Busch Gardens Tampa’s Bier Fest is coming to a close this weekend. The 2nd annual Bier Fest invites guests to sample beers from around the world, including over 40 new brews. In addition to the suds, guests can enjoy live entertainment and contemporary food that pays homage to a traditional Oktoberfest.
Bier Fest takes place from noon to park close now through September 8. The event features brews from over 20 Florida craft breweries including 3 Daughters Brewing, Orange Blossom Brewing, Sailfish Brewing Co, Escape Brewing Co., Walking Tree Brewery, Florida Avenue Brewing Co., and many more. There are also several domestic and international beers.
If you want to try before you buy head over to Garden Gate Cafe or Kettle Corn in Pantopia to enjoy two free complimentary beer samples. Busch Gardens has declared 2019 the #YearofBeer,” and is taking it back to the park’s roots as a beer garden with these free samples.
In between sips fill up on festive cuisine at several different food locations throughout the park including:
Tacos on Tap where you can enjoy shrimp, smoked brisket, jerk chicken and portobello mushroom tacos.
Melted Munchies offers up all things cheesy including the Short Rib & Brie Melt with short rib, brie & caramelized onions served on a toasted roll; the Impossible Burger Melt on Texas Toast with provolone and red onion jam and the Griddled Cheesecake Melt with sweet cream cheese filling on pound cake, grilled and served with guava sauce.
Save room for more brews with mini sandwiches at Sip ’N Sliders. The menu includes Bacon Sliders with grilled bison on a pretzel roll with provolone cheese, bacon and onion marmalade. The Schnitzelwich Slider comes with Schnitzel on a pretzel roll with swiss cheese and maple bacon honey mustard. Enjoy your slider like they do in Germany with the Bratwurst Slider, a split bratwurst on a pretzel roll with braised red cabbage and horseradish mustard. Finally satisfy your sweet tooth with the Flourless Chocolate Torte served with Guinness-infused whipped cream.
Best Bites brings your favorite eats together including Bacon Mac & Cheese Bites, Reuben Croquettes, Deep Fried Cheese Curds and an array of dipping sauces.
At Pub Grub try traditional bar food like Fried Chicken Wings, sweet potato fries and deep fried pretzel sticks.
End your eats with something sweet at Floats. The Menu includes traditional floats as well as adult versions like the Rose Float with Astoria Sparkling Rose Moscato served over vanilla soft serve ice cream or the Maduro Float with Cigar City Brewing Maduro Brown Ale served over vanilla and chocolate soft serve.
Bier Fest is included with regular park admission.