SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival 2017

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New for 2017 is the SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival that combines (and replaces) the best bits from Bands, Brew & BBQ and Viva la Musica that have run in previous years.

Disney has run their very popular Epcot International Food and Wine Festival for many years and in 2015, Busch Gardens introduced their Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival to their Tampa park (Busch Gardens Williamsburg started in 2013).

When first announced, the Seven Seas Food Festival was to run every Saturday from February 11 for 14 weeks until May 13 (subsequently changed to May 14) and is included in the regular admission price. The new festival starts with an emphasis on American music, food and drink and then switches to Latin inspired music, food and drink from April 22.

SeaWorld then decided to run the food elements of the festival daily between March 17 and April 16 before reverting to Saturdays only. The concerts were originally to remain as a Saturday only event but SeaWorld then extended the festival by a day and added two Sunday concerts as well.

Around 60 unique food dishes based on street food traditions will be offered from eleven different regions of the world including local Florida specialities alongside over 55 local craft beers and other drinks with four different menu items at each of the eleven regional stalls.

Regional dishes include Mexican, Caribbean, Florida. Mediterranean, North Atlantic, Brazilian, Pacific Coast, Polynesian Island, Gulf Coast, Asian and Korean.

In previous festivals, the food and drink stalls have been situated close to the Bayside Stadium but for the new Seven Seas Food Festival you will also find them scattered at various locations right around the lagoon.

You can buy food and drinks individually for around £3.75 to $6.50 per item or you can purchase a Sampling Lanyard for either 10 items or 15 items of food or drinks, prices are $40 and $55 respectively.

SeaWorld Chef Héctor Colón has created dishes like Cinnamon Slow Roasted Pork Belly with Sweet Plantain Mash, Bingsu Salted Vanilla Ice Cream topped with Caramel Popcorn, Peking Duck Lo Mein with Fresh Oriental Vegetables and Fried Kataifi Orange drizzled with Local Honey.

Seven Seas Food Festival Concerts

Each Saturday the food festival is accompanied by a music concert at the Bayside Stadium featuring top rock, country and latin artists including Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Village People and the Commodores.

Note that seating is limited and allocated on a first-come first-served basis. You can also purchase Front Row and Reserved Seating to the concerts. Prices start from $19 for Reserved Seating and $44 for Front Row Seating.

If you cannot get into the stadium, the concerts are also simulcast in the Nautilus Theater.

The concerts start at 4 p.m. From April 22 they start at 3 p.m.

The provisional line up for 2017 is as follows:

  • February 11, 2017 - Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • February 18, 2017 - Lee Brice
  • February 25, 2017 - Bill Engvall
  • March 4, 2017 - Styx
  • March 11, 2017 - Justin Moore
  • March 18, 2017 - ZZ Top
  • March 25, 2017 - Phillip Phillips
  • April 1, 2017 - TBC
  • April 8, 2017 - Village People
  • April 15, 2017 - Commodores
  • April 22, 2017 - Oscar D’Leon
  • April 29, 2017 - Olga Tanon
  • May 6, 2017 - Grupo Mania
  • May 7, 2017 - Gran Combo
  • May 13, 2017 - Zion y Lennox
  • May 14, 2017 - Grupo Niche

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