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5 Reasons to Set Your Sails to SeaWorld Orlando's Seven Seas Food Festival

by Mommy Frog on March 17, 2022 8 Orlando

SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival - PinterestSeaWorld Orlando's Seven Seas Food Festival splashed onto the scene five years ago with amazing food, drinks, concerts and special entertainment. Right now, it's hoppening every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday until May 8. This year, Seven Seas Food Festival features more than 200 flavors, with more than 50 global cuisine bites to pair with over 75 wine and cocktail selections and 75 craft beers. As you sample all that your stomach can take, enjoy live music from local bands and well-known artists. During special times such as Mardi Gras and Cinco de Mayo, expect to find even more entertainment and surprises. The special event itself is included with the cost of admission (though individual bites and beverages cost extra). Now, let's dive into the reasons why we love SeaWorld Orlando's Seven Seas Food Festival and our tips for having a great time!

Five Frogtastic Reasons to Check Out SeaWorld Orlando's Seven Seas Food Festival

1. The food, of course!

SeaWorld Orlando Seven Seas Food Festival - Reuben

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 Lu'au BBQ Lamb Ribs, a New England Lobster & Shrimp Roll and a Crispy Ruben Egg Roll that was deliciously savory and much bigger than we expected. 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? Speaking of desserts, a new one that debuted this year was the Maracuja Mojito Mousse at the Brazilian Market. Fruity, creamy and minty, it was a fantastic palate cleanser in between the heartier options.

2. ... and the drinks!

SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival - Mimosa

No kidding — SeaWorld is officially my favorite place for "adult" beverages. There are plenty of other yummy concoctions on the fruity side or even downright dessert such as the Frozen Mudslide. 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. My festival favorite had to be the new Passion Fruit Mimosa at the All-American Market. Perfectly sweet, perfectly fruity and perfectly light, I can't recommend this enough!

3. Kid-friendly options

SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival - Bratwurst

There are new tastes for everyone to enjoy, even your tadpoles with, let's say, more refined palates. Play it safe with the All-American Market, where tadpoles can enjoy Lobster White Cheddar KRAFT Mac and Cheese or funnel cake ... or think outside the box with something exciting they're sure to love, such as the Pao de Queijo from the Brazilian Market. There are tons of options to expand their horizons and help them learn about food in different cultures! A hot dog lover, Tad really enjoyed the Pretzel Bratwurst at the German Market served with spicy honey mustard.

4. Nighttime concerts

SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival - Molly Hatchet

Every Saturday and Sunday throughout the Seven Seas Food Festival, Bayside Stadium hosts awesome concerts for the whole family. Sit back and relax to the sounds of rock, country, Latin or '90s throwback music. Live concert audio will also be broadcasted to additional areas of the park. Each concert begins at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

As of now, the 2022 lineup includes:

  • Feb. 5 - Justin Moore
  • Feb. 12 - Molly Hatchet
  • Feb. 13 - 38 Special (3 p.m.)
  • Feb. 19 - Vanilla Ice
  • Feb. 20 - Village People
  • Feb. 26 - ASIA featuring John Payne
  • Feb. 27 - Dionne Warwick
  • March 5 - High Valley
  • March 6 - Three Dog Night
  • March 12 - Tribute Artists with concerts at 2 p.m. (Highway to Hell), 4 p.m. (Absolute Def Leppard) and 6 p.m. (Absolute Queen)
  • March 13 - LOCASH
  • March 19 - Everclear
  • March 20 - Steve Augeri, former lead vocalist of Journey
  • March 26 - Tribute Artists with concerts at 2 p.m. (Divas of Soul), 4 p.m. (Divas of Soul) and 6 p.m. (Hotter Than July)
  • March 27 - Breland
  • April 2 - Lindsey Stirling
  • April 3 - Gabby Barrett
  • April 9 - Mike Donehey, lead singer of Tenth Avenue North
  • April 10 - Flo Rida
  • April 16 - Boys II Men
  • April 17 - Tribute Artists with concerts at 2 p.m. (Best of Both Worlds), 4 p.m. (Nuthin' Fancy) and 6 p.m. (In the Light of Led Zeppelin)
  • April 23 - Tribute Artists with concerts at 2 p.m. (Let It Be), 4 p.m. (Bee Gees Now) and 6 p.m. (Greggie and the Jets)
  • April 30 - Chase Bryant
  • May 1 - Luis Fonsi
  • May 7 - Cimafunk
  • May 8 - Justin Quiles

Keep checking back for additional performances as they're announced.

