Last weekend was the kick-off of the 2017 Boysenberry Festival at Knott's Berry Farm. The expanded event this year has a lot of new boysenberry treats to try out as well as a lot of returning favorites.
This event keeps getting better and better every year.
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to the 2017 Boysenberry Festival
Most of the great food is located in Ghost Town, which means lots more people enjoying the awesomeness that is Ghost Town than usual.
Catawampus won a blue ribbon!!
Let's look at some of the food.
One of the new treats this year is Boysenberry Pizza. We have to be honest, we weren't sure what to expect from this, but it was SO good. Lots of things on this that you wouldn't think would work but they all totally do. Not sure if we could eat an entire pizza, but a slice is great.
Boysenberry Fry Bread. Another unexpected treat. Not a huge fan of Nutella but this really was great. Be sure to grab a lot of napkins though.
Boysenberry Corn Dog. Think more of a pancake than corn dog. Just a subtle taste of boysenberry but very tasty.
Boysenberry Ravioli. One of those things that once again you wouldn't think works, but it really does. Again, not sure if we could eat a full plate of it, but a few is great.
While eating these we came up with a couple of ideas for next year:
Speaking of the Short Ribs. One of our favorites from last year is back and was great again.
Another of our favorites the Boysenberry Panna Cotta. So tasty.
And of course, what would the Boysenberry Festival be without the Fun Bun?
Snoopy's Boysenberry Jam-Boree!!
Spring has sprung!!
We also got to try out the new VR Showdown in Ghost Town and we all had a blast.
Great waiting area
At only $6 per game it's well worth it.
How about a look at Sol Spin which looks to be almost done.
Well played Knott's ... well played.
Knott's also installed some metal detectors last week. They look as good as they can, it's a part of our every day life now so we might as well get used to it.
Lastly, a look at the new slides at Soak City.
We'll be heading back to Knott's this weekend to try some more Boysenberry goodness so expect a report on more of the great food next week.
Today we're back with another update from a park we haven't had an update from in far too long.
Lots of changes going on at Knott's Berry Farm with the addition of the new Flat Ride Sol Spin and the new BBQ restaurant near the Sky Cabin. In addition, some offseason refurbishments are going on with some of the more popular rides in the park.
Written by Gregg Condon
We'll start off with the Timber Mountain Log Ride which just came back from a refurbishment and looks great.
Love the views from the ride, there's not a better log ride anywhere.
They've got the entire area closed off by the new BBQ restaurant
Mostly just foundation work at this point
Let's put the "Montezooma's Revenge is getting removed" rumors to bed right now. It's not going anywhere and recently got a nice new paint job.
In addition to the new paint job, the ride was running amazing.
Maybe the station is next to be painted?
Right next to Jaguar, work continues on the new Sol Spin flat ride.
You can see the foundation for the loading area and the space chunked out for the actual ride mechanism.
In other refurbishment news, Bigfoot Rapids is closed and looks to be getting a lot of work done.
Remember, if you ever want to make your own rapids, all you need is some metal tubes. =)
Even the dryers are getting refurbed.
Some work going on near Wilderness Lodge as well.
Fun Bun coming soon
Oh look, more offseason refurbishments.
It's great to see so much care being given to the parks attractions.
It was the last weekend for Knott's For The Cure, the merchandise for this year was great.
Alright, that's going to wrap it up for this update. We'll be back at the park next week for a preview tasting event for the Boysenberry Festival and of course for the Boysenberry Festival in April.
This past Saturday was the opening day of the Boysenberry Festival so we were of course out at Knott's to partake in all the boysenberry goodness.
It was a pretty busy day at the park since along with media day for the festival it was a Saturday, the start of Spring Break and there was some kind of Cheerleader event going on.
Even with the crowds we had an amazing time at the park as always.
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to Knott's Berry Farm!!
Knott's always puts on great media events
Did you know that Knott's now has park-wide free WiFi? We used it all day on Saturday and even with the large crowds had no issues at all.
We'll start off the update with a quick look at Ghostrider. We also have a quick video update below.
Even from outside the park you can see the difference between the old and new wood.
Not too many changes from our tours a few weeks ago. If you missed that update you can see it here.
Inside the park, not a whole lot has changed since our tour a few weeks ago.
As you may have heard last week the opening has been pushed back from Memorial Weekend until sometime in June. As soon as we get a specific date we will let you know.
The MCBR-less turnaround.
Even though it was a Saturday they were still working on the ride to get it ready.
You can see below they are starting to put the lighting back on the pre-lift.
The pan for gold is looking great and it will be nice to see this back at the front of the park.
But of course the main reason for our visit was the Boysenberry Festival.
If you missed our preview of the festival from last week be sure to check it out here.
Panna Cotta and Cannoli
The Alligator Bites were back this year. And we have to say, these were great the first year but the last two years they just haven't done it for us. I think it's time for them to retire this item after this year.
Of course, no Boysenberry Festival is complete without yummy beer and wine. For a real tasty treat have them mix the Boysenberry Beer with the Berry Cider. Very refreshing.
Also new this year the Cinnamon Chips with Boysenberry Dip. Really nice treat.
Hot Dog with Boysenberry Relish. You can get it on the side too.
The Fun Stick and Boysenberry Flautas.
The Boysenberry Festival runs through April 3 so be sure you check it out. It's a lot of fun.
The Calico Saloon also reopened from it's refurb and it looks absolutely fantastic!!!
We'll get back in with the good camera soon to get some better pictures to share.
So much more room up here now which is awesome.
The new chandelier's look great!!!
Just a couple of quick notes:
Anybody know what's up with the crane backstage? This was from the Mystery Lodge line.
Love spending the evening in Ghost Town
Until our next Knott's update ... moo.