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Knott’s Berry Farm Reopens Theme Park For Outdoor Tasting Event

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Since the early days of the pandemic, theme parks have shuttered their turnstiles in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Among them was popular Southern California-based Knott’s Berry Farm.

Now, months later Knott’s is reopening their doors. At least partially.

In specific, the theme park will be hosting a Taste of Calico food and beer event. Held only on weekends through the end of July, the Ghost Town section of the theme park will reopen for guests to walk around and eat their way through some of Knott’s new culinary offerings, as well as shop.

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In early May, Knott’s reopened their fried chicken storefront for take-out only after being shut down since March. Now, guests will essentially have access to all the park’s food offerings.

This new menu includes dishes like Boysenberry Elote, Boysenberry Sausage on a bun, Boysenberry Steak Chili, Boysenberry stuffed churros, Mac n Cheese Bites, Pastrami Sandwiches, and Samosas.

With Knott’s announcement of Taste of Calico, we’ve wondered if it really is the right time to reopen their doors, especially with Governor Newsom’s order of closing down businesses to slow the spread of the pandemic only days ago.

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To address health and safety concerns, Knott’s announced a plethora of safety measures that adhere to CDC guidelines ahead of the event. Here are essential safety measures the theme park stated will be taking during this re-opening period:

  • Admission will be limited each day to ensure physical distancing
  • Upon arrival, guests will be asked to enter a temperature screening and security checkpoint at the main gate
  • All associates and guests must wear a facial covering while visiting Taste of Calico or the Knott’s California Marketplace store locations and restaurants – masks are not required while eating.
  • Frequently touched surfaces will be disinfected daily and sanitized frequently. This includes but is not limited to cash counters, scanners, EMV readers, pens at cashier counters, register screens, store fixtures, door handles, and shopping baskets.
  • Signage is present to aid guests in the proper direction of travel and as a reminder to practice social distancing.
  • Seating will be spaced out throughout the Taste of Calico event footprint
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the event area.
  •  All associates are screened, including temperature and symptom checks using CDC guidelines before being allowed on the property to work.
  • Associates have been trained on the importance of handwashing, physical distancing, and overall hygiene.Separate entrances and exits will appear at some store locations.
  • Store occupancy is limited to less than 50% of the normal building capacity. Queue lines outside of store locations with six-foot markers are present where applicable.
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Those interested in attending this event will need to order tickets ahead of time online through the Knott’s website.

The event will take place on July 17-19 and the following weekend July 24-26. Event hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 4pm to 10pm and Sundays from 12pm to 8pm.

Knott’s Taste of Calico opens the same day as Disneyland’s projected reopening date of July 17, which given the current state of things isn’t going to happen any time soon.

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Knott’s Berry Farm Reopens Their Famous Fried Chicken Restaurant For Take Out

Knott’s Berry Farm’s fried chicken is finally returning, and lovers of arguably the best theme park fried chicken around are seriously rejoicing. The Buena Park, CA, theme park is probably best known for three things: The Peanuts Gang, Boysenberries, and baller fried chicken.

MiceChat reports that Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant will be re-opening their “Chicken-To-Go” starting May 6 for takeout orders.

Sadly, the theme park is still closed due to the pandemic, but Knott’s is bringing back their ever-popular fried chicken to anyone willing to drive to Buena Park, CA. All you’ll have to do is call ahead to place your order, enter through the market place parking lot (off Crescent Ave) and a parking attendant will point you towards where you can get your fried chicken.

 

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Options include full fried chicken meal buckets (sides included), snack boxes, individual sides, and desserts.

While MiceChat says you’re only able to take phone order through this number (714-220-5083), online ordering will be coming very soon.

You can find the small storefront shop directly next to Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant. Just note that protective face masks are required to enter the Knott’s Berry Farm facility. Be safe and get that fried chicken, everyone!.

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14 of the Best Holiday Foods at Knott’s Merry Farm

Rarely has there ever been a theme park with as intrinsic of a connection to food as Knott’s Berry Farm has. Originating from a roadside berry stand, the park still has an annual celebration for boysenberry season. Knott’s prides itself on continually updating the dishes around the park in accordance with its festivals, like it’s current variation Knott’s Merry Farm, where the park gets a vibrant, festive overlay.

Last week, we got to visit the freshly decorated park and celebrate the holiday season by trying several of the new dishes that will be served until Knott’s Merry Farm wraps up on January 5th. Check out the 14 foods below that made us joyfully grab a top hat and start singing Christmas carols.

Mac Lorraine

Location: Wagon Wheel Pizza

A classic white cheese mac gets mixed with bacon and wrapped in a fresh naan. It’s like if garlic bread got in the gym and beefed itself up.

Holiday Poutine

Location: La Papa Loca

A bed of crispy sweet potato fries is topped with turkey, turkey gravy, dried cranberries, and, as any self-respecting poutine should have, cheese curds.

