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9 Outrageous Eats From Knott’s Berry Farm’s Boysenberry Festival

Knott’s Berry Farm is known as the originator of the boysenberry and each Spring they put their unique fruit to work by showcasing its endless culinary potential at their annual Boysenberry Festival.

The three-week food fest (March 16 – April 8) is a grand presentation of just how many creative and delicious ways Knott’s can incorporate the boysenberry into as many fun and unique dishes as possible.

This year they’re debuting some must-have bites as well as bringing back some tried-and-true favorites. Think an off-the-wall boysenberry milk tea with boysenberry infused boba balls and boysenberry elote with boysenberry mayo and boysenberry butter.

Clearly, Knott’s does not play when it comes to flipping the best takes on boysenberry bliss.

At a recent preview, we had a chance to check out the cornucopia of boysenberry eats at Knott’s Berry Farm. Here are just a few of the must-try and crave-worthy treats being served up at the Boysenberry Festival, in all their purple glory.

1. Boysenberry-Dipped Cheesecake On A Stick

This is a fever dream fulfilled for anyone who’s ever wanted to take cheesecake on the go. Dipping that slice in boysenberry white chocolate and you’re practically running away with this thing.

2. Boysenberry Cheese Quesadilla

Mozzarella and Cotija cheeses get all melty and cozy within a boysenberry tortilla here. You can choose to top them with boysenberry salsa or boysenberry sour cream to complete the purple affair.

3. Fried Alligator Bites w/ Fries and Boysenberry Aioli

An established favorite at the annual Boysenberry Festival, tender fried alligator bites return with the usual accompaniment of fries and creamy boysenberry aioli dipping sauce.

4. Boysenberry Elote

Get ready to get messy with this newcomer. Boysenberry mayo and boysenberry butter are lathered onto juicy corn on the cob that flips what you thought you knew about elote and adds a little signature boysenberry tang to it.

5. Chicken Wings and Fries w/ Boysenberry Sauce

Chicken wings and fries are arguably everybody’s favorite entertainment food, throw on a hint of sweetness from some boysenberry BBQ sauce and we’re treading on ‘all-time’ conversation here.

6. Boysenberry Boba

Boysenberry milk tea is an impressive feat in itself, but since the theme here is full tilt boysenberry, Knott’s decided to throw in some boysenberry-infused boba balls for maximum effect. It’s a sweet treat to cool off with while trekking through the park.

7. Boysenberry Pie Milkshake

For those with the largest sweet tooth, this boysenberry pie milkshake is your kryptonite. Imagine a whole slice of boysenberry pie blended into a boysenberry milkshake and then topped with a healthy chunk of boysenberry pie. Yeah, we’re all about this situation right here.

8. Two Foot Hot Dog on Boysenberry Bun

Sure, the impressive length of this dog is what jumps out at you here. But don’t forget that the boysenberry bun helps turn this item into a tasty duo that requires a group effort to take down.

9. Boysenberry Coconut Macaroon

These scrumptious little coconut clusters are another sweet to look forward to at the Boysenberry Festival, especially the way they’re dipped in a purple chocolate ganache. Lookin’ like a snack, literally.

Here are the rest of the new items Knott’s is debuting at this year’s Boysenberry Festival along with where in the park you can check them out.

Slow Cooked Boysenberry Short Rib (Boysenberry Hoisin Sauce, Buttery Basmati Rice, Chopped Green Onions): Spurs Chop House

Cheddar Cheese Pierogis with Boysenberry Sour Cream (Boysenberries, Sautéed Yellow Onions, Applewood Smoked Bacon): Spurs Chop House

Boysenberry Humus with Grilled Pita Bread: Indian Trails Stand (by the teepee)

Boysenberry Sausage on a Bun (Fresh Baked Roll, Boysenberry Ketchup/Relish/Mustard): Wilderness Dance Hall Stand

Boysenberry Corn Bread: Boardwalk BBQ

Boysenberry House Salad with Fresh Berries and Boysenberry Vinaigrette: Boardwalk BBQ


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10 Foods You Should Be Eating At Knott’s Berry Farm This Holiday Season

There was a time when food was a theme park afterthought, but Knott’s Berry Farm was founded on its food, and continues to build its menu, especially during the holidays.

