By Karen Varga-Sinka

The popular Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival will return weekends during March and April highlighting musical legends, sensational new culinary selections including duck tacos, lobster ravioli, truffle fries and almond coconut truffles, and an expanded selection of more than 120 wines, craft brews and cocktails from around the world.

The chart-topping artists will take the stage on weekends throughout March and April with the headlining act starting at 6 p.m.

“We are excited for the second year of our acclaimed Food & Wine Festival. Our guests gave last year’s event rave reviews and this year promises to be even better, with one of the best concert lineups of 2016,” said President of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Jim Dean.

The Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival takes place starting Saturday, March 5 and runs through Sunday, April 24. The event is included with any Pass, Fun Card or daily admission to the park. Food and beverage is not included with park admission and is available for an extra fee. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages. For more information, visit

Now through Friday, February 29, guests who buy a Fun Card to Busch  Gardens also will receive a free Fun Card to Adventure Island.

For those that want even more VIP offerings, the Annual Pass offers unlimited admission all year, free parking, no blackout dates and special benefits. New this year for Pass Members is enhanced Instant Rewards – a 12-month calendar of exclusive offerings each month such as discounts, ticket offers and free gifts. With EZ Pay, Annual Passes start at $14 per month for one park, and $18 per month for both Busch  Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island.Visit BuschG ardensTampa

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