Prost! Bier Fest is Back at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

by Mark Massarone

Thrills are on tap at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Bier Fest! Enjoy BRAND NEW menu items this year inspired by classic German flavors!

Park guests can toast delicious brews and soar on epic thrill rides at Busch Gardens’ beer-inspired food festival.

A slice of Bavaria returns to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay as the park celebrates its fan-favorite Bier Fest event, Friday – Sunday from July 21 through Sept. 4, including Labor Day. This popular event, now in its sixth consecutive year, allows guests to sip, sample and savor classic German flavors while enjoying tunes from rising local artists.

Bier Fest is included with park admission. Food & Beverage available at an additional cost.

*Event details are subject to change and/or cancellation without prior notice. Must be 21 years of age to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages. Proof of age with valid ID required.

Oktoberfest Menu

BGT - Bier Fest Food 2023

Guests can raise a stein to 15 newly created menu items inspired by classic German flavors and 60 brews from regions near and far. Pair pub-inspired bites with a new local craft brew or enjoy a fan favorite from international and domestic breweries. Whether you like IPAs, stouts, porters, lagers, sours or ciders, the beer selection at Bier Fest has something for every taste.

  • New – Bierwurst with Pickled Red Cabbage on a Pretzel Roll
  • New – Braised Pork Shank
  • New – Bratwurst on a Pretzel Roll with Spicy Mustard
  • New – Chicken Schnitzel with Brown Butter Spätzle
  • New – Currywurst
  • New – Egg Noodle Kugel
  • New – German Potato Salad
  • New – Goulash
  • New – Kielbasa and Sauerkraut
  • New – Savory Onion Pie
  • New – Cupcakes (German Chocolate, Black Forrest, Gingerbread, Caramel Popcorn)
  • New – Dark Beer Donut

Refreshing Drink Options

From lagers, ales, and hefeweizens to non-beer options such as ciders, sours, bourbons, and wines, an array of more than 60 types of drink offerings await all Bier Fest guests. Featured new additions include:

  • 3 Daughters Raspberry Lemonade (Cider)
  • Marker 48 Red Right Return (Red Ale)
  • Samuel Adams Oktoberfest (Marzen)
  • Terrapin Hopsecutioner (IPA)
  • Wicked Weed – Strawberry Kiwi Burst (Session Sour)

Those wanting to delight and indulge should know that the best way to taste all the flavors at this year’s event is with a Bier Fest Sampler, which can be redeemed for any food or beverage item offered throughout the festival area. Samplers offer the best value for guests at $35 and are available in quantities of five, eight, and 12. Pass Members have access to an exclusive 15-item Sampler for the same price as a 12-item Sampler. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages.

Live Local Bands

Make a toast while tapping your toes to the sounds of live local bands performing throughout the event! Enjoy live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Coke Canopy.

Coasters & Thrill Rides

Whether you’re a coaster enthusiast or want rides that are fun for the whole family, Busch Gardens Tampa is home to some of Florida’s best roller coasters & thrill rides. Take on exhilarating high-speed drops, inversions and air-time from day into night with our epic coasters and more.

Pass Member Exclusive

Sip and savor more samples for less. Get 15 punches for the price of 12 with this pass member exclusive.

The first round is on us! Enjoy a festival favorite on the house.

Become a Pass Member

Get admission to special events all year long when you become a Pass Member. Plus, choose from a variety of benefits such as unlimited admission, free parking, up to 6 free guest tickets, and up to 50% off in-park spending.

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