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Flamin' Hot Cheetos street corn
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is about to have a tasty and thrilling spring break season.
The Tampa theme park will bring back its annual Food & Wine Festival on March 11 – the same day the long-awaited Iron Gwazi coaster
debuts to the public.
While you may need some food fuel or liquid courage before strapping into the steepest and fastest hybrid roller coaster in the world, it’s probably a better plan to wait until after that 91-degree drop to indulge.
Food & Wine runs through May 22 – that’s 11 weekends of specialty food and drinks and concerts, the longest run the event has ever had.
More than 90 dishes and drinks are featured at the 16 stations and bars situated around the park. Food & Wine even brings back three popular spots from the park’s Mardi Gras event – Nola Sweets, Hurricanes and Nola Eats.
A taste of some of the new offerings at this year’s Food & Wine Festival:
Iron Gwazi themed drinks:
- Iron Gwazi Fizz:
gin, lavender, lemonade, Grenadine, Blue Curacao, soda
- Hybrid Heat:
Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Disaronno, Coca-Cola
- The 91-degree Drop:
Tito’s vodka, melon liqueur, Triple Sec, lemonade
Impossible mini avocado slider: Smashed avocado, roasted garlic aioli, brioche bun Sour orange glazed burnt ends pork belly bites Toasted coconut lemon cheesecake mousse
All American Eats:
Game Time!!! Mini bison cheeseburger:
With wild blackberry preserve, pinot noir caramelized onions and Midnight Blue 24K double chocolate whoopie pie: With marshmallow cream, chocolate drizzle and chocolate pearls
Sangria float: with Madagascar vanilla ice cream, club soda, brandy cherries and edible flowers
West Coast Catch:
Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Elote street corn: With avocado lime crema, Tajin and Cotija Harvest chipotle BBQ shrimp tacos: With creamy ranch slaw, Pipian sauce and Cotjia Orange Flan
Black berry pinot noir Orange creamsicle Strawberry short cake Havana (guava and cream cheese)
Urban duck fries:
With duck confit, parmesan cheese, fresh herbs and roasted garlic aioli Hawaiian BBQ pulled pork: With coconut jasmine rice, pineapple serrano relish and cilantro
As for concerts, here’s a look at the lineup for every weekend of the festival. Busch Gardens will add more details and acts closer to the festival start. March 11: Sean Paul
March 26: Scott Stapp: Voice of Creed
March 27: The Purple Xperience: Prince Tribute
April 2: Rodney Atkins
April 3: Air Supply
April 23: Kansas
April 30: 3 Doors Down
May 22: Tito Nieves
Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival is included with park admission, but food and drink purchases and special concert seating are separate.
The festival offers sampling lanyards that include 10- or 15-item samples and a package that includes reserved concert seating and a 5-item sampler lanyard. Busch Gardens pass members can also purchase an exclusive 18-item sampler for the same price as the 15-item lanyard ($80).
For more information, tickets and vacation packages, visit BuschGardens.com