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  • Knott's 2018 Boysenberry Fest

    The Knott’s Boysenberry Festival is our annual food-inspired event that celebrates the park’s historic roots by highlighting the little berry that started it all, the boysenberry. This year’s festival will feature over 80 new and returning boysenberry-inspired creations crafted by the Knott’s culinary team. Guests will have the opportunity to indulge in a tantalizing line up of dishes ranging from savory foods with a boysenberry twist to refreshingly sweet and tangy drinks and one-of-a-kind specialty desserts that can only be found at Knott’s Berry Farm during this time of the year. In addition to the tasty treats, the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival offers a wide selection of daily entertainment, live music and fun activities for guests of all ages to enjoy. This year’s festival has expanded to 24 days, starting March 16 and running daily through April 8.
    The historic boysenberry is a cross between a loganberry, red raspberry and blackberry and is named after its originator Rudolf Boysen. The Knott family was the first to successfully harvest and sell the boysenberry on the land that is now known as Knott’s Berry Farm.
    Some of the tastiest and most unique food items are rolled out exclusively during the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival. This year’s appetizing lineup includes the first ever boysenberry quesadilla made with a boysenberry-infused flour tortilla, prepared with boysenberry salsa, boysenberry sour cream, sprinkled with cotija and mozzarella cheese. Plus, the lightly sautéed boysenberry pierogies with onions, bacon and boysenberry sour cream will be bursting with a combination of sweet and savory flavors. Another new flavorful item that is prepared and served to perfection for guests is the slow-cooked boysenberry short ribs, which are smothered in boysenberry hoisin sauce served over butter basmati rice and complete with chopped green onions. The meaty and boysenberry inspired items also feature the very filling grilled sausage on boysenberry bun prepared with a freshly baked boysenberry roll and topped with boysenberry ketchup, relish and mustard. For guests craving a refreshing drink, Knott’s is offering an all-new boysenberry boba tea which consists of boysenberry milk tea and chewy berry-soaked tapioca balls served over ice. The boysenberry elote is one of the satisfying treats guests will be able to find in the streets of Ghost Town. The lightly grilled corn is smothered in fresh boysenberry butter, mayo and perfectly topped off with cotija cheese. The Festival also offers a variety of sharable snacks for the family including a new vegetarian/vegan option like the highly enjoyable boysenberry hummus served with pita bread and prepared with garden-fresh boysenberries. Sweets and desserts are a key part of the festival and this year the culinary team is introducing the scrumptious, perfectly bite-sized boysenberry coconut macaroons, dipped in a decadent chocolate ganache, which are great to enjoy while strolling the park.

    The best way to taste a variety of new and returning food items during the festival is by purchasing a tasting card priced at $30 which offers 8 of the new food options per card; guests can select any 8 items of their choice. Returning and other signature boysenberry items will be available for purchase a la carte. Tasting cards are available at or in the theme park.

    Items available with the Knott's Boysenberry Festival 2018 Tasting Card include:
    • Slow Cooked Boysenberry Short Rib at Spurs Chophouse
      Boysenberry hoisin sauce, buttery basmati rice, chopped green onions
    • Boysenberry Pierogies at Spurs Chophouse (New for 2018)
      Boysenberries, sautéed onions, Applewood smoked bacon, boysenberry sour cream
    • Boysenberry Cheese Quesadilla at Ghost Town Bank Stand (New for 2018)
      Mozzarella cheese, cotija cheese, boysenberry salsa, boysenberry sour cream
    • Boysenberry Elote at Sutter’s Stand (New for 2018)
      Corn on the cob, boysenberry mayonnaise, boysenberry butter
    • Boysenberry Coconut Macaroon at Ghost Town Bakery (New for 2018)
      Dipped in chocolate ganache
    • Boysenberry Hummus with Grilled Pita Bread at Spurs Chophouse Outside Stand (New for 2018)
    • Boysenberry Sausage on a Boysenberry Bun at Wilderness Dance Hall Outside Stand (New for 2018)
      Farm baked boysenberry roll, boysenberry ketchup, relish, mustard
    • Boysenberry Chicken Wings at Stand Across from Gold Trails Hotel
    Guest can also take home a taste of the boysenberry festival with limited edition merchandise that can be found throughout the park, such as a new boysenberry bath and body line including soaps, salt soaks, bath bombs, lip balms (introducing three new flavors) and candles. New to the festival this year is Knott’s Sugar-Free Boysenberry Punch, a low calorie, no sugar version of Knott’s popular drink, a wide selection of boysenberry chocolates including boysenberry versions of milk chocolate bars, truffles, caramel squares, peanut butter and jelly cups. New and exclusive to Knott’s Berry Farm this year is the all-new Boysenberry Jelly Belly. The Knott’s Berry Market also features signature boysenberry items like the delicious boysenberry BBQ sauce or the classic jams and preserves. Unique boysenberry inspired products with a homemade twist will also be available as the Craft Fair returns offering a variety of products like boysenberry cashew nut brittle, boysenberry pie shaped homemade accessories and more.

