Area residents and visitors who love food, wine and music — make sure Busch Gardens is on your radar this spring. With a full line-up of year-round festivals, the 2017 Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival is sure to be a don’t miss.
The event that combines food, wine and music, music, music is set to make an extended return this year. Running a full nine weeks with an event kick off on Saturdays and Sundays starting March 4. The festival comes to a close on April 30.
Access to festival-related events, including the concerts, is included with any annual pass, fun card or daily admission ticket purchase. The concerts on the schedule all take place on the park’s Gwazi Field with show times set for 7 p.m.
While there’s still some fluidity in the schedule, Busch Gardens has announced the following talent:
- Saturday, March 4 – Daughtry
- Sunday, March 5 – Andy Grammer
- Saturday, March 11 – Goo Goo Dolls
- Sunday, March 12 – Kool & The Gang
- Saturday, March 18 – Young the Giant
- Sunday, March 19 – Jason Isbell and the John Hiatt Trio
- Saturday, March 25 – NBC’s “The Voice” finalists Craig Wayne Boyd and Adam Wakefield
- Sunday, March 26 – El Gran Combo
- Saturday, April 1 – DNCE
- Sunday, April 2 – Walk Off The Earth
- Sunday, April 9 – Daya and Matt Nathanson
- Sunday, April 16 – Newsboys
- Saturday, April 22 – Gilberto Santa Rosa
- Sunday, April 23 – Lynyrd Skynyrd
“The festival returns with signature dishes and exciting new cuisine – including duck tacos, lobster ravioli, bacon mac and cheese, brown sugar rubbed pork belly, banana foster panna cotta, gator bites, and cabernet-filled chocolates – as well as an expanded selection of wines, craft brews and cocktails,” park officials said. Food and beverages are not included with park admission. To try out the alcoholic beverages, guests must be 21 years or older.
For more information, visit Busch Gardens Tampa Bay online.