is your chance to see the legend live.
March 6 – Huey Lewis and the News
Out of the ’80s and into 2015, Huey Lewis and the News is still bringing the power of love to their fans. They wrap up the first weekend of the Busch Gardens Tampa Food and Wine Festival.
March 13 – O.A.R.
Of a Revolution is on tap for weekend number two. They’re a well-known touring band, and Busch Gardens Tampa is your chance to catch them right in Central Florida this spring.
March 19 – George Thorogood and the Destroyers
George Thorogood and the Destroyers take the stage during week number three. Enjoy their unique take on the blues while you nosh on good food and wine at the festival.
March 20 – MercyMe
Popular Christian band MeryMe closes down the third week of the Busch Gardens Tampa Food and Wine Festival with songs from their past albums and their latest, “Welcome to the New,” featuring the popular single “Flawless.”
March 27 – Third Eye Blind
Third Eye Blind heads to rock the stage at Busch Gardens Tampa during week four. Their album, “Dopamine,” was released last June, so they’ll have plenty of new music and past fan favorites to play.
April 2 – Commodores
The Commodores are a Motown classic, and they’re bringing their smooth sound to Busch Gardens Tampa to kick off week five. Enjoy a show jam-packed with Motown memories.
April 3 – Andy Grammer
Singer/songwriter Andy Grammer brings his talent to the stage to close out the fifth week of the Busch Gardens Tampa Food and Wine Festival. He’s had quite a few eclectic turns in his career lately, including singing the national anthem at the opening game of the 2015 World Series and competing on Dancing With the Stars.
April 10 – The All-American Rejects
The All-American Rejects bring some alternative rock to Busch Gardens Tampa in week six. If you didn’t get a chance to see them at Universal Studios Florida last year (or even if you did), this is your chance for a live performance in Central Florida.
April 16 – Meat Loaf
Meat Loaf is flying like a bat out of hell onto the stage at Busch Gardens Tampa to kick off week seven. The album “Bat Out of Hell” was on the charts for nine years and still sells an admirable number of copies, and Meat Loaf himself has the same enduring popularity in his stage shows.
April 17 – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Lynyrd Skynyrd has Florida roots from back in the days when the band was known as My Backyard, and they’re back to bring their 1970s blues rock to the Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival.
April 23 – Gente De Zona
If you’d like to experience a little bit of Cuba at Busch Gardens Tampa, head over for the last week of the Food and Wine Festival to hear Gente De Zona. The band is known for its collaboration with Enrique Iglesias on his 2014 release “Bailando,” which earned three Latin Grammy awards and international airplay.
April 24 – Jordin Sparks
Jordin Sparks first made a name for herself at age 17 as the youngest-ever winner of “American Idol.” Since then, she’s enjoyed continued success in her music career. and she’s the closing act for the year of the Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival.