Page 1 of 2

Food at the Knott's Boysenberry Festival 2019

PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 2:59 am
by ILoveRides
The 2019 Boysenberry Festival at Knott’s Berry Farm is now here! For those who don’t know, the Boysenberry Festival is an annual celebration where Knott’s honors the boysenberry, a fruit that played an important role in turning Knott’s into the giant amusement park it is today. The festival includes entertainment, live music, a wine and craft brew tasting garden, an art show, and lots of other family fun. But most importantly, the festival features over 75 one-of-a-kind boysenberry inspired foods and drinks - allowing guests to experience the boysenberry in all its glory! Knott’s invited us to a preview tasting event to show off some of the awesome deliciousness that’s available at this year’s festival, so check out our full report below to see what’s available! But I have to warn you, these photos may make you start salivating!

The festival runs from March 29- April 28, 2019 - so pick out your favorite items below, make a plan of what you want to eat, and prepare to come hungry! On with the report…

Re: Food at the Knott's Boysenberry Festival 2019

PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 5:59 am
by cfc
Blast you, David, and your photos of mouth-watering, boysenberry-enhanced food! ;)

Re: Food at the Knott's Boysenberry Festival 2019

PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:12 am
by DBJ
Going on Wed! The pics have helped me pick out what food to try! Thanks!

Re: Food at the Knott's Boysenberry Festival 2019

PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:12 am
by Jew
Looks amazing! I'm going with a friend who is Vegan this year...what options did you see besides the hummus that she'll be able to have?

Re: Food at the Knott's Boysenberry Festival 2019

PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 1:33 pm
by Nrthwnd
Brittney, love the Boysenberry lipstick and nail polish! So festive and thematic!

Great TR of all that is Boysenberry and awesome, guys! I already
felt I'd gained 5 pounds, before posting this, hah! :smile:

Re: Food at the Knott's Boysenberry Festival 2019

PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 2:24 pm
by PKI Jizzman
Great report and photos of all the amazing options. I wish I could get out there this year!

Re: Food at the Knott's Boysenberry Festival 2019

PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 5:38 pm
by bert425
ha! I've learned!

saw you post this earlier, but didn't come to look at it until AFTER I've gorged myself with Sushi for dinner. . . so I could enjoy without getting hungry.

:p


great pics, and even things that don't "sound" great to me - boysenberry corn ??? - look delicious.

loving the pics of the art too. . . that wood cut is amazing.

thanks for the report

Re: Food at the Knott's Boysenberry Festival 2019

PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:27 pm
by Nrthwnd
I think the Best Option, for us, is to get those Cans (Tins?) of Boysenberrys! :b :b
Easy to take back with us and wow, what an awesome thing for topping ice cream!

At least 3 cans.

Wait.
The Knott's Berry Farm name is all over these new products!
:shockr:
What happened with "S-m-uckers?"
Is the "Marketplace" brand no more? Or both exist, now?

I am interested, thanks. :smile:

Re: Food at the Knott's Boysenberry Festival 2019

PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2019 12:11 am
by ytterbiumanalyst
Mmm...boysenberry.

Hebanero mac and cheese and the wings looked best to me. Is there nothing boysenberry doesn't make better?

Re: Food at the Knott's Boysenberry Festival 2019

PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2019 3:28 am
by ILoveRides
Jew wrote:Looks amazing! I'm going with a friend who is Vegan this year...what options did you see besides the hummus that she'll be able to have?


Unfortunately the boysenberry hummus was the only vegan "food" item :?r. To be 100% honest, I wouldn't recommend the festival to vegans. It's a shame, because it seems like some simple changes like taking the meat out of the chili recipe (or replacing it with Beyond Meat) could easily create more options so that all guests could have a great time. But at the end of the day, I get it - they're in business to make a profit, and it's much easier for them to make items that appeal to 95%+ of their guests than to try to cater to that last ~5% who are vegan or have food allergies.

For the vegans who still end up going nonetheless, I'd recommend:

- The Boysenberry and Basil Lemonade is great.

- Last year they were able to make the Boysenberry Boba with non-dairy milks such as almond and coconut milk, but I don't know if they're still doing that this year. You'd have to inquire at the park.

- Keep an eye out for little boysenberry treats at some of the stores and stands. For example, in past years the boysenberry licorice was vegan (and delicious!). If they still have that this year I'd recommend it! I’m pretty sure the Boysenberry Cotton Candy is vegan too.

- There are some vegan options that aren't related to the Boysenberry Festival. The Chicken Dinner Restaurant has a special vegan menu with a few ok options. I haven't been super impressed with any of them, but they’ll get you by! You can also get alcoholic drinks there, if you’re into that sort of thing.

- If you’re willing to leave the park, I’m sure you guys can find other restaurants outside the park that would have vegan options. Carl’s Jr. is 1 mile away - they recently added a Beyond Meat burger that can be veganized.

- Trust me on this if you’re willing to drive a bit. After you’re done at the park and have had dinner, drive 15 minutes to: 14241 Euclid Street C115, Garden Grove, CA 92843. It’s a vegan ice cream shop called “Hug Life” - you will both love it!

And just to clarify so there’s no confusion, I think the staff in charge of food at Knott’s are all great. They’ve always treated Brittney and me with respect, been very responsive and helpful to us, and have even gone above-and-beyond for us at some of the media events. I do think the vegan options are few and far between at the park, but I think it has a lot to do with the realities of trying to run a profitable amusement park - not that the staff are doing anything wrong. Unfortunately this is an industry-wide issue with no easy solution.