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  • 2017 Boysenberry Festival

    This info came out a month ago but hasn't been discussed. Is it just me or has this Knott's forum been deader than normal these last 6 months or so? Anyways.........

    This spring, join Knott’s as it celebrates the flavorful berry that started it all, the boysenberry, during the much anticipated Knott’s Boysenberry Festival. For the first time ever, the mouthwatering festival is expanding to three weeks, April 1–April 23, with delectable food and drinks, and festive live entertainment. The 23-day food festival features over 70 one-of-a-kind boysenberry inspired dishes, drinks and more, plus foot-stompin’ entertainment, Wine and Craft Brew Tasting Garden, featuring boysenberry and wine, and family fun that everyone will love! For festival goers with a hankerin’ for some live entertainment, the options are endless with live music throughout the park, a nighttime dance party, and brand new shows like, Snoopy’s Boysenberry Jamboree at the Calico Mine Stage. Calico Park in Ghost Town is home to a good ol’ fashion hootenanny featuring pie eating contests, line dancing and country fair festivities with the local Ghost Town townsfolk. The limited-time festival is included with admission to Knott’s Berry Farm.

    The year was 1920 when Walter and Cordelia Knott moved to the community of Buena Park Calif. to farm 20 acres of rented land which included harvesting, and selling the first boysenberry, a cross between a loganberry, red raspberry and blackberry, and named the new berry after its originator, Rudolph Boysen. Today, all boysenberries in the world can trace their roots back to Knott’s Berry Farm.

    For 2017, the mouthwatering line-up of boysenberry inspired dishes will feature irresistible boysenberry pizza made with arugula and goat cheese, the unforgettable and delicious new ravioli dish packed with boysenberry flavors, freshly-baked boysenberry fry bread and lip-smacking corn on the cob with boysenberry butter and mayo, each dish will leave guests wanting for more. Other must try items include crispy deep fried alligator bites paired with farm-made zesty boysenberry aioli, finger-lickin boysenberry BBQ wings, savory boysenberry meatballs, sweet boysenberry cream soda, creamy chocolate covered boysenberry cheesecake on a stick and many more delicious treats. Additional fee for tastings. Guests who want to take home the exquisite Boysenberry BBQ sauce, Boysenberry Butter, Boysenberry Dressing and Boysenberry Chipotle Sauce can do so by stopping by the Berry Market located in the California MarketPlace and General Store located in Ghost Town. Select items are available on the online Berry Market store.

    Guests can purchase boysenberry inspired products throughout the winding streets of the Old West at the Crafts Fair. This year’s boysenberry products include boysenberry soap, lip balm and the devilishly good rock candy. Festivalgoers can also watch special demonstrations including a chainsaw wood sculpting, glass blowing and blacksmithing. From day to night, Ghost Town has never looked so lively.

    This year, in honor of the famous berry, Ghost Town’s Town Hall will feature a fascinating film which shares the story of how Walter and Cordelia Knott settled here in Buena Park and helped the world discover the amazing boysenberry. Guests can pull up a seat and catch a 10-minute showing of the historic film offered exclusively during the festival.

    The Knott’s Boysenberry Festival also features an extensive line up of live entertainment. Join Snoopy, Charlie and the entire Peanuts gang as they present an all new interactive, musical revue called Snoopy’s Boysenberry Jamboree! at the Calico Mine Stage. This new show will have families singing, dancing, and playing along with the beloved Peanuts characters and talented performers during the whimsical, high energy celebration of springtime. Country music and the aroma of deliciously good food will fill the air as the Ghost Town Miners take the stage in a fun, musical performance at the Firemen’s BBQ stage. Just across the Fireman’s stage, the Legendary Bird Cage Theatre pays tribute to Knott’s past; for the first time in over 20 years, the theatre will be the home of musical comedy melodrama, with a special presentation of the Old Time Melodrama. America’s longest running Melodrama returns with an original, interactive, comedy with a surprising boysenberry twist! In the evening, a group of krazy talented performers will have guests kicking up their heels with vine dancing, a down home jug band and dueling fiddlers and banjos! At the Wagon Camp stage, get krazy when Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies mount their toe tappin’, knee-slappin’, gut-bustin’ country comedy show that will have audiences clamoring for more!

    The fun continues with new additions exclusively for the Boysenberry Festival. Brand new this season, The Old MacDonald Petting Zoo pays tribute to one of Knott’s original attractions. Young ones and young at heart are invited to cozy up to the cutest critters on the farm including horses, sheep, goats and other furry friends.

    Springtime fun has also taken root in Camp Snoopy and Fiesta Village. During the limited-time event, the whole family can meet the Easter Beagle at his Camp Snoopy home, blooming with colorful springtime décor. The meet and greet location is the perfect place for shareable moments with the boisterous beagle and his friends – Charlie Brown, Lucy, Sally, and Linus. Camp Snoopy Theatre will showcase the PEANUTS pals singing, dancing, and sharing stories for all to enjoy. Everyone in the family can join in the Camp Snoopy activities. The theater will be filled with the sweet sound of little ones as they singing-along to the cheerful tunes! Guests don’t have to be experts at dancing to enjoy a nighttime Fiesta with DJ Cruz in Fiesta Village. The night comes alive with music and dance as everyone will be sure to take to the floor and dance to the rhythmic beat of popular music.

