The Knott's Berry Farm (KBF) Discussion Thread

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Re: The Knott's Berry Farm (KBF) Discussion Thread

Postby wrs28330 » Sun Aug 23, 2020 6:55 pm

On Sunday 8/23/20, Theme Park Review was invited to experience the Taste of Knott's event at Knott’s Berry Farm. Even with the rides closed, it felt so great to step back into a SoCal theme park again! Knott’s was ready to open their annual Boysenberry Festival back in March, but it of course came to a halt. The Knott’s Marketplace was eventually able to reopen, followed by the reopening of the Calico Ghost Town area of the park with the Taste of Calico special event. Expanding on the success of that outdoor event, Knott’s started celebrating the most popular dishes from around the park on August 21, with this new Taste of Knott's event. From Mexican-inspired cuisine in Fiesta Village, to BBQ items from Spurs and the Boardwalk, and even dishes pulled from the Knott’s Berry Farm Cookbook, there is so much to enjoy!

The event runs Fridays – Sundays until September 13, with Friday/Saturday set as 12:00 – 9:00pm, and Sunday hours as 12:00 – 8:00pm. We were easily able to experience the entire park and all the food in 5 hours. You could complete everything in as short as two hours, or enjoy the entire operating day if you wish.
To experience the event, a tasting card must be purchased in advance at knotts.com, and includes entry into the park. The tasting card is $30 for adults with 5 food tastings, and Junior tasting cards for patrons ages 3-11 is $15 with 3 food tastings. Tasting cards are date specific.

Before we get to the pictures, we want to commend Knott’s Berry Farm for two incredible factors:
Firstly, the thoughtfulness in the overwhelming number of tables placed throughout the entire park was wonderful! This directly contributed to such a relaxing way to enjoy the wonderful food and atmosphere.
Secondly, we want to praise the Knott’s team for their creativity and adaptability in finding a way to bring a small part of their operation back to life (and bring Knott’s back to its roots)! The employees seemed so happy to be back at work, and went out of their way to say “welcome back” and “thank you for being here with us today”. We hope this sets the foundation and leads the way for similar SoCal parks!
Thank you so much to Miranda and the Knott’s Team for your hospitality!
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Welcome back to the farm!
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We have our Tasting Cards in hand and are happy to back in the park!
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So...let's talk about tables for a minute...
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...as far as the eye can see...
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...and in the shade too!
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You can see where existing tables are being used, as well as a ton of brand new tables.
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Clear signage at the booth. Booths were well spread out around the park. The same item was available at multiple booths around the park, which is much more efficient than past Boysenberry Festivals. Now, on to the food!
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Mac and Cheese with even more cheese!
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Chicken slider with chips.
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An amazing portobello mushroom sandwich. Seriously, carnivores like me usually dismiss the veggie-friendly food items, but this is a perfect example of not counting out the veggie fun!
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A full ear of Corn on the Cob with boysenberry butter and cotija cheese.
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BBQ brisket sandwich with coleslaw.
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Our favorite item: Blue Velvet lemon cookiewich with Vanilla soft-serve ice cream.
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Boysenberry Smoothie. There are three different locations for this item, and with its popularity, it takes a while for a new batch to be ready. We recommend going to the Wheel Wagon Pizza location since it is of the beaten path, and it looked like they had the most smoothie machines.
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The event featured several solo performers in Calico.
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These performers brought such a wonderful energy to the area. DJs could also be found at stages around the park.
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It was also great to the Blacksmith still hard at work.
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Lastly, there is a Relax Zone in the outdoor queue of the defunct Mystery Lodge.
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No frills, but a nice half-shaded area for those who need it. A nice touch for sure.
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Thank you again to Miranda and the Knott's team! Visit knotts.com to plan your visit!

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Re: The Knott's Berry Farm (KBF) Discussion Thread

Postby cfc » Mon Aug 24, 2020 4:57 am

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Re: The Knott's Berry Farm (KBF) Discussion Thread

Postby SharkTums » Mon Aug 24, 2020 12:30 pm

Good for Knott's for figuring out how to open up and almost using this as a demo for opening the rest of the park up. Thanks for sharing!

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Re: The Knott's Berry Farm (KBF) Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Mon Aug 24, 2020 1:57 pm

"You want picnic tables, friend? We got picnic tables!" :wink:

So many of them. Worth the trouble of setting them all up, I can see.

Oh yeah. AWESOME FOOD, by the way! Thanks for sharing your visit there.
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Re: The Knott's Berry Farm (KBF) Discussion Thread

Postby coasterlvr » Mon Aug 24, 2020 2:09 pm

i went to the last day of Taste of Calico. maybe because it was the last day, it was fairly crowded. i'm glad they made it bigger. it wasn't nearly as easy to find tables the day i went.
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Re: The Knott's Berry Farm (KBF) Discussion Thread

Postby coasternut » Wed Aug 26, 2020 9:08 am

Do any locals think Knotts can open soon this season (or at all) with Orange County taken off your Governor's shit list??? I just read that Disneyland is putting up plexiglass barriers at it's entries. Possible preparation for reopening. Not sure if this is true or not. I hope so, since I'd love to ride again even if it's at Knotts. I really need this to happen at Magic Mountain. I know that's another thread.
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Re: The Knott's Berry Farm (KBF) Discussion Thread

Postby Animal » Wed Aug 26, 2020 11:26 am

Unfortunately it has nothing to do with the counties, it all has to do with the state and we all know what’s going on there. SMH. Expect after the election the parks will be able to open. My guess mid November

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Re: The Knott's Berry Farm (KBF) Discussion Thread

Postby ryder » Wed Aug 26, 2020 11:37 am

I'm still betting on nothing till 2021 at best. Number are still not great. They do go down, but then often go right back up.

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Re: The Knott's Berry Farm (KBF) Discussion Thread

Postby Animal » Fri Aug 28, 2020 4:18 pm

Has anyone seen the new guidelines that just came out today? If I’m reading it correctly Knotts and Disneyland should be able to reopen very soon. All indoor rides would likely have to remain closed for now. It’s all based on county.

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Re: The Knott's Berry Farm (KBF) Discussion Thread

Postby SoCalJasonland » Fri Aug 28, 2020 5:11 pm

Animal wrote:Has anyone seen the new guidelines that just came out today? If I’m reading it correctly Knotts and Disneyland should be able to reopen very soon. All indoor rides would likely have to remain closed for now. It’s all based on county.


I am showing the theme parks are closed even in counties in the "Minimal" lowest group. It looks like amusement parks are still a separate discussion.

https://covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/

https://spectrumnews1.com/ca/orange-county/business/2020/08/28/governor-s-new-reopening-plan-does-not-include-disneyland--knott-s-or-other-theme-parks

CA’s New Reopening Plan Does Not Include Disneyland, Knott’s, or Other Theme Parks
By Joseph Pimentel Orange County
PUBLISHED 7:14 PM ET Aug. 28, 2020

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. — Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studios Hollywood, and other theme parks across the state will have to continue to wait for the governor’s guidance on when they can reopen.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced a new process for reopening businesses across the state amid the coronavirus pandemic called Blueprint for a Safer Economy, but it did not include guidelines for theme park operators.

What You Need To Know
Disneyland and other theme park operators still have not received guidelines from the state as to when they can reopen

Gov. Gaving Newsom unveiled a new process for businesses to reopen

The closures of Disneyland and other theme parks have hurt Southern California's economy

Newsom said he is working with theme park operators on how to safely reopen theme parks
When asked by a reporter on when Disneyland and other theme parks can safely reopen, Newsom said amusement parks are a separate business category and that he’s working with theme park leaders on guidance.

“We are working with them,” Newsom said during a press conference. “We set our discussions aside on that. It is a very dynamic conversation, and so we didn't include it in the update today. That is a separate conversation.”
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