Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival 2024 Guide

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Did you guys attend the Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival last weekend?  Yes, the Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival is back!

The festival debuted on March 9, 2024, and it’s running through May 19, 2024.  It takes place on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.  On Saturday and Sunday, the festivities begin at 12:00 PM and runs until the park closes.  On Friday, the festivities start at 3:00 PM and runs until the park closes.  Attendance is included in Busch Gardens theme park admission.

And it’s the best food and wine festival you’ll find in the Tampa Bay, Florida area.  Not only does it have great food and wine, but there are also great concerts!

I’ll tell you about all of it.  And then I’ll tell you how you can save money on a ticket!

Food & Drink

There will be marketplaces set up throughout the theme park where you’ll get to buy festival food and drinks.  I’ll go over all the stations.

#1: South Africa Food

  • Bobotie
    • Ground Beef with flavors of Turmeric and Curry
    • Touch of sweetness from Apricots & Raisins
    • Finished with a Custard then baked.
  • Bunny Chow
    • Curry Stew with Indian spices that originated in Durban, South Africa
    • A street food served in a hollowed-out bread bowl
  • Lemon Meringue Pie
    • Pastry base filled with Lemon Curd
    • Topped with Meringue

#2: South Africa Wine and Spirits

  • Jam Jar Sweet Shiraz
    • Western Cape
  • Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc
    • Hermanus
  • MAN Family Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Western Cape
  • Mulderbosch ‘Faithful Hound’ Red Blend
    • Stellenbosch, Coastal Region
  • Martini Rox
    • Vanilla Vodka, Passionfruit Juice, Monin Pineapple & Citrus
  • The Ama-lekkerlicious
    • Brandy, Cranberry Juice, Peach Schnaps & Pink Lemonade

#3: Vineyard Marketplace

Instead of food and wine in this marketplace, you can purchase artisan crafts, home décor, and souvenirs.

#4: Argentina

  • Chicken Empanada
    • Chicken and Cheese wrapped in a flaky pastry
    • Fried golden brown
    • Pairs well with a Smoky & Spicy Tomato Adobo Sauce.
  • Beef Chimichurri
    • Tender Beef on Smashed Sweet Plantains
    • Glazed with a Spicy Vinegar & Fresh Herb.
  • Mango Flan
    • A creamy Custard
    • Infused with Mango
    • Topped with Caramel
  • Icon Rock Chardonnay
    • Mendoza
  • New Age White Blend
    • San Rafael, Mendoza
  • Ernesto Catena Padrillos Pinot Noir
    • Mendoza
  • Achaval Ferrer Malbec
    • Mendoza

#5: Chile

  • Ceviche
    • Fresh White Fish
    • Citrus Cooked in Key Lime Juice Marinade
    • Hints of heat from Habanero Peppers
  • Latin Influenced Grilled Beef
    • Grilled Beef and Spices on Yucca Mash
    • Enhanced with Cilantro & Garlic
  • Dulce De Leche Cake
    • Caramel from Sweet Milk
    • Drizzled over a Light Sponge Cake
    • Topped with Whipped Cream.
  • Concha y Toro ‘Gran Reserva’ Sauvignon Blanc
    • Marchigue, Central Valley
  • Diablo Dark Red BlendValle del Maule
    • Central Valley
  • Papi Pink Moscato
    • Maule Valley
  • Miguel Torres Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Curico

#6: New Zealand

  • Kiwi Marinated Grilled Lamb
    • New Zealand Lamb marinated in Kiwi Puree, Spices & Herbs then Char Grilled
    • Served with Sweet Carrot Puree.
  • New Zealand Green Lip Mussels
    • New Zealand Mussels prepared in Wine, Garlic Broth & Butter
    • Served with Focaccia Toast
  • Strawberry Lamington
    • Lamington Cake soaked with Strawberry Jam
    • Topped with Coconut
  • Urlar Pinot Noir
    • Gladstone, Wairarapa
  • Craggy Range Chardonnay
    • Hawkes Bay
  • Matua Rose
    • Marlborough
  • Squealing Pig Sauvignon Blanc
    • Awatere Valley

