The annual Boysenberry Festival at Knott’s Berry Farm, which ends April 3, is in full swing. Upon entering the park’s historic Ghost Town, one will find themselves in the midst of a merry berry celebration. There are six booths with delectable creations that each feature boysenberry(harvested at the theme park). A tasting card(that costs $25 per person) is all you need to sample something from each booth. The boysenberry bbq sauce, which is sold in several locations at the park, is spotlighted in three of the six dishes. Chicken wings, meatballs, and ribs are all doused with the sweet and tangy creation. There are also “Alligator Bites” which are quite literally tiny bites of fried alligator that come with a generous portion of fries and a boysenberry aioli which surprisingly goes well with both the fries and the bites. Then there are the desserts. A refreshing boysenberry pannacotta topped with toasted almonds is up for grabs as are scrumptious flautas filled with boysenberry that are also accompanied with a boysenberry sauce and sprinkled with powdered sugar. If you’re brave, you can attempt to eat all of these offerings in quick succession. Or, you can ride the rides, enjoy the entertainment, and visit the water park in between sampling the festival’s mouthwatering dishes.
In addition to what’s available to those with a tasting card, there are over seventy other boysenberry treats to try throughout Ghost Town. Fun Buns(made with cinnamon rolls, boysenberry, and funnel cakes), Boysenberry ICEE Floats, and a Boysenberry Latte are just a few of the long list of treats that showcase the celebrated berry.
Also in Ghost Town, are live shows and entertainment to delight guests as they chow down. Or, more mature guests can visit the Wine and Craft Brew Tasting Garden. If you ever get tired of the berry-themed celebrations(which is doubtful), you can still roam the rest of the park and ride Knott’s Berry Farm’s newest attractions like the 4-D Voyage to the Iron Reef, for example. This year marks the 75th anniversary of Ghost Town and, to celebrate, this spring the legendary Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant will be finished with renovations and this summer the GhostRider will return better than ever.
If you are able to visit Knott’s Berry Farm, now’s the time to go. From boysenberries to thrill rides, you’ll have a blast.
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