Through May 21st, the 2023 Food & Wine Festival is going on at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

I’ve been to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, but over the weekend it was my first time attending the Food & Wine Festival. I took my brother up there with me and we had an absolute blast.

We arrived around noon, which was the perfect time. The lines were short, which we were very surprised by being a Saturday, but by about 3 it definitely started to get busier. They have concerts on the weekends that are included with admission, so I’m guessing that people go later in the day to stay for the concerts at night. Saturday night Rodney Atkins performed and Sunday night, Flo Rida. You can check out the full concert lineup here.

Everything we had to eat and drink was so good! And I mean, what’s better than walking around looking at all the animals with a craft cocktail or glass of wine in your hand? What I definitely recommend is getting a sampler lanyard. They come in either 10 or 15. If you plan on doing a lot of sampling (which you should) it brings the price down dramatically. And I had my brother with me, so we did the 10 sampler and shared everything so we got to try a good variety. We did 8 food samples and 2 drinks and it was totally worth it. My favorite things we tried were the lamb lollipops and the peach cobbler. But everything we had was great! We left feeling full and happy. It was a really good time!

Pics from the 2023 Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival:



Marija was born and raised in Illinois, but moved to Florida in 2018. She loves dogs, kayaking, concerts, beachin', checking out new restaurants & is always planning her next vacation. Follow her on Instagram @marija127