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It’s that time of year again where we can all say, “Yay!” to All Things Boysenberry! Lucky for us, we don’t have to go far, because it’s celebrated right here in Orange County where it became famous. The boysenberry is a cross between a loganberry, red raspberry and blackberry and is named after its originator Rudolf Boysen. Back then Knott’s Berry Farm was a working farm, and the Knott family were the first to successfully harvest and sell the berry. It has changed so much, but the berry is the still the same berry, and every year they throw a party for several days in honor of it. This year’s Boysenberry Festival is 24 days and it will feature over 75 new and returning boysenberry-inspired creations crafted by the Knott’s culinary team. The Festival kicks off this weekend on March 16th and runs through April 8th!
2018 Tasting Card Items – ($30 for 8 items)
If you’re wondering what to try because there are so many options throughout the park, get the TASTING CARD. It has great value, because you can try 8 specialty Boysenberry items for $30! They’re also great to share among your family members. Learn more about them below!
- Slow Cooked Boysenberry Short Rib
(Location: Inside Spurs Chophouse)
Boysenberry hoisin sauce, white rice, chopped green onions.
- Boysenberry Pierogies
(Location: Inside Spurs Chophouse)
Boysenberries, sautéed onions, Applewood smoked bacon, boysenberry sour cream.
- Boysenberry Cheese Quesadilla
(Location: Outside Ghost Town Candy)
Mozzarella cheese, cotija cheese, boysenberry salsa, boysenberry sour cream.
- Boysenberry Elote
(Location: Across from Gold Trails Hotel)
Corn on the cob, boysenberry mayonnaise, boysenberry butter.
- Boysenberry Coconut Macaroon
(Location: Ghost Town Bakery)
Dipped in chocolate ganache.
- Boysenberry Hummus with Grilled Pita Bread
(North of Sutter’s Grill)
- Boysenberry Sausage on a Bun
(Location: Outside Wilderness Dance Hall)
Freshly baked roll, boysenberry ketchup, relish, mustard
- Boysenberry Chicken Wings
(Location: Outside Spurs Chophouse)
Other items to look for are the Boysenberry ICEE Floats (my favorite), Boysenberry Frappacino and Latte, Boysenberry Crepes with Nutella, White Chocolate Covered Boysenberry Cheesecake on a Stick, Fun Bun and Fun Stick, Boysenberry Boba Tea, Boysenberry Chocolate Strawberries, Boysenberry Cookiewich, a 2 ft Hot Dog on a Boysenberry Bun, Boysenberry Stuffed Churro, Boysenberry Funnel Cake, and more! HINT: Located inside of Ghost Town’s Wilderness Dance Hall is an assortment of wine and craft brews (a tasting fee will apply).
There’s also daily pie eating, vine dancing, chicken dance, a pie walk, you can meet the Easter Beagle at Camp Snoopy, and a Dance Party after sundown. Celebrate the history on the streets of Ghost Town with Walter & Cordelia Knott’s Original Roadside Boysenberry Stand (recreated for this special event). They brought back the Old MacDonald Petting Zoo. Enjoy country music as the Ghost Town Miners take the state at the Firemen’s BBQ stage. Watch a musical comedy melodrama over at The Legendary Bird Cage Theatre. Get crazy with Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies over at the Wagon Camp stage, and more!
The Boysenberry Festival is included in regular admissions for Knott’s Berry Farm!
Knott’s Berry Farm
8039 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park, CA
EXTENDED PARK HOURS: 10 am to 10 pm