SeaWorld Orlando Seven Seas Food Festival 2024

By James | Last updated May 9, 2024

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

If you are looking to escape the chilly spring weather and bask in the warm sunshine of the Caribbean, don’t delay; head over to SeaWorld Orlando for the ultimate Seven Seas Food Festival experience.

You can also take advantage of a great Seven Seas Food Festival Package combining a stay at a local SeaWorld partner hotel, unlimited visits to SeaWorld for duration of your stay, Food & Brew 5-item Sampling Lanyard, reserved concert seating and free parking at SeaWorld.

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

For 2024, the SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival runs every weekend (Thursday through Sunday) from February 2 to May 19 with music concerts every Saturday and Sunday. The event starts each day at 12:00 p.m. (1:00 p.m. on Thursday/Friday) and runs until 8:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m. on Saturdays). Full details on the 2024 event are yet to be released.

The festival also takes place on Monday, February 20, President’s Day plus there is special entertainment on Mardi Gras (February 21), St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) and Cinco de Mayo (May 5).

All the entertainment is included in the standard admission. Note though that 2023 Fun Cards and Bronze Annual Passes have a few blackout dates during February, March and and April so not every day may be available to those ticket holders.

In earlier years the festival started with an emphasis on American music, food and drink and then switched to Latin inspired music, food and drink but now it is all mixed in together.

SeaWorld Seven Seas Food & Brew Culinary Marketplace

In total there are over 200 drinks and food dishes to choose from. You will find over 50 unique food dishes based on street food traditions offered from 12 different regions of the world including local Florida specialities alongside more than 75 local craft beers and over 75 wine and cocktail drinks.

In total there are 24 locations typically offering three to five different menu items plus drinks including 12 regional “market” stalls.

In previous festivals, the food and drink stalls had been situated close to the Bayside Stadium but with the new Seven Seas Food Festival you will also find them scattered at various locations right around the lagoon. The stalls are numbered clockwise around the lagoon from the Welcome Center to the Bayside Stadium.

The Culinary Marketplace hours are from 11:30 a.m. to park closing time.

Regional markets include [number in brackets as marked on the Festival map]:

  • Caribbean Market [5]
  • All-American Market [6]
  • Polynesian Market [7]
  • North Atlantic Market [8]
  • Italian Market [11]
  • Mediterranean Market [14]
  • Brazilian Market [15]
  • Asian Market [16]
  • Irish Market [18]
  • German Market [20]
  • Gulf Coast Market [22]
  • Mexican Market [23]

There are a number of stalls offering various alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks:

  • Flamecraft Bar [1]
  • Smugglers [2]
  • Caribbean Moonshine Tasting [3]
  • Café De Mar [4]
  • Coaster Cocktails [9]
  • Sweet Sips [10]
  • España [12]
  • Salted Rims [13]
  • Waterway Bar [17]
  • Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen [19]
  • Beer Garden [21]
  • Glacier Bar [24]

Amongst the speciality beverages are offerings from several southern States:

  • 3 Daughters Brewing Co., St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Big Storm Brewing Co., Orlando, Florida
  • Brasserie Nationale d’Haïti, Port-au-Prince, Haïti
  • Brew Hub Brewery, Lakeland, Florida
  • Coppertail Brewing Co., Tampa, Florida
  • Crooked Can Brewery, Winter Garden, Florida
  • Ellipsis Brewing, Orlando, Florida
  • Jdub’s Brewing Co., Sarasota, Florida
  • Sweetwater Brewing Co., Atlanta, Georgia

Many of the food items for 2024 are either new or re-imagined including:

  • Cajun Shrimp and Grits — Royal Red shrimp with Cheddar stone grits, andouille sausage, roasted tomatoes and green beans
  • Classic Reuben — Pastrami on marbled rye bread with sauerkraut and swiss cheese
  • Corned Beef Hash — Hash brown waffle, corned beef hash and chives
  • Guinness Beef Stew — Tender beef stew with sweet potato and roasted root vegetables
  • Impossible Jambalaya — Cajun broth with kidney beans, roasted red peppers an mirepoix
  • Italian Beef Arancini — Arancini with San Marzano tomato sauce garnished with fresh basil
  • Lamb Ribs — Tender roasted lamb with Hawaiian slaw, sesame seeds, pickled red onion and BBQ sweet & sour sauce
  • Maple Hog — Cinnamon roll with bacon and whiskey maple glaze
  • Moroccan Grilled Lamp Chop — Lamb chop with Boursin whipped mashed potatoes, tzatziki sauce and micro celery garnish
  • Parmesan Truffle Fries — Grana Padano with fresh parsley and winter white truffle oil
  • Pork Belly Feijoada — pork belly and black bean Brazilian stew garnished with green onions
  • Prince Edwards Island Shrimp Fritters — Prince Edwards Island shrimp with succotash and fermented spicy aioli
  • Raz Dazzle Cupcake — Vanilla cupcake with raspberry filling, vanilla frosting and raspberry
  • Ropa Vieja — Shredded beef with plantains
  • Smoked Jerk Chicken Slider — Smoked chicken in a brioche bun with pineapple slaw and cilantro

In earlier years there were separate markets for Cuban, Dominican Republic, Jamaican, Puerto Rican food but in 2020 they were combined into the Caribbean Market.

