Knott's Berry Farm's annual Boysenberry Festival kicks off in 10 days, and the park invited media to sample some of this year's selections tonight.
Knott's Boysenberry Festival offers dozens of savory and sweet Boysenberry-infused, -enhanced, or just -drenched items for sale in marketplaces throughout the Ghost Town section of the park, from March 16 through April 8 this year.
The park allowed us to sample the eight food items that will be featured on the $30 Tasting Card this year, but for me, the highlight of the evening was one of the new beverages — Boysenberry boba.
Boba might as well be Southern California's official beverage these days (well, the official beverage that does not include the words "kale" or "smoothie"), so I suppose a Knott's Boysenberry boba was inevitable. But Knott's really nailed this one. Boysenberry's a great flavor because it blends well with sweet and with savory. It adds a bit of depth without ever overpowering. In a boba, it's just refreshing — not cloying like so many sickly sweet flavored bobas can be. (Yes, I am looking at you, Fishy Green Ale.)
The Tasting Card menu this year includes:
Of these items I tried, the sausage was my favorite. It's served with a choice of boysenberry sauces, including ketchup, relish, and mustard. The relish has a bit of a spicy kick to it, if you are looking for heat. The boysenberry salsa on the quesadillas also delivered a touch of spice, too.
The short ribs were amazing if you got an extra meaty cut, and just darned good if you didn't. I couldn't find much boysenberry in the pierogies. The chicken wings are a Boysenberry Festival staple at this point &$8212; nicely done wings with Knott's tasty boysenberry BBQ sauce.
The elotes, slathered in boysenberry mayonnaise, boysenberry butter, looked amazing, but I wasn't able to try them (food allergies, bleh). Ditto for the macaroon and the hummus.
Other boysenberry dishes and desserts will be available a la carte during the festival.Tweet
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