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!
COBRA’S CURSE COILS UP, INSTALLS HIGHEST POINTS OF RIDE
80-Foot Snake Icon and 70-Foot Vertical Lift Rear up in the Sky
TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 29, 2016) – There’s a giant snake in the Tampa skyline this week, as Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay just completed construction on the two highest points of its unique, reptile-themed coaster, Cobra’s Curse -- a menacing 30,000 lb. snake king icon and a 70-foot vertical lift that will take riders within inches of its 4-ft. fangs.
With a grand opening slated for this summer, this family spin coaster is the only one of its kind in the world, taking riders on a whirlwind adventure of exciting explorations.
Snake King Icon
Dozens of artists united to design, engineer, fabricate and thematically paint the snake icon, creating a centerpiece for Cobra’s Curse that will bring riders just inches from its fangs. Standing at 80 feet tall, with 4-foot-long fangs and 3-foot-wide eyes, the icon was constructed of nine stackable pieces with an internal steel spine and an outer shell composed of carved foam and fiberglass.
The 70-foot vertical lift functions similar to an outdoor elevator taking riders up in their coaster car and putting them face-to-fang with the snake icon’s mouth. The three-and-a-half-minute ride will also feature a second inclined lift that sets up for the free-spin finale of the ride. The trek will cover more than 2,100 feet of track at 40 mph.
Additionally, guests will be just inches away from the 400-cubic-foot snake exhibit which will include Jameson’s mambas, Angolan pythons and rhinoceros and gaboon vipers. The design of the multi-level exhibit not only reflects the theme of the ride, but also features several animal husbandry and enrichment components designed with the snakes’ welfare in mind, including naturalistic design elements, controlled heat sources and humidity control.
Visit CobrasCurse.com for more information. Or, be the first to know about new events, special deals and future announcements by following the park’s blog at buschgardenstampablog.com, or “Like” the Busch Gardens Facebook page and follow @buschgardens on Twitter and Instagram.
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The company owns or licenses a portfolio of globally recognized brands including SeaWorld®, Shamu® and Busch Gardens®. Over its more than 50-year history, the company has built a diversified portfolio of 11 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States, many of which showcase its one-of-a-kind zoological collection of over 800 species of animals. The company’s theme parks feature a diverse array of rides, shows and other attractions with broad demographic appeal which deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for its guests.
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HOWL-O-SCREAM FACEBOOK FANS CHOOSE THE “RAVEN TWINS”
Former 2008 Icons Will be Featured on a Billboard Photo Op and Inside Howl-O-Scream 2015
Tampa, Fla. (Sept. 4, 2015) – Howl-O-Scream® 2015 Facebook fans have Unearthed the evil former icon that will be featured inside this year’s event. In addition to a billboard photo opportunity inside the event, the Raven Twins will make select appearances at the photo location throughout Howl-O-Scream, letting fans come face-to-face with their favorite former icons.
The Raven Twins from Howl-O-Scream 2008 reeled in victims with their seductive looks and devilish charm. Those who dared to date these beauties fell into a trap of a tortuous night of unimaginable pain.
Thousands of fans participated in the poll, voting more than 10,000 times, and will be able to see the results in the Nairobi area of Busch Gardens® Tampa during Howl-O-Scream 2015.
A bone-chilling, sinister force descends on Busch Gardens® Tampa for 19 select nights this fall during Tampa’s premier Halloween event, Howl-O-Scream® 2015. This year, Busch Gardens joins forces with award-winning horror filmmaker extraordinaire, Robin Cowie, producer of the Blair Witch Project, to unearth an unimaginable evil.
Freaky Preview returns this year and will open Howl-O-Scream 2015 on Friday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 26. The event then runs Thursday through Saturday nights, Oct. 1 – 31, and select Sunday nights, Oct. 18 and 25. Operating event hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Get your tickets early and save on a single terrifying night at Howl-O-Scream 2015. This year, 4-Pack Ticket Deals start at $35 per person, plus tax. Reduced advance-purchase rates are available online, and special offers are available for Busch Gardens Pass Members.
Stay tuned to HowlOScream.com for the latest terrifying details or call 1-888-800-5447 for guest information. Howl-O-Scream2015 is a separate-ticketed night event. No costumes are allowed.
Join the conversation by using #EvilUnearthed and follow Howl-O-Scream on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube to learn about promotions and insider information first.
Howl-O-Scream is intended for a mature audience. This year's event contains intense adult content such as violence, gore and blood.