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Your Sweet and Savory Guide to Taste of Boysenberry Festival at Knott's Berry Farm

Knott's Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival - PinterestSpringtime is one of the most beautiful times to visit Knott's Berry Farm. Flowers are in bloom, bunnies are about — including the Easter Beagle and Easter Bunny! — and we get to dig in to delicious dishes. Every year, foodies and Knott's Berry Farm fans flock to the Boysenberry Festival for savory and sweet foods and treats that are flavored by this versatile berry.

Why a whole festival to celebrate a little berry? Besides being delicious, the boysenberry put Knott's Berry Farm on the map. Walter Knott was the first person to commercially cultivate the boysenberry, selling the berries at his farm stand in 1932. People kept returning to the stand for the tasty berries. He named them boysenberries, after their originator, Charles Rudolph Boysen. Boysen successfully bred a cross between a blackberry, a raspberry and a loganberry. The result is a large, juicy and delicious berry.

Today, Knott's Berry Farm is a hoppening Western-themed theme park that is rich in history. The Boysenberry Festival connects the park we know today with its farm stand beginnings. The incredible flavor of the boysenberry can be used in a variety of dishes. Each year, the Knott’s Culinary Team creates new dishes that incorporate the berry in new and delicious ways. The result? A unique assortment of food, desserts and boysenberry-infused beverages. Beyond food, the Boysenberry Festival is a bushel of fun with musical entertainment, a craft fair, games, craft beer tasting and more.

Taste of Boysenberry Festival

Your Sweet and Savory Guide to A Taste of Boysenberry Festival at Knott's Berry Farm - Flower and berry decor

In early 2021, theme parks have been temporarily closed in California due to COVID-19. But Knott's has led the way in getting fans back in its western-themed park for food and entertainment. Taste of Boysenberry Festival is just that — a slice of the Boysenberry Festival experience. This Knott's event follows in the footsteps of the other Knott's Berry Farm events that have taken place during the theme park closure. Hop over to our Knott's Berry Farm reopening post for dates, details and new health and safety measures in place.

Taste of Boysenberry Tickets, Hours and Dates

Your Sweet and Savory Guide to A Taste of Boysenberry Festival at Knott's Berry Farm - Tasting Passport by Ghost TownNormally, your theme park admission gets you into the event and you purchase a Boysenberry Festival Tasting Card separately online or at the ticket booth. Things run a little differently in 2021. You must purchase a Tasting Card in advance, and the card is also your admission to the park. When you scan in at the turnstiles, you'll receive the tasting lanyard and a list of dishes and their locations.

To visit, you must purchase a tasting card online in advance. The Taste of Boysenberry Festival tasting cards cost $45 (plus tax) for five food tastings and $20 for a junior card (ages 3 to 11) good for three tastings. Parking is free. Tickets are on sale now. We recommend purchasing early, especially for Saturdays, because these popular events do sell out.

The Taste of Boysenberry Festival opens at noon daily and runs until 9 p.m. (but closes at 8 p.m. on select Sundays). The event runs on the following dates (subject to change):

  • March 5 to 7, 12 to 14, 19 to 21 and 26 to 31
  • April 1 to 11, 16 to 18, 23 to 25 and 30
  • May 1 to 2

If you cannot use all of the tastings (the portions are generous), you can use them at a future Taste of Boysenberry Festival date — as long as you purchase a tasting card for the new date. We recommend using the extra tastings for a beverage or item you can take to-go. You may ask for foil to wrap up your food to take home. We brought home a few favorite meal items and desserts to enjoy later.

Taste of Boysenberry Festival Menu

Your Sweet and Savory Guide to A Taste of Boysenberry Festival at Knott's Berry Farm - Boysenberry-elote

Without rides, you can focus on the food this year. The Festival menu offers more than 80 food and drink items. Here's a look at what's on the menu and where to find it! You can download the locations and items with the map here. It specifies gluten-friendly, vegan and vegetarian options, as well as many of the common food allergies. You will see that many items appear in more than one location. We actually printed out this list, and each family member circled their wishes and we made a must-try list. It helped us keep it all straight. You can also look up an item in the Knott's app and find out where it is located.

Booth locations and tasting card items include:

Wagon Wheel Pizza

  • Beer cheese soup in a bread bowl with a boysenberry drizzle and brown butter croutons
  • Boysenberry BBQ carne asada pizza slice with cilantro and onions
  • Cheese pizza slice
  • Boysenberry pie slice with whipped cream
  • Boysenberry macaron
  • Boysenberry smoothie

Ghost Town Bakery

  • Boysenberry cake with a boysenberry cream cheese icing
  • Boysenberry crisp with vanilla ice cream
  • Boysenberry pie slice with whipped cream
  • Boysenberry bread pudding with a crème anglaise
  • Boysenberry lemon and almond loaf
  • Red velvet bundt cake with a boysenberry cream cheese icing
  • Boysenberry macaron
  • Boysenberry iced irish cream coffee
  • Boysenberry and basil lemonade

Pemmican Pickle

  • Boysenberry and basil lemonade
  • Boysenberry Cosmopolitan

Your Sweet and Savory Guide to A Taste of Boysenberry Festival at Knott's Berry Farm - Brisket Tater TotsCalico Tater Bites

  • Boysenberry brisket tater tots topped with crispy jalapeno chips and a boysenberry aioli sauce
  • Mac and cheese bites over tater tots with a boysenberry siracha ketchup

Sutter’s Grill

  • Pork bao buns with a boysenberry kimchi and nam pla
  • Boysenberry brisket tater tots topped with crispy jalapeno chips and a boysenberry aioli sauce
  • Mac and cheese bites over tater tots with a boysenberry siracha ketchup
  • Beyond meatballs with a boysenberry a BBQ sauce over cauliflower cilantro rice with pita bread

Sutter’s Funnel Cake

  • Flavored funnel cake with boysenberry ice cream, a lemon drizzle and white chocolate sprinkles
  • Fun bun with a boysenberry glaze
  • Red raspberry cheesecake slice with whipped cream and a boysenberry drizzle

Your Sweet and Savory Guide to A Taste of Boysenberry Festival at Knott's Berry Farm - Brisket Mac and CheeseSilver Bullet Booth

  • Boysenberry BBQ brisket mac and cheese
  • Boysenberry beef stew with a biscuit
  • Boysenberry Dippin’ Dots
  • Assorted beers
  • Red, white or boysenberry wine
  • Boysenberry sangria
  • Berry cider (alcoholic)

Ghost Town Grub

  • Flavored funnel cake with boysenberry ice cream, a lemon drizzle and white chocolate sprinkles
  • Fun bun with a boysenberry glaze
  • Red raspberry cheesecake slice with whipped cream and a boysenberry drizzle

Fireman’s BBQ

  • Apple and chicken sausage with boysenberry mustard on a boysenberry bun
  • Elote with boysenberry mayo, cotija cheese, butter and tortilla strips
  • Boysenberry, cucumber and pineapple aqua fresca

Wilderness Broiler

  • Pastrami sandwich on a pretzel bun with provolone cheese and boysenberry mustard
  • Mac and cheese bites over french fries with a boysenberry sriracha ketchup
  • Boysenberry key lime tart
  • Boysenberry, cucumber and pineapple aqua fresca

Wilderness Dance Hall Patio

  • Boysenberry BBQ brisket mac and cheese
  • Thai green curry, veggies and spicy noodle bowl with a boysenberry drizzle
  • Assorted beers
  • Red, white or boysenberry wine
  • White sangria
  • Pumpkin or pineapple cider (alcoholic)

Mrs. Knott's Pie Kitchen

  • Boysenberry shape cookie decorating kit

Gourmet Churro Factory

  • “Hint of lemon” churro bites with a white chocolate sugar and a boysenberry and chocolate dipping sauce
  • Funnel fries with a boysenberry and chocolate dipping sauce

Chowhouse Ice Cream

  • Boysenberry and white chocolate chip cookiewich with vanilla soft serve
  • Boysenberry icee float with vanilla soft serve
  • Boysenberry macaron
  • Boysenberry and basil lemonade

Calico Saloon

  • Assorted beers
  • Red, white or boysenberry wine
  • Boysenberry sangria
  • Berry cider (alcoholic)
  • Boysenberry smoothie
  • Boysenberry Cosmopolitan

Judge Roy Bean

  • Boysenberry BBQ brisket mac and cheese
  • Assorted beers
  • Red, white or boysenberry wine
  • Boysenberry sangria
  • Berry cider (alcoholic)
  • Boysenberry smoothie

Mine Stage Popcorn Cart

  • Popcorn with a boysenberry butter

Log Ride Funnel Cake

  • Flavored funnel cake with boysenberry ice cream, a lemon drizzle and white chocolate sprinkles
  • Fun bun with a boysenberry glaze
  • Red raspberry cheesecake slice with whipped cream and a boysenberry drizzle

Log Ride Mix-It-Up

  • Boysenberry icee float with vanilla soft serve

Strictly On-A-Stick

  • Chicken tenders with a boysenberry aioli
  • Apple and chicken sausage corn dog with boysenberry mustard
  • Boysenberry, cucumber and pineapple aqua fresca

 

Charleston Circle Coffee

  • Acai bowl with granola, boysenberries, cran-raisins and nutella
  • Boysenberry smoothie
  • Boysenberry milk tea with popping pearls
  • Boysenberry lemon and almond loaf
  • Boysenberry macaron
  • Boysenberry iced irish cream coffee

Hollywood Hits

  • Boysenberry BBQ carne asada pizza slice with cilantro and onions
  • Pepperoni or cauliflower pizza slice
  • Turkey sandwich on a Hawaiian bun with mixed greens and a boysenberry cranberry relish
  • Mrs. Knott's berry salad with a cilantro lime dressing
  • Chocolate chip cookie pizza slice with boysenberry soft serve
  • Boysenberry bread pudding with a crème anglaise
  • Boysenberry icee float with boysenberry soft serve
  • Assorted beers
  • Frozen boysenberry Mai Tai
  • Boysenberry Cosmopolitan
  • Champagne and boysenberry soft serve ice cream float
  • Frosty Jack and Coke

Charleston Circle Booth

  • Boysenberry BBQ beef stew with a biscuit
  • Veggie chili with boysenberry cilantro lime cauliflower rice

Boardwalk Pier Booth

  • Apple and chicken sausage with boysenberry mustard on a boysenberry bun
  • Elote with boysenberry mayo, cotija cheese, butter and tortilla strips

Coasters Popcorn Cart

  • Popcorn with a boysenberry butter

Coasters Diner

  • Cheeseburger with a boysenberry onion spread on a brioche bun
  • Boysenberry flavored shrimp and grits
  • Salmon and orzo salad with boysenberries on spinach
  • Veggie sliders on a pretzel bun with spinach and a boysenberry aioli
  • Red velvet bundt cake with a boysenberry cream cheese icing
  • Boysenberry, cucumber and pineapple aqua fresca
  • Assorted beers
  • Assorted wine
  • Frozen boysenberry Mai Tai
  • Frosty Jack and Coke

Boardwalk BBQ

  • Boysenberry BBQ meatloaf with scalloped potatoes
  • Boysenberry balsamic brussel sprouts
  • Boysenberry BBQ glazed wings
  • Boysenberry cake with a boysenberry cream cheese icing
  • Boysenberry crisp with vanilla ice cream
  • Boysenberry and basil lemonade
  • Assorted beers
  • Red, white or boysenberry wine
  • Boysenberry sangria
  • Berry cider (alcoholic)
  • Champagne and boysenberry ice cream float

Your Sweet and Savory Guide to A Taste of Boysenberry Festival at Knott's Berry Farm - Boysenberry Dippin' DotsDippin’ Dots

  • Boysenberry Dippin’ Dots
  • Boysenberry ice cream float with boysenberry ice cream
  • Red concha stuffed with boysenberry ice cream

La Papa Loca

  • Philly cheese fries with a boysenberry onion topping
  • Boysenberry chef’s special of the day - see location for details
  • Boysenberry queso dip with tortilla chips
  • Boysenberry, cucumber and pineapple aqua fresca

Fiesta Dogs

  • Mexican street corn chowder with boysenberry tortilla strips
  • Hot dog with a boysenberry relish on a boysenberry bun
  • Etouffee, shrimp and boysenberry sausage over rice with naan bread
  • Assorted beers
  • Red, white or boysenberry wine

Fiesta Booth

  • Boysenberry pie slice with whipped cream
  • Boysenberry key lime tart
  • Boysenberry cake with a boysenberry cream cheese icing
  • Boysenberry, cucumber and pineapple aqua fresca
  • Assorted beers
  • Michelada

Your Sweet and Savory Guide to A Taste of Boysenberry Festival at Knott's Berry Farm - Shrimp TacoCantina

  • Shrimp taco with cabbage slaw and a boysenberry salsa
  • Chef special tamale with boysenberry roja sauce over spanish rice
  • Boysenberry shrimp ceviche with tortilla chips
  • Frosty boysenberry Mai Tai
  • Boysenberry slushy sangria
  • Red, white or boysenberry wine
  • Michelada

Cave Inn

  • Glass of milk and boysenberry thumbprint cookies
  • Red velvet bundt cake with a boysenberry cream cheese icing
  • Boysenberry pie slice with whipped cream
  • Boysenberry icee float with vanilla soft serve
  • Kids mocktail - sparkling cider and ice cream float

Grizzly Creek Lodge

  • Cheeseburger with a boysenberry onion spread on a brioche bun
  • Boysenberry mashed potato bowl with grilled chicken or tofu and corn
  • Chicken tender sandwich with boysenberry mayo on a brioche bun
  • Beyond meatballs with a boysenberry BBQ sauce over cauliflower cilantro rice with pita bread
  • Red velvet bundt cake with a boysenberry cream cheese icing
  • Boysenberry lemon and almond loaf
  • Boysenberry, cucumber and pineapple aqua fresca

Whew! That is quite a list. You have five tastes (three for tadpoles). However will you choose? We frogs tend to share each other's food so we can taste more things without filling up on just a few. The portions are hearty. You can also purchase other snacks and beverages. If you use up your lanyard, you can pay for items individually with a credit card (or buy another lanyard). If you plan to enjoy many adult beverages, you may want to look into the hotel packages at the Knott's Hotel.

Your Sweet and Savory Guide to A Taste of Boysenberry Festival at Knott's Berry Farm - Boysenberry cakeWe had a few popular favorites from the list. Want to hear them? Frog Family favorites that had us hopping back for more included:

  • Shrimp taco with cabbage slaw and a boysenberry salsa
  • Boysenberry Dippin’ Dots (made exclusively for this event!)
  • Boysenberry BBQ brisket mac and cheese
  • Boysenberry brisket tater tots topped with crispy jalapeno chips and a boysenberry aioli sauce
  • Boysenberry cake with a boysenberry cream cheese icing
  • Boysenberry pie slice with whipped cream

You can find picnic tables and regular tables to enjoy your food around the park. You'll need to be sitting or stationary and physically distanced to drop your mask and eat. You cannot walk around eating or drinking with your mask pulled down. You'll need to relax and pace yourself, anyway, if you want to use up your Tasting Card!

Shopping at Taste of Boysenberry Festival

Your Sweet and Savory Guide to A Taste of Boysenberry Festival at Knott's Berry Farm - Glassmaker boothIn addition to tasty bites, you can do some shopping at the festival. Knott’s retail shops are open, along with 20 local artisan craft booths. You can also see some of the Knott's Calico Ghost Town residents creating their wares.

Here's a look at the crafters in 2021:

  • Chainsaw Carving - Watch in amazement as professional Chainsaw Carvers create unique and stunning wood pieces. A variety of product sizes are available for you to take home!
  • Freedman Glass - Professional Glass artist Myles Freedman creates hand-blown glass masterpieces. Freedman's art glass is aesthetic beauty immersed in three-dimensional work.
  • A Cute Little Shop - Hand-painted and crafted gifts and decor. Free personalization available.
  • Beaded Jewelry - Be sure to check out this collection of beaded jewelry and accessories.
  • Build a Beanie - A truly unique experience. These experts in headwear will assist in creating a product just for you. Add flair and scents to create a custom product.
  • Carlos Martinez Jr. - Local SoCal artist specializing in pop culture mashups.
  • Celtic Rings - Hand-crafted, custom-designed Celtic rings.
  • Collective Scents - Artisanal studio that specializes in plant-based, natural gifts made in small batches using the finest ingredients.
  • Creative Sea Creations - Beautiful and creative jewelry, plus holiday decor including wreaths and ornaments.
  • Daffodil Gems - Handcrafted soaps and self-care items for the whole family. Natural Ingredients and vegan-friendly.
  • Flores Honey - Southern California local beekeeper, honey and bee products.
  • Gladis Alejandre - Beautifully curated collection of wearable art. You'll find delicately crafted jackets, T-shirts, artwork, accessories and jewelry that celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture.
  • Headbands & Bows - A perfect way to add a special touch to your wardrobe. The very best in unique or custom, handmade products!
  • Hecho A Mano - Handcrafted apparel, clothes, bibs and aprons.
  • Leafy Love - Specializing in handcrafting loose leaf tea blends. Each tea blend is designed to provide different benefits while nourishing the body with antioxidants.
  • Miss Doolittle's - Home of all kinds of tutus, hair bows, cute crochet, and knitted hats, wooden garden decor and princess goodies of all kinds!
  • Pattrashome Yarn Animals & Crafts - Products are uniquely designed and hand made with quality.
  • Puro Nuez - Light and crunchy to chewy and substantial, you're sure to find a nut that will make your mouth water.
  • Rhitrie Crystals - Purveyors of unique and exquisite gems, crystals and jewelry.
  • Stony Forest Gems - Stony Forest Gems creates unique and natural designs in stone, crystal and glass.
  • The Crafty Soaps - Handmade and handcrafted natural soaps, body butter, scrubs, beard oils and loofah soaps.
  • The Purple Monkey - One-of-a-kind, bejeweled and decorated unique art, gifts and home decor. Hand tie-dyed adult and children's apparel, including dresses and T-shirts.
  • WDRingstamp - Personalized stamping on a stainless steel rings.
  • Whimsical Charm - Luxe gifts for your posh tot. Specialists in luxurious embroidered baby blankets, robes and swaddles.

Love the boysenberry? You can grown your own at home! Boysenberry plants are available for purchase in Ghost Town. Plants are $19.99 plus tax.

Musical Entertainment and Characters

Your Sweet and Savory Guide to A Taste of Boysenberry Festival at Knott's Berry Farm - The Easter Beagle

Keep an eye out for characters — both the western residents of Ghost Town (look high to the balconies) and for the beloved Peanuts characters who'll pose for a socially distanced selfie with guests at locations around Camp Snoopy. We caught sight of the Easter Beagle in Camp Snoopy and the Easter Bunny at the top of the ramp of the Charles M. Schulz Theatre. Knott's Berry Farm allows guests to quickly drop the face covering for a physically distanced photo. (But don't walk around eating or drinking.)

The tadpoles can go on an egg hunt around the park. Scan a QR code for hints on where to find them!

Be sure to catch a performance of Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies and other performers throughout the park. There are plenty of spaced tables to sit and eat your food while you enjoy entertainment.

What are you looking forward to tasting at Taste of Boysenberry Festival? Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance at the Knott's site and bring your facial covering. Hop over to our Knott's Berry Farm reopening post to know what to expect in terms of health and safety procedures. 

Related: The Full Lineup of Beary-Good Knott's Berry Farm Events

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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