Annual Food & Wine Festival returns to Busch Gardens Tampa this month

Its concerts and exclusive food offerings will run until Sunday, May 21.

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While its Mardi Gras programming wraps up,  Busch Gardens Tampa Bay gets ready to host the 2023 installation of its annual Food & Wine Festival, (although you'll have to make sure you don't throw up your dinner while riding its newly-opened Serengeti Flyer coaster.)

From exclusive beer and wine pairings to Moroccan and Asian-inspired dishes, folks with all different palates will surely find something to enjoy at the Food & Wine Festival's park-wide spread of eats. 

You can snack on stuffed grape leaves and lamb lollipops at the Greek Isles, tuna poke at the newly-opened Springs Taproom or its Surf & Turf—complete with oven-roasted beef and butter-poached lobster—right next to Busch Gardens' live music stage.  A variety of wine, beer, craft cocktails and liquor tastings will also be available for purchase throughout the festival grounds.

Food & Wine fest festivities will take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between March 10 and May 21, from noon until the park closes. Access into the festival itself is included in the park’s admission fee, but its various food and drink offerings will range from vendor to vendor.

A full map of featured Food & Wine festival offerings can be found at

And if you don't want to pay for food or drinks individually, you can also purchase a 10 item sampler for $70 or a 15 item sampler for $85.

To coincide with this three month-long celebration of food and drink, Busch Gardens will also host its spring concert series, featuring performances from classic rock band Kansas, rapper Flo Rida, Latin artist Elvis Crespo, indie rockers Walk the Moon, "The Reason" singers Hoobastank alongside many, many more.

While access to these concerts is free with park admission, VIP upgrades are available for $49.99 and up.

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Kyla Fields

Kyla Fields is the Managing Editor of Creative Loafing Tampa Bay who started their journey at CL as summer 2019 intern. They are the proud owner of a charming, sausage-shaped, four-year-old rescue mutt named Piña.
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