5. Dance parties and street performers

Throughout the day, live DJs, smaller local bands and performers can be found throughout the park, as well. During the day, we saw a singer playing some 2000s throwbacks outside of Flamecraft Bar. At night, on our way to the concert, we saw a musical duo performing even older classics in front of Glacier Bar. For special occasions, there will also be additional entertainment for a limited time! Catch the pop-up Mardi Gras parade and street party in the Wild Arctic Plaza Feb. 24 through March 6, and celebrate Cinco De Mayo with a Fiesta in the Street in the Wild Arctic Plaza and a DJ dance party April 29 through May 9. Be sure to stop by and enjoy between snacking!

Tips for Having a Great Time at SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival

Use Your Event Guide to Navigate

SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival - Guide

We're used to simply grazing through food booths at festivals like this, but with 24 booths and over 200 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!

Purchase (and Share) a Sampler Lanyard

SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival - Sampler

The 15-item sampling package is great to share among your frog squad at the SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival. It costs $80, making each lanyard item worth just over $5. There is also a 10-item lanyard that can be purchased for $65 (a value of $6.50 per item). 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. If you're planning to visit multiple days, the lanyard is valid through the end of the festival.

Know What to Use the Sampler Lanyard for

SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival - Manta

A good majority of the items are eligible for a sample size. Don't worry — only a few drink items are blocked out or may be modified. For instance, the new specialty cocktails at Coaster Cocktails come in unique sipping pouches. While you can get a small sample size in a cup, the pouches are only available for the full-size portion. (Be careful with these. The Manta cocktail packed quite a punch and could not be conquered by one frog alone!)

Use Your Sampler Wisely

We've learned 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!

Share Dishes

We preach this often when discussing food-centric events, but we toadally believe in sharing! (Psst, the chocolate-dipped, footlong pretzel at the German Market is a frogtastic shareable option!) 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.

Plan Your Meals Accordingly

SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival - Mediterranean Market

The food booths open at 1 p.m. (Thursdays and Fridays) or 12 p.m. (Saturdays and Sundays) and stay open on all festival days until park close. The booths essentially circle the lagoon so the easiest and most sensible option is to start near the Flamecraft Bar (Booth 1) and make your way clockwise around the park toward Glacier Bar (Booth 24) — especially if you want to see the concert at the end of the night since the only entrance to Bayside Stadium is near Wild Arctic Plaza. The booths are all very clearly numbered and stand out so you can't miss them! (Make your way toward the Flamingo Paddle Boats to find the Italian Market and Wine Tasting with Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards.) The longest line we waited in on a Saturday was about 15 minutes at the All-American Market Presented by Kraft Heinz about an hour after the festival started. Every other booth's line was significantly shorter (though it may vary by day)!

When the sun was beaming down on us, we took some of our food and drinks into Lakeside Grill to enjoy them in the air conditioning! Don't feel like you need to bear the steaming Florida heat. Tables are available at several dining locations around the park both inside and under shaded structures!

Make the Most of the Concert Time

SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival - Stage

Bring a pair of earplugs or noise-canceling headphones, especially if you're tagging tadpoles along. The mics and amps were turned up very loud at the Molly Hatchet concert.

If you're interested in the performing act, be sure to arrive at Bayside Stadium 20 to 30 minutes early. You can bring in food and drinks, so collect some snacks and use this time to sit and enjoy. Another option is reserved stadium seating starting at $9.99. (You can also get Floor Seating starting at $19.99 and Premium Floor Seating starting at $29.99.) 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, and the brand-new Ice Breaker. SeaWorld Orlando’s attractions and shows operate throughout Seven Seas Food Festival, so you're sure to have an 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 the SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival! Get ready to set sail on your taste adventure ... and share your favorites with us in the comments.

Related: Full Lineup of SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Events 

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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May 4, 2021 at 6:59 p.m. Diane Miller Says...

tried to see a concert with no intention to visit sea world. Never do they tell you that you can buy a concert ticket, pay $25 to park then you MUST pay another $100 plus to walk thru to get to the concert. What a waste of time and money. Never going back.

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Feb 16, 2020 at 2:48 a.m. Cheri Says...

How long are the concerts? If a single band starts at 6pm, about what time do they end? Thanks!

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Feb 23, 2020 at 1:28 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Cheri,

The concerts end around 7:30 p.m. Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 2, 2020 at 4:51 p.m. Ben Says...

When will the line up for this years event be announced?

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Jan 2, 2020 at 4:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ben!

We should know more in the next month or so - we'll be sure to update as soon as we know more!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 27, 2019 at 7:53 p.m. Julie Says...

Are these included in the all day dining deal? Or are these separate foods that come out at 4:00 that you purchase separately?

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Mar 4, 2019 at 12:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julie!

It does not look like these are included in the All Day Dining deal (though you can grab a tasting lanyard instead, which is intended solely for the festival foods).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 12, 2018 at 8:54 a.m. doug Says...

Had a great time on day of the Jackson's concert. As a car enthusiasts, we loved the extra bonus and talking to the owners.

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