Today we have a great look at the Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food and Wine Festival which just began last weekend.
Lots of great food and drink for this growing event. Check out what you can expect to see at this years event.
Written by Steve and Jennifer Burant
Busch Gardens Tampa just started its 3rd rendition of their own Food & Wine Festival to compliment the already spectacular fall event at Epcot. In each year, they've slowly grown and improved their product, and this year did not disappoint. From the vast array of artwork and topiaries spread throughout the festival area, to the ever-evolving food and drink selection, they are clearly putting great time and effort into making this an event worth attending every year. And not only that, their sampler lanyards and ability to discount purchases with season passes surpasses what Epcot does with their event.
This year they added a taco stand, a stand in which all the food items are "cooked" or "infused" with Coke products, new food items such as mango shrimp ceviche, venison meatloaf, vegetable aripas, Korean-style ribs (YUM!), among many other delicious food and dessert choices. They seem to focus more on a "Floridian" type menu as opposed to the world-tour Epcot provides, but it works for a place like BGT.
My only qualm is that the variety of food didn't stack up to the variety of drinks. So next year, they could keep expanding the menu. The best thing I have to say is BGT has improved each successive year this event has taken place, and it's a more than acceptable replacement for the now-defunct Bands, Brews & BBQ events they used to have. They've grown the festival area from only Gwazi Park the first year, to a much wider area encompassing the midways from Sesame Street to Morocco. They also have local businesses who can come into the park and sell various arts and crafts, allowing them to get their name out there and grow.
All in all, Busch Gardens Tampa has far exceeded my own expectations from when they started this event in 2015, and I'm very excited to see what the coming years will bring for this event!
We are starting to get our first look at the remodeling of Shamu Stadium at SeaWorld San Diego as well as some very early construction photos of Electric Eel coming to the park in 2018.
A HUGE thanks to Joe (@goofyrunning) for sending us these shots.
Pictures taken January 24th, 2017
A look at the new stands that were added a few weeks ago (pictures below). This is the area where the Orca's would hang out backstage near the underwater viewing area. This is where you can come and watch them while the old stadium is being remodeled.
No "show" here obviously, but the trainers talk about the amazing animals.
Work going on in the stadium area
There are two "Presentations" per day.
Let's move on and take a quick look at the area for Electric Eel
An aerial view of the area. Going to be pretty close to the front of the park.
Pictures taken January 9th, 2017
They've begun the remodel of Shamu Stadium just a day after the last show
Today it's time for another great holiday update from Florida as we take a look at Christmas Celebration at SeaWorld Orlando.
Lots of new things to see for 2016 including new food, cool night rides on Mako and Bumble!!
Click here for more information on Christmas Celebration.
Written by Renée Girard
Tonight we're at SeaWorld Orlando for the Christmas Celebration!
First stop is to visit Rudolph's Christmastown.
Rudolph and Clarice are great and all... but the line is long and I want to meet Bumble!
Yes! I got a Bumble hug! Love this new addition to SeaWorld Christmas this year!
The Rudolph and friends area for the SeaWorld Christmas Celebration is super cute.
Now on to the food and drinks! I highly recommend the sampler packages, if you want to try a little bit of everything!
They have an awesome selection of beer! I can't get everything tonight so I'm pretty sure I'll be getting a sampler next time too
There is a good amount of food offered for the celebration SeaWorld. I opted for the poutine and why not, more beer.
You can enjoy the Sea of Trees and holiday entertainment next to the fire @SeaWorld Christmas Celebration.
Dessert time! The popular s'mores are back, this time in a cone. Messy, but delicious!
If ice skating shows are your thing, Winter Wonderland on Ice is one of the best around!
Santa, sandwiches and drinks? The Terrace has what you want!
Didn't catch O Wondrous Night tonight but have in the past, and it's an excellent, original show.
Walk on night rides for Mako, amazing! And it's in the 50s tonight in Orlando, makes for a great ride!
The Christmas lights along the Waterfront area are simply beautiful.
The holiday village with all of the food, drinks, shopping and entertainment is always my favorite part of SeaWorld at Christmas.
We'll close out the night with Shamu Christmas Miracles.
Shamu is cool but the star of Shamu Christmas Miracles is the gospel singer and sax player.
Snowflakes on the waterfront as we head out of the park.
Christmas Celebration at SeaWorld Orlando runs weekends in Dec. We'll be back here tomorrow morning for the Reindeer Run 5k!
Good morning! We are back at SeaWorld for the Reindeer Run 5k!
Around 4000 runners are ready to run a 5k through SeaWorld for the annual Reindeer Run!
Congrats to all who participated in the Reindeer Run SeaWorld ! We had a blast!