Knott’s Berry Farm is having their annual Boysenberry Festival April 1 through April 23, 2017! I’m a sucker for food festivals in every color. Having a food festival in a theme park – one I have never been to – is even more appealing. Last week I visited the Disney California Food & Wine Festival, this week its Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival!
As a newly welcomed Yelp Elite in OC, having my first Yelp event be a festival at Knott’s sets the bar quite high. As special guests of Yelp, my fiance and I got a special six-glass wine tasting, and the chance to sample six boysenberry culinary concoctions.
Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival
Being a Knott’s virgin, I had no idea what to expect. I half expected fields of berries in between roller coaster, and I half expected just massive metal coasters around ever corner. Knott’s is a bit of both. I got lost between the mazes of screaming families moving at 82 mph upside down and through loopy loops.
In between the coasters are western themed saloons and wooden wagon wheels draped in purple ribbon. Western-themed stands are propped up between the usual Knott’s Berry Farm eateries decked out in purple trim. Behind every stand was a boysenberry magician whipping up boysenberry dishes. Equipped with our Yelp Elite punch card, the fiance and I started off strong by deciding to eat before we go on any rides. Thank goodness for that decision. After my first ride, I was hunched over a railing trying to get my footing for at least 20 minutes.
Anyone else get easily nauseous?
Boysenberry dishes to eat at Knott’s Berry Farm
It was my goal to try all six of the boysenberry dishes offered at Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival. I’m sad to say I did not make all six.
Yelp Elites were tasked with sampling these six festival dishes:
- Boysenberry meatballs
- Boysenberry fry bread
- Boysenberry panna cota
- Boysenberry pizza
- Boysenberry ravioli
- Boysenberry buffalo wings
I’ve had boysenberry in a dessert form, aka pie, but never in a savory dish. The chefs at Knott’s Berry Farm are really good at incorporating berries into non-dessert items. The items in bold are the boysenberry dishes I was able to try. In between the fry bread and the ravioli I stopped at the wine festival to sample six of the worlds finest wines from California to South Africa.
While our first strategy, to eat before riding our first ride, was a good one; our second strategy did not work out as well. After meatballs and fry bread, we were thirsty and decided to head over to the wine festival. The alcohol ended up slowing us down as we got heavily distracted by the barn full of sheep, goats, and horses. After our fifth or sixth glass we were in desperate need of something fried. Then came the mother of boysenberry treats: the deep fried boysenberry cinnamon roll.
Imagine ooey gooey a cinnamon roll fried to crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. Then bathed in a layer of cream cheese boysenberry frosting, that oozes over each ribbon of rolled dough is a light dusting of powdered sugar. This monstrosity was so heavy that I almost dropped the plate upon picking it up off the counter from the cashier.
I have never had a cinnamon that has transcended me into nirvana, until today.
Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival review
As a Knott’s Berry Farm first timer and Boysenberry Festival first timer, this event set the bar high for all other food festivals at a theme park. Truth be told, I actually enjoyed this food festival more than the Disney California Food & Wine Festival. I can appreciate a well thought out theme with a good back story.
If you are taking a family trip, or are a passholder, to Knott’s Berry Farm I highly recommend it. The $25 wine tasting and boysenberry festival treats are well worth it.Otherwise you end up spending anywhere from $7 to $13 per item.