#7: Australia

  • Green Curry Chicken Pie
    • Asian pot pie with Chicken, Bamboo Shoots, Ginger & Green Curry
    • Basil Aromatics
    • Served in a Flaky Pastry Shell.
  • Watermelon Salad
    • Inspired by the Chinchilla Melon festival in Queensland
    • Sweet Watermelon, Shiraz Vinaigrette & Arugula Salad
    • Topped with Pickled Onions.
  • Macadamia Nut Tart
    • Indigenous to Australia
    • Native to Northeastern New South Wales
    • Toasted nut encrusted in a Buttery Caramel
    • Served in a Flaky Pastry Shell.
  • Greg Norman Shiraz
    • Limestone Coast
  • Penfold Max Chardonnay
    • Barossa Valley
  • Kings of Prohibition Chardonnay
    • South Eastern Australia
  • Gemtree ‘Dragons Blood’ Cabernet Sauvignon
    • McLaren Vale

#8: Canada

  • Hot Smoked Salmon Sandwich
    • Cherry and Oak Smoked Salmon
    • Served with a Spicy Maple Syrup Cole Slaw
    • In a Brioche Bun.
  • Halifax Donair
    • Canadian version of a Gyro
    • Greek Style Beef
    • Wrapped in Pita, Sliced Onions & Tomato
    • Topped with Sweet Condensed Milk and Garlic Sauce.
  • Timbits
    • Light and Fluffy Donuts
    • Maple Whipped Cream.
  • Cranberry Royale
    • Vodka, Prosecco, Citrus Juice, Crème De Cassis & Monin Cranberry
  • Hard Strawberry Lemonade
    • Vodka, Pink Lemonade & Monin Strawberry
  • Unibroue La Fin Du Monde
    • Beer
    • ABV 9%
  • La Batts Blue
    • Beer
  • Chateau des Charmes Ice Wine
    • St. Davis

#12: Spain

  • Chicken Saffron Rice
    • Brazilian Staple
    • Chicken and Rice infused with a Saffron Broth, Red Bell Pepper, Onion & Tomato
    • Finished with White Wine and Garlic
  • Albondigas
    • Pork and Beef Meatball
    • Roasted & simmered in a Spicy Tomato Sauce
    • Enhanced with Chipotle Peppers
  • Churros Fan
    • Tossed in Cinnamon Sugar
    • Drizzled with Salted Caramel.
  • Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza
    • Rioja
  • O Fillo Da Condesa Albarino
    • Rias Baixas, Galici
  • Raventos Blanc de Blancs Brut
    • Sant Sadurni d’Anoia
  • Juan Gil Monastrell Mourvedre
    • Jumilla, Castile-La Mancha/Murica

#13: France

  • Ratatouille
    • French Provencal dish of Stewed Vegetables
    • Eggplant, Onions, Peppers, Zucchini, Squash, Tomatoes & Garlic
  • Cassoulet
    • Slow Cooked White Beans, Cured Bacon & Vegetables
    • Finished with Fresh Herbs
  • Vanilla Cream Puff
    • French Choux Pastry filled with Vanilla Cream
  • Chateau La Tuilerie Du Puy Bordeaux
    • Bordeaux
  • Comtesse De Malet Roquefort Bordeaux Blanc
    • Bordeaux
  • Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge
    • Rhone Valley
  • Maison Louis Jadot Macon Villages
    • Macon-Villages, Burgundy

#14: Italy

  • Chicken Marsala
    • Pan Seared Chicken & Sautéed Mushrooms
    • Deglazed with Marsala Wine
    • Served on a bed of Braised Spinach & Onions
  • Puttanesca Fusilli
    • Traditional Naples dish
    • Kalamata Olives, Capers & Tomato
    • Simmered with Herbs
    • Served over Spiral Pasta.
  • Chocolate Chip Cannoli
    • Traditional Pastry Shell filled with Ricotta Cheese & Chocolate Chips
    • Essence of Orange
  • Borgo Scopeto Chianti Classico
    • Toscana
  • Banfi ‘Principessa’ GaviCortese Di Gavi
    • Piemonte
  • Michele Chiarlo ‘Le Orme’ Barbara d ‘AstiBarbera d ‘Asti
    • Piedmont
  • Gabbiano Pinot Grigio
    • Vento