Fried Green Beans

Location: Calico Fry Company

The best way to prepare vegetables, ironically, is frying them. After these green beans have been breaded and fried to a savory crisp, they’re served with parmesan cheese, herbs, and a side of mushroom soup dip.

Peppermint Milkshake / Eggnog Milkshake

Location: Coasters Diner and Cable Car Kitchen

I don’t know if I’ve ever seen milkshakes to this scale, as these are truly remarkable in size and taste. The first holiday milkshake features a peppermint-flavored ice cream, green frosting, a slice of roulade cake, a piece of peppermint bark, whipped cream, and as if that wasn’t enough, the cup is rimmed in crushed candy canes. The other one is an eggnog milkshake that’s covered in white frosting, a small gingerbread bundt cake, whipped cream, and comes in a cup rimmed with Christmas sprinkles.

Eggnog Cheesecake

Location: Grand Bakery and Ghost Town Bakery

Eggnog cheesecake would have been fantastic in the first place, but Knott’s takes an entire slice, dips it in a white chocolate ganache, and puts it on a stick for easy, mobile eating.

Christmas Bark

Location: Grand Bakery and Ghost Town Bakery

This season, there’s three new chocolate barks: a white chocolate peppermint bark with festive sprinkles and sugar balls, a milk chocolate toffee bark with chopped pecans, and a dark chocolate bark with pistachios and dried cranberries. My favorite candy, period, is peppermint bark, so I was excited to try the park’s bark offerings. I’ll put it this way: that bark didn’t make it out of the park.

Christmas Cookie Dough Bites

Location: Ghost Town Grub

If having an insatiable sweet tooth is an issue, here’s the answer. Made with a holiday sprinkle cookie dough, the sweet spheres are dipped in funnel cake batter, fried, and topped with powdered sugar.

Apple Crumble Dessert Pizza

Location: Beachy Keen’s Pizza

In a lineup of pizzas, the apple crumble dessert pizza would stand out of the crowd for its originality. Butter, cinnamon sugar, apple pie filling, and a brown sugar crumble are plentifully spread on a pie crust (which, luckily, rises and acts just like pizza crust). After being topped with a cream cheese icing, this dessert resembles a delicious deconstructed apple pie.

White Christmas Pizza

Location: Beachy Keen’s Pizza

Topped with a white sauce, ricotta and mozzarella cheese, garlic chives, and chunks of chicken, this is Knott’s version of a classic white pizza pie.

Gingerbread Churro

Location: The Churro Factory

The classic churro is flipped on its head and dressed up in it’s best holiday outfit for this holiday season. In this festive iteration, a gingerbread spiced pastry dough is fried, coated in cinnamon sugar, and filled with a gooey dulce de leche sauce.

Turkey Dinner Burger

Location: Coasters Diner

With a turkey patty, sage sausage-apple stuffing, and a cranberry mayo placed on a pretzel bun, this is like the sandwich you create the day after Thanksgiving, but way better.

Turkey Bites

Location: Santa’s Christmas Cabin

Turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce are hugged by a golden-brown breading and served with a side of gravy. Props to Knott’s, it’s one thing to come up with the idea to fry an entire turkey dinner, but it’s a whole different ball game to actually do it and make it taste good like they did.

Turkey Pasty

Location: Ghost Town Grill

Turkey breast, wild mushrooms, potatoes, cranberries, spinach, and cream sauce are all wrapped up in a delicate pastry crust. This one is for all the pot pie lovers out there.

Horchata / S’mores / Maple Pecan Funnel Cake

Location: Sutter’s Funnel Cake, Log Ride Funnel Cake and Cable Car Kitchen

Funnel cake options are aplenty at Knott’s Merry Farm, all of which are topped with their soft serve ice cream. There’s a horchata funnel cake topped with a cinnamon sugar dusting, whipped cream, and an entire churro doughnut. Other holiday variants include a s’mores one topped with a s’mores snack, marshmallow fluff, chocolate chunks, graham crumbs, and maple pecan with whipped cream, maple icing, and candied pecans.

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11 Must Try Foods At This Year’s Knott’s Boysenberry Festival


At Knott’s Berry Farm, boysenberry season is in full swing, meaning that the theme park’s annual lineup of boysenberry-laden eats is back.

This year’s Boysenberry Festival features some super-sized and creative items never seen before, with nearly 75 unique dishes on display for everyone to try. Here’s a look at some of the wildest and most decadent treats in the park you have to track down.

2-Foot-Long Boysenberry Hot Dog

Locations: Fiesta Dog and Wilderness Broiler

Price: $19.99

These arm-length hot dogs are as big on flavor as they are on size. A custom frankfurter is served in a massive boysenberry bun, topped with twists on classic hot dog accoutrements like boysenberry ketchup and relish.

The Boysenberry Fun Bun

Location: Ghost Town Grub

Price: $8.99

Cinnamon rolls get a literal giant upgrade here. The Fun Bun is a massive boysenberry cinnamon roll, big enough for 2, that is topped off with a boysenberry cream cheese icing.

The Berry Beast

Location: Ghost Town Grill

Price: $24.99

A true behemoth of a sandwich, this bad boy can easily feed 2-3 people. It consists of a massive custom bun stuffed with an XXL pork tenderloin, bacon-wrapped onion rings, whole grilled jalapeno peppers, and boysenberry bbq sauce.

Shawarma With Boysenberry Hummus

Location: Spurs Chophouse

Price: $7.99

Boysenberry and shawarma combine in this intriguing mashup. The chicken used in the wrap is cooked with a boysenberry glaze, and there’s also a boysenberry hummus inside to accentuate that flavor.

Boysenberry Boba

Location: Gourmet Coffee Hut

Price: $5.99

A favorite from last year, this boysenberry drink is a refreshing, berry-laden twist on classic boba.

Alligator Fries With Boysenberry Aioli

Location: Sutter’s Grill

Price: $9.99

Those who have never tried alligator can think of it as a mix between pork, chicken, and turkey. If that’s intriguing to you, these fries, complete with boysenberry aioli for dipping, are a must-cop item in the park.

Boysenberry Cheesecake On A Stick

Location: Spurs Chophouse

Price: $6.99

Knott’s has done deep-fried versions of this in the past, but the 2019 version is a fresh piece of cheesecake with a boysenberry drizzle on top, ideal for munching on while strolling around the park.

Boysenberry Basil Lemonade

Location: Mix-It-Up

Price: $5.49

Strawberry and basil is a seriously underrated flavor combo, especially as part of a lemonade. This boysenberry version is tart and refreshing, and the mashed boysenberries at the bottom help amp up the flavor.

Boysenberry Dole Whip Float

Location: Beachy Keen’s

Price: $6.99

Dole whip has fast become a theme park favorite, and this version takes the pineapple soft serve and combines it with both pineapple juice and boysenberry fruit punch.

Boysenberry Pot Roast

Location: Spurs Chophouse

Knott’s Boysenberry Pot Roast is available as part of this year’s festival Tasting Card, which costs $35 and gives you coupons for 8 different taster items. This particular version comes with boysenberry mashed potatoes on the side.

Boysenberry Cosmos

Location: Ghost Town Grill

Price: $8.79

Cosmopolitan fans will want to track down this boysenberry twist on the classic cocktail, perfect for a little post roller coaster Happy Hour.

Boysenberry Key Lime Tart

Location: Coffee Hut

Price: $3.89

Key Lime pie is a dessert of pure decadence and zest. Adding a hit of boysenberry to that takes this classic treat to the next level.

The Boysenberry Festival runs through April 28th, so you have until then to run down all of these treats, plus all of the other goodies scattered throughout the park.  


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Today I Learned Knott’s Berry Farm’s Starbucks Has A Secret Menu Boysenberry Frappuccino

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When I think of Knott’s Berry Farm, I think of two things: the Peanuts Gang and boysenberries. Boysenberries are so lush at Knott’s Berry Farm that the theme park even throws an annual Boysenberry festival highlighting menu items that feature the fruit.

Exclusive to the theme park, Knott’s Starbucks has been offering a Boysenberry Frappuccino for a few years now. According to CP Food Blog, the idea for the beverage came from the 2015 Boysenberry Festival where the park’s Gourmet Coffee Hut (which sold Starbucks product) experimented with the drink. A few years later, when Knott’s got their official Starbucks, the drink became a secret-menu item that guests could order.

Made with pureed boysenberries, the drink combines Starbucks’ signature Frappuccino blend with the sweet tartness of the purple berries.

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With all the times we’ve been to Knott’s, I’ve never thought of seeking out a Boysenberry Frappuccino at their Starbucks. Throwing this on my must-try list the next time I’m at the theme park.

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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


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Boysenberry Pizza Is Knott’s Berry Farm’s Newest Slice Of Genius

Southern California residents will recognize this time of year as the iconic Boysenberry Festival from Knott’s Berry Farm. The Orange County-based theme park, farm for berries, is home to every kind of boysenberry food product you can think of.

Each year, Knott’s adds a cornucopia of boysenberry-themed items to celebrate the festival and fill guests stomachs with before they brave the rides. This year, however, Knott’s released possibly one of their craziest new items yet: a Boysenberry Pizza.

The pie features a boysenberry cream cheese sauce topped with diced chunks of Black Forest ham, caramelized onions, goat cheese, and arugula. It is then topped with a drizzle of Boysenberry Sriracha sauce and some sliced almonds.

Guests can find the sweet and savory pie at Wagon Wheel Pizza.

Knott’s Berry Farm’s Boysenberry Festival begins April 1 through April 23. Check out the video above to see all the other mouthwatering boysenberry items the festival will offer.


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