Knott’s Berry Farm Kicks Off Annual Boysenberry Festival on March 8 and the Debut of the New Knott’s Hotel
The festival, which runs select dates March 8 – April 28, features an extensive lineup of one-of-a-kind boysenberry food and drink creations, entertainment and fun activities for the whole family
BUENA PARK, CA. – Guests are in for a double dose of Knott’s hospitality with the return of the highly-anticipated Knott’s Boysenberry Festival and the grand unveiling of the new Knott’s Hotel. The annual festival inspired by the little berry that started it all opens March 8, and just steps away, the Knott’s Hotel debuts its multimillion-dollar transformation, a new distinctive farmhouse-style overnight experience inspired by park founders Walter and Cordelia Knott. Guests will have the opportunity to indulge in more than 75 recipes at this year’s festival, ranging from savory to sweet; each food and drink item has a unique boysenberry twist that can only be found during this season. The boysenberry on top includes a full lineup of shows, live music and a wide selection of local crafters and artisans for guests of all ages to enjoy. Knott’s Boysenberry Festival operates daily through April 7 and Friday through Sunday April 12 – 28.
This year's event will feature a blend of entirely new menu offerings and the return of fan favorites. Discover some truly inventive and original savory creations, including this year's chicken tikka marsala with boysenberry curry sauce and pork loin slices over mashed potatoes with a creamy boysenberry mustard sauce. Indulge your sweet tooth cravings with berry-infused dessert items throughout the festival, including the new boysenberry and chocolate stuffed cookie, lemon bar with a boysenberry compote and boysenberry brownie parfait. A great way to enjoy it all is by purchasing a tasting card priced at $55. The tasting card offers six tastings from a number of boysenberry-inspired dishes and drinks. A variety of signature boysenberry items will also be available for purchase a la carte. Tasting cards are available at Knotts.com or the theme park.
Boundless Boysenberry Entertainment
Knott's Boysenberry Festival also comes with endless entertainment throughout the park. From musical performances to fun interactive games, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Guests are invited to celebrate the heritage of California's original theme park with the show Knott's Preserved. Through song, dance and storytelling, the audience takes a musical journey from the little ghost town of Calico to the Seaside Boardwalk of the Roaring '20s to commemorate the heritage of the park. All aboard for a boysenberry bon voyage at the legendary Bird Cage Theatre with a special presentation of the comedy melodrama Riverboat Revenge. Guests are challenged to try their berry best in Boysenberry Fun and Games in Calico Park or head over to Calico Mine Stage for the wildly entertaining Boysenberry Pie Eating Contest. Young ones and the young at heart are invited to cozy up to the cutest critters on the farm, including horses, goats and other furry friends at Old MacDonald's Barn, a tribute to one of the farm's original attractions. Those unfamiliar with the berry that started it all are encouraged to grab a slice of history in the History of the Boysenberry Museum in Town Hall. Stroll through the streets of Calico and browse through all the unique boysenberry-inspired artisan products available at the Boysenberry Festival Craft Fair, with over two dozen local craft vendors.
Knott’s Hospitality Reimagined
Knott's Berry Farm proudly unveils the completion of its multimillion-dollar hotel transformation, introducing a new name and overnight experience that honor founders Walter and Cordelia Knott. The Knott's Hotel celebrates their legacy by blending invention, tradition, and imaginative style into a captivating 322-room guest haven for park and business guests alike.
This metamorphosis includes a redesigned guest registration that opens to the lobby great room, a charming new outdoor courtyard, an expanded gift shop, and a new coffee bar, The Pantry, featuring freshly brewed Starbucks coffee and grab-n-go items. Every guestroom and suite has been renovated, boasting hand-crafted accents that exude upscale farmhouse chic.
Thirty Acres Kitchen, the new full-service hotel restaurant, offers farm-inspired delights and classic American cuisine. Paying homage to the original 30 acres of the Knott's farm and Cordelia Knott's culinary finesse, the restaurant promises seasonal menu items to complement the park's themed areas, festivals and events as well as an expanded outdoor dining veranda. A spacious double-sided wrap-around bar seamlessly extends the down-home charm into the lobby. Here, guests can enjoy locally inspired craft cocktails and small plates, surrounded by the cozy and eclectic ambiance that defines the Knott's Hotel experience.
Among the renovation highlights is the comprehensive redesign of all 20,000 square feet of meeting space, complete with updated cutting-edge technology, positioning Knott's Hotel as Orange County's premier destination for corporate meetings, weddings, special events, and seated dinners for over 300 guests.
For an enhanced Knott's Berry Farm experience, the Knott's Hotel offers an exclusive Boysenberry Package that includes park admission, tasting card, parking and overnight accommodation—providing the perfect blend of convenience and indulgence. For reservations, visit knottshotel.com.