#15: USA

  • Lobster Roll
    • A New England Favorite
    • Chilled Poached Lobster tossed in Dill, Mayonnaise, Dill & Shaved Celery
    • Served on a soft potato roll.
  • Crab Cakes
    • Jumbo Lump Crab, Mustard, Mayonnaise & Old Bay Seasoning
    • Seared to a Golden Brown
    • Accompanied with a Mustard Sauce.
  • Fess Parker
    • Santa Barbara, California
  • Raeburn Cabernet Sauvignon
    • Russian River Valley, CA
  • Z Alexander Brown ‘Uncaged’ Red Blend
    • California
  • Oliver Blueberry Moscato
    • Indiana
  • The Margarita
    • Tequilla, Triple Sec & Lime Juice
  • Whiskey Sour
    • Whiskey, Triple Sec & Lime Juice
  • Escape The Other West Coast IPA
    • Beer
    • IPA 7.2%
  • Channelside Cream Ale
    • Cream Ale

#16: USA – Creamery

  • Strawberry Shortcake
    • Local Grown Florida Strawberries
    • Yellow Sponge Cake
    • Whipped Cream.
  • Apple Pie a La Mode
    • Washington State Apples baked in a Tart Shell
    • Topped with Soft Serve Vanilla Ice Cream

#17: Old World Wines, Flights & Snacks

Here you can get flights of four pours each of 1.25 ounces.

  • Flight #1
    • Celeste Verdejo (Spain)
    • Aveleda Vinho Verde Alvarinho (Portugal)
    • Gabbiano Pinot Grigo (Italy)
    • Miraval Cotes de Provence (France)
  • Flight #2
    • Bouchard Aine & Fils Beaujoulais-Villages (France)
    • Zoe Red (Greece)
    • Bulgariana Danubian Plain Pinot Noir (Bulgaria)
    • Scarpette Barbera Del Monferrato (Piedmont)
  • Flight #3
    • Castello del Trebbio Superiore (Tuscany)
    • Cellers Can Blau Red Blend (Spain)
    • Villa Matilde, Aglianico Rocco Dei Leonia (Italy)
    • L’Orangeraie Syrah (Pays d’ Oc)

Food & Beverage Sampler

All those foods and drinks sound good to you?  Then you really should consider purchasing a Food & Beverage Sampler!  These have saved me money.

How it works is that you buy a food & beverage sampler for 10 or 15 items.  Then you can use it throughout the festival (not just one day).  You can save up to 50% by purchasing the sampler.  Now, if you only buy a couple of items, it may not be worth it to you.  But if you want to try multiple options, or you’ll be at the festival multiple days, then it makes sense to purchase the sampler.  You can purchase the sampler here.


Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival’s concert lineup consists of a lot of different genres, from country music to pop to rock to Latin to R&B to classical music – and more!

These concerts are included in the cost of admission.  But here’s a tip: if you really want to make sure you get a good seat for one or more of these concerts, then you really should consider purchasing a VIP Seating Package.  That will get you exclusive seating for the concert.  Plus you’ll get one free drink and access to a private VIP bar. You can book a VIP Seating Package here.

Musical artists coming to Busch Gardens Tampa for the concerts include:

Find out the full schedule for the concerts here.

Here’s the schedule

  • Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Better Than Ezra with special guest Vertical Horizon
  • Gavin DeGraw
  • Flo Rida
  • 38 Special
  • Andy Grammer
  • Hoobastank
  • Owl City
  • Boys Like Girls
  • The Outlaws
  • Mark Willis
  • Grupo Niche
  • Michael Ray
  • Chris Lane
  • Grupo Mania

Food & Wine Festival Guided Tour

Want a more VIP experience to the whole event?  Then book a ticket for the Food & Wine Festival Guided Tour!

This is a VIP Guided group tour for up to ten guests per tour.  It is a walking tour that can last up to three hours but is wheelchair accessible.

The tour also gets you bonuses like:

  • Up to 5 food & drink items free
  • Front of the line access to select popular roller coasters
  • Reserved seating for the concerts

Food & Wine Festival VIP Package

Get the VIP Experience with the Food & Wine Festival VIP Package.  It gets you the best seats for the concerts and a special entrance to the seating area.

You get one beverage certificate.  You also get a a private bar experience!

Discount Tickets

So as I said earlier, admission to the event is included in a park ticket to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.  Which is great if you already have tickets to Busch Gardens.  But if you don’t, luckily, there are a lot of great discounts going on right now if you book your ticket here.