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Test Review; Please Ignore

💭 This is, quite literally, the worst thing I’ve ever done… That said, I promised I’d do it… So here goes nothing… 📖 As we were planning for our annual, comprehensive Food & Wine Festival tasting, one of our tasters made a joke about how no one actually reads our painstakingly-crafted and incredibly-expensive-to-create reviews. That […]

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Food & Wine Festival 2019: The Comprehensive Review

A week has passed since we published part one of our annual Food & Wine Festival Review, and in that time BGWFans has visited the park a second time and reconfirmed our observation that the events biggest weakness is its lack of consistency. Wow.  That sounds unnecessarily negative.  Let me start again. BGWFans has now […]

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Food & Wine Festival 2019: Impressions & Highlights

It is May and that means Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s 7th annual Food & Wine Festival is upon us. As has become our tradition, the BGWFans Tasting Team spent opening weekend trying every food and non-alcoholic drink option on the menu. This two-part article will highlight our recommendations and share our scores for everything by booth. […]

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Food & Wine Festival 2018: The Comprehensive Review

As we promised in part one, we have compiled a comprehensive, dish-by-dish review of Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s 2018 Food & Wine Festival. Please keep in mind that these ratings reflect what we tasted on Memorial Day weekend.  Historically, the food at the event can vary dramatically throughout the day and across the weeks. Below you […]

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Food & Wine Festival 2018: Impressions & Highlights

It is that time of year again: the season when BGWFans and our Band of Merry Foodies head to the park to try every dish at the annual Food & Wine Festival. Last weekend Zachary, Thomas, Luke, Zimmy, and I, accompanied by our friends Renee and Meri, spent Saturday and Sunday exploring the 2018 event. […]

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2017 Food & Wine Festival: More Thoughts & Highlights

Welcome to Part Two of our 2017 Food & Wine Festival review. Previously, we shared our scores and comments for every dish at the event. This week we want to talk about the festival more broadly. Below you will find our ranking of all of the booths from best to last, as well as our recommendations […]

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2017 Food & Wine Festival: The Comprehensive Review

Once again over Memorial Day weekend, BGWFans braved the crowds and the weather to taste and review everything at Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s annual culinary extravaganza. This year Zachary and I (Nicole) were joined by Renee, Thomas, and Tony. Despite the forces of nature and a Code Purple at the park, we successfully tried, scored, and discussed […]

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Les Frites Review

Last Saturday at Pass Member Preview Day, Zachary, Joe, Thomas, Pretzel Kaiser, Tony, and I decided to take one for the team and try everything on the menu at Les Frites. As is our custom, we rated each dish, so we could share our questionable, if enthusiastic, wisdom with all y’all. Perhaps the most important […]

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No Escape: Reviewed

On the first day of Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s 2016 Howl-O-Scream event, Zachary and I attended a media preview, where we were invited to explore the park’s two new “No Escape” escape rooms: The Case of Jack the Ripper and The Case of Mr. Karver. The former seemed to tie in well with the Terror-tory in Banbury […]

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Food & Wine 2016 Revisited

When Zachary and I planned this article on the 2016 Busch Gardens Williamsburg Food & Wine Festival, we expected it to be no more than the second half of our normal food review. The first installment was intended to highlight each of the individual dishes, while this one was meant to look more broadly at […]

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2016 Food & Wine Festival: The Comprehensive Review

Over Memorial Day weekend my friend Renee and ParkFans Forum members Tony, Username, Zachary, and I (Nicole) went to Busch Gardens Williamsburg for the 2016 Food & Wine Festival. As has become our custom, we tried all of the food items and a limited sampling of the drinks. This year we have decided to split […]

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Marco Polo's Marketplace

Sunday, Zachary, Luke, Thomas, Tony, and I braved the cold and rain to try the food at Marco Polo’s Marketplace, which replaced Ristorante della Piazza this year. As we have reported previously, San Marco’s new eatery has a variety of stations, including Mediterranean Market, Italian Kitchen, Stone Hearth Oven, Asian Grill, Garden Favorites, and Desserts. […]

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Taste of Asia Food & Wine Preview Menu Review

On September 6th Zachary, Applesauce, Tony, and I (Nicole) ventured to Busch Gardens Williamsburg for Pass Member Appreciation Day. Although the speech itself was short, we enjoyed the breakfast and the lines for the rides were practically nonexistent. After meeting up with several other ParkFans Forum members, and enjoying most of the park, we decided to head […]

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Food & Wine Festival 2014: The Full Review

As you all probably know, a group of pleasure-seeking people has invaded Busch Gardens Williamsburg. From May 23rd through June 29th the park is hosting the second annual Food & Wine Festival. Once again, Busch Gardens has been turned into a playground for foodies, wine-lovers, and other brave individuals, all of whom want to try […]

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Colossal Curl: Do Not Let Go!

Do Not Let Go! Let me repeat that. Do Not Let Go. Yesterday my family braved Memorial Day weekend crowds to try out Colossal Curl. The bottom line? It is far and away the best water slide we have ever experienced. For context, we have only been to WCUSA, Aquatica, Adventure Island, and Wet ‘n’ Wild, […]

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The Chef's Guests: A Review

Introduction About a week or so ago I asked on our Facebook page whether or not there was any interest in a quick review of The Chef’s Guests, one of Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s up-charge experiences for this year’s Food & Wine Festival. Though the response wasn’t overwhelming, it seemed that some of you were, indeed, interested. […]

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Howl-O-Scream 2012: The Full Review

The original plan was to have a review posted following opening weekend, but there was a problem: Howl-O-Scream’s opening weekend was literally one of the worst things I’ve ever experienced at the park. Everything was an absolute disaster. Houses were horribly understaffed, the actors that were present did absolutely nothing, the houses were in awful shape, and park theming […]

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IllumiNights Review, Howl-O-Scream, Wolf Pups, and More

Sorry about the static nature of the homepage lately. Between things going on in my personal life and with the site, I’ve had my hands full. Anyway, we have a massive update for you today including a huge IllumiNights recap, a Howl-O-Scream construction update, pictures of adorable wolf pups, video of the new version of […]

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Christmas Town: It's The Most Wonderful Time of The Year

[singlepic id=2162 w=320 h=240 float=right]Last year was the first time Busch Gardens Williamsburg opened their gates for the Christmas Season; spending a fortune on lights, trees, new musical shows, and tons of merchandise for an event that no one could predict if it would be a hit or not. What happened was a Christmas miracle […]

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Christmas Town: A Review

Review By Noreen Lambert On Friday, November 26th, 2010, Christmas Town, a Busch Gardens Celebration opened. This was their second year putting on such a celebration. I had been anticipating attending for the last three months and the day finally came. [singlepic id=2146 w=320 h=240 float=left] I loaded up my family and my parents along […]

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