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Our Comprehensive Review of Busch Gardens Williamsburg's 2022 Food & Wine Festival

Reviews, Ratings, and Photos of Every Dish at the Park's Annual Culinary-Focused Special Event

Today’s article is a bit of a milestone: today we are publishing the first comprehensive Food & Wine Festival review, since Busch Gardens Williamsburg returned to normal, post-COVID lockdown operations. 2021 was still a limited event, and of course, 2020 was canceled completely and replaced with the Taste of Busch Gardens mini-event in the Fall. […]

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First Impressions of Pantheon

Thoughts & Reviews from Anonymous Busch Gardens Williamsburg Employees

At long last, Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s much-anticipated, Intamin-made, swing-launch coaster, Pantheon, finally saw its first large batch of riders on February 3rd. During an employee-exclusive event held yesterday, park employees were given the opportunity to ride Pantheon a nearly-unlimited number of times—day and night. Over the past 24 hours or so, I’ve been in contact […]

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Busch Gardens Williamsburg Mardi Gras 2022 Food Review

What do you do, when you realize it is going to snow the first weekend of Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Mardi Gras event? Do you postpone your review of the 19 themed dishes until the following Saturday? Do you decide no one really needs your opinions of this entirely custard and balsamic free event anyway? Well, […]

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Comparing All Three East Coast 2021 Howl-O-Scream Events

Our Thoughts After Visiting Howl-O-Scream Williamsburg, Tampa, and Orlando in One Weekend

Last weekend Zachary and I flew to Florida and back so that we could experience Universal Studios Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights and the opening weekends of all three east coast Howl-O-Scream events (Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Busch Gardens Tampa, and SeaWorld Orlando). Initially, we had considered evaluating all four together, but have decided the HHN is […]

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Our Comprehensive Review of Busch Gardens Williamsburg's 2021 Food & Wine Festival

We Sampled, Rated, and Photographed Every Dish & Non-Alcoholic Beverage at BGW's Annual Food Event

It is that time again: BGWFans’ annual foodie adventure. For the 2021 “Light at the End of the COVID Tunnel” edition, Zachary and I were joined by my friend Renee and ParkFans Co-Admin Gavin. In one hectic afternoon, we sampled every dish and non-alcoholic beverage at Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s annual Food & Wine Festival. The […]

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Taste of Busch Gardens Review

Our Comprehensive Review of Every Dish at Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Taste of Busch Gardens Event

Unique Conditions 2020 has been a horrible year in a variety of ways. It has gifted us a pandemic, massive wildfires, hurricanes, killer hornets, and nationwide protests. I am writing this article in September instead of May, however, because 2020 also closed our theme parks and postponed and reduced Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Food & Wine […]

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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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