Knott’s Boysenberry Festival

Knott's Berry Farm Knott's Boysenberry Festival Guide

Indulge in Berry Bliss as we take you along the Ultimate Guide to Knott’s Boysenberry Festival. 

This annual food-inspired event is back! This annual festival has numerous food booths, with boysenberry food and drinks, live entertainment, and tons of history and activities to celebrate the park’s historic roots.

Unlike some of the other food and wine festivals we have been to, the portion sizes are very limited. That is not what you will experience at Knott’s Boysenberry Festival. The food is delicious, and the portion sizes are great, as are the drinks. The best way to take advantage of all of the new food offerings is to pick up a tasting card. 

In this post, we will share quite a few tips to make the most of your day, as well as tips to enjoy the festival, what to try and what to skip, and a few other hidden gems.

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Tips for Making the Most of Your Festival Experience

Knott’s Berry Farm kicked off its annual Boysenberry Festival this past week. This park has such an adorable charm, and this festival was the topping on the cake. We are hitting up every Knott’s Berry Farm Special Event this year and want to share the top highlights with you and show you how to make the most of your festival.

We are going to discuss a few tips and get them out of the way before we chat about all the fun and exciting things you should order and try. 

Plan Ahead. 

Map out your route. There is a bit of a flow to the park’s booths, activities, and where the event is “hosted.” You can plan your route ahead of time by checking out the options. 

Even if you’ve never been to Knott’s Berry Farm, you will pick up on the flow of the pack quickly. 

When you first enter the park, you should stick to the left of the windmill and head into Ghost Town, towards Calico Park and Charleston Circle. 

How long does the Boysenberry Festival Last?

The Knott’s Boysenberry Festival runs from March 8 to April 28. You do not need an additional ticket for this event; your general park admission is all you will need. More on the tasting card shortly but there is no Knott’s Boysenberry Festival Ticket needed. 

Decor at the Knott's Berry Festival
Knott's Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival Decor at Knott's Beary Tales

What is the Boysenberry Festival at Knott’s Berry Farm?

So what is the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival? It is an annual event to celebrate EVERYTHING Boysenberry. From beers to wines to seltzers and sangria, coffee cake, the best beignets, dippin’ dots, and ICEE floats, to anything food-related you can think of, they celebrate that every Boysenberry can be traced back to this farm—every single one. 

They even sell boysenberry plants at the event, and you can take them home with you on the airplane. 
It’s not the most realistic, but I thought we would try it, especially if you love them as much as I do. 

With over 75 mouthwatering boysenberry-infused dishes and drinks, there’s something to satisfy every palate. From savory delights like chicken tikka masala with boysenberry curry sauce to sweet treats like boysenberry and chocolate stuffed cookies, the festival offers a unique twist on classic favorites.

For the best tasting experience, consider purchasing a tasting card for $55, which includes six tastings of boysenberry-inspired dishes and drinks. Alternatively, signature boysenberry items are available for individual purchase. Whether you’re a foodie or just looking for a fun day out with the family, the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival has something for everyone.

Throughout the day, people of all ages can enjoy live music, play games, and ride on some fantastic rides.

All Things Boysenberry

At the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival, prepare to embark on a tantalizing journey through a diverse array of boysenberry-infused treats.

Prop Shop Pizzeria Knott's Boysenberry Festival
Boysenberry Blonde Boardwalk BBQ

Must-Try Dishes

Indulge your sweet tooth with delightful options such as the boysenberry latte, perfect for those who enjoy a touch of sweetness in their coffee, particularly when served iced. 

For a refreshing twist, quench your thirst with the iconic Boysenberry ICEE or savor the delightful texture of Boysenberry Dippin’ Dots. 

Don’t miss out on classic favorites like boysenberry beignets and cookies. 

Among the must-try dishes and beverages, we highly recommend the Peach and Cheese Burrata Caprese Salad with a Boysenberry Dressing, which offers a perfect balance of flavors, and the savory Boysenberry Sausage and Hot Honey Pizza topped with ricotta cheese and basil. While not overwhelmed with boysenberry flavoring, try out the Tikka Masala with Boysenberry curry sauce served over rice. 

