A brand new event has arrived at SeaWorld Orlando: the Seven Seas Food Festival! In its inaugural year, the festival is already receiving rave reviews. We were hopping with excitement to get a taste of the festival. Since it's taking place every Saturday through May 13, you have plenty of time to experience it too. With a collection of 11 booths highlighting seaside culinary styles from around the world and top-of-the-line entertainment, you have a theme park vacation win-win.
Here are our top seven reasons to check out the all-new SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival!
1. The food, of course!
This new festival brings over 60 coastal dishes spanning American, Latin, Polynesian, Asian, and Mediterranean cuisines. From innovative, edible wonders such as the Nitrogen Infused Kettle Corn with Chocolate Chips to comforting classics such as Cheese Grits and Shrimp Casserole, there truly is a world of exciting flavors to dive into! Note: The Bacon & Cheddar Hushpuppies are a must try! Menus and Event Guides are presented in both English and Spanish.
2. …and the drinks!
This festival is all about flavor, and that does not end with the food. There are over 55 craft brews as well as wine and cocktails to try. You can also partake in wine and beer tastings (for an additional fee) that come with a souvenir glass. Check out the special Brew Hut locations to taste some festival favorites like the local Sea Dog Wild Blueberry infused with fresh fruit. Pro-tip: Purchase a 10 ($40) or 15 ($55) item pass to save money as you sample the delicious food and beverage offerings! With most dishes or drinks averaging about $5-6, this pass is definitely worth it if you plan to sample several items or share with a friend.
3. Kid-friendly options.
Food festivals may be grown-up foodie favorites, but there are plenty of tasty treats for the tadpoles to try, too! Twists on comfort dishes like BBQ Mac & Cheese and Tacos Al Pastor are likely kid-pleasers, along with non-alcoholic "mocktails" that both kids and adults will enjoy. The Caribbean Sunset lemonade and Sparkling Pear are Tad and Lily’s favorites! There are also plenty of sweets to please all tastes, like the Marshmallow & Nutella Empanada or Toffee Banana with vanilla ice cream.
4. Special appearances by two former festivals.
The Seven Seas Food Festival incorporates two past SeaWorld events, Bands, Brew, and BBQ and Viva La Musica, into its special weekend offerings. Popular dishes from Bands, Brew, and BBQ including Crackling Pork Rinds and of course, smoky barbecued meat platters are available at special limited time booths through April 15. Viva La Musica inspired eats like Bacalaitos (salted cod pancakes), Churrasco, and Pinchos (skewered, marinated meat) will be available on event days April 22-May 13.
5. Big name entertainment.
Eating in silence is boring. That’s why SeaWorld is bringing an array of top shelf performers including comedy king, Bill Engvall, American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, renowned animal expert Jack Hanna, and music legends Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, and the Commodores to the Bayside Stadium Stage and Nautilus Theater. The best part, these performances are included with SeaWorld admission! There are special options to purchase reserved seating as well.
6. Unique artisans.
Add some one-of-a-kind flair to your souvenir shopping by visiting the diverse collection of artisans scattered throughout the festival area. From jewelry to paintings, these crafters create beautiful pieces that make unique and memorable gifts.
7. Rev those engines!
SeaWorld partners with the USO of Central Florida to salute America’s military with Classic Cars Collections and Harley-Davidson motorcycles displayed throughout the park. Leap and Tad loved snapping selfies with the cool cars and motorcycles at special photo spots throughout the festival area.
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. There will be playful dolphins, majestic manatees, vibrant birds and more. Get your thrills on SeaWorld’s coolest coasters, including Mako, Orlando’s longest, tallest, and fastest roller coaster. SeaWorld Orlando’s attractions and shows operate throughout the festival and are all included in your SeaWorld park admission! Get ready to set sail on your taste adventure and share your favorites with us in the comments.