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Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival Starts Tomorrow

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Tomorrow marks the start of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Food & Wine Festival, featuring more than 110 items of cuisine from all over the world.

The festival continues every weekend through the 25th April with limited capacity and a number of health and safety measures in place. Measures include face coverings, temperature checks, and social distancing. 

In order to manage park capacity and ensure that social distancing can be maintained, reservations are required, even for pass members and Fun Card holders. 

Guests who missed out on Mari Gras celebrations at the park on Tuesday, four “culinary cabins” feature cuisine from New Orleans. 

There are new items in Nola Eats for this year’s Food & Wine festival including a shrimp po boy slider and a spicy chick po boy slider. The New Orleans-inspired dessert zone is Nola Sweets, which this year features beignets. 

All together, 24 culinary cabins offer 22 new items among the 110-plus samples guests can try. This also includes 50 wines, beers, and seltzers and more than 20 cocktails. Bourbon and tequila casings are also available just outside the Xcursions area. 

Starting next month, recognised and local bands will perform on the festival stage, however the lineup hasn’t been revealed yet. Food and beverage is not included with park admission and is available for an extra fee. 

Guests can purchase a sampler lanyard to use during the festival. The lanyard comes in three options – a five-item sampler, a 10-item sampler or 12-item sampler. Prices start at $34.99 for the five-item sampler. Pass members can get an exclusive 15-item sampler for the price of a 12-item sampler. 

You can find out more about the festival here.

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