I look forward to Viva La Musica at SeaWorld Orlando every year, and not just because its arrival means that it's spring in Florida and the weather is getting nice and hot. It also means a great line-up of entertainment and, better yet, lots of delicious Latin dishes that will tempt your taste buds from the moment you enter the park and catch a whiff of the grills.
This year, thanks to SeaWorld, I was able to try a wide variety of their offerings, from chimichurri beef to empanadas to pork kabobs, with lots of side dishes to ensure that I didn't leave hungry. Of course, I had to wash it all down with a guava margarita. Viva La Musica runs on Saturdays through May 17, so you've got plenty of chances to try the tasty fare for yourself. The photos showcase some of the many menu items.
There's also lots of entertainment at the festival. You can read about it here.
There are several food kiosks in the Viva La Musica festival area, which opens at noon each day. I recommend getting to SeaWorld Orlando at opening time so you can enjoy the shows, animal habitats, rides, and other park attractions until noon. Then hustle over and enjoy your lunch before the biggest part of the crowd arrives.
Pork and Chicken Kabobs
Whether you prefer pork or chicken, you'll love these moist, tasty, flavorful kabobs. I tried the pork on my visit to Viva La Musica, and it was delicious. As you can see, they're grilled up right before your eyes before being plated and served with side dishes.
Chimichurri steak is always a favorite of mine, so of course I had to try it at Viva La Musica. The steak was lean and tender and packed with that delicious chimichurri flavor. It was one of my favorite items, although I have to give the empanadas top honors.
You can order various combination plates with a main course and side dishes. I recommend browsing each of the food kiosks before making your final selection. Bring someone with you so you can each order something different and share. That way, you get to try several different items.
The sweet plantains were my favorite side dish, but I've always been partial to them. There's rice, yucca, and a variety of other tasty side items to round our your main course selection at Viva La Musica. Bring a big appetite because the portions are large.
Chef Hector Colon
Chef Hector Colon takes his job seriously. He had a very active presence at the Viva La Musica food kiosks. He wasn't just standing to the side and watching. He always jumps right in to help with the food preparation and serving to make sure things are up to his standards.
This was my favorite food item at Viva La Musica this year. Look for it at the empanada kiosk near the main entrance to the event area. The chimichurri steak was very close, as were the sweet plantains. Really, you can't go wrong with any of the menu items. as long as you enjoy Latin food.
A Full Plate
You get a very full plate when you order up food at Viva La Musica. You won't have room in your belly to try everything you want to try unless you take a two-tiered approach. Come for lunch right at noon, walk around the park to burn off some of those calories, then finish up with a second round for dinner. If you see the concert, grab that second round of food after you enjoy the music.
There's Chef Hector again at one of the other food kiosks. Every time I turned around, he was in another spot checking out the food preparation. Every year I look forward to seeing the new dishes that he comes up with for Viva La Musica in addition to my old favorites.
The food is the star at the Viva La Musica kiosks, but there are plenty of delicious adult beverages, too. I had a guava margarita, but the mojitos were also very tempting. They taste so good on a hot, sunny Florida day, and they wash down the food very nicely.