Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival 2018

Alexander: It’s Spring in SoCal, and you know what that means! It’s Boysenberry time at Knott’s Berry Farm! Every year at the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival, countless boysen-based food items are offered to hungry guests, each lovingly crafted by Knott’s Berry Farm’s enormous food service team!

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First stop: Guest Relations to pick up our tasting cards!

The park is packed today! Locals are enjoying their Spring Break and soaking up some boysenberry goodness!

Woohoo! Food and wine tasting x2! Thank you Knott’s Berry Farm!

Food #1: Boysenberry Cheese Quesadilla.

We REALLY enjoyed this. A fresh boysenberry tortilla filled with mozzarella(?) and served with boysenberry relish and sour cream.

In addition to food and drink, the Boysenberry Festival is full of craftworkers and goods for sale!

Demonstrations of all kinds can be enjoyed while imbibing various boysenberry goodies.

Here we have the wine and craft brew tasting hall!

There are around 20 different wines to sample, and a couple of craft brews. We tried:

-3 Vinyard’s Cherry Pie (red)
-Lindeman Strawberry (sparkling)
-Lindeman Raspberry (sparkling)
-Lindeman Peach (sparkling) (OUR FAV)
-Honeywood Winery Boysenberry (red)
-Golden Road Wolf Pup Sessions IPA
-Bootlegger’s Far Out IPA

Food #2: Boysenberry Sausage on a Bun.

Also Boysenberry Beer! The event has a cute little beer garden set up, as seen at past events. A great place to hang out!

The sausage was absolutely delicious. It comes with Boysenberry relish and Boysenberry ketchup (also amazing).

Knott’s typically has their house Boysenberry wine and beer year-round. Big fan of the Boysenberry beer!

Let’s go visit some animals at the Boysenberry Festival Old MacDonald’s Barn.

Look at these animals. We wish this was an attraction all year long!

Boysenberry goats.

Boysenberry steeds.

Boysenberry sheep.

And last but not least, Boysenberry burro!

Next we visited Knott’s Berry Farm’s BEST ATTRACTION, the Boysenberry Elvira herself, Maria!

Maria makes the every best gifts and accessories that the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival has to offer!

Food #3 Boysenberry Elote.

Mexican-style roasted street corn with Boysenberry Butter, Boysenberry mayo, and a liberal dusting of Parmesean cheese. This was both mine and Sean’s favorite food at the festival. We ate it 3 separate times. 

Food #4 & #5: Boysenberry short ribs with rice and Boysenberry cheddar pierogis! Short ribs aren’t my favorite, but the Boysenberry BBQ is excellent, especially with rice. The cheddar pierogis are served with Boysenberry sour cream – these could give Knoebels’ famous pierogis a run for their money!

Food #6: Boysenberry coconut macaroon. Delicious and decadent! Way better than your standard coconut macaroon if you ask me.

We’re big fans of Knott’s efficient tasting card system: not only is a swift way to get people fed, but this year the park has introduced letting guests use their 8 food choices for whatever they want from the food list.

Instead of being required to do one serving of all 8, guests can now double up (or triple up, in our case with the Elote on their favorite options)! This is ideal for guests with dietary restrictions, or for picky eaters!

Food  #7: Boysenberry Hummus. Not as bad as it could have been, but not as good as I wanted it to be. Sean was a fan, but it wasn’t my favorite. 

The Boardwalk “fountain” has a beautiful look for the Boysenberry Festival.

What’s Sean in line for at the coffee shop?

“Boysenberry Boba!” Aka Boysenberry milk tea with traditional tapioca boba inside. Refreshing and not overly sweet! Definitely worth forking over $5 (or $4 if you’re a pass holder). And notice HangTime in the background? We got a new update for you all, here.

Back for more wine and beer tasting, we enjoyed the art exhibit in the dance hall called “Tied Up In Knotts.” Notice HangTime  in the top right corner!

Lots of art is dedicated to classic Knott’s attractions, both past and present.

Timber Mountain Log Ride and Wacky Soap Box Derby Racers are featured prominently. #legacyofarrow

Calico Mine Ride and Sky Jump also call the art exhibit home.

Food #9: Boysenberry chicken wings! I liked these better than the short ribs; same sauce, but with a better vehicle. Scrumptious!

The 1980’s dance party was poppin’ over at the Boardwalk!

The VJ was playing an awesome clip reel of classic Knott’s footage. We could have watched it all night!

And so the sun sets on a great day at Knott’s Boysenberry Festival.

Thanks Knott’s Berry Farm for showing us a great time! Can’t wait to see what new foods come to the event next year!

Thank you for checking out this Boysenberry Festival report, check out our brand new Six Flags Magic Mountain Update from this weekend here! And find our new California’s Great America report here!

We have more Knott’s Berry Farm articles and updates from this visit, including a brand new Xcelerator & More Park Update and #HangTime update! For now check out some of our recent trips around the world and here in California:

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