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Food and Wine Festival 2014: Busch Gardens announces new country in line-up

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Busch Gardens’ second annual Food & Wine Festival is shaping up to be even better than the first (and the first was pretty great). Along with the current European-inspired countries, there will now be a Caribbean section from which to try new tastes and flavors. The event takes place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays May 23 – June 29, 2014.

To come up with this brand new section, Busch Gardens enlisted the opinions of its more than 500,000 Facebook fans. The Caribbean rose to the top with nearly 40 percent of the vote. Nearly 1,000 votes were collected over the five day survey. The American Southwest came in second. Thai, Indian and vegetarian rounded out the choices.

Busch Gardens’ Food & Wine Festival offers a wide variety of tastes not normally offered at the park. Guests have the opportunity to try (at around $3-$7) sample-sized portions of food and beverages from Italy, France, Germany, Scotland and England. The festival also includes countries not represented at the park such as Greece, Austria and Canada.

Entry to the Busch Gardens’ Food & Wine Festival requires entry into the park, but no additional ticket is required. The themed kiosks are located around the park, and it is the guest’s choice whether they want to participate or not. To read all about the 2013 Food & Wine event, please click right here.

Caribbean cuisine is sure to fit right in with the current European countries at Busch Gardens’ 2014 Food & Wine Festival. The Caribbean region is a delicious mix of European, East Indian, Arab, African, Amerindian and Chinese, in addition to styles unique to the region. Plantains, cassava, bell peppers, coconut, chickpeas and cilantro are staples of Caribbean cooking.

Beautiful beaches, endless blue water and fresh seafood make the Caribbean one of this writer’s most favorite places in the world. I can’t wait to see what the incredibly talented and creative culinary team at Busch Gardens comes up with for the new Caribbean section. Bring on the Jamaican jerk, fish chowder, ackee and salt fish, rum and Red Stripe.

Please visit BuschGardens.com for more information on all of the fun and exciting plans for the 2014 season.

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