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.
This past Tuesday we were invited out to Knott's Berry Farm for an evening of tastings featuring many new items that will be available at this years Boysenberry Festival.
Among the delectable eats were some truly tasty treats, many flowing drinks and of course, all the fun that Knott's has to offer.
We also have a quick park update before we get started on the food.
Welcome to Knott's!!
Every time we try and ride Jaguar it seems to go down. But we rode it hundreds of times during Coasting for Kids so we probably are good to not ride this again, ever.
A must-ride, every visit. Usually more than once.
Over at the Timber Mountain Log Ride, they've made some nice updates to the Fast Lane process.
Previously Fast Lane would go through the exit, which created issues for those exiting the logs, and probably a safety issue as well.
Now the entrance is through the regular line
The regular line gets held on the right under the sign, while Fast Lane goes to the left.
They wait for the line to pass the cave before letting the next group go.
It actually seemed to work really well, hopefully they're thinking of ways to make Fast Lane better at some of the other rides. Namely Montezoomas Revenge and the Rapids.
Unfortunately HangTime was down all day.
Pony Express was also getting some offseason love.
Speaking of the rapids, some work is definitely going on, we could hear them pounding away at something.
Could be another reason Pony Express was closed.
Lots of room for new landscaping or other things.
They were working on the queue
Not sure how well you can see them, but there are ropes strung across in a few areas here. Not sure what they are for.
The Galloping Goose was out, always a nice treat.
Alright, let's get on with the food.
The first of three videos where we talk about all of the food we tried. Don't worry, we cut out the part where we eat the food. Nobody needs to see that. =)
Boysenberry Tostada with pulled pork. Super delicious.
Boysenberry Salmon, nice and tasty.
Boysenberry Habanero Mac and Cheese. This was a hit, and we can't wait to have it again soon.
Jambalaya. It was quite good. Everything a Jambalaya should be. Didn't taste much Boysenberry, but that was ok.
Chili in a Boysenberry Bread Bowl. Fantastic Chili. Yummy Bread Bowl.
Chicken and Flank Steak skewers. We actually preferred the chicken, but both were very good.
Boysenberry Pot Roast and Boysenberry Mashed Potatoes.
Both were melt in your mouth good. Josh doesn't usually like Mashed Potatoes, but he loved these.
Boysenberry Hummus. Think this is a carry-over from last year, but it was fantastic. The pita was perfect.
Knott's also announced that an all new Boysenberry Pie Frozen Yogurt will be available at ALL Yogurtland locations (yes, that one down the street from you) beginning on March 18th.
It's so worth it.
Lastly and certainly not least, is the Berry Beast.
Be sure to check out the video on how this thing was born.
Some great merchandise will be available as well
Back again is the Tied Up In Knott's display which showcases some great artwork featuring Knott's history.
Some really fantastic art on display.
This Walter Knott art is sure to go very quickly.
Same with the Catawampus.
This is all so good, we'd be surprised if it's not all sold the very first day of the Festival.
Some great Beary Tales and Kingdom of the Dinosaurs art
Thanks to Knott's for having us out, we had a fantastic time, ate too much, caught up with great friends and we can't wait to do it again soon!!
Over the weekend we were invited out to Knott's Berry Farm to check out this years Boysenberry Festival.
This is one of our favorite events of the year at any park and this year was definitely not a disappointment. Great food, amazing park.
Let's get to the good stuff shall we!!
Written by Gregg Condon
Welcome to the Knott's Boysenberry Festival!!
If you'd like to take some of the event home you can get your own Boysenberry Plant!!
But we're just here for the food. =)
Our first of the day, Pierogis and Short Ribs. Both were absolutely amazing of course. I'm also not a big "Sour Cream" person, but Boysenberry Sour Cream? I'm all over it!!
We also had to try the Coconut Macaroon, it was delightful and we still have one left. Guess what I'm eating after I finish this update. (Hey, I had a good workout today) =)
Some of the booths are inside, some like the Chicken Wings are outside.
Let's check out some of the amazing springtime decorations!!
Where's the fog? =)
Some amazing artwork was on display in Wilderness Dance Hall
Look closely at the Timber Mountain Log Ride one =)
Love the Huff and Puff ... still want a grown up version of this classic ride
Let's eat some more food shall we!!
Boysenberry Sausage ... this was quite simply my favorite thing we ate all day
Boysenberry Quesadilla and Boysenberry Cornbread. You can get the Cornbread at the Boardwalk BBQ.
Elote ... fantástico
The Boysenberry Hummus had a surprising kick to it, but it was yummy
Not usually a fan of Boba, but loved this.
