Spring Break with Boysenberries!

It should come as no surprise that the inaugural Boysenberry Festival at Knott’s Berry Farm last year was such a success. Guests indulged in such savory treats as the sautéed sausage and boysenberry BBQ sauce sandwich on a boysenberry flavored roll and deep fried alligator with boysenberry aioli. What is a surprise though, is how long it took the Southern California theme park to come up with the idea. Walter and Cordelia Knott helped nearby farmer Rudolph Boysen cultivate the delicious berry at their farm in the 1930’s. What is now a sprawling tourist destination filled with rides, shows and attractions, once truly was a working farm. Every boysenberry to this day, can trace its roots back to the Knott’s farm in Buena Park. Fans of the berry and loyal guests were ecstatic to see a re-creation of the original roadside berry stand placed prominently upon entering the historic Ghost Town section of the park. Visitors were able to purchase a plant and start growing their own crop at home. The streets of Ghost Town were beautifully decorated with boysenberry décor and other spring floral arrangements. The Boysenberry Festival is back and promises to be even bigger than last year. Guest favorite food items will be returning, alongside new options. Look for the boysenberry “Fun Bun” dessert, fried cheese curds with boysenberry dipping sauce and a fish and chips sandwich with boysenberry tartar sauce. A tasting card will give you the opportunity to sample a little bit of everything, without breaking the bank. A craft beer and wine sampling station will allow adult guests to pair their meal. In addition to all of the culinary offerings, there will be a variety of seasonal entertainment, including a jug band, dueling banjos, a pie eating contest and more. Fan favorites “Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies” (formerly of Disneyland fame, under a different name) will entertain guests inside the historic Bird Cage Theatre. The long adored Bear-y Tales characters will make a return in the “pie making kitchen” and a Peanuts themed “Party in the Park” show will get you moving in Charleston Circle. At night, the park comes alive with a high-energy dance party. And of course, all rides will be open. Since it is also Easter, expect to find “The Easter Beagle,” aka… Snoopy roaming around. Knott’s may be world-famous for their Halloween and Christmas-time activities, but the Boysenberry Festival has quickly become a signature event that you do not want to miss this Spring Break. Make sure to grab a bottle of Boysenberry BBQ sauce to bring home… you’ll be glad you did! Oh, and for the trivia buffs… the boysenberry is a blackberry, raspberry, and loganberry hybrid. Knott’s Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival 8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park CA 714-220-5200 knotts.com

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