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Busch Gardens brings new tastes to Food and Wine Festival this year

Busch Gardens Williamsburg has filed three building permits to change the theme of some Food and Wine Festival kiosks for this upcoming festival. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Busch Gardens)
Busch Gardens Williamsburg has filed three building permits to change the theme of some Food and Wine Festival kiosks for this upcoming festival. The Hawaii Kiosk will stay the same. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Busch Gardens)

Busch Gardens is revamping some of its food and wine kiosks to bring new flavors to the park this year.

The Williamsburg amusement park will host its seventh annual Food and Wine Festival every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 17 to June 30 this year, Busch Gardens said in a news release.

The festival, which serves up “authentic” tastes and more than 100 craft beers from 19 kiosks, will also be held on Memorial Day.

“With its assortment of tasty international creations, our Food & Wine Festival has established Busch Gardens Williamsburg as a leading culinary destination in the region,” said Franz Kitenko, culinary operations senior leader, in a prepared statement. “This annual festival provides tastes for every palate in one convenient location.”

Admission to the festival is included in regular admission, but park goers can buy Food and Wine Festival food and beverage samplers for an additional fee to experience the entire festival.

Busch Gardens filed building permits with James City County in April to change the theme of three different food and wine kiosks. The kiosks are among eight new themed food and beverage offerings available during the Food and Wine Festival.

Among the new tastes this year are: Mexico, Jamaica, Philippines and Italy. New drink offerings include “herbal infusion” cocktails, craft beer, “garden to glass” cocktails and sangria.

Two of the three building permits have already been issued from James City County, according to PermitLink. Those projects include converting the Southwest kiosk to Mexico and the Indian kiosk to Philippines.

The third building permit, which has not yet been issued, would convert the Caribbean food and wine kiosk to a Jamaica theme.

The permits also allow Busch Gardens do some work on the kiosks, such as reinstalling ventilation systems for ovens and electrical equipment, according to James City County’s online permitting system.

The park has filed other permit requests to reinstall the other kiosks throughout the park in their previous locations, according to PermitLink.

Busch Gardens has also filed a building permit requesting to replace the queue line roof for the Pompeii ride with corrugated metal.

See a full listing of all Food and Wine Festival foods and beverages on the Busch Gardens Williamsburg website.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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