The return of the Boysenberry Festival at Knott’s Berry Farm is in full swing and we couldn’t be happier! We love boysenberries! Go celebrate Knott’s delicious roots during its Boysenberry Festival harvested in the theme park’s historic Ghost Town!
As you approach the entrance you begin to see the boysenberries everywhere- PURPLE is in the air!
Here is a brief little history on the boysenberry: courtesy of Knott’s Berry Farm (KBF) Every boysenberry in the world can be traced back to Walter Knott and his berry farm. A cross between a red rasberry, blackberry and loganberry, the famous boysenberry was propagated by Rudolph Boysen, but abandoned shortly thereafter. The scraggly bushes were brought to Walter Knott’s attention and by 1934 he had a bumper crop of enormous, sweet-tart berries which proved more popular than anything he’d grown before. Coupled with Cordelia Knott’s berry preserves and pies, folks came across the country to sample the famed boysenberry.
Throughout the park, mainly in Ghost Town, you can find over 70 unique boysenberry inspired foods and drinks that are offered, both sweet and savory!
We always look forward to this event so once we were in, we headed over to pick up the tasting card they offer. For only $25 + tax, the tasting card includes generous portions of six yummy treats. These cards are sold at numerous locations. The card works good for us, as we share the items. There are some I don’t eat so it works out great, although this time there was only one I didn’t like. I have to say I am glad to see they took the alligator bites off this year. 🙂 FYI – there are many other items to try while there other than what is on the card.
Tasting card in hand, we were ready to get our boysenberry on! Could you tell someone was anxious?
We decided to start with the Buffalo Wings. Well Dave did, as I don’t like those. He was hungry and this would be a good start to tie him over.
Next up was the Ravioli. I had heard mixed reviews on this, but we wanted to try it so we headed to the next spot. We had a little bit of a line there but it moved quick. I actually liked them but the taste is hard to describe. You need to try them yourself and be the judge.
While we were in line waiting for these, Dave spotted the Nutella Crepe station next to it and he had to have one! This item was not on the card, but a separate purchase, and so worth it!
He hung out with his new buddy, Clifford while he made this deliciousness.
Clifford did an amazing job and created this fancy crepe just for us to post here on my blog. It was delicious but it was too much for one person, so we shared.
Next up, the Boysenberry Pizza, which to me did not look or sound appetizing. Probably because it had arugula and ham and I like neither. Dave decided to take a break on this one so it was all me. This was the longest line we stood in all day and it wasn’t worth it. I had to eat it though, it was on the card!
Once I pulled off the toppings I didn’t like, it wasn’t too bad. 😉
Next up, a returning item, meatballs. We both really liked these last year as they had boysenberry BBQ sauce on them. Weird, right, but it works!
Just as good as last year so we fought over the last one. We ended up splitting it. Sharing is caring, as they say.
On to the Boysenberry Fry Bread. I was warned this was messy so ask for a plate and grab a fork and knife. This was a doughnut like pastry. It was a little chewy but definitely good. We shared this as well because, let’s be honest, at this point we were getting full.
Last on our list for the tasting card was Panna Cotta, which also a repeat from last year. We both liked it last year so we were ok with this one being on there again.
At this point we were full of food and decided it was time for some wine and beer tasting. Neither of us are big drinkers but we really enjoy the Boysenberry Hard Cider they serve during this time. Time to head over to the Wine and Craft Brew Garden, or as us passholders call it – “The Beer Barn” This is located inside of Ghost Town’s Wilderness Dance Hall, and offers 4 craft brews and over 50 different wines from 36 producers including boysenberry beer and boysenberry wine. The wine selections represent 27 renowned wine regions from 8 countries. (per Knott’s website)
We decided to purchase the convenient tasting card for $25, which includes 6 tastings paired with snacks. I was happy we got this because while I was inline for the cider, the couple in front of me purchased a beer for $11 and some change. Hell I was getting 6 for $25! DEAL!
We spent about an hour or so just sitting over in the outside area by the barn chatting with friends and enjoying the perfect weather. It was a nice day to be outside in sunny So Cal.
This is a look inside the Barn.
There are many other things to do while visiting the festival. Many vendors have booths throughout the streets of Ghost Town selling their crafts and goodies. There is also plenty of entertainment, none of which we had a chance to see, so maybe when we return. One of the things you can do is make your own mini boysenberry pie.
Step inside a Cordelia Knott’s kitchen where you can find fresh boysenberry pie available for sale. Kids can also make their very own delightfully sweet boysenberry tarts complete with a crumble topping. Additional cost applies for pie making.
Here are some miscellaneous shots from around the park I took as we tried to walk off all the food that we just consumed. The flowers are gorgeous during this time of year at the park.
Make sure you stop in at Ghost Town Hall and catch the History of Boysenberry Presentation and watch the documentary about Walter & Cordelia Knott and the boysenberry.
As you head out, don’t forget to pick up your favorite boysenberry treat to take home with you. They have many items to choose from. Some items are only brought out during this festival, so grab them while you can. They also have some cute shirts for sale at $9.99 + tax. I of course got the pink one.
For your final stop as you make your way to the exit, do not forget to pick up a boysenberry plant of your own to take home with you.
As always we had a FUNtastic time at the annual Boysenberry Festival and highly recommend it! Everything we ate was BERRY good! Pun intended.
Here are the goodies we took home.
We have used the BBQ sauce before and have had the licorice. We bought 3 of the licorice because they are only sold during this time. The salad dressing is new this year and had just come out that week. I tried it and it is good but not sure I would do it again. To me it almost had no taste.
So that is our SPIN on this years Boysenberry Festival. We will be going back, as we still have two punches left on our wine and beer tasting card and they are NOT going to waste 🙂
Thanks Knott’s we had a BERRY, BERRY good time!