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  • 2018 Boysenberry Festival photos

    We had a chance to visit the Boysenberry Festival at Knott's Berry Farm this past weekend. We arrived before 9 am on Saturday for the Season Passholder early entrance, and stayed until about 2 pm.

    As in past years of the Boysenberry Festival, they had a replica of the Knott's Original Berry Stand set up inside the entrance to Ghost Town with boysenberry plants for sale. They were $25 this year. Click image for larger version

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    Plants in more detail:
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    One of the most publicized new boysenberry food and drink items this year was the boysenberry boba, available at the Ghost Town Bakery near the GhostRider building and at the coffee stand near the Charles Schulz Theater in Boardwalk. They cost around $5 per cup. The drink is a not really sweet tea (my wife said it was more sour) with a mild boysenberry flavor, together with boba (tapioca balls) with a slight boysenberry taste. I noticed that if you eat the tapioca balls separately you can taste the boysenberry more readily than if you consume them together.

    The woman working at the bakery took a couple minutes to mix the ingredients:
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    This is how they looked inside the store:
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    and outside in the sunlight:
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    This year's tasting card cost $30, as opposed to $25 during the past few years, but included 8 different tastings, compared to 6 previously.

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    I think most people would think this is a positive, but you can mix and match any of the 8 items on the card this year, instead of getting one of each item. Also, Knott's said that you don't have to use the entire card on the same day, but can bring the card back any day of this year's boysenberry festival.


    The card this year is a laminated plastic, with little tabs you can break off to hand to each food stand for your item.
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    In the past, the card has been paper, and the Knott's employees at each food stand would punch the number next to e item when you picked it up.

    This is the fifth Boysenberry Festival with specific boysenberry foods in Ghost Town. Before this year's festival began, I dug out my guides and tasting cards starting from 2014:
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    And here is this year's tasting card and guide:
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    If there is enough positive response, I will post in the coming days some more photos of the foods we tried and other things to see at the festival.
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  • #2
    Great Report and Information........
    Soaring like an EAGLE !

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    • #3
      Thanks for sharing. I'd love to see more pix and learn more about it. Wifey and I have been considering Season Passes for KBF. She still has her DL one and I didn't renew my DL one when it expired in September. I grew up going to KBF, so its very cool that a good portion of the stuff from my childhood (the 1980's) is still around at KBF!

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      • #4
        Okay, here are some more photos and information about our visit on March 17th, the first Saturday of Boysenberry Festival.

        The first item we tried on the tasting menu was the boysenberry quesadilla. The Knott's employees were grilling the very purple tortillas with cheese on top of a grill.

        When this was served via a tasting card serving, I believe there were three bite-sized pieces of quesadilla, plus containers of sour cream and a very tasty (and somewhat spicy) boysenberry flavored salsa. I think all of us would have liked to take this home bottled (like the boysenberry barbeque sauce they now sell throughout the park), but it may not last long without preservatives.


        In the Ghost Town Candy Shop nearby, we saw some specialty items for the Boysenberry Festival including boysenberry flavored Jelly Belly candies exclusive to Knott's Berry Farm for the festival, and various boysenberry fudge flavors (usually I think they only might have regular boysenberry fudge).





        We didn't try it this year, but they were selling boysenberry-flavored cotton candy again. This stand is near the entrance to the Calico Mine Train Ride. The cotton candy is $5.


        We also rode the popular Timber Mountain Log Ride, which was under refurbishment for much of January and February. Because of the lawsuit last year involving a boy who hit his face and mouth on the front of the log in front of him at the bottom of the big drop (I believe he was riding on his parent's lap), there is a lot more signage around the loading station and the beginning of the ride. The opening spiel has also been changed, and one of the audio animatronic characters as you are going up the last lift hill in the darkened mountain interior tells you to stay seated, hold onto the rails, and keep your hands and arms inside the log, instead of (I believe) "You folks better high tail it out of here."


        After walking around a little more, we soon headed back toward the front of Ghost Town to try the remainder of the tasting card items (we tried 6 of the 8 items on the tasting menu because we doubled up on two of the items).

        Near the Gold Trails Hotel (the building with Whiskey Bill and Handsome Brady), there is a booth set up for the boysenberry elote, which is another name for I believe Mexican street corn on the cob. The Knott's version is grilled over an open flame, and then slathered with boysenberry butter and boysenberry mayonaise, and then sprinkled with parmesan cheese.
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ID:	8551710My kids are big fans of this kind of corn, so I actually didn't get to try any of this until they had eaten most of the corn and there was no flavoring left. What I did get to eat did taste good, though.


        Next we got one order of the boysenberry chicken wings, which are flame grilled chicken wings with the signature Knott's boysenberry barbeque sauce on top.
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        The next item we had was the boysenberry pierogie. I had never heard of this food item before, inside or outside of Knott's, but this version is a dumpling with cheese (I believe cheddar) inside. The pierogie is served with a grilled sauce with a little bacon and a large amount of onions, and boysenberry cream cheese. This was my favorite item of the tasting card items we had.

        The grilled onions and bacon, flavored with boysenberry flavor:
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        One more food item for this post: the boysenberry short ribs served on white rice, which I found delicious, though my kids didn't like for some reason. I noticed on social media that some people said that their ribs were almost all bone and very little meat, but that was not the case with our ribs at all. The sauce, which I read later was boysenberry hoison sauce, was quite tasty.

        It was hard to get a photo of the food before being served. This was inside the Spurs Chophouse, where the items had already been prepared and sitting in warming containers)
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        Two orders of the boysenberry short ribs on white rice:
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        We also tried the boysenberry coconut macaroon (nothing special in my opinion, tasted like fruitcake to me), but we decided to skip the boysenberry humus with pita bread (heard that the humus was *very* spicy) and the boysenberry sausage (heard almost universally that this was very tasty, so I'm hoping to make it back to the festival to try this). We've had the hot dog with boysenberry mustard and boysenberry ketchup in a past festival and thought it was okay, but apparently the sausage itself has some boysenberry taste to it.

        One note: if you want the macaroon, several people on social media noted that this costs under $2 purchased as a separate item, so it's more economical to save your tasting card tabs for other more expensive items like the meats.

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        • #5
          You've obviously haven't been to a city with a large Polish population. A pierogie is traditional Polish dish, very popular in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, etc. They sell them frozen in supermarkets there, as well as specialty shops that make them fresh daily to take home and cook up. Essentially they are a Polish ravioli, and can have various fillings, the most popular are meat, cheese and potato. Usually cooked in a cast iron skillet with butter. It is served as a side dish or by itself.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Dutchman View Post
            You've obviously haven't been to a city with a large Polish population. A pierogie is traditional Polish dish, very popular in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, etc. They sell them frozen in supermarkets there, as well as specialty shops that make them fresh daily to take home and cook up. Essentially they are a Polish ravioli, and can have various fillings, the most popular are meat, cheese and potato. Usually cooked in a cast iron skillet with butter. It is served as a side dish or by itself.
            That's correct. I've lived in California most of my life, and never on the East Coast, so I don't believe I've lived anywhere that has a large Polish population.

            It's great that Knott's introduces foods from different regions or cultures during the festival, so we get to try things we normally wouldn't.

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            • #7
              Looks pretty cool, I need to go one of these years
              Happy Halloween!!!

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              • #8
                Apparently there's a limit to either the number of photos you can add to a single post, or the total amount of file space.

                So here are the photos that didn't upload in the post from March 24th.

                The boysenberry quesadillas:
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                Boysenberry flavor jelly belly's and fudge flavors:
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                Boysenberry cotton candy:
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                Boysenberry coconut macaroon:
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                Was back at the Farm yesterday and finally got to try the boysenberry sausage in a bun. Served with boysenberry relish, it was really, really good, with a slight boysenberry flavor in the meat. There is boysenberry mustard and boysenberry ketchup on the side of the stand if you want those.
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                • #9
                  Thanks for reposting those pix in a new post. I noticed they didn't show up in your previous one.

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