Disclaimer: We received free admission and food vouchers to attend the Boysenberry Festival at Knott’s Berry Farm. All opinions are my own.
When it comes to berries, California is probably most well-known for its strawberries. After all, over 80% of the fresh and frozen strawberries in the country are grown in California. But there’s another berry that’s taking Southern California by storm. It’s sweet, plump, juicy, and purple. And it’s the reason Knott’s Berry Farm is what it is today. I’m talking about the Boysenberry.
Back in the early 1920’s, Walter Knott, moved his family to Buena Park, California in an attempt to make a living in farming. At their roadside stand they sold their crops – rhubarb, asparagus, and some berries. Walter’s wife Cordelia made homemade jellies and jams which they sold as well. The family was doing alright. But it was the experiment of a close friend that changed the Knott family’s life forever.
Rudolph Boysen was trying to create a new kind of berry by crossing a raspberry, a loganberry, and a blackberry. The idea was good, but the plant kept dying on him. He abandoned his project, but Walter Knott decided to try and salvage some of the sad vines. Soon he had nursed them back to health, and he named his new crop after the man who invented them. And that is how the Boysenberry came to be.
Now 80-plus years later, in the same spot where the Knott family planted their crops, a theme park thrives. And each Spring, that theme park celebrates the special berry that made its success a possibility. Knott’s Berry Farm’s Boysenberry Festival is the ultimate celebration of the unique and delicious boysenberry. The entire park gets extra decked out for the occasion, but the best part? Eating your way through all of the delicious boysenberry offerings.
During the festival, there are over 70 boysenberry-inspired food, drinks, and treats to discover. You’d have to bring quite the crew with you to try everything. But one way to get as much boysenberry goodness as possible into one trip is with the Boysenberry Bites Tasting Card. For $25, the tasting card includes shareable-sized portions of the following treats:
Yes, I said shareable, but if you’re really hungry, you could totally knock it all out yourself. But if you do, you might not have room for beer, cider, and wine tasting…
And you definitely won’t be able to take down the most delicious item of all – the Fun Bun.
That is a gooey cinnamon bun, dipped in funnel cake batter, deep fried, and topped with a creamy boysenberry sauce and powdered sugar. The combination of cinnamon and boysenberry is indescribably delicious.
But if you get too full, you can always take some of the berry amazing treats and souvenirs home too!
But there’s more to do than just eat and drink! During the Boysenberry Festival there are special shows throughout the day, something a little different than the year-round entertainment offerings.
You can even do a little creating of your own in the Beary Tales Pie Kitchen!
There is so much boysenberry fun to be had at the Boysenberry Festival, you’ll never run out of things to do, see, or eat. The festival runs from March 19th until April 3rd, and is part of the regular park admission. Tasting cards and certain other activities are an additional cost.