Let's taste what's new this year at Knott's Boysenberry Festival

March 13, 2019, 12:43 AM · Knott's Berry Farm invited me and several other guests to the Wilderness Dance Hall after park close tonight to sample some of the new dishes coming to this year's Boysenberry Festival.

This year's Boysenberry Festival runs 31 days, starting March 29 and continuing through April 28. The park will roll out dozens of boysenberry-flavored dishes and desserts for the festival, including several that I tried this evening:

Chef Luke from the Knott's Berry Farm culinary team talks us through even more of this year's menu:

I thought the selections offered tonight were by far the best in the four years I've been covering these previews. None were a miss, but my favorites were the salmon, the jambalaya, and the pot roast, which was just ridiculously tender and flavorful.

Knott's did not have prices or serving locations available at this evening's event, but the park will again offer a tasting card, this year for $35, which includes eight tastings from a selection of 14 dishes.

Replies (3)

March 13, 2019 at 1:30 AM

Love Knott's Berry Farm and especially love how the theme park continues to honor their heritage years after becoming part of Cedar Fair. That said, the menu of items sampled weirdly reminds me of a certain Monty Python sketch...feel like singing "Boysenberry, Boysenberry, Boysenberry, Boysenberry";)

March 13, 2019 at 3:51 PM

Did anyone notice that the tasting card cost $30 last year but still included eight samplings?

From 2017 to 2018, they raised the price from $25 to $30, but increased the number of samplings from six to eight. There's no corresponding justification for the $5 price increase this year. By point of reference, when the Boysenberry Festival started back in 2014, the tasting cards were only $20.

March 13, 2019 at 3:52 PM

And don't tell me that it's cheaper than buying a tasting card at Disney's food and wine festival. Other people have pointed out that Cedar Fair is steadily raising the prices of items at the park while decreasing the portions.

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