From the backend of November to January 7, the Southern California park transforms itself into Knott’s Merry Farm, breaking out an array of holiday specific foods, putting you in the holiday spirit as the temperatures begin to drop, and your tummy begins to grumble.

From Chocolate-Dipped Peppermint Cheesecakes, to Christmas Pizzas, the wintertime food at Knott’s is nothing to scoff at, as Chef Bobby Obezo and the Knott’s food team make sure that serious thought is put into holiday items, for the sake of our enjoyment, really.

We got ourselves in the Christmas spirit and tried all their special holiday goodness. Check it out below:

1. Chocolate-Dipped Cheesecake On A Stick – Santa’s Cabin

We’ll start off with one of our favorites, the chocolate-dipped cheesecake on a stick. It’s exactly what it sounds like, as they put a slice of cheesecake on a stick, dip it into a chocolate fountain, top it with bits of crushed candy cane, and let the chocolate cool for an amazing combination of sweet flavors partying in your mouth.

2. Boysenberry and Nutella-Stuffed Crepe – Santa’s Cabin

Knott’s combined their famous Boysenberry with Nutella and stuffed it inside a warm crepe. What else do you need to know to convince you to run over and grab a bite? It’s topped with a drizzle of chocolate and raspberry sauce, and has a little powdered sugar on top, making this another go-to dessert.

3. Christmas Tamales – Santa’s Cabin

The holidays are when tamales shine in Mexican-American traditions, and while everyone has their own way of making them, Knott’s went with festive red and green tamales. The salsa roja tamale is filled with tender beef, while the salsa verde tamale is filled with chicken. They really did right by the masa, as it’s not too thick, nor chewy. It’s just right.

4. Holiday Churro – The Churro Factory

Knott’s is known for its hand-pressed churros, as you can literally watch them being made right front of you. For the holidays, they’re putting a twist – or rather, a curve – on their classic churros, shaping them like candy canes.

Filled with candy cane Bavarian cream, glazed with white chocolate ganache, and sprinkled with, well, sprinkles, this churros will definitely make you feel jolly.

5. Santa Hat Snoopy Cookie – Santa’s Cabin

The Snoopy sugar cookie is a favorite year-round, and with it being Christmas time, the little homie’s rocking a Santa hat.

6. Hot Chocolate – The Churro Factory

You can already feel the winter breeze, and nothing says “Christmas” quite like hot chocolate. Get one of these with a churro and you’re set.

7. Holiday Kettle Corn – Santa’s Cabin

This colorful kettle candy corn consists of three flavors that just feel and taste like the holidays. They’ve got cinnamon (red), caramel (gold), and peppermint (green). It’s something quick, portable and easy to snack on while you wait in line for Ghostrider.

8. Christmas Pizza – Hollywood Hits

This pizza will really stimulate your senses, as you’ve probably never had anything close to it. Instead of tomato sauce, the Christmas pizza has a bottom layer of cranberry and yam puree.

It’s then topped with turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, sliced Brussels sprouts, gravy and a bit of cranberry sauce. If you’re feeling adventurous, this pizza will not disappoint.

9. Holiday Smoked Turkey Sandwich – Boardwalk BBQ

Just because Thanksgiving is over doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a good “leftovers”-style sandwich. This holiday sandwich has a healthy serving of smoked turkey, some amazing stuffing that they wouldn’t give me the secret recipe to, and some cranberry sauce to give you a sweet and savory flavor at the same time.

10. Knott’s Famous Beef Stew In A Sourdough Bread Bowl – Ghost Town Bakery and Ghost Town Grill

With it being a little cooler outside, we’re throwing in Knott’s Famous Beef Stew in a sourdough bread bowl, even though it’s available year-round. It’s hard to beat a slow-cooked beef stew, but add a bread bowl to the mix and you’ve got some serious magic happening in your mouth.

Photos by Evan Lancaster


Created in partnership with Knott’s Berry Farm