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 2020, the Seven Seas Food Festival runs every weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) from February 7 to May 3 with music concerts every Saturday and Sunday.
Note though that Bronze Annual Passes have a few blackout dates during February, 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.
Seven Seas Food & Brew Culinary Marketplace
You will find about 60 unique food dishes based on street food traditions offered from thirteen different regions of the world including local Florida specialities alongside over 70 local craft beers and over 50 other drinks with three to five different menu items plus drinks at each of the thirteen regional “market” stalls. The Culinary Marketplace hours are from 11:00 a.m. to park closing time.
Regional dishes include All-American, Asian, Brazilian, Caribbean, Florida, German, Gulf Coast, Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican, North Atlantic, Pacific Coast, Polynesian Island as well as Sweets, Vegan and even some Coca-Cola infused dishes like the new Cricket Crusted Bison Slider.
In the previous couple of years there were separate markets for Cuban, Dominican Republic, Jamaican, Puerto Rican food and this year they are combined into the Caribbean Market.
In 2020 SeaWorld Chef Héctor Colón has created a number of new dishes including Tennessee Whiskey BBQ Chicken Wings at the All-American Market, Wild Boar Tenderloin and Gator Bites at the Florida Market and a taste of New Orleans with Crawfish Étouffée and Oyster Po Boy at the Gulf Coast Market.
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.
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 $52.00 and the fifteen-item is $67.00 (all plus tax).
All guests wishing to purchase and consume alcoholic drinks must be 21 or over with valid photo ID.
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. In 2020 there are 26 separate performances.
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 $9.99 for Lower Stadium Seating, $29.99 for Floor Seating and $39.99 for Premier Floor Seating. All prices are 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 Lower Stadium seating at the front of the first main tier.
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 2020 is as follows:
- February 8, 2020 - Maddie & Tae
- February 9, 2020 - Trace Adkins
- February 15, 2020 - Pop 2000 Tour - Hosted by Lance Bass of NSYNC with O-Town, Ryan Cabrera, & LFO
- February 16, 2020 - Night Ranger
- February 22, 2020 - Walk Off The Earth
- February 23, 2020 - Dennis DeYoung: The Music of Styx
- February 29, 2020 - Grupo Mania
- March 1, 2020 - Boyz II Men
- March 7, 2020 - AJR
- March 8, 2020 - Dylan Scott
- March 14, 2020 - Hunter Hayes
- March 15, 2020 - Joe Nichols
- March 21, 2020 - YES and Alan Parsons Live Project
- March 22, 2020 - Edwin McCain
- March 28, 2020 - Gin Blossoms
- March 29, 2020 - Village People
- April 4, 2020 - Jesse McCartney
- April 5, 2020 - Gretchen Wilson
- April 11, 2020 - Scotty McCreery
- April 12, 2020 - Jeremy Camp
- April 18, 2020 - Everclear
- April 19, 2020 - Grand Funk Railroad and Blue Oyster Cult
- April 25, 2020 - Vanilla Ice and C+C Music Factory
- April 26, 2020 - Chris Janson
- May 2, 2020 - TBC
- May 3, 2020 - Sean Paul
TBC - Further concert dates to be confirmed