National Roller Coaster Day is Friday, August 16, 2013. Coaster fanatics and theme park junkies across the country will be racing to their nearest park to partake in their favorite activity of looping, twisting, turning and zooming the day away. Busch Gardens Williamsburg, known far and wide for its culinary creations, is celebrating National Roller Coaster day with an artistically edible tribute to one of the park’s most beloved coasters, the Loch Ness Monster.
During Busch Gardens’ Food and Wine Festival this past May and June, celebrity chef James Parker and his food artists brought the Loch Ness Monster to life in a delightful array of fruits and vegetables.
The food art rendering of Nessie featured 13 different varieties of fruit and vegetable, including:
- 20 leeks
- 20 radishes
- 12 watermelons
- 12 carrots
- eight zucchinis
- seven beets
- Six squash
- Six pineapples
- Three malanga roots
- Three eggplants
- Two butternut squash
- Two daikon radishes
- One pumpkin
The Loch Ness Monster fruit and vegetable food art display took seven hours to create. It measured seven feet in length and reached a height of four feet. That's a lot of fruit!
The Loch Ness Monster celebrated its 35th anniversary this summer. Nessie debuted in the summer of 1978 and has been a revolutionary coaster ever since. It was the first, and is still, the world’s only double-locking loop steel coaster.
Be sure to check out the video on the creation of Loch Ness Monster food art. Also, tune in to the Busch Gardens YouTube Channel for videos of the Loch Ness Monster and the rest of the park’s line-up of exciting coasters and thrill rides.
Happy National Roller Coaster Day! What is your favorite coaster or thrill ride?