On Saturday, Field Trip Girl and I had the privilege of attending the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival in Buena Park, California. As a newbie, I didn’t know what to expect. I thought I may be able to taste a few boysenberry samples and then go enjoy the rides. Boy, was I wrong! Instead, Knott’s Berry Farm was completely decked out in 100% boysenberry fashion! From endless boysenberry food pairings to boysenberry photo ops to a highly contentious boysenberry pie-eating contest, there was something for every boysenberry fan!
The boysenberry is Knott’s founding fruit. The Boysenberry Festival celebrates this precious fruit, which is a cross between a blackberry, raspberry and loganberry. It was originally created by Walter Knott and Rudolph Boysen. At the festival, the highly acclaimed purple berry is put up on a pedestal and showcased in unimaginable ways.
Knott’s Boysenberry Festival Food Bites
First, let’s talk about the amazing boysenberry food tastings. There are a total of 70 in all!
- Boysenberry corn with Boysenberry butter
- Boysenberry fish & chips with Boysenberry tartar sauce
- Boysenberry chocolate bar
- Boysenberry sausage with Boysenberry relish
- Boysenberry taffy
- Boysenberry cheese curds with Boysenberry ketchup
- Boysenberry deep friend ice cream
- Boysenberry Fun Stick
- Boysenberry Fun Bun
- Boysenberry ICEE Floats
- Boysenberry Latte
- And more…
Boysenberry Bites Tasting Card
To make choosing what to taste easier, I highly recommend that you purchase a Boysenberry Bites Tasting Card for only $25. The tasting card allows guests to sample generous portions of six boysenberry inspired treats:
Boysenberry BBQ Short Ribs at Spurs Chophouse
Boysenberry BBQ Wings
Fried Alligator Bites with Fries & Boysenberry Aioli at Sutter’s
Boysenberry BBQ Meatballs near Churro Factory
Boysenberry Panna Cotta with Almond Crumble at Ghost Town Bakery
Boysenberry Dessert Flautas at Ghost Town Grub
The Boysenberry Food Tasting Card can be purchased inside at Sutters Grill, Pemmican Pickle, the Calico Saloon, the Churro Factory, the Berry Stand at the entrance of Ghost Town, the Ghost Town Bakery or at the Gold Trails Hotel. In my opinion, one card is sufficient enough to feed two people. Unless of course you are a boysenberry connoisseur, then you will need more!
While enjoying your boysenberry delights, don’t forget to take in some good old-fashioned hillbilly music in the Calico Saloon or watch the Berry Jamboree at Birdcage Square.
Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Products
Guests who want to take home the exquisite Boysenberry BBQ sauce, Boysenberry Butter, Boysenberry Mustard, Berry Market Jams and more, can stop by the Berry Market located in the MarketPlace and the General Store located in Ghost Town. I purchased some Boysenberry Tea, a jar of Boysenberry Spicy Salsa and a bag of Boysenberry Coffee for my hubby at home.
The Boysenberry Mustard is a new addition this year. I highly recommend you give it a whirl.
Knott’s Boysenberry Pie-Eating Championship
Another entertaining part of the festival is the Boysenberry Pie-Eating Championship! My daughter and I witnessed the winner, Joy Chestnut, eat 14.5 pounds of boysenberry pie in under 8 minutes. He set a new world record and won $2,000!
Knott’s Wine and Craft Brew Garden
My mother-in-law’s favorite part of the festival, is the Wine and Craft Brew Garden, located inside of Ghost Town’s Wilderness Dance Hall. Here we got to choose between tasting 4 different craft brews and over 50 different wines from 36 producers including boysenberry beer and boysenberry wine. A convenient tasting card is available to purchase for $25, which includes 6 tastings paired with a nice cheese and fruit plate.
Field Trip Girl spent the majority of her time playing with the Bear-y Tales characters in their pie making kitchen inside of Ghost Town’s Toy Barn. With the help of Razz Bear-y, Boysen Bear-y and the other Bear-y family members, Field Trip Girl followed the world-famous boysenberry from field to blue ribbon winning pie. “Delicious”, she exclaimed!
Children can also make and decorate their own kid-size boysenberry tart pie for only $5.99!
The Knott’s Boysenberry Festival runs from March 19 – April 3. Tickets start at only $43 online or are available for purchase at the park. Discount coupons for $27 off the price of admission can also be found at Baskin Robbins locations across the south land.
Knott’s Berry Farm is located at 8039 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park, CA 90620. Parking is $17.
Happy Field Tripping!