    The Knott's Boysenberry Festival is included with admission to Knott’s Berry Farm, additional cost for food tasting experiences within the event, which also offers a full day of thrilling coasters and family fun rides. Knott’s will have extended hours, 10am to 10pm, from April 1 – April 23, allowing guests extra time to take advantage of all of the limited-time offerings.

    Join the conversation and share your day of boysenberry fun by using #BoysenberryFestival on Twitter and Instagram. For information about the day you plan to visit and available discounts, visit, or download the newly updated Knott’s Berry Farm mobile app for your smartphone.
    "In Hell, everybody loves popcorn."

  • #2
    Looks like the tasting cards will be available again this year.

    One of the best ways to experience the Boysenberry Festival is with a Boysenberry Festival Tasting Card.
    For only $25 plus tax, the tasting card includes generous portions of six delectable treats:
    1. Boysenberry Pizza at Wagon Wheel Pizza
    2. Boysenberry Ravioli at Spurs Chophouse
    3. Boysenberry Buffalo Wings at the Gold Trails Hotel
    4. Boysenberry BBQ Meatballs at the Bank of Calico
    5. Boysenberry Fry Bread at the Gourmet Churro Factory
    6. Boysenberry Panna Cotta at the Ghost Town Bakery

    The Boysenberry Festival Tasting Card can be purchased online or at the following locations at the park: The California Store, Little Spurs, General Store, Ghost Town Candy, Gold Trails Hotel, Spurs Chophouse, Pemmican Pickle, Calico Saloon, Ghost Town Bakery, Sutter's Grill, and Ghost Town Mix-it-up.
    "In Hell, everybody loves popcorn."


    • #3
      Complete list of Boysenberry Festival Desserts:

      Ghost Town Grill
      • The "Walter Knott" (Ice Tea & Boysenberry Punch)
      • Boysenberry Milkshake
      • Boysenberry Ice Cream
      • Boysenberry Pie
      • Boysenberry Cheesecake
      • Boysenberry Wine

      Spurs Chop House
      • Chocolate Covered Boysenberry Cheesecake on a stick *New For 2017*
      • Boysenberry Nutella Crepes *New For 2017*

      Spurs Patio
      • Boysenberry Beer
      • Boysenberry Wine

      Churro Factory
      • Boysenberry Stuffed Churro
      • Boysenberry Churro Sundae with Boysenberry Ice Cream
      • Boysenberry Fry Bread *New For 2017*

      • Boysenberry ICEE
      • Boysenberry ICEE Floats
      • Boysenberry ice cream cones
      • Boysenberry Cookiewich Sandwich

      Judge Roy Bean
      • Boysenberry Cream Soda *New for 2017*

      Pemmican Pickle & Popcorn Cart
      • Boysenberry Cotton Candy

      Ghost Town Grub
      • Fun Bun - Fried Cinnamon Roll with Boysenberry Cream Cheese Topping
      • Fun Stick - Fried Cheesecake on a Stick with Boysenberry Sauce
      • Boysenberry Flautas

      Ghost Town Bakery
      • Boysenberry Pie (Slices and Whole Pies)
      • Boysenberry Tart
      • Boysenberry Turnovers
      • Boysenberry Cheesecake
      • Boysenberry Panna Cotta with Almond Crumble
      • Boysenberry Trifle

      Cordelia's Pie Kitchen
      • Build-Your-Own Mini Boysenberry Pies

      Gourmet Coffee Hut
      • Boysenberry Latte
      • Assorted Boysenberry Pastries

      "In Hell, everybody loves popcorn."


      • #4
        Complete list of Boysenberry Savory Dishes:

        Ghost Town Grill
        • Boysenberry Salad

        Spurs Chop House
        • Boysenberry Short Ribs over Rice
        • Boysenberry Ravioli *New For 2017*

        Sutter's Grill Stand & Roaster
        • Boysenberry BBQ Wings
        • Corn on the Cobb with Boysenberry Butter and Boysenberry Mayonnaise

        Calico Fry
        • Deep Fried Alligator & Fries with Boysenberry Aioli

        Fireman's BBQ
        • Boysenberry & Apricot Pulled Pork Sandwich in a Boysenberry Bun Combo *New For 2017*
        • Boysenberry Butter, Boysenberry Relish & Boysenberry Mayonnaise Toppings
        • Choice of Boysenberry BBQ Sauce on any regular menu items (i.e. Chicken, Ribs, Flank Steak Sandwich)

        The Bank of Calico Stand
        • Marinated Boysenberry Meatball on a Stick with Boysenberry BBQ Sauce

        Wagon Wheel Pizza
        • Boysenberry Pizza *New For 2017*

        Strictly On A Stick
        • Boysenberry Corn Dog *New For 2017*

        "In Hell, everybody loves popcorn."


        • #5
          I'll pass on the boysenberry pizza... but yum for that boysenbrry and apricot pulled pork sandwich!!!


          • #6
            Their 6 items for $25 tasting card seems like a worse deal this year.

            Meat items last year included the fantastic spare ribs and rice and Fried Alligator and fries. This year, still have the same old meat balls and wings. Frankly, in my family, I can't even give the meat balls away and the wings are pretty "meh", too. Flautas were nobody's favorite, either.

            The bright spots could potentially be the pizza, ravioli and fry bread. Of those, I'm most confident that the fry bread will be worth having, followed by the ravioli and pizza, in that order. It's generally hard to mess up pizza, but fruit flavored cream cheese seems like it would do that for me, unfortunately.

            Oh well. I guess something had to give for them to maintain the same price point as the previous 2 years, and that was apparently quality.
            Dumbo rats: the other lovable rodents.


            • #7
              Thanks, Deadwinterskies!
              Do you (or any Micechatters), have any tips on avoiding Boysenberry Festival crowds?

              In the Micechat article about this Boysenberry Fest. they looked
              as awful (and by that I only mean as numerous),
              as Disneyland's crowds have been in recent years.
              Last edited by jcruise86; 04-07-2017, 10:22 AM.


              • #8
                Originally posted by jcruise86 View Post
                Thanks, Deadwinterskies!
                Do you (or any Micechatters), have any tips on avoiding Boysenberry Festival crowds?

                In the Micechat article about this Boysenberry Fest. they looked
                as awful (and by that I only mean as numerous),
                as Disneyland's crowds have been in recent years.
                Yes, quoting myself because Brian Pinsky (no relation to the former U.S. Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky--I once asked), shared this when I posted the same question after the article about this: Brian Pinsky jcruise86an hour ago "I have been to Knott's a couple of times this week, hit up the Festival on Weekdays. Lines where manageable. Monday-Thursday."

                Do any of you have tips for avoiding crowds during the Boysenberry Fest if I do go on a Saturday or Sunday?
                Is the first weekend the most crowded?
                I'm guessing I should get there right when it opens
                and speed walk to the Boysenberry Koala & Boysenberry Spam lines.


                • #9
                  Things I tried this year:
                  -Boysenberry Pizza: It wasn't bad. It's not something I would order on its own but if it's included on the Tasting Card next year I won't avoid it.
                  -Boysenberry Ravioli: I assumed it would be regular ravioli in some sort of boysenberry sauce but it ended up being boysenberry stuffed ravioli in an alfredo sauce. Very strange. Not bad, just strange. I'd eat it again only if it was on the Tasting Card.
                  -Boysenberry Buffalo Wings: A popular mainstay. They're good. I look forward to them every year even though I generally prefer spicy to sweet.
                  -Boysenberry BBQ Meatballs: These are ok. They're in the same boysenberry BBQ sauce as the wings. I'll eat them if they're on the card.
                  -Boysenberry Fry Bread: Kinda like a gourmet boysenberry poptart dusted with cinnamon sugar. Was really good. This was a popular item. The line for this seemed to always be the longest and never seemed to fluctuate like the others did.
                  -Boysenberry Pana Cotta: texture is like a boysenberry flan or custard. It's alright. The actual pana cotta is a little bland with most of the flavor being supplied by the boysenberry jelly garnishing it.
                  -Boysenberry Cream Soda (aka Calico Soda): Was great. It would be really refreshing on a hot summer day. I hope they make it a year round item like the Fun Bun and Fun Stick.
                  -Deep Fried Alligator with Boysenberry Aioli: I get this every year. It's great.
                  -Boysenberry Latte: Was good but weird. I'd order it again.
                  -Boysenberry Wine: WAY too sweet for my tastes. Would definitely not order again.
                  -Boysenberry Cider: Was really good but..............

                  In previous Boysenberry Festivals, the Wine and Craft Brew Garden has offered Boysenberry Cider, Boysenberry Beer, as well as a number of craft beers. This was the biggest disappointment of the Festival. It's now a Craft Beer Garden in name only. As in there weren't any craft beers. The beer cart offered two options: Boysenberry Beer and Boysenberry Cider. I find the Boysenberry Beer to be revolting because I hate Belgian-style witbiers like Shock Top and Blue Moon (and I think it's just Shock Top with Boysenberry flavoring added). This forced me to get the cider which I ended up enjoying.

                  I was interested in trying the new Boysenberry Corn Dog but its location (Strictly on a Stick) wasn't listed as a location on the Boysenberry Fest map and when I walked by it there was no sign or anything mentioning the Boysenberry Corn Dog. The line was too long so I didn't ask about it. I assumed that they had decided not to offer it for whatever reason but then I saw people on social media saying they got one.
                  "In Hell, everybody loves popcorn."