Now that SeaWorld Orlando has reopened after its temporary closure due to COVID-19, the Seven Seas Food Festival is returning as a modified experience every weekend, starting July 17, 2020, through Aug. 9, 2020. Check out more details below!
SeaWorld Orlando's Seven Seas Food Festival splashed onto the scene four years ago with amazing food, drinks, concerts and special entertainment. In 2020, it was originally scheduled during weekends from Feb. 7 through May 3 (also new this year, the festival was available to guests all day long on Fridays!). COVID-19 shut down the park in March, but now that SeaWorld Orlando has reopened, the festival will also be returning as a modified experience, included with regular park admission!
Each week, frogs can taste bites and beverages from one of the festival markets, exclusively at the Lakeside Patio. The lineup includes:
- July 17-19: Mexican Market
- July 24-26: Italian Market
- July 31 - Aug. 2: North Atlantic Market
- Aug. 7-9: All-American Market
If you still have a 2020 Seven Seas Food & Beverage lanyard from earlier this spring, you can redeem your punches at all weekend market locations and select culinary locations throughout the park.
We're so hoppy that SeaWorld brought a taste of the Seven Seas Food Festival back, even if the experience is limited. Despite being different in nature, we're still keeping our full-sized tips from earlier this spring below, so you can read and prepare when it comes back full swing in the future.
Five ~Frogtastic~ Reasons to Check Out SeaWorld Orlando's Seven Seas Food Festival
1. The food, of course!
We think the SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival is on par with Epcot's many food and beverage events. The selection is outstanding, and prices are fair considering the nice portion sizes. While we aren't normally very food-venturous froggies, we took a walk on the wild side and didn't come across a single item we didn't love. This year, there's a whole lineup of new food and treats, including a Duck and Mushroom Ramen Bowl, El Jibarito Kobi Slider (featured in the picture above) and Brazilian Picanha Steak. Check out full menus on SeaWorld's website. You can't go wrong! And don't get me started on desserts — a Rainbow Cheesecake Cone, anyone?
2. ... and the drinks!
No kidding — SeaWorld is officially my favorite place for "adult" beverages. There are plenty of other yummy concoctions on the fruity side, such as the Frozen Stingray. Pictured above as a sample-size drink, the Frozen Stingray consists of pineapple, coconut, lime, melon liqueur and vodka. If cocktails aren't your fancy, hop in Leap's footsteps by sipping on the seemingly infinite number of craft beers throughout the park. There is plenty of wine to choose from as well, plus specialty booths offering sake and Jack Daniels concoctions.
3. Kid-friendly food options
There are new tastes for everyone to enjoy, even your picky tadpoles. Play it safe with the All-American Market, where tadpoles can enjoy chicken and waffles (yes, you can get it without the sriracha) ... or think outside the box with something exciting they're sure to love, such as the Bingsu Salted Vanilla Ice Cream from the Asian Market. This caramel popcorn-topped dessert is a consistent returning crowd favorite. There are tons of options to expand their horizons and help them learn about food in different cultures!
4. Nighttime concerts
Every Saturday and Sunday throughout the Seven Seas Food Festival, Bayside Stadium hosts awesome concerts for the whole family. So far, all of the performances announced took place at 6 p.m., unless otherwise noted. The concerts last about an hour and a half long, ending around 7:30 p.m.
The 2020 lineup featured a wide range of artists, including Trace Adkins, Walk Off the Earth and Boyz II Men.
5. Dance parties and street performers
Throughout the day, live DJs, smaller bands and performers can be found throughout the park, as well. Over by the Shark Encounter, we jammed out to a rock band. In between the band's performances, a live DJ spins some chart toppers, such as "Old Town Road," to keep everyone dancing. Right outside of Wild Arctic and Mango Joe's, catch an acrobatic duo performing cool balancing stunts and crazy jumps throughout the day. Another live DJ keeps the party going over there. Lily and Tad joined in once the hula hoops were brought out. Be sure to stop by and enjoy between snacking!
Tips for Having a Great Time at SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival
1. Use your event guide to navigate.
We're used to simply grazing through food booths at festivals like this, but with 31 booths and over 180 food and drink items, we wanted to plot our selections ahead of time! Luckily, the SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival is well-organized. Booths are numbered and go in order along the park pathways, with corresponding information in the event guide. The guide even shares photos of select items to help you get a visual of more unique selections. Oh, and we love that the guide identifies gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options!
2. Purchase (and share) a sampler lanyard.
The 15-item sampling package is great to share among your frog squad at the SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival. There is also a 10-item lanyard that can be purchased. Note that you must be 21 years of age or older to purchase and/or consume alcoholic beverages, and each redemption requires a valid photo ID. The sampling lanyard grants you full-size small dishes and sampler versions of larger plates per punch. The lanyard is a great value and makes your day easier! Simply cash in your "punches" at the register instead of having to bother with pulling cash or a card out at each booth. You can purchase it at the festival's Welcome Center or at any of the festival booths.
3. Know what to use it for.
The event guide identifies which items are eligible for using a "sample" on. Don't worry — only a few drink items are blocked out, and are noted with an asterisk.
4. Use your sampler wisely.
In past years, we found that the best way to get our money's worth was to use our sampler punches on food rather than drinks. Leap and I bought full-size "adult" beverages separately to get the best bang for our buck. Note that an annual passholder discount is granted on top of this as well!
5. Share dishes.
We preach this often when discussing food-centric events, but we toadally believe in sharing! It's easier (and more fun) to adventure with different flavors when you share as a group instead of committing to an interesting item on your own. Plus, sharing allows you to try more flavors before getting full! You'll want to taste a ton at the Seven Seas Food Festival, so this is the perfect approach.
6. Make the most of the concert time.
If you're interested in the performing acts, be sure to arrive at Bayside Stadium approximately 30 minutes early for lower-level seats. You can bring in food and drinks, so collect some snacks and use this time to sit and enjoy. If you don't want to spend time waiting, you can usually find upper-level seating right at showtime. It also depends on the act's popularity — we found great lower-level seats shortly before Walk Off the Earth's concert started. But with bigger names, we'd suggest arriving earlier if you want a prime spot. Access for seating opens at 3 p.m. Another option is reserved stadium seating starting at $10. There are also two floor seating options at $30 and $40, respectively. Concerts aren't your thing? No worries. While everyone is grooving to the evening's act, use this time to hit up food booths and roller coasters with lower crowds.
As you wine and dine your way around the park, make sure to stop by the many animal habitats for up-close encounters with an array of marine creatures such as dolphins, manatees and more. Get your thrills on SeaWorld Orlando's coolest coasters, including our personal favorite, Mako. SeaWorld Orlando’s attractions and shows operate throughout Seven Seas Food Festival, so you're sure to have awesome, action-packed day (or days) at the park.
Don't froget that all of this fun is included with general park admission, so buy our discounted tickets for your frog squad now and hop on down to Orlando for SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival! Get ready to set sail on your taste adventure ... and share your favorites with us in the comments.