Spring is in the air and with it, the idea of festivals, blooms and outdoor activities that don’t require wearing boots. That means it’s the perfect time for the Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival!
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Knott’s Berry Farm, located in Buena Park, California, south of the 91 freeway at the intersection of Beach Blvd. and La Palma Ave., is a 160-acre theme park full of food, fun, games and rides for all ages. Opened in 1940, Knott’s Berry Farm is known for its boysenberry, honored in a 16-day festival hosted in the Ghost Town area, complete with entertainment, boysenberry-themed food, the Wine and Craft Brew Tasting Garden and farm fresh fun for everyone.
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I’ll be there with some of my family! They had me at boysenberry, which was created by Ralph Boysen back in the ’30s as a hybrid of a loganberry, red raspberry and the blackberry.
I don’t leave Knott’s, ever, without at least a boysenberry funnel cake or boysenberry-filled churro, so this festival is right down my alley. Did you know that you can even get a boysenberry latte over at the gourmet coffee shop by Snoopy’s theater? And did you know they serve Starbucks coffee there? Little known fact but it’s so nice on a day where mom and dad are starting to wilt and need a pick me up, or it’s cold and you need a hand warmer.
While I want to be first in line for Xcelerator, my favorite ride in the whole park, I may be even more excited about the food offerings during the festival. The Boysenberry Bites consist of things like fried cheese curds with spicy boysenberry dipping sauce, fish and chips sandwiches with boysenberry tartar sauce and boysenberry ICEE floats. Not only can you buy the famous Berry Market™ Boysenberry BBQ Sauce but you can enjoy tastings of ribs, wings and chicken legs cooked with the amazing sauce. (I plan on buying a jug to bring home to the rest of the family, as I am not sharing my fried cheese curds or anything while in the park!) Extra fees do apply for the tastings, but how can you go wrong?
To burn off the best calories you’ll ever ingest, you can take part in salsa dancing later in Siesta Village and dance with the Peanuts Party in the Park. Kids can even make boysenberry tarts in Ghost Town’s Craft Town. After dark, the areas light up in a new way and more music starts, keeping everyone going for the whole day. (Can I pass as a pint-sized chef? I want to make a tart!) Pint-sized or not, I’m planning on visiting the Easter Beagle and his friends over at Camp Snoopy. Every visit is better with a Snoopy photo opp!
Don’t miss all the gorgeous decor all around the park! So many beautiful Spring, boysenberry-themed photo opps.
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Very cool, Donna. I am sad to say that even though I grew up in Anaheim, I have been to Knott’s frequently, but have never been to the Boysenberry Festival. It looks great.
Also, we need to get together sometime and catch up on all the years since high school. Maybe watch a NASCAR race together some Sunday.
You had me at boysenberry funnel cake! Also the swing dancing! Sounds like so much fun. I haven’t been there in years, we’ll check it out!
I’ve never tasted fresh boysenberries. I’ve had the preserves though, and that was delish. Curious to know how a boysenberry latte will taste. I’m sure the bbq will be fantastic.
I remember my family would go to Knott’s Berry Farm all the time when I was young. I has been many years since I have visited, maybe it’s time I go visit again!