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Knott's Berry Farm Extends 'Taste of Calico' Event

July 21, 2020, 1:59 PM · Knott's Berry Farm is extending its Taste of Calico special event, as the prospect for a summer return of Southern California theme parks continues to diminish.

The Buena Park, Calif. theme park kicked off this hard-ticket event last weekend, which opens the park's Ghost Town area for a modified food festival. Since theme parks are not currently allowed to operate in California, Knott's is promoting the event as an outdoor restaurant experience, which are now allowed under the state's coronavirus restrictions. Selected retail stores will be open with limited capacities, but all rides and shows in the park will be closed during the event.

Guests must buy a tasting card in advance in order to be admitted to the event. Initially, Knott's planned two weekends for Taste of Calico, but after the first weekend sold out, and it became clear that state approval was not imminent for the entire park to return, Knott's is adding two more weekends: July 31-August 2, and August 7-9.

Tasting cards are date specific and cost $25 plus tax for five tastings. A kids' card is $15 plus tax and includes three tastings. You can see Knott's menu for the event in our original post. The event starts at noon each day and runs through 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 8pm on Sundays. Tickets are available on Knott's Berry Farm's website.

Replies (2)

July 21, 2020 at 5:29 PM

I hope they change how they work the lines. On Saturday, the average wait for one food booth was 45 minutes. The problem, as I saw it, was people also trying to purchase drinks/soda--cash/credit transactions took forever. It'd really help if they had only food at the food locations, and drinks/soda for purchase at separate locations.

July 22, 2020 at 11:41 AM

The reports of slow lines is what's making me hesitate to try Taste of Calico, otherwise I would definitely go. Disneyland should follow suit - do a 'Taste of Main Street', set up food booths in Main Street up to and including the Plaza area, and let people stroll, eat and shop on Main Street and take pictures in front of the castle. I would definitely do that to have a chance to be back inside Disneyland, even if it's just Main Street. Some people have said to do it in California Adventure, but the atmosphere on Main Street is much more compelling and 'Disney' like.

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