Tampa, Fl. (February 2019) – It’s almost that time of year when the smell of foods from around the world fill the air and the screams from Falcons Furior are drowned out by some of the country’s best performing acts. That’s right, it can only mean one thing.. The Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 5th Annual Food & Wine Festival is here.

With more than 35 delicious dishes to pair with over 100 wines, craft brews, and cocktails, park guests can explore a variety of flavors while enjoying a diverse concert line-up, including acts for all tastes.

The Food & Wine Festival runs weekends from March 16 to April 28 and is included with admission to the park.

Guests can begin their culinary road trip with grilled lamb chops featuring a 15-year balsamic drizzle from northern California. Foodies can’t miss mouthwatering Tex-Mex classics like chorizo queso fundido with sweet onions and shishito peppers or grilled elote – the park’s spin on Mexican street corn featuring cotija cheese and lime crema. Island delights feature flavors of paradise with Hawaiian-inspired delicacies including a dreamy pineapple upside down cake or Kona-crusted filet mignon with Maui onion butter. Nostalgic guests can even take a trip down memory lane with a visit to the 60thAnniversary cabin, featuring recipes inspired by historical Busch Gardens’ treats and snacks from decades gone by.

The Line-up:

From country and rock to R&B, the Food & Wine Festival line-up reflects musical genres of all tastes. Fans can book the ultimate festival experience with one of two exclusive VIP packages available for each act, including reserved concert seating and a Sampler Lanyard. Concert headliners include:


  • Saturday, March 16, 2019             Daughtry
  • Sunday, March 17, 2019                The Band Perry
  • Saturday, March 23, 2019             3 Doors Down
  • Sunday, March 24, 2019                Blue Rodeo, Kathleen Edwards and Fred Eaglesmith featuring Tif Ginn
  • Saturday, March 30, 2019             Justin Moore
  • Sunday, March 31, 2019                El Gran Combo
  • Saturday, April 06, 2019                 To Be Announced
  • Sunday, April 07, 2019                    Josh Turner       
  • Saturday, April 13, 2019                 Mighty Mighty Bosstones
  • Sunday, April 14, 2019                    Boyz II Men
  • Friday, April 19, 2019                       Edwin McCain and Vertical Horizon
  • Saturday, April 20, 2019                 Hunter Hayes and Levi Hummon
  • Sunday, April 21, 2019                    Mat Kearney
  • Saturday, April 27, 2019                 Walk Off the Earth
  • Sunday, April 28, 2019                    Foreigner

Best Value for Florida Residents: For a limited time, shoppers who purchase a Busch Gardens Fun Card receive an Adventure Island Fun Card for FREE to experience both parks through the end of 2019. Block out dates apply.

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