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!
Last week was the opening night for Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa and they were kind enough to invite us out for their VIP night. So of course we sent Renée and Morgan out to take in the night, and if their night is any indication, it's going to be an amazing year for this highly rated event.
Written by Renée Girard
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Time for Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa
We spent some time with a few creepy friends before heading out on our adventure
Getting some night rides on Cobra's Curse and Cheetah Hunt before attacking the houses
And if drinking a yard of beer is your thing, you can also do that at Howl O Scream!
First house of the night at Howl O Scream is Death Water Bayou. Got some great scares!
Unearthed is a great returning house from last year that uses the former Gwazi queue and structure.
Circus of Superstition is the returning 3D house at Howl O Scream . Beware if you're afraid of clowns.
Club Karver has music and dancing, if you need a break from the scares.
Motel Hell is new to Howl O Scream this year, and is sure to be a favorite, with its retro motel theme.
I love how the Howl O Scream scare zones are spread out throughout the park, and are always full of surprises.
The Black Spot is another new Howl O Scream house this year, and who doesn't love a house with ghost pirates?
Ever want to ride bumper cars with zombies? Dreams come true at Howl O Scream
Night rides on Falcon's Fury! Yes please!
Zombie Mortuary was our final house of the night at Howl O Scream , a returning favorite.
The Fiends stage show plays 4 times nightly, and of course takes some jabs at the 2016 election
Lots of great scares and houses all around this year at Howl O Scream! Thanks for a fun night!
Today is National Roller Coaster Day and we were invited to take part in the Coaster Crusade at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Sea World Orlando.
Follow along with Steve all day as he takes on the coasters of these amazing parks.