Disclosure: I was provided tickets and tasting cards to enjoy Knott’s Berry Farm with my family. All opinions are my own.
It’s my favorite time of the year! The Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival is in full swing and features an amazing line-up of berry good treats for the whole family.
We received Boysenberry Bites Tasting Cards in order to get the full Boysenberry Festival experience. They’re one of the best ways to get in as much Boysenberry Festival goodness as you can. For only $25, the tasting card includes generous portions of six delectable treats:
Boysenberry Pizza at Wagon Wheel Pizza
Boysenberry Ravioli at Spurs Chophouse
Boysenberry Buffalo Wings at the Gold Trails Hotel
Boysenberry BBQ Meatballs at the Bank of Calico
Boysenberry Fry Bread at the Gourmet Churro Factory
Boysenberry Panna Cotta at the Ghost Town Bakery
There are so many foods to try, but my favorite is and probably always will be the Boysenberry Buffalo Wings.
Knott’s Berry Farm’s buffalo wings and I go wayyy back. Before the blog, and before I had four kids, I had a special yearly tradition. At Knott’s Scary Farm, (my absolute favorite event at Knott’s) after a night of fun and screams, I would end the evening with a bucket of Knott’s buffalo wings. I didn’t think there was anything better than their buffalo wings, until they added boysenberry sauce to them!
Now that I have you dreaming about buffalo wings let me tell you what else you should eat at this year’s Boysenberry Festival.
Boysenberry Panna Cotta:
Always a crowd-pleaser, the smooth and creamy panna cotta is topped with boysenberry preserves, a sprinkle of granola and a dollop of whipped cream.
Another classic offering, the Boysenberry BBQ Meatballs are heated over a grill and then dipped in Knott’s signature Boysenberry BBQ sauce before serving. My day at the Boysenberry Festival isn’t complete until I have one of these!
Yes, you read that right. Boysenberry and Ravioli. Together at last. Inside is a sweet boysenberry cheese mixture, topped with a cream sauce and optional tomatoes. I wasn’t sure how this dish would taste, but I was pleasantly surprised. You have to try it!
Another surprisingly good item this year is the Boysenberry Pizza. Located in the new Wagon Wheel Pizza (across from the Ghost Rider exit) the pizza features a boysenberry cheese sauce base, slivered almonds, arugula, and more deliciousness. A must-try.
Boysenberry Fry Bread:
Last but not least on the tasting card is the Boysenberry Fry Bread. I first tried fry bread on our very first California-to-Florida-and-back road trip while we driving through New Mexico. There was a little trailer on the side of the highway where they were frying it up fresh and topping with all kinds of delicious toppings. Knott’s take on fry bread includes cinnamon sugar on the outside, and nutella and boysenberry jam on the inside. Yum.
Boysenberry Nutella Crepes:
Do I need to say anything more? I did manage to get a video of the crepe-making process, so I’ll let the expert tell you more about it.
Did you know about Boysenberry Fudge? It’s a seasonal offering right now in the Ghost Town Candy Store! And, each guest can get one free sample of fudge per visit, so make sure to stop in a try it out. You’re gonna wanna take some home, though!
Okay so this isn’t technically a food, but you really should try it! (If you’re over 21, of course.) I’m not a fan of wine to be perfectly honest, but this is one wine that I will happily drink.
You can buy a glass of this delicious wine, or you can buy a wine and beer tasting card for $25, which includes 6 generous tastings and some snacks!
The Fun Bun:
The Fun Bun is a requirement when attending the Boysenberry Festival. A cinnamon roll, dipped in funnel cake batter and deep fried, then topped with a boysenberry cream cheese topping. I would say it’s good for sharing, but you might want it all to yourself.
Deep Fried Alligator with Boysenberry Aioli:
As a South Florida native, I was happy to see alligator on the menu again this year. If you’ve never tried it, I highly recommend it! It’s not as weird as it sounds, and the boysenberry aioli is so delicious!
These are just a few of my favorites, but you could spend a whole weekend eating all the Boysenberry Festival treats.
And of course there’s more than just food at this berry-licious celebration. Come for the food of course, but stay for the entertainment! This year’s lineup includes live music from Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies and The Ghost Town Miners, classic melodramas in the Birdcage Theatre, fun and games with Knott’s Berry Farm’s officiate and Judge, Phineas B. Berry every hour, Snoopy’s Boysenberry Jamboree, and if you’re lucky maybe even a sighting of the Easter Beagle!
Knott’s Boysenberry Festival runs from April 1st to April 23rd and is included in regular theme park admission. The best way to experience Knott’s Berry Farm and the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival is with a 2017 Season Pass. For a limited time, you can enjoy unlimited 2017 visits with no blackout dates plus food and merchandise discounts for just six easy payments of $15.16. Click here for more info. (But hurry, that offer ends April 23!)