The best way to savor every day of the Knott's Boysenberry Festival and all the other Seasons of Fun is with a 2024 Season Pass. Get unlimited visits, food and merchandise discounts, plus so much more! For more information about Knott's Berry Farm, visit knotts.com or download the Knott's Berry Farm app. Join the conversation using the hashtag #BoysenberryFestival
About Knott’s Berry Farm and Cedar Fair Entertainment Company:
What began as a roadside berry stand and chicken dinner restaurant in the 1920s has evolved into Knott’s Berry Farm, one of Southern California’s most popular theme park destinations combining world-class thrill rides with traditional family favorite attractions and entertainment. Knott’s is also home to Knott’s Soak City Water Park, Knott’s Marketplace, and the full-service Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel. Knott’s Berry Farm is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world and a publicly traded partnership headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio. Focused on its mission to make people happy by providing fun, immersive and memorable experiences, the Company owns and operates 13 properties, consisting of 11 amusement parks, four separately gated outdoor water parks, and resort accommodations totaling more than 2,300 rooms and more than 600 luxury RV sites. Its parks are located in Ohio, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Missouri, Michigan, Texas and Toronto, Ontario.
Boysenberry Festival Tasting Card Items 2024
Items and locations subject to change without notice.
This past weekend we found ourselves back in a very familiar place, Knott's Berry Farm. It was opening weekend for their all new Taste of Boysenberry Festival, and it was so amazing to be back.
If you've been following us for awhile you'll know that we really haven't been up to much over the past year, for obvious reasons. But we're so glad you've all stuck with us now that we feel semi-comfortable being out in the world again.
We hope you're ready for some gratuitous food pics, because they're coming right at ya. And we'll end with the top 5 food items we tried!
Written by Gregg Condon
Pics by Gregg, Hillary Starbright and Kristi Condon
Hi Knott's! It's so good to be back! We're ready for all the Boysenberry stuff!
Our first stop was of course for some Boysenberry Dippin Dots, and they were amazing!
Backstory on the shirt, my sister got me this shirt and gave it to me when we picked her up for this event, and I just had to wear it! Got so many comments on it throughout the day.
Ready for some food pics? You've been warned!!
Back to the food!
As promised, our top 5!
The Knott's Taste of Boysenberry Festival runs through May 2nd.
You can find all of the details about the event here.
Last weekend we were invited out to the Knott's Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival to take in the festivities and of course the food.
The event is growing each year and is definitely popular. We of course had an amazing time, but we also do have a few things we'd like to see updated since the event is growing so much, things to alleviate some of the growing pains.
Written by Gregg Condon
I think this is the right place
Let's get to eating!!
Our first stop was for a waffle and chips with ice cream. You know, for Breakfast. Both were good, although the Waffle needed something, and that something is the ice cream. We got the chips later in the day and they were just as good.
Both are found at the Ghost Town Bakery.
Three things we got to try at the tasting preview, and they were just as good, if not better than they were then.
All Three are available at Wagon Wheel Pizza across from Ghostrider.
Something that we didn't know was coming, and isn't on your tasting card, but is delicious, found in Spurs Chop House.
They are made to order, which is nice. I will say though, if we got this again we'd get it without the Hummus. I think that's part of the Shawarma, but I think we would have preferred a bit less of it.
After eating all that food, it was time to take in some of the sights.
Spring has sprung
The merch game was on point
Definitely my philosophy
Cannot recommend the Boysenberry Cobbler enough. It's super easy and super good.
Yo, Yo, Yo ... that's my jam
Our faces all day
You can smell the boysenberries as you approach, so if you want to smell like boysenberries after a bath, get all this stuff.
And then of course, wrap yourself in your boysenberry towel
The wine and Beer tasting was back, although we have to say the "pours" you'd get with the tasting card were very inconsistent. By the end of the day you'd pretty much get a "shot" of Boysenberry beer.
The chili was a hit in our group (Outside Wilderness Dance Hall)
As was the sausage (also found Outside Wilderness Dance Hall)
It's not very often you could spend all day at a theme park, only ride 2 rides and feel like you had a full day, but you can at the Boysenberry Festival
Green Frog, Blue Frog, Green Frog ...
We didn't catch the Jam-Boree, but I'm sure it's great for those who are into that kind of thing
BOBA!!! (Starbucks inside the park)
Let's get back to the food, skirt steak skewer (also towards the front of the park)
Chicken Wings (by Ghostrider)
Chicken Skewer (Indian Trails)
Pulled Pork Fries (Calico Fry Co)
This brings us to one of the things we'd like to see changed. All of the food we just shared above other than the Chili, Boba and Sausage was at the very front of the park, mostly along the path to Ghostrider. That's a lot of food in a very small area, and an area with not a lot of seating (although you could sit in Spurs Chop House, which was nice).
We'd really like to see them spread this out to the rest of the park. 95% of everything was in Ghost Town. Things like the Tostada could have easily been put in Fiesta Village to give the festival more room to spread out among the park. It also would have helped with seating and food lines.
Just a suggestion.
We also heard from some others that food locations and the Dance Hall closed early on Sunday. The park was PACKED. Not sure if that's a scheduling issue or what, but hopefully that's something they address.
Alright, we have a bit of a Rapids Construction update below, but before we get to that, we also have our top 5 food items to share:
Let's take a look at the Rapids construction, there are finally a few walls up
Not a whole lot of visible work in this area
They are definitely doing some work in the queue
Alrighty, that's gonna wrap it up. We will probably head back to the park for more Boysenberry food at least once more during the Boysenberry Festival, probably in a few weeks. Be sure you head out to the park to check it out. You won't be disappointed.
More details about the Boysenberry Festival can be found here.