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 in 2017, 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 was included in the regular admission price. The new festival started with an emphasis on American music, food and drink and then switched 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.
For 2018, the Seven Seas Food Festival runs every weekend from February 17 to April 29 (originally April 15) with music concerts every Saturday and Sunday, now 22 in total.
You will find about 60 unique food dishes based on street food traditions offered from twelve 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 twelve regional “market” stalls.
Regional dishes include Mexican, Caribbean, All-American, Florida, Mediterranean, North Atlantic, Pacific Coast, German, Polynesian, Gulf Coast, Asian and Brazilian.
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.
Between February 17 and March 25, there is BBQ cuisine and then from March 31 to April 29 there is Latin inspired cuisine.
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 and Sunday the food festival is accompanied by a music concert at the Bayside Stadium featuring top rock, country and latin artists including Bachman & Turner, the Jacksons, Huey Lewis & the News (cancelled), Alabama and Daughtry.
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 typically start at 3 or 4 p.m.
The provisional line up for 2018 is as follows:
- February 17, 2018 - Bachman & Turner
- February 18, 2018 - Larry the Cable Guy
- February 24, 2018 - Jacksons
- February 25, 2018 - Lighthouse
- March 3, 2018 - Alabama
- March 4, 2018 - Chris Young
- March 10, 2018 - Daughtry
- March 11, 2018 - Hanson
- March 17, 2018 - Hunter Hayes
- March 18, 2018 - Easton Corbin
- March 24, 2018 - America
- March 25, 2018 - Eli Young Band
- March 31, 2018 - TBC
- April 1, 2018 - El Gran Combo
- April 7, 2018 - Yandel
- April 8, 2018 - Jerry Rivera
- April 14, 2018 - TBC
- April 15, 2018 - N’klabe
- April 21, 2018 - TBC
- April 22, 2018 - TBC
- April 28, 2018 - TBC
- April 29, 2018 - TBC
TBC - to be confirmed