Last week kicked off Knott’s Berry Farm‘s Boysenberry Festival! And Sunday Patrick and I were there to enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes! This year, the festival lasts four weeks, up from three last year, giving locals and tourists alike more time to visit and eat to their heart’s content!
In case you didn’t know, Knott’s Berry Farm is the home of the boysenberry, and each year Knott’s celebrates its famed berry by offering all manner of boysenberry flavored concoctions, along with fun and games for the whole family, as well as live entertainment, and a craft fair! The event also gives me the perfect excuse to wear all things purple!
What brings most people to Knott’s during this time is the food, and the best way to enjoy a good portion of the food is through the tasting card, which allows Guests to try eight out of fourteen available options. The flexibility allows Guests to pass on items that may not interest them, and maybe double or triple up on items that are their favorites. But if more than eight of the options appeal to those with a hunger for boysenberry, Guests are welcome to either purchase another tasting card, or purchase the items individually.
I really enjoyed the boysenberry elote, pictured above, as well as the boysenberry chili, served in a boysenberry sourdough bread bowl, the boysenberry pot roast, served with boysenberry mashed potatoes, the boysenberry habenero baked mac and cheese, and the boysenberry jambalaya. The tasting card itself is enough for more than one person to snack throughout the day, and costs $35.00.
In addition to the items on the tasting card, there are many more boysenberry infused items scattered throughout the park, including this perfectly delightful key lime boysenberry tart!
There are still the old favorites such as the “Fun Stick” which is a slice of boysenberry cheesecake deep fried, and slathered in boysenberry cream cheese frosting. All special offerings are noted within the event guide.
As mentioned, the Boysenberry Festival also features a craft fair, where creative souls can sell their wares, which includes everything from handmade soaps to artwork, and much more. One of my favorite spots is Miss Doolittle’s, who is famous for her hand crocheted boysenberry pie hats!
She also sells adorable bows so I picked up a set from her! Miss Doolittle can also be found on Etsy!
For Guests over 21, there is even wine tasting, which includes a boysenberry wine. The tasting is offered in the same area as the Tied Up In Knott’s art show, featuring works of art inspired by Knott’s Berry Farm icons and attractions.
Within the art show we ran into Eric Lynxwiler, who co-authored Knott’s Preserved, an outstanding book about the history of Knott’s Berry Farm. He was showing off his utterly amazing shirt featuring a print of a vintage Knott’s Berry Farm map. You can check out my review of Knott’s Preservedhere, and purchase his book from the publisher here, on Amazon here or next time you visit the Farm!
In addition to all of the tasty treats, there is a plethora of live entertainment! From the family friendly Snoopy inspired shows, to an old-time style melodrama with a boysenberry twist, games (including a boysenberry pie eating contest) and my personal favorite, Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies.
Within the walls of Town Hall in Ghost Town Guests can find one of my favorite gems during the Boysenberry Festival, which is a short film of the history of Knott’s Berry Farm, as well as a vintage documentary about Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant. Boysenberry Festival not only celebrates the berry that make the Knott family famous, but it also celebrates the park and the family, reminding us all that this amusement park has the humblest of beginnings.
Whether you’re a local, or planning your spring break trip to California, there has never been a better time to visit Knott’s Berry Farm! Boysenberry Festival runs now through April 28! You can learn more about the festival, and Knott’s Berry Farm in general (including purchasing tickets) on their website. And if you would like some of my tips for visiting Knott’s you can check out my guide here.
Stay tuned for another berry-tastic outfit! As yesterday was National Boysenberry Day!
Disclaimer: I received a Media invitation to Knott’s Boysenberry Festival and this post contains affiliate links.