Vegetable Lettuce Wrap Knott's Boysenberry Festival Food
Knott's Boysenberry Festival Snacks
Boardwalk BBQ Potato Wedges with Boysenberry Cheese Sauce and a Boysenberry Blonde
Beignets at Knott's Berry Farm
Boysenberry Lemonade with Mint drink at the Boysenberry Festival
Snacks at Knott's Berry Farm Calico Saloon

The Skip List

On the flip side, if barbecue isn’t your preference, consider skipping the cheese wedges with BBQ sauce, as the texture and aroma may not be to your liking.

Additionally, beware of smaller drink servings at certain spots.

Beyond culinary delights, immerse yourself in the festival’s vibrant atmosphere by enjoying beloved attractions like Ghostrider and Timber Mountain Log Ride. 

Craft Beer Tasting

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Craft Beer and Wine Tasting Card at Knott's Berry Farm Festival
Beer Tasting Tray

One unique aspect of the Boysenberry Festival is the craft beer tasting. For $35, you can purchase a craft beer and cocktail card that is good for 4 tastings and 4 souvenir cups to take home.

There are over 15 different tastings on the card, and many of them are from throughout the park. You can also order full-size tastings at this location as well, and there are multiple food stands within the Wilderness Dance Hall building.

This was a massive highlight for me. I love a good tasting, and while I found it to be a little more on the expensive side, it’s in line with most “tastings” of its caliber.

Annual Boysenberry Festival Tasting Card

As we mentioned earlier, the best way to enjoy the annual food and wine festival is to purchase a tasting card, which allows you to sample many signature Boysenberry items. 

Your taste buds will be taken on a food tasting adventure as well as the boysenberry-infused beverages.

Tasting Card with six tastings Knott's Berry Farm Festival
Knott's Berry Farm Tasting Card for Boysenberry Festival

Explanation of the Tasting Card and its Benefits

The Tasting Card offers an extensive selection of over 60 items, ranging from sweet treats and snacks to drinks and meals, ensuring there’s something to satisfy every craving. 

Priced at $55 online and slightly higher in the park, the Tasting Card provides exceptional value compared to individual purchases, with items typically priced at $14 or more. 

By purchasing the Tasting Card ahead of time, guests can enjoy savings while indulging in their favorite boysenberry-inspired creations. With an average cost of about $10 per item, the Tasting Card offers a budget-friendly way to explore the festival’s culinary offerings. 

Additionally, the Tasting Card caters to diverse dietary preferences, with several vegan and vegetarian options available. Whether you’re craving classic favorites or eager to try something new, the Tasting Card ensures a delightful culinary experience. 

Plus, guests have the flexibility to order from both the à la carte menu and the Tasting Card menu at each location, providing versatility and convenience during their visit. You cannot use your tasting card for a la carte food and drinks.

Advice on How to Maximize Savings While Sampling Various Offerings

To maximize savings while sampling various offerings at the Boysenberry Festival, consider several tips for a fulfilling experience. 

Firstly, take advantage of the Tasting Card’s value, especially for alcoholic beverages, which can offer significant savings compared to individual purchases.

Additionally, participating in the festival as a group can enhance the experience, as there truly is something for everyone to enjoy. 

With portion sizes ample enough to share, pooling resources and trying different items together can provide a diverse culinary adventure. 

For those eager to explore a wide range of flavors, consider purchasing two Tasting Cards to sample even more delicacies. By strategizing and sharing, guests can make the most of their festival visit while enjoying delicious boysenberry-inspired creations.

DIY Boysenberry Products

Boysenberry take home festival merch

Take Home the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival 

Experience the flavor of the Boysenberry Festival year-round with DIY boysenberry products. Dive into a world of homemade delights with sauces, coffee syrups, chocolate, and more to create your own recipes.

Indulge in the sweetness of Boysenberry jam, crafted in your own kitchen. 

Reversible Jacket Knott's Merch
Boysenberry Everything Merch to take home

Boysenberry Festival Merch

You can bring home delicious boysenberry caramels, a sweatshirt, slippers, and a backpack. The merchandise team at Knott’s Boysenberry Festival goes above and beyond to create and share items for guests to bring the festivities home with them.

Support one of the many local Vendors

Pirates of the Caribbean wood statue local craft venders Knott's Festival
Local vendors at Knott's Boysenberry Festival

From adorable treats and candles to locally crafted goods, like festive hats and wood statues, there’s something for everyone. As you enjoy these delights, remember to support local vendors and artisans who pour their passion into creating boysenberry-themed crafts. 

Just a friendly reminder: while immersing yourself in this experience, respect the privacy of vendors who prefer not to be filmed for promotional purposes.

Unique Cocktails with a Boysenberry Twist

Watermelon Seltzer Boysenberry Festival Drinks
Boysenberry Blonde Boardwalk BBQ

Creative Cocktails at Knott’s Boysenberry Festival 

Discover a delightful array of creative cocktails infused with the irresistible flavor of boysenberry, each one offering a unique twist on traditional favorites. 

Among our top picks that warrant a second indulgence are the refreshing 

  • Boysenberry blonde 
  • Slap Tropical IPA
  • Boysenberry Seltzer
  • Boysenberry Prosecco

It wouldn’t be a hits list without the Skip list:

Whatever you do, do not order the watermelon seltzer; at the Silver Bullet Booth, you can find Boysenberry wine, a Boysenberry Heff, and Boysenberry Sagria with an Orange Slice. Get one of those and the Boysenberry Dippin’ Dots, and enjoy watching or riding on Silver Bullet. 

Exclusive Boysenberry Prosecco

Now, I’m not saying this is the only reason we went to the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival, but it’s in solid second place. All jokes aside, we’ve been craving this drink since last year’s festival, and I’m so thankful they brought it back. 

You can get a very similar drink at the new restaurant inside the Knott’s Hotel. It is not the same and has a totally different flavor, but if you crave it like I do, you can make a special request for a boysenberry champagne, and it’s as close as you can get. 

This delicious prosecco is located at the Prop Shop Pizzeria by Pony Express and the Knott’s Theater. We also picked up the boysenberry sausage pizza, which was absolutely fabulous. If you are in a rush, the Prop Shop has quick-service salads and other healthy snacks you can grab and go. 

Enjoy a few Cocktails at Knott’s Hotel for an enhanced experience

For an enhanced experience, we recommend savoring these cocktails at Knott’s Hotel, where you can unwind after a day of adventure. 

While our visit during the soft opening revealed some initial hiccups in service, we extended patience to the new establishment as they found their rhythm. 

With a welcoming bar area to relax and unwind, Knott’s new restaurant provides the ideal setting to cap off your day with great food, drinks, and a well-deserved moment of relaxation.

Fun Activities to Celebrate Knott’s Boysenberry Festival

Pie Eating Contest at Calico Mine Stage
Knott's History of the Boysenberry Ghost Town Hall

In addition to indulging in delicious treats, visitors can enjoy a variety of entertainment options throughout the park. 

From musical performances to interactive games, there’s never a dull moment at Knott’s Berry Farm. 

Highlights include the musical journey “Knott’s Preserved,” the comedy melodrama “Riverboat Revenge,” and the entertaining Boysenberry Pie Eating Contest.

Families can also visit Old MacDonald’s Barn to meet adorable farm animals or explore the History of the Boysenberry Museum in Town Hall. 

Plus, don’t miss the Boysenberry Festival Craft Fair, featuring over two dozen local craft vendors offering unique boysenberry-inspired products.

Live Entertainment on the Musical Stage

Show Times for Wagon Camp
Wagon Camp Knott's Live Music

Listen to live music at Wagon Camp. One of the days we were there, we enjoyed listening to the performance in the park hosted by one of the local schools. They played really great songs, and their talent blew me away.

Old Macdonald’s Barn

Old McDonald's Barn Festival activities
Old McDonald's Barn Livery Stable Festival Activities

One really unique thing about Knott’s is the small barn in Southern California’s theme parks and Ghost Town area. 

History of the Boysenberry

Calico Town Hall Activities at Knott's Festival
Knott's History of the Boysenberry Festival activites

Inside Town Hall, you will find the wonderful story of the Boysenberry. You can relax with a drink and listen to the story. 

Pie Eating Contest

Pie Eating Contest at Calico Mine Stage

Head over to the Calico Mine Stage for one of two fun events. First up is the Pie eating contest. There is typically only one show time for the pie-eating contest. 

If you want a chance to take part in the pie eating contest, show up around 30 minutes before, find a Knott’s employee, and throw your name in the hat. If picked at the beginning of the show, you will make your way to the stage and receive your boysenberry pie to finish. 

Thankfully you don’t have to finish the pie to win, you have to clear your pie plate the fastest. 

Knott’s Reserved

The second of the events that take place on the Calico Mine Stage, enjoy the music and story version of the history of the Buena Park theme park and the Boysenberry with the Knott’s Preserved show. 

Stay at the New Knott’s Hotel

Experience the newly remodeled Knott’s Hotel, where modern amenities and comfort await guests of all ages. 

Following a significant multi-million-dollar renovation, the hotel now boasts spacious rooms designed to accommodate families or individual travelers with various floor plans to suit their needs. 

The pool area has also received a refreshing makeover, inviting guests to indulge in leisurely swims, relax in the spa, or delight in the Kids Splash Pad. 

While lounging by the pool is a delightful experience, guests have noted a minor inconvenience with the towels, which are tailored for children and may not be optimal for drying off after a dip.

Door to Gate in Less Than 10 Minutes

One of the most compelling reasons to stay at Knott’s Hotel is its unparalleled proximity to the festival grounds. 

Situated just a brief stroll away from the theme park’s entrance, guests can easily transition from their cozy accommodations to the vibrant festivities in less than 10 minutes. 

Beyond the thrill of easy access to the theme park, guests relish in the convenience of nearby dining options, such as the beloved chicken to-go restaurant. 

Gathering dinner and treats to enjoy back in the comfort of their hotel room has become a cherished tradition for families, offering a relaxed atmosphere to unwind and share memories from their day of adventures.

Save More with Knott’s Hotel Bundles and Season Pass Discounts

For those planning a seamless festival getaway, Knott’s Berry Farm offers several options to enhance the experience while saving on accommodations. 

Guests can explore special event bundles tailored to festival dates, ensuring a memorable stay at a value. Additionally, investing in a season pass unlocks exclusive benefits, including discounted hotel stays and savings on theme park admissions. 

With an array of benefits and the allure of everything Knott’s has to offer, seizing these savings opportunities is an enticing proposition for any festival-goer seeking a memorable and budget-friendly getaway.

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Knott’s Hotel with Knott’s Bundle 

As a reminder, The Knott’s Boysenberry Festival runs now – April 26 

We Would Love to Hear From You

Join the conversation and share your own Boysenberry Festival experiences! 

Whether you’re a seasoned attendee or planning your first visit, we want to hear about your favorite activities and must-try treats. 

Your input will help us expand our list of recommendations for future festival visits. 

Don’t forget to check out the links provided for easy access to purchase tasting cards, book affordable accommodations at Knott’s Berry Hotel, and explore more about the festival.

Save Some Money and Bundle

For a convenient and budget-friendly stay, consider booking a room at affordable hotels like Knott’s Berry Hotel, renowned for its affordability and proximity to the festival grounds. 

Ensure you’re ready to indulge in the festival’s culinary delights by purchasing your tasting card in advance, starting at $55 online. Looking to make the most of your visit? 

Grab discounted theme park tickets and explore the benefits of the Knott’s Season Pass, with options like Gold for year-round savings or Platinum for exclusive perks like express access and unlimited visits to Knott’s and Soak City.

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Stay connected for the latest updates and insider tips on upcoming events at Knott’s Berry Farm. 

Follow along for insights on new attractions, seasonal offerings, and invaluable advice to maximize your enjoyment during every visit. Keep an eye out for exciting developments like the addition of new rides at Camp Snoopy this Memorial Day weekend and the reopening of Knott’s Soak City. 

With our commitment to sharing top tips and insights, we’re particularly excited about the upcoming Halloween festivities, including the renowned Knott’s Scary Farm. 

Join us as we embark on an adventure through each of these seasonal events, ready to highlight the best experiences and steer you away from any potential pitfalls.

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