    Knott’s Boysenberry Festival offers endless entertainment options for the festival goers who have a-hankerin' for some good ol’ country fun:
    • Tied up in Knott’s! – “Tied Up in Knott’s!” is a tribute art show to the rich history of Knott’s Berry Farm, its beginnings as a farm and its standing as a Southern California institution for millions of visitors during its (almost) 100-year history. More than a dozen artists will be contributing pieces to the show, which pays homage to Knott’s Berry Farm’s past, present and future in various mediums including oil paintings, illustrations and digital mixed media. These original pieces will be hung on display at the Wilderness Dance Hall during the duration of the Boysenberry Festival and Guests will have the opportunity to purchase many of the pieces, as well as prints of some of the art.
    • Snoopy’s Boysenberry Jamboree! - Guests are invited to join Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the entire Peanuts Gang in a show that will have families dancing and playing along at the Calico Mine Stage.
    • Old Time Melodrama - Knott’s pays tribute to its past at the Legendary Bird Cage Theatre with a special presentation of the musical comedy melodrama with a surprising boysenberry twist!
    • Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies - A group of krazy talented performers will have guests toe-tappin', vine dancin’ and knee-slappin’ to a comedic country music show at the Wagon Camp stage.
    • Ghost Town Miners – The joy of scrumptious food and country music encompass guests as the Ghost Town Miners take the stage in a fun musical performance.
    • Easter Beagle - Spring has sprung all around the park including in Camp Snoopy where guests can meet everyone’s favorite beagle as he celebrates the season.
    • Ghost Town’s Town Hall- In honor of the famous berry that started it all, guests are invited to learn the history of the boysenberry and how Walter and Cordelia Knott started the Farm.
    • Old MacDonald Petting Zoo - 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.
    "In Hell, everybody loves popcorn."

  • #2
    Do you have a sweet tooth? You are going to love all of the incredible boysenberry sweet treats at this year’s Knott’s Boysenberry Festival. In 2018, the Festival features brand new sweet items and returning fan favorites. The decadent Boysenberry Coconut Macaroon is dipped in delicious chocolate ganache and debuts this year at the Festival as one of the items on this year’s Tasting Card. Returning favorites include the legendary Fun Bun. Warm. Sweet. Gooey. Delicious. One-of-A-Kind. The Fun Bun. At the heart of every Fun Bun is a deep-fried cinnamon roll, boysenberry icing, funnel cake and magic. The Fun Bun’s culinary companion is the Fun Stick. The Fun Stick features a piece of deep-fried cheesecake on-a-stick topped with sweet boysenberry icing. Stay tuned for more information about the dozens of other desserts that will be returning and debuting at this year’s Knott's Boysenberry Festival.

    "In Hell, everybody loves popcorn."


    • #3
      In addition to dozens of tasty boysenberry food dishes, the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival also features a unique assortment of alcoholic and non-alcoholic boysenberry infused drinks. Non-alcoholic beverage options include the classic boysenberry punch, Calico Soda, Boysenberry Soda, Cream Soda, Mint Soda and Ginger Ale. The standout of the bunch is the Calico Soda, which made right in front of you, the old-fashioned way, using premium boysenberry syrup, vanilla syrup, and other secret ingredients.
      For those preferring a stiffer drink, head to the Calico Saloon for boysenberry beer, boysenberry cider, and boysenberry wine. The Wine and Craft Brew Tasting Garden also offers a wide selection of fine wine, imported beers, and local craft brew.

      "In Hell, everybody loves popcorn."


      • #4
        The incredible flavor of the boysenberry is versatile to be used in both sweet and savory dishes. In 2018, the Knott’s Culinary Team is bringing a vast array of new dishes to the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival that use the incredible berry in brand new ways. The Food Tasting Card features many of these new savory menu items including:
        • Boysenberry Pierogies at Spurs Chophouse
          Boysenberries, sautéed onions, Applewood smoked bacon, boysenberry sour cream
        • Boysenberry Cheese Quesadilla at Ghost Town Bank Stand
          Mozzarella cheese, cotija cheese, boysenberry salsa, boysenberry sour cream
        • Boysenberry Elote at Sutter’s Stand
          Corn on the cob, boysenberry mayonnaise, boysenberry butter
        • Boysenberry Hummus with Grilled Pita Bread at Spurs Chophouse Outside Stand
        • Boysenberry Sausage on a Boysenberry Bun at Wilderness Dance Hall Outside Stand
          Farm baked boysenberry roll, boysenberry ketchup, relish, mustard

        Returning favorites on the Food Tasting Card include:
        • Slow Cooked Boysenberry Short Rib at Spurs Chophouse
          Boysenberry hoisin sauce, buttery basmati rice, chopped green onions
        • Boysenberry Smoked Chicken Wings at Stand Across from Gold Trails Hotel
        In addition to the Food Tasting Card offerings, dozens of other savory boysenberry items are available a la carte throughout the Festival.

        "In Hell, everybody loves popcorn."


        • #5
          80s Dance Party
          Location: Boardwalk Ballroom

          Remember the good times you had here at Knott’s in the 1980s? They’re back! Dance the night away to classic 80s tunes in Cloud 9 Ballroom! The Boardwalk Ballroom has been sent back in time! Featuring Knott’s resident disc jockey, DJ Howly playing the greatest hits from the greatest decade ever!

