Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival returns April 1-23
Lovers of the famous fruit born in Buena Park better prepare to loosen their buckles, because Knott’s Berry Farm is bringing back their popular Boysenberry Festival for more days than ever, starting April 1 through 23, 2017.
For the first time ever, the Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival is expanding to three weeks, with food and drinks, and festive live entertainment. The 23-day food festival features over 70 one-of-a-kind boysenberry inspired dishes, drinks and more, plus entertainment, Wine and Craft Brew Tasting Garden (featuring boysenberry and wine), and family fun.
For festival goers looking for some live entertainment, the options include a nighttime dance party, and brand new shows like, Snoopy’s Boysenberry Jamboree at the Calico Mine Stage. Calico Park in Ghost Town is home to a “good ol’ fashion hootenanny” featuring pie eating contests, line dancing and country fair festivities with the local Ghost Town townsfolk. The limited-time festival is included with admission to Knott’s Berry Farm.
For 2017, the line-up of boysenberry inspired dishes will feature boysenberry pizza made with arugula and goat cheese, the new ravioli dish packed with boysenberry flavors, freshly-baked boysenberry fry bread and corn on the cob with boysenberry butter and mayo. Other items include crispy deep fried alligator bites paired with farm-made zesty boysenberry aioli, boysenberry BBQ wings, savory boysenberry meatballs, sweet boysenberry cream soda, creamy chocolate covered boysenberry cheesecake on a stick and many more treats. Additional fee for tastings. Guests who want to take home the Boysenberry BBQ sauce, Boysenberry Butter, Boysenberry Dressing and Boysenberry Chipotle Sauce can do so by stopping by the Berry Market located in the California MarketPlace and General Store located in Ghost Town. Select items are available on the online Berry Market store.
Guests can purchase boysenberry inspired products throughout the winding streets of the Old West at the Crafts Fair. This year’s boysenberry products include boysenberry soap, lip balm and the devilishly good rock candy. Festivalgoers can also watch special demonstrations including a chainsaw wood sculpting, glass blowing and blacksmithing. From day to night, Ghost Town has never looked so lively.
This year, in honor of the famous berry, Ghost Town’s Town Hall will feature a film which shares the story of how Walter and Cordelia Knott settled here in Buena Park and helped the world discover the amazing boysenberry. The year was 1920 when Walter and Cordelia Knott moved to the community of Buena Park Calif. to farm 20 acres of rented land which included harvesting, and selling the first boysenberry, a cross between a loganberry, red raspberry and blackberry, and named the new berry after its originator, Rudolph Boysen. Today, all boysenberries in the world can trace their roots back to Knott’s Berry Farm. Guests can pull up a seat and catch a 10-minute showing of the historic film offered exclusively during the festival.
The Knott’s Boysenberry Festival also features an extensive line up of live entertainment.
Join Snoopy, Charlie and the entire Peanuts gang as they present an all new interactive, musical revue called Snoopy’s Boysenberry Jamboree! at the Calico Mine Stage. This new show will have families singing, dancing, and playing along with the beloved Peanuts characters and talented performers during the whimsical, high energy celebration of springtime.
Country music and the aroma of food will fill the air as the Ghost Town Miners take the stage in a musical performance at the Firemen’s BBQ stage.
Just across the Fireman’s stage, the Legendary Bird Cage Theatre pays tribute to Knott’s past; for the first time in over 20 years, the theatre will be the home of musical comedy melodrama, with a special presentation of the Old Time Melodrama. America’s longest running Melodrama returns with an original, interactive, comedy with a surprising boysenberry twist.
In the evening, a group of krazy talented performers will have guests kicking up their heels with vine dancing, a down home jug band and dueling fiddlers and banjos! At the Wagon Camp stage, get krazy when Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies (originally from Disneyland) mount their toe tappin’, knee-slappin’, gut-bustin’ country comedy show.
The fun continues with new additions exclusively for the Boysenberry Festival. Brand new this season, The Old MacDonald Petting Zoo pays tribute to one of Knott’s original attractions. Young ones and young at heart are invited to cozy up to the cutest critters on the farm including horses, sheep, goats and other furry friends. Springtime fun has also taken root in Camp Snoopy and Fiesta Village. During the limited-time event, the whole family can meet the Easter Beagle at his Camp Snoopy home, blooming with colorful springtime décor. The meet and greet location is the perfect place for shareable moments with the boisterous beagle and his friends – Charlie Brown, Lucy, Sally, and Linus. Camp Snoopy Theatre will showcase the Peanuts pals singing, dancing, and sharing stories for all to enjoy. Everyone in the family can join in the Camp Snoopy activities. And in the evening, Fiesta Village comes alive with music and dance for a nighttime Fiesta with DJ Cruz.
The Boysenberry Festival is included with admission to Knott’s Berry Farm (additional cost for food tasting experiences within the event), which also offers a full day of attractions. Knott’s will have extended hours, 10am to 10pm, from April 1–April 23.
For information about Knott’s Berry Farm visit knotts.com, or download the newly updated Knott’s Berry Farm mobile app for your smartphone, and watch this video for a look at the park’s other famous seasonal event, Knott’s Scary Farm: