All-new food and drink options, along with big-name concert acts, are coming to Virginia for the Busch Gardens Williamsburg Food & Wine Festival from May 25 through July 1, 2018.
The Busch Gardens Williamsburg Food & Wine Festival offers park guests the opportunity to sample a variety of food and beverages not normally served in the park. Visitors can enjoy authentic tastes from around the world at 16 themed kiosks while strolling through the theme park. Throughout the event, festivalgoers also will have the opportunity to get up close and personal as chefs lead interactive and informative cooking demonstrations.
“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.”
In 2018, the festival grows its international offerings by debuting all-new flavors from around the world, with special foods, wines, beers and tequila tastings. Featured countries include:
Cuba – roasted pork Cuban sandwich, fried plantains, flan and a Cuba Libre cocktail.
Japan – lettuce wraps, chicken dumplings, sushi and green tea ice cream.
Brazil – grilled beef, pineapple, Brazilian sausage and a rum cocktail.
South Korea – grilled marinated beef, spicy barbecue ribs and kimchi
The park will add a musical component to the Food & Wine Festival this year, with live performances at the Royal Palace Theatre starting with country artist Scotty McCreery on June 9. The 2011 American Idol winner recently earned his first top-charting song, “Five More Minutes.” Hunter Hayes is scheduled to perform on June 16. The Grammy-nominated country singer has hit No. 1 on the charts with “Somebody’s Heartbreak” and “Wanted.” Closing out the festival’s concert series is pop artist Andy Grammer on June 30. His hit song, “Honey, I’m Good,” was one of the best-selling songs of 2015.
The 2018 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Food & Wine Festival begins May 25 and runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, through July 1, including Memorial Day Monday. Memorial Day weekend will feature fireworks on Saturday evening, May 26 at Busch Gardens.
The Food & Wine Festival is included with park admission. Individual sampling portions and wine tastings are available for purchase inside the park. For more information, including complete kiosk menus, visit buschgardens.com/foodandwine, and watch these videos for more fun from the Virginia park: