Busch Gardens Tampa Announces Concert Line-Up for 2017 Food & Wine Fest

Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival

The annual Food & Wine Festival returns to Busch Gardens Tampa weekends in March and April with great food, beverages, and live music.

The 2017 festival takes place on weekends from March 4 through April 30, and features signature dishes and exciting new cuisine – including duck tacos, lobster ravioli, bacon mac & cheese, brown sugar rubbed pork belly, banana foster panna cotta and cabernet-filled chocolates – as well as an expanded selection of wines, craft brews and cocktails.

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SeaWorld and HSUS Condemn Attack on Flamingo at Busch Gardens Tampa

Pinky, at Busch Gardens Tampa

A 19-year-old dancing Chilean flamingo, named Pinky, at Busch Gardens Tampa, had to be euthanized Tuesday after an alleged attack by a 45-year-old Orlando man, which injured one of her feet, almost severing it.

SeaWorld, the owner of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, quickly issued the following response:

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Goo Goo Dolls Cancel Busch Gardens Tampa Food & Wine Festival Appearance March 12

The Goo Goo Dolls have announced that due to illness, the band has canceled their appearance on Saturday, March 12, at the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival in Tampa.

Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival

Guests who purchased VIP seating packages can receive refunds by calling 888-800-5447 or visiting the Busch Gardens front gate.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Announces Entertainment Headliners for 2016 Food & Wine Festival

The popular Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival returns with sensational new culinary selections – including duck tacos, lobster ravioli, truffle fries and almond coconut truffles – and an expanded  selection of more than 120 wines, craft brews and cocktails from around the world.

Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival

Also part of this spring’s Food and Wine Festival, Busch Gardens Tampa has booked a great line-up of musicians to entertain during the event, which runs weekends in March and April.

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New Value Offers from SeaWorld and Busch Garden Family of Parks in Central Florida

With the start of a new year, SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa, Aquatica Orlando, and Adventure Island Tampa Bay are banding together to offer new savings to both visitors and Florida residents.

SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa, Aquatica Orlando, and Adventure Island Tampa Bay

For visitors, the new “Choose Your Adventure” ticket option allows guests to enjoy multiple visits to all four parks, and the more they visit, the more they save:

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Out and About: IAAPA 2015 in Review

One of the biggest events I cover in Orlando every year is the IAAPA convention at the Orange County Convention Center, and this year was no exception.

IAAPA convention at the Orange County Convention Center

The first two days are heavy with press events, touting the latest rides and attractions. Then the last two days are just walking the floor finding things of interest, and trying all the great food offerings – think carnival food and quick eats.

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SeaWorld Reveals Future Plans For Its Parks Including Orlando and Tampa

Earlier this week, during an Investor/Analyst presentation, SeaWorld announced some of its future plans for its U.S. theme parks.

SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa logos

The presentation focused mainly on how the company plans to stabilize the decrease in attendance, while increasing profits. Their strategy involves a variety of factors, including turning the parks into full fledged resorts.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Reveals Cobra’s Curse Logo Plus Construction Update

Busch Gardens Tampa will put a spin on family thrills in 2016 with Cobra’s Curse, and the park has revealed the official logo for the ride:

Busch Gardens Tampa Reveals Cobra's Curse Logo

This one-of-a-kind spin coaster features a 70-foot vertical lift and takes riders on a whirlwind adventure over the park’s Serengeti Plain.

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SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Increase Gate Prices by $2

SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa have announced price increases for tickets purchased at the gate today.

SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa logos

Both parks are increasing the general admission price by $2. SeaWorld Orlando is now $99 for adults and $94 for children 3-9. Busch Gardens Tampa is also $99 for adults now.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Readies For Birth of Baby White Rhino

Today (September 22) is World Rhino Day, and Busch Gardens Tampa is celebrating with the announcement that one of their white rhinos is expected to give birth within a month.

Busch Gardens Tampa - white rhinos

Kisiri, an 18-year old southern white rhinoceros, is expected to give birth to her third calf within the next few weeks. She has had two successful births already, Jasiri in 2012, and Zohari in 2010. Tambo, a male southern white rhinoceros at Busch Gardens, is the sire of the calf, as well as Jasiri and Zohari.

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First Responders Honored With Free Admission at SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa in September

Through September 30, SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa will offer first responders free admission to both parks.

SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa logos

First responders will also have the option to purchase up to four discounted tickets per park for friends and family for just $50 per ticket, a savings of 48 percent off general admission.

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Dragon Fire Grill Opens June 1 at Busch Gardens Tampa

Busch Gardens Tampa will open a new eatery on June 1 called Dragon Fire Grill.

Dragon Fire Grill Busch Gardens Tampa

Located in the Pantopia section of the park, Dragon Fire Grill features market-style dining offering Italian, American, Southwestern, and Asian cuisines. The menu includes shrimp lo mein, rotisserie chicken, flatbread pizzas, paninis and more.

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