Frequently Asked Questions


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What is Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival?

Flavors are in full bloom at Busch Gardens with the return of the park’s fan-favorite Food & Wine Festival. Guests are invited to tempt their taste buds and indulge in 25+ international specialty dishes, and 75+ beers, wines & cocktails. Serving guests April 2 through May 23, this year’s menu features festival favorites and fresh twists on classic cuisines from around the world that pair perfectly with some of your favorite coasters, attractions & entertainment as you explore the whole park!

In addition to the park’s already strict health and safety measures, which include increased cleaning and sanitation, temperature checks, and face covering requirements, capacity will also be significantly limited to create more open space for guests to maintain physical distancing in a safe environment and enjoy their experience.

Is this a separately ticketed event?

Admission to Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival is included for active Memberships, Annual Passes, Fun Cards, Military Passes, Preschool Passes, Friends and Family Passes, Waves of Honor Tickets, Member FREE Guest Tickets or previously purchased 2020 Spring or Summer Single-Day Tickets.

Admission for this limited-capacity event starts at only $39.99. Purchase your Food & Wine Festival admission tickets here.

What is the best way to visit Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival and other park events?

For the best admission option, guests can lock in an entire year of fun with a new 2021 Membership for as low as $11.25 per month with no down payment. Members receive 12 months of unlimited visitation and amazing park benefits and rewards such as FREE parking, up to 50 percent discount on in-park merchandise, up to 20 percent discount on dining, FREE guest tickets and so much more. Admission to Food & Wine Festival and other park events is included for active Members, Annual Pass and Fun Card holders. Join and become a Member here.

Will the experiences differ between AM and PM reservations?

No, the experience will be the same for both AM and PM reservations.

What are the hours of the event?

Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival will take place every Thursday (starting April 15), Friday, Saturday, and Sunday April 2 – May 23. Event reservations & hours vary based on event date. Please view the park calendar for operating hours for your preferred date.

Are Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival offerings included with event admission?

All food and beverage options are offered for a minimal charge. Guests will be able to purchase food and beverages from the different Food & Wine Festival kiosks a la carte. For even more savings, guests will have the option to purchase a 10 or 15 item Food & Wine Sampler card.

Is a Food & Wine Sampler card required to attend Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival?

A Food & Wine Sampler is not required; however, it provides more savings and options to enjoy the event’s special entrées and beverages. Purchase Food & Wine Sampler here

How much do the Food & Wine Sampler cards cost?

A 10 item Food & Wine Sampler is $49.99
A 15 item Food & Wine Sampler is $69.99

Purchase Food & Wine Sampler here

Where can I purchase a Busch Gardens Food & Wine Sampler?

Guests can purchase a Busch Gardens Food & Wine Sampler online prior to visiting or at the park’s Welcome Center, Guest Services, or at each participating Food & Wine kiosk.

Will there be Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival options available for those with dietary restrictions?

Yes, please see each participating locations for dietary selections.

If I don’t use all my samples on my Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival Sampler, can I use them another day?

Yes, however a reservation is still required for admission to the park.

Will there be other food & beverage options available in addition to the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival menu items?

Yes, there will be select culinary locations open in addition to the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival kiosks.

What and where are the Busch Gardens Food & Wine kiosk locations?

  • Virginia – Scotland
  • Hawaii – Ireland
  • Mexico – France
  • French Quarter – France
  • Brazil – New France
  • Jamaica – Germany
  • Island Freeze – Germany
  • Italy – Italy
  • Mediterranean - Italy
  • Sangria Garden – Italy
  • South Korea – Festa Italia
  • Wine & Liquor Tastings – Germany, France, and Italy

How much is parking?

Unless already included with your active Membership or Annual Pass, parking for this is $25.

What do I need to bring with me to access the park?

A reservation is required for all visitors. Guests will need to bring their original ticket/Membership/Annual Pass/Fun Card/Preschool Pass/Friends and Family Pass/Military Pass, their reservation confirmation and their photo ID for entry.

How do I enter the park?

