Knott’s Boysenberry Festival April 1st-23rd!

Knott’s Boysenberry Festival

By Erin

It’s almost Boysenberry time! This unique berry is a cross between a loganberry, a red raspberry and a blackberry. Did you know Knott’s Berry Farm was at one time a berry farm established by Walter Knott and his family? Knott was the first to commercially cultivate the boysenberry in Southern California after transplanting the berry’s vines from the former Boysenberry farm. Mrs. Knott began making preserves, which made Knott’s Berry Farm famous. The popular purple little boysenberry put Knott’s Berry Farm on the road to being America’s first theme park. As the birthplace of the delectable boysenberry, Knott’s Berry Farm once again showcases the little berry that started it all with a spectacular 23-day food and beverage celebration. 

This year, the festival is over three weeks (April 1–April 23) featuring over 70 boysenberry inspired dishes, drinks and more. During these 23 days everyone can indulge in succulent eats and enjoy live entertainment, new shows, pie eating contests, meet the Easter Beagle and PEANUTS gang, make new friends at the new Old MacDonald petting zoo, mingle with the Ghost Town townsfolk, line dance, and join the nighttime dance party. Of course there is all the usual fun too because entrance to the Boysenberry festival is included with park admission. (Additional cost for tastings of food and drink).

There are so many boysenberry inspired food and drinks to choose from throughout Ghost Town that are both sweet and savory. Items include ribs, meatballs, chicken wings, BBQ dishes flavored with Knott’s very own Boysenberry BBQ Sauce, boysenberry cream soda, chocolate covered Boysenberry cheesecake, Boysenberry ICEE Floats, Boysenberry Latte, and the now super famous Fun Bun! The Fun Bun is a crowd favorite with its warm, sweet, gooey deliciousness. If you have not heard of the Fun Bun yet; it is a cinnamon roll, boysenberry and funnel cake rolled into one delicious bun of fun. New this year is the boysenberry pizza, boysenberry ravioli, and boysenberry fry bread! There is so much to enjoy, you will have to come back more than once to enjoy it all! 😉

Now, ready to get a sneak peek of all the Boysenberry goodness of some of my favorite picks? Here you go!

  • Fun Bun – Fried Cinnamon Roll with Boysenberry Cream Cheese Topping (also shown is the Fun Stick)

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  • Chocolate Covered Boysenberry Cheesecake on a stick

  • Boysenberry Nutella Crepes

  • Deep Fried Alligator & Fries with Boysenberry Aioli

  • Boysenberry Fry Bread

  • Boysenberry Pizza

  • Marinated Boysenberry Meatball on a Stick with Boysenberry BBQ Sauce

  • Boysenberry & Apricot Pulled Pork  Sandwich in a Boysenberry Bun Combo

  • Boysenberry BBQ Wings

  • Boysenberry Corn Dog

Boysenberry Festival Tasting Card*

One of the best ways to experience the Boysenberry Festival is with a Boysenberry Festival Tasting Card. For only $25, the tasting card includes generous portions of six delectable treats:

  1. Boysenberry Pizza at Wagon Wheel Pizza
  2. Boysenberry Ravioli at Spurs Chophouse
  3. Boysenberry Buffalo Wings at the Gold Trails Hotel
  4. Boysenberry BBQ Meatballs at the Bank of Calico
  5. Boysenberry Fry Bread at the Gourmet Churro Factory
  6. Boysenberry Pana Cotta at the Ghost Town Bakery

The Boysenberry Festival Tasting Card can be purchased online or at the following locations at the park: The California Store, Little Spurs, General Store, Ghost Town Candy, Gold Trails Hotel, Spurs Chophouse, Pemmican Pickle, Calico Saloon, Ghost Town Bakery, Sutter’s Grill, and Ghost Town Mix-it-up.

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What’s New at Knott’s Scary Farm & Ticket Giveaway! #ScaryFarmGiveaway

Knott’s Scary Farm & Ticket Giveaway

By Erin

Get ready Southern California! The largest, most haunted experience will be back for the 44th consecutive year, and we’re giving you the chance to win two tickets to Knott’s Scary Farm! Feel all the scares with 10 creepy mazes, five spooky Scare Zones, two live action packed shows, four Skeleton Key Rooms, and a thousand monsters lurking in the fog. Whatever you’re greatest fear is, you can probably find it at Scary Farm.

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Be prepared for 24 horrifying nights, beginning September 22nd to All Hallows’ Eve on October 31st. Four all new nightmarish attractions will debut this season at the world’s largest Halloween event, Knott’s Scary Farm. So what’s new this year?

