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).
For 2019, the Seven Seas Food Festival runs every weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) from February 9 to May 5 with music concerts every Saturday and Sunday.
Note thought that Bronze Annual Passes have some blackout dates during March and April so not every day is available to those members.
In previous years the festival started with an emphasis on American music, food and drink and then switched to Latin inspired music, food and drink.
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 All-American, Asian, Brazilian, Cuban, Dominican Republic, Florida, German, Gulf Coast, Italian, Jamaican, Mediterranean, Mexican, North Atlantic, Pacific Coast, Polynesian, Puerto Rican as well as Sweets, Vegan and even some Coca-Cola infused dishes.
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.
To start with, there is BBQ cuisine and then it switches to 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.
Note that seating is limited and allocated on a first-come first-served basis. You can also purchase Reserved Seating to the concerts. Prices start from $10 for Lower Stadium Seating, $30 for Floor Seating and $50 for Premier Floor Seating.
If you cannot get into the stadium, the concerts are also simulcast in the Nautilus Theater.
The concerts typically start at 5 or 6 p.m.
The provisional line up for 2019 is as follows:
- February 9, 2019 - The Fray
- February 10, 2019 - Sugar Ray
- February 16, 2019 - Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
- February 17, 2019 - Little River Band
- February 23, 2019 - Flo Rida
- February 24, 2019 - 98 Degrees
- March 2, 2019 - Lifehouse
- March 3, 2019 - Cole Swindell
- March 9, 2019 - Lee Brice with LOCASH
- March 10, 2019 - I Love the 90s featuring Coolio, En Vogue, Kid N Play, Rob Base, Tone Loc and Young MC
- March 16, 2019 - Bret Michaels
- March 17, 2019 - Gente De Zona
Further concert dates to be confirmed.
Seven Seas Food & Brew Sampler Lanyards
As well as buying individual samplers, you can also purchase a lanyard for ten or fifteen choices of food, wine, cocktails or craft brews from the various markets. Note that the All Day Dining Deal is not valid at the food festival cabins.
A ten-item sampler is $50.00 and the fifteen-item is $65.00 (all plus tax).