Yesterday I went to the Boysenberry Festival at Knott’s Berry Farm, which runs until May 2. It was a beautiful day and although it’s only spring, it definitely felt like summer! The theme park officially reopens with rides starting on Friday, May 21st, but for now you can enjoy the park with their Boysenberry Festival!
If you haven’t had a chance to go yet, I highly recommend checking it out! Admission costs $45 (plus tax) for adults 10 years and over, and costs $20 (plus tax) for kids 3-11. Admission comes with a 5 tastings (3 tastings for kids) for the Boysenberry Festival…and when they say tastings they are pretty decently sized portions!
Once you get through temperature screening and security check (which amazingly only takes about 5-10 minutes), your ticket will be scanned and you will be handed a Tasting Card that shows what food and drinks are available at what locations around the park:
Here are the food and drinks I had that I highly recommend trying:
- Apple and Chicken Sausage with Boysenberry Mustard on a Boysenberry Bun at Fireman’s BBQ with Boysenberry Iced Tea
Yes that’s a lot of Boysenberry! This was really good, although my one critique is there is a lot of bread! I ended up picking a lot off so I could get a good taste of the sausage and boysenberry mustard, and it was delicious!
The Boysenberry Iced Tea was not included as part of the tastings and was sold by a seperate vendor right by Fireman’s BBQ. A small size costs $5 and a large is $7. I got the large size lightly sweetened, and in my opinion it’s one of the best iced teas! The vendor sells the tea at their booth as well. It’s extremely refreshing, especially on a hot day, and the hint of boysenberry adds some fun to the tea. They also had Ginger Peach and Watermelon flavors available. I would highly recommend purchasing one of these if you are a tea-lover!
- Battered Shrimp with Sweet Thai Boysenberry Sauce served over French Fries (Chef’s Special of the Day at La Papa Loca in Fiesta Village)
I was a bit skeptical of this one but I LOVE shrimp so decided to give it a try, and I was pretty impressed! The boysenberry sauce is not overwhelming at all and the breading on the shrimp was not overwhelming. The sauce was even good on the French Fries!
- Shrimp Taco with Cabbage Slaw and Boysenberry Salsa with a Frozen Boysenberry Mai Tai (at Centina in Fiesta Village)
Ok so I loved the battered shrimp so much I had to try the shrimp taco as well! I don’t think the taco would have been anything special if it weren’t for the boysenberry salsa. The Frozen Boysenberry Mai Tai is probably one of the most delicious alcoholic beverages I’ve had at Knott’s! If you like boysenberry and you love Mai Tai’s, you can’t go wrong with this one!
- Boysenberry and White Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich (at Chowhouse Ice Cream)
Fair warning if you try this one…it is HUGE! Two can definitely share this. There is so much ice cream it overwhelms the cookie part a bit, but oh my gosh it is so good! The boysenberry sugar cookie is out of this world!
- Funnel Fries with Boysenberry and Chocolate Dipping Sauce (at Gourmet Churro Factory)
Ok so the funnel fries weren’t as good as Knott’s Berry Farm’s famous funnel cakes in my opinion, but they were still delicious! They were somehow definitely less messy than a normal funnel cake.
So aside from the food, what else is exciting about the Boysenberry Festival at Knott’s Berry Farm? The characters!
I came across a few as I walked throughout the park and it was so exciting! When walking through Ghost Town there was a Victorian woman walking the balcony of the Calico Saloon and she was calling out to people walking by and engaging with them!
In Camp Snoopy, both Charlie Brown and Snoopy were available for fun spring-time pictures. They had the characters set up on a platform and had guests sit/stand at least 6 feet in front of them and you could take pictures with the characters in the background, masks off!
I spent about three and half hours at this event just taking my time walking around and enjoying all the delicious food and drinks, taking pictures with characters, and enjoying all the Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival had to offer. This event only lasts a few more weeks so if you haven’t had a chance to enjoy the Boysenberry Festival yet I hope reading about my experience will make you decide to head on over there for some fun in the sun and some amazing food.
If you’ve already had a chance to experience the Boysenberry Festival for yourself let us know about your experience in the comments!