Here's what's on the Tasting Card this year.
You have 8 items to try, but it's not one for each item. You could get 8 of the same thing if you want this year. A nice change that allows you to revisit some favorites later in the day. And that's what we did. We tried everything once, and then had our favorites again later.
Also, keep an eye on the a 'la carte prices, as the Macaroon is only $1.59 whereas most of the other items are $7-$8.
Sadly we forgot to go back and get some of this later in the day
A look at the plethora of Boysenberry Merchandise
We had an amazing time as always, the park was busy, but didn't seem too bad to move around and get food. All of the lines moved very quickly and we had a fantastic time.
Be sure to check out the Boysenberry Festival until April 9 . Click the link for full details.
We'll be back tomorrow with a full HangTime update!!
This past Tuesday Knott's Berry Farm held their Boysenberry Festival tasting event and we were invited out to check out the event.
Scott and Buffy were on hand to take in all of the amazing boysenberry goodness.
Be sure you bring your appetite for this update.
Written by Scott and Buffy Linder
One of the most anticipated events of the year at Knott’s Berry Farm is their annual Boysenberry Festival. If you like good food or boysenberries (or good food AND boysenberries) then this year’s festival will NOT disappoint. Let us look at what you will be able to get during this upcoming 23-day food fest:
One of the things they like to highlight is all of the new Boysenberry-themed merchandise you can get. Some new stuff this year – Boysenberry Bacon jerky, sugar-free Boysenberry Punch concentrate, Boysenberry Jelly Mini-pies and more!
Regular and Sugar-Free Boysenberry Punch concentrate!
Boysenberry Rock Candy Sticks, with Boysenberry Cream Soda on the left and Boysenberry Chocolate Bars on the right.
Boysenberry Bark Bars!
Boysenberry Chocolate Popcorn.
Boysenberry Chocolate Almonds and Caramel Bites.
Some Boysenberry (You sense a theme here?) Jelly Mini-Pies.
Boysenberry Peanut Butter Jelly Cups.
And that’s not including some T-shirts and Boysenberry Cotton Candy you can get during the Festival as well. Now, for some fantastic food! They really run the gamut here from a Boysenberry Hummus to a Boysenberry Quesadilla. I will be quiet now and just let you enjoy the food pics!
Boysenberry Hummus and Grilled Pita
Boysenberry Quesadilla with Mozzarella, Cotija Cheese, Boysenberry Salsa and Sour Cream
Boysenberry Cheddar Cheese Pierogi topped with Bacon, Onions and Boysenberry Sour Cream
Wine Tasting Plate
Boysenberry Elote with Boysenberry Mayo, Butter and Parmesan Cheese
Boysenberry Chicken Wings with Boysenberry BBQ Sauce
Boysenberry Short Ribs
Boysenberry Mini Sausage on a Bun
Yes. That is a real 2-foot long hot dog on a boysenberry bun.
Their famous Boysenberry Funnel Cake
Boysenberry Chocolate-dipped Strawberries
Editors Note: OMG, can't wait to try these on the 18th
Their signature Boysenberry Pies
Boysenberry Stuffed Churro
In addition to those there were also their Boysenberry Cheesecake Popsicles, dipped in a Boysenberry Chocolate fountain (Those were fantastic!), a Boysenberry Pie Milkshake and a Boysenberry Boba Tea.
Let’s not forget they have a pretty good Boysenberry Beer, too!
We were able to try most of the dishes shown above. Everything was very good. That is not even an exaggeration. The chefs at Knott’s are getting very good using Boysenberries in both sweet and savory applications. A lot of the savory dishes you try you might expect a sweet component to the dish with the incorporation of the boysenberries…but you don’t.
So what were some of our favorites? According to the chefs here they really do try to make it so everything is really good and it’s hard to pick favorites. It really is! That said the standouts for me were the Boysenberry Short Rib – falling apart and just melt-in-your-mouth delicious …
…and the Boysenberry Mini Sausage on a Bun with a choice of Boysenberry Ketchup, Boysenberry Relish or Boysenberry Mustard. I had the mustard.
My wife, however, loved the Boysenberry BBQ Wings. These are a returning champion as they keep coming back every year. They are THAT good!
This year Knott’s is also including a small art festival titled “Tied Up In Knott’s” where select local artists are having their works showcased. It’s some really neat art and you should check it out when you visit!
Knott’s Berry Farm’s Boysenberry Festival 2018 runs from March 16th to April 8th.
Click here for more details on the Knott's Boysenberry Festival 2018
Thanks to Scott and Buffy for the amazing report. We hope you all enjoyed!!