All guests will enter through the toll plaza, including Platinum & Premier Members and Platinum Annual Passes, and will be directed towards the appropriate parking lot for special event entry.

Will the entire park be open?

All ten villages will be open for park guests to enjoy during Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival. While park capacity will continue to be limited, numerous attractions, roller coasters, restaurants and shops will be open throughout the European- themed park (with physical distancing).

What rides are operating during the event?

Roller coasters: Griffon, Apollo’s Chariot, Verbolten, InvadR.

Rides: Finnegan’s Flyer, Busch Gardens Railway, The Little Balloons, Battering Ram, Flying Machine, DaVinci’s Cradle, Turkish Delight, The Trade Wind, Le Catapult, Kinder Karussel, Der Roto Baron, Der Wirbelwind, Prince Elmo’s Spire, Oscar’s Whirly Worm, Grover’s Alpine Express.

*Please note that colder temperatures or inclement weather conditions may impact ride operations during the event.

Will 2021 Pint & Stein Club Memberships be available for purchase?

Yes, 2021 Pint & Stein Club Memberships will be available for purchase at Grogan’s Pub and the Brauhaus.

What merchandise locations will be open?

The following shops will be open for Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival: Bella Casa, Tempesto Shop, The Emporium, Felt & Feather, Emerald Isle Gifts, Pot O’ Gold Toy Shop, Tweedside Gifts, Trapper Dave’s General Store, La Belle Maison, Acadia Traders, Caribou Pottery, German Gifts, Arcade & Games, and Abby Cadabby’s Treasure Trove.

What is Busch Gardens Williamsburg doing to ensure guest health and safety in light of coronavirus concerns for this event?

The health and safety of our guests, ambassadors and animals is our top priority. For details and information about the measures the guest can expect when visiting the park, including key operational changes, click here.

Can I use my Membership, Annual Pass, Military Pass, Preschool Pass, Fun Card & Friends and Family Pass to attend this event?

Yes, all Memberships, Annual Passes, Military Passes, Preschool Passes, Fun Cards & Friends and Family Pass can be used to attend this event. However, a reservation is still required. Click here to make a reservation.

Do I receive any additional benefits as a Member or an Annual Pass Holder?

As a Member, you are able to use your normal benefits such as free admission, parking and in-park discounts. Reservations are still required. Click here to see the full list of benefits associated with your Membership tier.

Is my Member’s Friend for Free Ticket valid for Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival?

Yes, Member Friend for Free tickets are valid for Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival.

Can I use my previously purchased Single-Day, Multi-Day or Vacation Package ticket for this special event?

Yes, previously purchased 2020 Spring or Summer Single-Day Tickets can be used for admission. Reservations are required and no refunds will be given for the cost difference. Click here to make a reservation.

Are the Waves of Honor tickets valid for this event?

Yes, but reservations are required.

Are previously purchased All-Season Dine, Quick Queue, Pint Club & Stein Club products valid at Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival?

All-Season Dine: Yes, All Season Dines will be valid for the 2021 season at participating locations. The park will honor previously purchased 2020 All Season Dine plans throughout 2021, but will NOT sell new 2021 plans.

Quick Queue: All Quick Queue purchased January – July 2020 will be valid for use. However, to get the best value of your Quick Queue, we recommend using it during a visit when you have more coasters/attractions to choose from.
*Platinum Memberships that receive the Member Reward of a one-time, one-ride Quick Queue per visit will be able to utilize this reward.

Stein & Pint Club: Previously purchased 2020 Pint & Stein Club Memberships will be honored at participating locations

Will the Pet Kennels be available during the event?

Yes, the Pet Kennels will be open during Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival.

Will wheelchair or stroller rentals available to rent?

Yes, wheelchair and strollers are available to rent online before your visit or when you arrive at the park. Please visit our Welcome Center in England.

Can I use my previously purchased refillable souvenir cup?

Yes, however due to our health and safety protocols, filling the bottle from the self-serve drink dispenser is not permitted. A disposable cup will be available to dispense refills.

Will the Ride Accessibility Program (RAP) still be honored?

Yes, the Ride Accessibility Program will be available during Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival.