Busch Gardens Tampa Food & Wine Festival Begins March 3, 2017!

One of the hottest events in Tampa is coming back this March 3 – April 30, 2017!

The Busch Garden Food & Wine Festival. Two months of delicious foods and treats to reward your taste buds along with one of the best concert series in the Tampa Bay / Greater Orlando Area!

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Uncork the flavor of wines, craft brews and more at the Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival, Saturdays & Sundays March 4 through April 30.

The Festival area is open from noon to 9 p.m. and headlining concerts start at 7 p.m.


From family-friendly animal encounters and crafts to festival games and live entertainment, the Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival is filled with exciting experiences around the park that pair perfectly with your culinary adventures.


Marvel at larger-than-life topiaries that capture the excitement of spring throughout Busch Gardens®. Each horticulture masterpiece is a living work of art, including:

  • NEW! Darwin the Orangutan in Bird Gardens, near Kangaloom plaza
  • Spirit of Spring in Bird Gardens, near Xcursions
  • Mugambi the Lion at the park entrance, near the main tram stop
  • Topiarazzi in front of gate plaza
  • Kanburi Pit Viper in Gwazi Plaza
  • Octopus’ Garden in the lagoon outside Garden Gate Cafe
  • Commerson’s Dolphin outside Garden Gate Cafe
  • Sea Turtles outside Garden Gate Cafe
  • Elmo, Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on the Bird Gardens walkway
  • Wooloomooloo and Coogee Kangaroo and Joey in Gwazi Plaza
  • Flock of Florida Flamingos in Bird Gardens
  • Butterfly Giants in Bird Gardens, near Sesame Street® Safari of Fun


Enjoy your favorite festival games with a rustic wine-inspired twist, including a wine bottle ring toss, wine glass cork toss and more.


Commemorate your Food & Wine Festival experience with handcrafted gifts, wine-inspired merchandise and collectable photos.

Enjoy a great selection of official festival merchandise alongside cooking and gardening gifts at:

  • Joe’s Landscaping Co, located in Bird Gardens
  • Artisan Festival Cabins along the main Festival pathway to Gwazi Park
  • Xcursions gift shop, located near Bird Gardens

Full sized wine bottles can now be purchased in park at select locations and picked up when you exit the park.

Plus, uncork flavors of wines from around the world at Wine Bars inside select gift shops. Purchase by the flight or glass at Wine Bars located inside the Painted Camel Bazaar, Xcursions and Marrakesh Market!


Xcursions Wine Bar, featuring Lobetia varieties Pink Bubbles,
Chardonnay, Viognier and Tempranillo

Xcursions Bourbon Bar, featuring Widow Jane, Michter’s, and Basil Hayden’s varieties

Painted Camel Wine Bar, featuring La Joya varieties Sauvignon Blanc,
Merlot, Shiraz Cabernet and Cabernet
and Penfolds varieties Chardonnay, Merlot,
Shiraz Cabernet and Cabernet

Marrakesh Market Wine Bar featuring Florida Orange Groves Winery varieties Florida White Sangria, Mango Mamma, Key Limen and Blueberry Blue Dry

Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival Map


We know your taste buds are curious. Find commonly asked questions about our brand-new Food & Wine Festival here!


Is the Food & Wine Festival included with admission to Busch Gardens?

Yes. The Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival is included with any Fun Card, Pass or daily admission to the park. Individual tastings are available for purchase separately.

What time do food and beverage locations open and close?

Food and beverage locations open at noon and close at 9 p.m.

What are the prices for individual tastings?

Sample-sized food tastings range from $4 to $7 for food. Individual servings (7 oz.) of wine are available for $7.50 and individual servings of beer and cider (15 oz.) are available for $8.50.

Will menu items at the Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival be offered on non-event days?

Menu items exclusive to the Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival are only available during the event and cannot be purchased on non-event days. 

How large are the food samples?

Food samples at the Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival are appetizer-sized.

Can the All Day Dining Deal be used?

The All Day Dining Deal cannot be used during the Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival. However, Festival Samplers are the best way to savor your way through the Festival.

Where can I buy punch cards for VIP Experiences and Samplers?

Punch cards can be purchased at each Food & Wine Festival food or beverage location. Punch cards purchased online can also be redeemed at any Food & Wine Festival food or beverage location.

Are there any discounts available for Pass Members or Fun Card Holders?

Pass Members receive a 10% discount at all locations offering sample-sized food, wine and beer tastings. Discounts are not available for Fun Card holders. The 10% discount also applies to all VIP Experiences and Sampler packages. Log in to the Pass Member Website for more information, including an exclusive Instant Reward during March and April. Fun Card members do not receive discounts.

Are concerts included in the Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival?

Yes. All concerts are included in the Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival.

What time do concerts start?

Headline concerts start at 7 p.m. all event nights, except for the final weekend of the event. Please understand that is subject to change. Visit the concerts page for the full lineup and performance times.

Where are the locations of all of the festival activities?

The Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival will be concentrated in and around Gwazi Park and Bird Gardens area, including food locations, tasting tents and horticulture masterpieces. Plus, Wine Bars are located inside select gift shops throughout the park.

Is a proof of identification mandatory in order to enter the Busch Gardens® Food & Wine Festival?

Valid proof of identification is required and is implemented at each food and beverage location.

Are children allowed in the festival area?

Children are allowed in the Festival area.

How long are the concerts?

Headlining concerts are approximately 60 minutes long.

How do you get front row seats?

Priority Seating can be purchased at Adventure Outpost or online. Prices start at $24.99 per person and vary depending on the performer. Priority Seating can also be packaged with Sampler packages for the best deal.

Are there seats for the concert or is there standing room only for the concert?

Bench seating on the field will be on a first-come, first-served basis. There is also sitting and standing room on the grassy berm at the back of the venue for all concerts.

Can I bring a folding chair to sit on?

No, personal chairs are not allowed. Blankets are permitted though.

Can I take pictures of the concert?

Yes, personal photography is encouraged during the concert. Make sure to use #corksandcoasters when posting on social channels!

Can I meet the band?

There will be no meet and greets for the event. Priority Seating can be purchased starting at $24.99 per person.

How early can I get into the concert venue?

The concert venue opens when the event starts at 12 p.m.. Paid VIP seating will open at 3 p.m.

Can I bring food and beverage into the concert venue?

Food and beverages purchased at Busch Gardens are permitted in the concert area.


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