SeaWorld 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, typically with a 40% to 50% saving over the individual item costs.

Note that the All Day Dining Deal is not valid at the food festival cabins but the samplers can be used at any of the 26 locations on Festival days up to the last day of the festival.

A 10-item sampler is $70.00 and the 15-item is $85.00 (all plus tax). Annual passholders can get an 18-item sampler for the price of the 15-item one.

All guests wishing to purchase and consume alcoholic drinks must be 21 or over with valid photo ID.

SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival 2023 Concerts

Each Saturday and Sunday the food festival is accompanied by a music concert at the open air Bayside Stadium featuring top rock, country, 90s tributes and latin artists. In 2023 there are 28 separate performances and they typically start at 7:00 p.m. Where there are two bands each band has a separate performance at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. respectively.

Stadium seating is limited and allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

You can also purchase Reserved Seating to the concerts. Prices start from $9.99 plus tax for Reserved Stadium Seating, Floor Seating for $19.99 and Premier Floor Seating for $29.99 (all plus tax).

All reserved seating is towards the centre of the stadium for the best views. The Premium Floor Seating is the closest and is located around the central area where the orcas come out of the water. Behind that area is the Floor Seating with the Reserved Stadium seating at the front of the first main tier.

If you cannot get into the stadium, the concerts are also broadcast to several locations throughout the park.

The concert line up for 2023 was as follows:

  • February 4, 2023 – En Vogue
  • February 5, 2023 – REO Speedwagon
  • February 11, 2023 – The Commodores
  • February 12, 2023 – Bee Gee’s Now: A Tribute to the Bees Gee’s & Let It Bee: A Tribute to the Beatles
  • February 18, 2023 – Collective Soul
  • February 19, 2023 – Jerry Rivera
  • February 25, 2023 – Don McLean
  • February 26, 2023 – Ludacris
  • March 4, 2023 – Joey Fatone, Chris Patrick & Friends
  • March 5, 2023 – Tenille Townes
  • March 11, 2023 – Luke Bryan and Zac Brown Band Tributes
  • March 12, 2023 – Sean Kingston
  • March 18, 2023 – Styx and Boston Tributes
  • March 19, 2023 – Hanson
    “* March 25, 2023 – Fame, The Ultimate Bowie Tribute and
    Jaded, A Tribute to Aerosmith
  • March 26, 2023 – Eli Young Band
  • April 1, 2023 – Warrant
  • April 2, 2023 – Smokey Robinson
  • April 8, 2023 – Cory Asbury
    “* April 9, 2023 – Highway To Hell, a Tribute to AC/DC,
    Absolute Def Leppard, a Tribute to Def Leppard and Absolute Queen, a Tribute to Queen
  • April 15, 2023 – Chris Lane
  • April 16, 2023 – The Marshall Tucker Band
  • April 22, 2023 – Tito Nieves
  • April 23, 2023 – Kameron Marlowe
  • April 29, 2023 – The Commodores
  • April 30, 2023 – Scott Stapp
  • May 6, 2023 – Ne-Yo
  • May 7, 2023 – Martina McBride

TBC – to be confirmed

Other Events during the Seven Seas Food Festival

Because the Festival runs for several months it over laps with several other events.

Mardi Gras

The Festival goes all New Orleans Mardi Gras on select dates between February 16 and 26 excluding February 20 and 22.

The Wild Arctic Plaza hosts a pop-up parade with stilt walkers, bead captains, musicians and entertainers at select times between 12:30 and 6:00 p.m. At the same time there is live music celebrating Cajun and jazz classics.

There are also street parties with a DJ, street performers and dancing.

Even the food takes a New Orleans twist with favourites like beignets, po’ boys and Southern style drinks.

St. Patrick’s Day

Between March 9 and 12 and between March 16 and 19, SeaWorld goes Irish at the Irish Market Plaza. Like Mardi Gras there are stilt walkers and entertainers at select times between 12:30 and 6:00 p.m. At the same time there are musicians playing Irish melodies.

You can also sample Irish classics like corned beef hash and Guinness Irish Stout.