          Crafts Fair
          Over a dozen local artisans are offering unique boysenberry and western inspired products throughout the winding streets of the Old West at the Crafts Fair during Knott's Boysenberry Festival. A variety of handmade items are available including bath products, arts and crafts, candles and candy. Popular demonstrations include live glass blowing and chainsaw wood art carving that both happen right before your eyes. Come find the perfect gift for your family, friends and yourself.

          Fiesta with DJ Cruz
          Location: Fiesta Village Stage

          The nights come alive with music and dance in the heart of Fiesta Village. DJ Cruz will have you dancing like never before.

          Old Time Melodrama
          Location: Bird Cage Theatre

          As a tribute to Knott’s past, the Bird Cage Theater will once again be the home of musical comedy melodrama. Cheer the Hero and Boo the Villain in a special presentation at Knott’s Legendary Bird Cage Theatre. America’s Longest Running Melodrama returns with an original, audience interactive, comedy with a surprising Boysenberry twist!

          Calico Park Games
          Location: Calico Park

          Head over to the center of Ghost Town for a down home, country festival fun! Join our festival officiate and Judge, Phineas B. Berry, as he hosts games and fun every hour! You can compete in a Pie Eating Contest, strut your stuff at Line Dancing, Enjoy talented musicians, or even take home a whole Knott’s Boysenberry Pie as a prize in the world famous Pie Walk!

          Cordelia's Pie Kitchen
          Step inside a replica of Cordelia Knott's first kitchen where little ones can make their very own delightfully sweet boysenberry tarts complete with a crumble topping. Additional cost applies for pie making.

          The Ghost Town Miners
          Location: Fireman's BBQ Stage

          Country Music and Good Food abound as the Ghost Town Miners take the stage in this fun, audience interactive, musical performance. Saddle up for the sounds of classic instruments like guitars and fiddles played in brand new ways. Dance around the stage to the toe-tappin' tunes or grab a table and enjoy some delicious ribs covered in boysenberry BBQ sauce from Fireman's BBQ next door.

          History of the Boysenberry video
          Location: Ghost Town Town Hall

          Pull up a seat and settle in for this fascinating filmed look at how Walter & Cordelia Knott settled right here in Buena Park and helped the world discover the amazing Boysenberry!
          Last edited by deadwinterskies; 02-21-2018, 05:16 PM.
          "In Hell, everybody loves popcorn."


          • #6
            Knott's is the place to be........Boysenberry Fest , get better every year !
            Food Tasting way to go...........
            Soaring like an EAGLE !


            • #7
              New this year:
              Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant Boysenberry Brunch
              March 18, March 25 & April 8
              9am – 1pm
              Adults $32.99 / Seniors $20.99 / Kids $12.99 + tax

              Menu Includes:

              Boysenberry Champagne Service
              Carving station:
              Barron of Beef
              Roasted Turkey
              Horseradish, Creamy Horseradish, Cranberry Sauce
              Baked Boysenberry Glazed Salmon
              Pork Spare Ribs Carve to Order with
              Boysenberry BBQ, Mustard BBQ, Spicy BBQ Sauce
              Boysenberry Cornbread
              Omelet Station:
              Omelets made to order
              Fresh Eggs upon request
              Sunrise Selection:
              Scrambled Eggs
              Bacon and Sausage Bangers
              KBF Breakfast Potatoes
              Boysenberry Blintz
              Boysenberry French toast
              Mrs. Knott’s Offerings:
              Mrs. Knott’s Biscuits and Boysenberry Jam served tableside
              Mrs. Knott’s Fried Chicken
              Boysenberry Mashed Potatoes
              Mrs. Knott’s Country Gravy
              Boysenberry Meatballs
              Boysenberry Mac & Cheese
              Boysenberry Meatloaf
              Mixed Seasonal Vegetables
              South of the Border:
              W/ Flour Tortillas and Condiments
              Boysenberry Cheese Enchiladas
              Mexican Rice
              Boysenberry Chips and Salsa
              Verde, Roja, Jalapenos with Carrots and onions
              Cold Selections and More:
              Cherry Rhubarb
              Boysenberry Yogurt and Granola
              Fresh Mixed Fruit
              Bagels with Boysenberry Cream Cheese
              Mixed Field Greens
              Boysenberry Vinaigrette, Ranch, and Caesar Dressing
              Chilled Shrimp with cocktail sauce and lemons
              Assorted Domestic Cheese Tray with crackers
              Boysenberry Hummus Platter with Pita Bread and Vegetables
              Bakery and Pastry Table:
              Boysenberry Mini Muffins
              Assorted Mini Danishes
              Mini Croissants
              Boysenberry Pie
              Boysenberry Buttercream Cupcakes
              Mini Boysenberry Cream Puffs
              Sugar Free Cake
              Carrot Cake
              Tie-dyed Boysenberry Sugar Cookies
              Boysenberry Cheesecake
              Boysenberry and Strawberry Mini tarts
              "In Hell, everybody loves popcorn."