Food and Wine Festival at Busch Gardens 2016 #CorksAndCoasters

Last week I was invited to a VIP Media sneak peek at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. We were there to drink and taste some of the goodies that are available at the 2016 Food and Wine Festival.

And taste we did!

I brought along my friend Liz and we had a really good time drinking and eating. Liz is a beer connoisseur so I felt comfortable letting her take charge of what beer we would sample and in what order because honestly....all I really drink is Michelob Ultra. Wink


We had access to stations 20-27, but we didn't try everything at the stations.

Station 21 was my absolute favorite. At this station we had Lamb Chops, Pan-Seared Diver Scallops, Rodney Strong, Pinot Noir, and the Rekorderlig Strawberry-Lime Cider. Without a doubt the lamb was AMAZING and the Strawberry-Lime Cider was the BEST BEER (is it really a beer??) I have ever had. Simply amazing.

Station 20 brought us Pan-Seared Creole Shrimp, Duck Fat Truffle-Infused Fries and De Loach Vineyards, Pinot Noir. Very tasty. My son Ronin is a french fry NUT and he would have totally loved these Duck Fat Truffle-Infused Fries.

At Station 23 we tried the Undercover Investigation Shut-Down (beer), and A Little Sumpin' Sumpin (beer). Both were okay, but I was glad I only had a sample and not a full glass as it really wasn't my jam.

Besides the wonderful food and drink they also had some amazing topiaries.

Check these out! They are beautiful!


I love the Octopus one the most but the Big Bird one is pretty cool too as Big Bird's nest is made from GRAPE VINES! So fitting for the Food and WINE Festival! There are 11 topiaries throughout the Festival but I only saw these 3.

There was also a DJ spinning tunes from the upcoming artists.

If I don't have to work on April 2nd and 3rd, you will certainly find me and the #TampaTrio singing along to Brick House and Honey I'm Good. Wink


The Food & Wine Festival is open Saturdays & Sundays, March 5 through April 24. Sampler and VIP packages can be purchased to add even more flavor to your visit. 

  • Food Sampler – choose any 5 samples of food for $24.99
  • Wine & Brew Sampler – choose any 10 samples of beer or wine for $36.99
  • Food, Wine & Brew Sampler – choose any 5 samples of beer or wine and any 5 samples of food for $44.99

You can check out all the details and purchase tickets at Busch Gardens.


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