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Dollywood’s inaugural Flower & Food Festival to start June 15

by Brittani Tuttle

Dollywood’s inaugural Flower & Food Festival will bloom to life with natural beauty when the park reopens to season passholders on June 15.

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During this brand-new event, guests can explore larger-than-life plant sculptures covered in half a million flower blooms. These displays can reach heights up to 14 feet, and floral carpet beds will envelope walkways, decorate buildings, and fill flowerbeds throughout the park.

During the festival, the park will stay open until 9:30 p.m. each evening. In addition, the nights will come to a close with a fireworks show.

“I know everyone is tired after being cooped up inside for the last few months, but I think all of us probably appreciate our family and friends even more right now,” said Dolly Parton. “I’m glad we’re able to start welcoming folks back to Dollywood with a brand new festival to help them make fresh memories together. Things may look a little different, but when they see all those beautiful flowers in bloom, I think it will help them take a bit of a break from everything that’s been going on.”

Floral displays will include Smoky Mountain turtles, raccoons, frogs and black bears, as well as representations of Dolly’s songs come to life with tributes to “I Will Always Love You” and “Coat of Many Colors.”

Special Instagram-worthy photo-ops will be set up throughout the park as well, including the Umbrella Sky, a display of more than 600 umbrellas dancing above guests’ heads.

In addition to the blooms, Dollywood’s team of culinary experts have created a new menu of garden-fresh dishes, including:

  • Grilled Citrus Shrimp Over Delta Peas and Rice
  • Gyros
  • Greek Orzo Pasta
  • Grilled Chili Lime Skirt Steak
  • Chicken Stir Fry
  • Zucchini Fritters
  • Lobster Rolls
  • Charcuterie in a Cone
  • Pork Sliders with Pineapple Chutney

Highlights of the dessert menu include:

  • Chocolate-Dipped Macaroons
  • Toasted Coconut Cupcakes
  • Blueberry Tarts
  • Chocolate Ganache Brownies

There will also be new refreshing beverages to try during the Flower & Food Festival, including Strawberry Guava, Blueberry Lavender Lemonade, Blood Orange Lemonade, and Watermelon Lime Fresca.

Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country Water Park will reopen on June 15-16 for season pass guests, and to the general public on June 17. Social distancing guidelines will limit the parks’ capacity, so season passholders will be required to reserve the date and time of their visit, and general admission guests will have to purchase a date-based ticket. Reservations can be made at Dollywood.com/Reservations and on the Dollywood mobile app.

To learn more about the other safety and operational changes put in place, visit Dollywood.com/PlaySafe.

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Ronnie watkins June 15, 2020 - 10:28 pm

Will be going there soon.
Love the park

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