What’s New?

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All new Black Ops: Infected

Survive the Zombie Apocalypse in an All-Out War!

Armed with cutting edge laser guns, brave guests will face off against hordes of zombies in the groundbreaking all-new Special Ops: Infected interactive maze. Guests will form small units to battle the zombie apocalypse through blood soaked city streets and an underground sewer system crawling with nearly one hundred ravenous zombies. The high tech innovative experience thrusts guests into the middle of a live-action video game complete with live actors, real time scoring system, kill streak rewards system and interactive targets, including a juggernaut boss zombie. The new attraction is one of the largest mazes ever created in Knott’s Scary Farm history so form your squad and put your zombie apocalypse survival skills to the test in this action packed, one-of-a-kind experience.

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 The Hanging: Finding Gory.

Just keep swimming, err Just keep Killing according to Gory… 

A must-see live stage show in Calico Square that looks back at the year’s pop culture with some killer comedy. Notorious for its special effects and high-flying stunts, The Hanging® is a no-holds-barred assault on pop culture’s most infamous moments of the past year. A must see parody that you cannot miss!

Nightly showings at 8:00pm, 9:30pm, and 11:00pm on the Calico Mine Stage.

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Photo Credit: Knott’s

FearVR: 5150

Enter the mysterious Meadowbrook Institute and witness the abnormal case of a terrifyingly unusual patient named Katie in the groundbreaking virtual reality horror experience FearVR: 5150. Using Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus and strapped to a hospital wheelchair, come face- to-face with the deadly chaos unraveling around you. Disturbingly vivid sights and sounds invade all of your senses. Encounter the darkness that has taken over the medical staff during your fully immersive hospital stay. Patients beware; it is easier to check in than it is to check out….

****FearVR: 5150 requires an additional fee and is not included with park admission or with the Fright Lane with Skeleton Key. FearVR: 5150 is approximately ten minutes long including a pre-show and four minute VR experience. A limited number of reservations will be available on a first-come basis when Knott’s Scary Farm opens each night. Tickets are sold on a per-person individual basis. Advance reservations are not available. Visit the ticket kiosk located outside The Dead of Winter: Revenge of the Wendigo maze in the Boardwalk area to make a reservation.******

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Knott’s Welcomes Voyage to the Iron Reef #KnottsIronReef @Knotts

Knott’s Welcomes Voyage to the Iron Reef

By Erin

*Disclosure: I attended the Media Preview of Voyage to the Iron Reef for purposes of this post. The opinions in this article are my own. *

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On May 15, 2015, Voyage to the Iron Reef™ surfaced and made its way to Knott’s Berry Farm in beautiful Southern California. Voyage to the Iron Reef  is a spectacular new interactive 4-D ride that the entire family will enjoy. Guests will embark on a thrilling journey into the depths of the Boardwalk to fight the Kraken Queen and save the park from a watery doom on Voyage to the Iron Reef™.   Save Knott’s in this cutting edge media-based battle as you journey through enchanting underwater forests, disorienting ocean current tunnels, and mysterious mechanical wreckage, high definition 3-D animation will surround you at every turn. It is sure to please riders of all ages, we went on it four times in a row and still wanted to go back for more!

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Come join in the fun with us!

The ride was christened with a fabulous opening ceremony, which you can watch below and will get you in the mood to want to come and kick some Kraken butt!

Do you have what it takes to become a brave deep-sea navigator? Climb aboard this submarine-inspired ride and find out! 😉 Vehicles embark on an adventure into the Iron Reef that combines the fun of a theme park ride with the interactivity of high-tech video games. We couldn’t wait to get on and ride! We put on our glasses a little early we just couldn’t wait… 😉

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In line for the Iron to Reef to see if we can help save the park!

The submarines navigate 11 colossal scenes that are filled with menacing sea creatures and many hidden surprises that react to the accuracy of the freeze blasters controlled by each guest on board. Riders aim their freeze rays at ballooning mechanical puffer fish, iron clad octopus, and other exciting 3-D creatures as they compete against their friends and family to blast the most sea life and save Knott’s from a watery doom. The number of creatures taken is digitally displayed in the undock area and players with the highest scores enter the Iron Reef’s Hall of Fame. Every rider earns a score, which makes every trip to the Iron Reef a competitive, repeatable adventure.  The park is also opening a refreshed 8,186 sq. ft. arcade and a new retail shop called Nautilus, and will reopen the updated Laser Tag compound later this summer.

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