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Knott's Boysenberry Festival 2016 Preview Tasting!


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Knott’s Berry Farm’s Boysenberry Festival returns this year from March 19 - April 3. The 16-day festival in Ghost Town features over 70 boysenberry-inspired dishes, drinks and treats; decorations; a wine and craft brew tasting garden; and tons of live entertainment. This year’s entertainment includes Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies, Peanuts Party in the Park, Dueling Fiddlers, vine dancing, Jammin’ in the Dark (a nighttime dance party), live music, and more. But the big star of the Boysenberry Festival is undeniably the boysenberry, so Knott’s invited us to a tasting preview to sample some of the boysenberry deliciousness that you can only get at this event. Check out our report below to tease your tastebuds and preview just a small sample of what’s in store for the 2016 Boysenberry Festival!

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We’re at Knott’s Berry Farm to check out the delicious foods and drinks you’ll find at the 2016 Boysenberry Festival!

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We came hungry and ready to sample some grub!

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We headed to the Wilderness Dance Hall, which serves as the wine and craft brew tasting garden during the festival, to kick off the event.

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The Knott’s culinary team welcomed everyone and got us excited for what was in store!

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First up, we headed for the wine. There are tons of wineries represented, each with a selection of different wines to choose from. It’s impossible to try them all! One I’ll recommend though is the Layer Cake Malbec - it was delicious!

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And our favorite from last year returns! The Honeywood Boysenberry Wine is a “must try!”

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Food Time! Here’s the Chicken Sandwich - grilled chicken breast tossed in boysenberry BBQ sauce, topped with farm made coleslaw on a whole wheat bun.

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Boysenberry Meatballs!

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Boysenberry BBQ Short Ribs served on a bed of Rice with Boysenberry BBQ Sauce!

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Boysenberry Wings!

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For the adventurous types, there’s Fried Alligator Bites served with Fries and Boysenberry Aioli.

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Wash some of the food down with some Boysenberry Beer or Boysenberry Cider. (In our case we mixed the two, and it was quite good!)

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The full Berry Market line of products is available for purchase at the event.

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And the Berry Market line has grown bigger this year! Along with all the preserves and syrups there’s now a Boysenberry Mustard and a Spicy Boysenberry Salsa.

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The salsa was great! It was spicy and sweet at the same time.

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There’s something for everyone!

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You can bring home the Boysenberry BBQ Sauce and slather it on whatever you like!

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Another favorite of ours, the Boysenberry Licorice, returns this year! It’s worth purchasing a pack of this!

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More wine please!

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On to the desserts, and they don’t disappoint!

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New this year is the Fun Stick! It’s cheesecake dipped in funnel cake batter that’s deep fried and then topped with park-made boysenberry cream and dusted with powdered sugar.

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Nom nom nom.

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The Boysenberry Flautas are great!

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And of course the infamous Fun Bun returns!

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The Fun Bun has become synonymous with the Boysenberry Festival. It’s a cinnamon bun dipped in funnel cake batter, deep fried, then iced with boysenberry cream cheese!

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Thanks Knott’s for all the delicious foods and drinks! This was just a small sample of everything that’s available to eat at the Boysenberry Festival, so you’ll have to make a visit to check it all out! Between eating the food, checking out the new decorations, experiencing the live entertainment, and enjoying everything else that Knott’s Berry Farm has to offer - it’s easy to make a full day trip out of a visit to the Boysenberry Festival!

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The Boysenberry Festival is now open! It runs March 19th through April 3rd, 2016... Don’t miss it!

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While I like raspberries and blackberries more than boysenberries, that looks SO GOOOD!!!

 

Though, I'm not sure about a boysenberry BBQ sauce. Some of the fruit flavored BBQ sauces I've tried in the past have had an odd taste or were way too sweet. Still, I am curious as to how this one will taste.

 

Thanks for sharing! (And running my breakfast. I'm craving boysenberries, now . . . )

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Nice! I remember trying the Boysenberry Wings & Beer at last years Boysenberry Festival and loving those (also tried the alligator, but wasn't a fan). And all the other stuff you showcased looks so good, especially the Fun Bun. I can't wait to go back this year and try more of those amazing foods.

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Though, I'm not sure about a boysenberry BBQ sauce.

 

I've been buying a bottle every time I visit the park. It's excellent and not extremely fruity. Has a bit of a kick to it.

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First up, we headed for the wine. There are tons of wineries represented, each with a selection of different wines to choose from. It’s impossible to try them all! One I’ll recommend though is the Layer Cake Malbec - it was delicious!

Challenge accepted

 

Thanks for the TR, yet again! Food looks great, esp the desserts! One of these years I'll have to go to this but don't think this year will be the year.

 

Did they make anything special and vegan for you two again?

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Did they make anything special and vegan for you two again?

 

They actually did! I decided not to include it in the report since they aren't normally available, but they made us a veggie burger and a vegan version of the Boysenberry Flautas. Their entire media and culinary teams are so awesome - every single person - some of the nicest and most accommodating people we've met in the business! And a special shout out to John Chiu for always making sure we're taken care of. It's a nice gesture, and a level of customer service beyond anything we've seen or would ever expect from a park!

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First up, we headed for the wine. There are tons of wineries represented, each with a selection of different wines to choose from. It’s impossible to try them all! One I’ll recommend though is the Layer Cake Malbec - it was delicious!

 

I do appreciate a good Malbec--but everything looks great!

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I'll be having my own "personal boysenberry festival" in September, when I get down there.

 

But, for now - awesome selection of eats and beverages. I am definitely interested in that

mustard, of all things!

 

As for the wines selection, too much to choose from! All great wines I'm sure. Still, that's a lot

of wine being offered.

 

Hope everybody enjoys themself, when it gets going.

And THANKS for the Preview Report!

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