New flavors, music highlights Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival

Jimmy LaRoue
Contact Reporterjlarouejr@vagazette.com

Besides offering more flavors and drinks, Busch Gardens will add a medley of country and pop musicians to its 2018 Food and Wine Festival menu.

The festival features more than 60 specialty food items, 30 different wines, 25 craft beers and 20 unique cocktails not normally served at the park.

The new flavors and drinks include samplings from Cuba (roasted pork Cuban sandwich, fried plantains, flan and a Cuba Libre cocktail), Japan (lettuce wraps, chicken dumplings, sushi and green tea ice cream), South Korea (grilled marinated beef, spicy barbecue ribs and kimchi) and Brazil (grilled beef, pineapple, Brazilian sausage and a rum cocktail).

“This annual festival is quickly establishing Busch Gardens Williamsburg as a leading culinary destination in the region,” said culinary operations Vice President Franz Kitenko. “We can’t wait to share the delicious creations our team has cooked up.”

Visitors will be able to sample food and drinks with 16 themed kiosks located throughout the park. Chefs will also lead interactive cooking demonstrations.

Wine, scotch, tequila and beer tastings will be part of the festival.

Musical performers include 2011 American Idol and country artist Scotty McCreery (June 9), country singer Hunter Hayes (June 16) and pop singer Andy Grammer (June 30). All will perform in the Royal Palace Theatre.

The Food and Wine Festival, and the musical performances, are free with park admission. Individual sampling portions and wine tastings can be purchased: A 10-item sampler costs $49 and a 15-item sampler costs $62. They can be used on any Food and Wine Festival day.

For the music, available seating is limited and is not guaranteed. The park will offer the opportunity to reserve seats at an additional cost.

The festival began May 25 and starts at 11 a.m. until the park closes Friday, Saturdays and Sundays through July 1.

 

Food and Wine Festival

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through July 1, with three concerts — Scotty McCreery (June 9), Hunter Hayes (June 16) and Andy Grammer (June 30) performing.

Cost: Free with park admission, with food samplers and reserved concert seating available for purchase.

Food menus and information: https://buschgardens.com/williamsburg/events/food-festival/

LaRoue can be reached by phone at 757-345-2342, by email at jlarouejr@vagazette.com or on Twitter @jlaroue.

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